Private Lessons

Private Lessons are available on all instruments and in voice, composition, and jazz improvisation with Community Music School instructors and interns. For most instrumentalists the recommended age for beginning private study is age 7. Pianists and violinists may start at a younger age; for vocalists the recommended age is about 10.

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Students may choose to study with instructors or interns:

  • Instructors are professional artist-educators who are Western New York’s most sought after teachers and performers.

  • Interns are Eastman School of Music students who are among the best and brightest young performers in the world.

In addition to instructors and interns, some members of the Eastman School of Music collegiate faculty also offer lessons through the Community Music School; each sets his or her own individual fee. Call the Community Music School office for more details.


School Year Lessons

Tuition

School year tuition is billed in two semesters of 17 weeks each. Fall lessons are automatically re-registered for Spring semester, unless the student submits a written request to cancel before the semester begins.

Lesson Length
Instructor Tuition
(17 week semester)
Intern Tuition
(17 week semester)
1/2 hour weekly
$551 $388 
3/4 hour weekly
$806  $567 
1 hour weekly
$1,020  $704 


How to Register

New Students:

  • Please complete a ECMS Registration Form and submit it to the office for placement with a teacher. Lessons may begin any time of year.
  • Each new student requesting lessons will be assigned to an intern or instructor. Requests for a particular teacher will be honored when possible. Once the assignment has been made, the teacher will contact the student directly to schedule lessons based on a mutually agreed upon lesson time and day.

Continuing Students:

  • Students continuing lessons with their same teacher may register online from mid-May through Mid-September.
  • Alternatively, continuing students may submit a ECMS Registration Form at any time.

Click here for complete details on registration and policies.


Summer Lessons

Summer is a wonderful time to continue lessons or try something new. During the fall and spring semesters students make a 17-week commitment to study. During the summer, students may make a commitment of any number of weeks they choose.

Tuition 

 
Instructor Tuition
(per hour)
Intern Tuition
(per hour)
Hourly Rate
$59 $41

 


How to Register

New Students:

  • Please complete a ECMS Registration Form and submit it to the office for placement with a teacher. Lessons may begin any time of year.
  • Each new student requesting lessons will be assigned to an intern or instructor. Requests for a particular teacher will be honored when possible. Once the assignment has been made, the teacher will contact the student directly to schedule lessons based on a mutually agreed upon lesson time and day.

Continuing Students:

  • If your teacher is available during the summer, students/parents may set up a schedule with their teacher based on mutual availability. No new Registration form is needed.
  • If your teacher is not available, you may request a different teacher for the summer by completing a new ECMS Registration Form and submitting it to the office.

Students will be billed based on their total lesson time scheduled during the summer.

Click here for complete details on registration and policies.