Private Lessons

"Practice does not make perfect - it makes permanent." - Alexander Liberman

About Private Lessons (Sign Up Below)

The private lesson program is an optional program to augment the instruction received in instrument classroom study. It has proven to be a most efficient and thorough method of developing the student's talent. The opportunity to study with an accomplished musician is an invaluable asset. Private lessons are strongly encouraged for all students and are a vital ingredient for any successful musician. Private study affords the opportunity for in-depth study of the pedagogy and literature related to a student’s instrument. Students work on fundamentals of performance, building good playing habits, preparing audition or solo material and for enrichment outside of band class.

Instructors are recommended through the Director of Fine Arts and are allowed to use school facilities in order to provide a service to both the school music program and the students. These instructors may be public school music teachers, professional musicians, or advanced music students from the various universities in our area. Private lessons are not required to participate in the course. Lessons are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The fee for each lesson will be $23.00 weekly. All financial arrangements will be made individually with the private lesson teacher and fees will be paid directly to him/her.

The program consists of one 30 minute lesson per week. Lessons may be taught before or after school, depending on the availability of the instructor. No lessons will be taught during the school day or during school holidays. Lessons may begin no earlier than 7:15 AM for before school lessons and must conclude prior to the first bell. After school lessons may begin at 4:15 PM.

During the times that individualized music instruction is being offered, a district professional employee or an adult volunteer will be in the area and will be accessible to both the students and instructors.

All method books and related materials will be furnished by the student. The private lesson teacher is responsible for selecting and ordering all necessary literature.

Students are asked to attend every scheduled lesson. If a student is unable to attend a lesson, he/she should notify the music instructor at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson time. The private music instructor should be expected to show the same courtesy to the student.

Any student may terminate the private lesson program at any time by bringing a note from the parent stating that the lessons are to be discontinued. This should be done at least 24 hours before the next scheduled lesson.

If you are interested in signing up for private lessons, please complete the form online (found below). Your information will be sent to an appropriate lesson teacher who will contact you to set up a lesson time.

First Colony MS will have a full staff of private lesson instructors. To ensure continuity of concepts and to enable the band directors to more closely monitor your child’s progress, it is recommended that your child take lessons from one of the FCMS private lesson staff.

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