Building community through music since 1983!

Private Music Lessons

Private lessons are the core of our program and are offered during the 17-week Fall (September – January) and Spring Semesters (January – June). Lessons can begin at any time during the semester and can be arranged for 30, 45 or 60 minutes each week. For some instruments, it is possible to arrange semi-private lessons through consultation with the instructor. Registration obligates the student to complete the semester and reserves your instructor’s time at that specific time period each week.

During our 9-week Summer Session (June – August), most of our instructors continue to teach. You can schedule as many or as few lessons as you’d like during the summer, which is also a great time to try a new instrument without full-semester obligation.

If you have questions about whether your child is old enough for private instruction, a single lesson ($37/half-hour) can be set up to evaluate his or her readiness. View information on tuition and fees.

The many talented musicians on our faculty are experienced in working with students of all ages and abilities. We offer private instruction in…
  • Voice – all voice parts
  • Piano – traditional instruction in all styles of music
  • Percussion – drums, drum set, vibes, etc.
  • Strings – violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, dobro, dulcimer; Suzuki violin and cello
  • Brass – trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, baritone, coronet, euphonium
  • Woodwinds – saxophone, oboe, clarinet, flute, piccolo, recorder
All students receiving private instruction have the opportunity to:
  • Perform through studio, department and school-wide recitals and community performances
  • Work with professional accompanists
  • Attend workshops presented by CMS faculty
  • Attend masterclasses presented by visiting artists
  • Utilize CMS practice rooms and performance spaces
  • Participate in our Mock Audition Day for regional and statewide auditions
  • Receive discounts on additional lessons for themselves or a sibling

If you would like to study an instrument that is not listed above, please let us know as we are delighted to expand our offerings as demand warrants it.


Want to Register or Need More Information?



To enroll in music lessons in Essex or East Lyme, CT call Community Music School at 860-767-0026.