Private Lessons

Photo Credit: Dale Preston '83

The Community Music School offers private instruction in a variety of instruments for students age 3 through adult. Lessons are given at the historic Burrell-King House (Community Music School) located at 315 E. College St. in Oberlin, Ohio. A one-on-one relationship with the teacher and consistent practice helps students become proficient in their instrument. A variety of performance opportunities are available to enhance students' musical education.

Lessons are available in the following instrument and vocal areas:

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice
Details

Includes: Private weekly instruction with a teacher. 

Instructor: One of our highly qualified musicians and teachers. Visit our faculty listing.

Dates: Semesters are based on 16 weeks. Lessons are arranged at a time that works for both the teacher and the student.

  • Fall 2019:  Lessons run from Monday, August 19, 2019, through Sunday, December 15, 2019. Thanksgiving Break: Tuesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1. Winter Break: Monday, December 16 through Sunday, January 5. Makeup week: Monday, January 6 through Sunday, January 12.  Please note: There will be no lessons on Labor Day - Monday, September 2. These lessons will be made up on Monday, November 25. Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2020: Lessons run from Monday, January 13, 2020, through Sunday, May 10, 2020. Spring Break is Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Makeup week is Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18. Please note: There will be no lessons on MLK Day - Monday, January 20. These lessons will be made up on Monday, May 11. Visit the calendar for details.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester.

  • 15-minute weekly lessons - $214
  • 30-minute weekly lessons - $406
  • 45-minute weekly lessons - $599
  • 60-minute weekly lessons - $792

Suzuki Lessons

Offered for piano, violin, or cello. In addition to the weekly private lesson, children and parents will attend a group class where they will play games to reinforce musical and technical issues with the instrument. The group class will help create a strong incentive to practice. No prior musical experience is needed on the part of the parent or the child.

New to Suzuki? Read about our Suzuki Program.


Suzuki Parent Information Class

For those new to Suzuki, parents will begin the program with a series of orientation classes. Standard Suzuki lessons will continue throughout the remainder of the semester.

Details

Includes: Three-week series of orientation classes.  For parents only.

Instructor: Katie Cross and Louise Zeitlin

Dates:

  • Fall 2019: 8/17, 8/24, 9/7 (no class on 8/31 for Labor Day weekend; Visit the calendar for details)
  • Spring 2020: 1/11, 1/25, 2/1 (no class on 1/18 for MLK weekend; Visit the calendar for details)

Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: Fees for the Suzuki parent class are built into the semester tuition. The parent class will take the place of the first three student lessons. No additional fees will be charged for this class.


Suzuki Piano Beginnings

This three-year piano sequence will be an introduction to technique and musicianship on the piano. It will also emphasize the building of good pitch and rhythm with the use of games and other enjoyable activities. Students will begin in groups of two to six children depending on age and time availability. After one to two years in a small group, students will graduate to a private lesson with a larger Suzuki group class on selected dates.

Beginner’s Suzuki Piano Details

Includes: Weekly small group lessons.

Instructor: Katie Cross

Dates: Lessons are arranged at a time that works for both the teacher and the student.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester.

  • 15-minute weekly lessons - $214
  • 30-minute weekly lessons - $406
Suzuki Piano Books 1–3 Details

Includes: Eight 45-minute group lessons and weekly private lessons.

Instructor: Katie Cross

Dates: Sessions are held on either Thursday evenings, Friday evenings, or Sunday afternoon - depending on placement.  Visit the calendar for details.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester.

  • 30-minute weekly lessons - $473
  • 45-minute weekly lessons - $666
  • 60-minute weekly lessons - $859

Suzuki String Beginnings 

Suzuki instruction for string players (violin and cello) will emphasize learning to hold the instrument in a balanced and relaxed manner. Lessons will teach the student to play with a good tone and rhythm and will work to develop a strong sense of pitch. Young string players will begin lessons in either small groups or individually.

Suzuki Violin Details

Includes: Twelve 30-minute group lessons and weekly private lessons.

Instructor: Mary Price

Dates:

  • Fall 2019: Thursdays, September 5 through December 5 (No class 10/31 for Halloween and 11/28 for Thanksgiving; Makeup class 12/12, if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2020: Thursdays, January 30 through April 23 (No class 3/26 for Spring Break; Makeup class 4/30, if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester.

  • 30-minute weekly lessons - $473
  • 45-minute weekly lessons - $666
  • 60-minute weekly lessons - $859
Suzuki Cello Details

Includes: Twelve 30-minute group lessons and weekly private lessons.

Instructor: Ruby Brallier

Dates:

  • Fall 2019: Thursdays, 5:30-6:00pm , September 5 through December 5 (No class 10/31 for Halloween and 11/28 for Thanksgiving; Makeup class 12/12, if teacher misses).. Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2020: Thursdays, 5:30-6:00pm, January 30 through April 23 (No class 3/26 for Spring Break; Makeup class 4/30, if teacher misses).  Visit the calendar for details.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester.

  • 30-minute weekly lessons - $473
  • 45-minute weekly lessons - $666
  • 60-minute weekly lessons - $859