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. For fall, 2020, or until otherwise notified, lessons will take place online. In non-COVID times, 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 2020:  Lessons run from Monday, August 31, 2020, through Sunday, January 17, 2021. Thanksgiving Break: Tuesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 29 (except for a few select classes that will have a session this week). Winter Break: Monday, December 14 through Sunday, January 3. Makeup week: Monday, January 18 through Sunday, January 24.  Please note: There will be no private lessons on Labor Day - Monday, September 7. These lessons will be made up on Monday, November 23. Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2021: Lessons run from Monday, January 25, 2021, through Sunday, May 23, 2021. Spring Break is Monday, March 22 through Sunday, March 28. Makeup week is Tuesday, May 24 through Monday, June 1. Please note: There will be no lessons on MLK Day - Monday, January 18.  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 2020: August 29, September 12 and 19 (no class on September 5 for Labor Day)
  • Spring 2021: January 23, 20 and February 6

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

Location: Online via Zoom

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 2020:  September 17 through December 10 (No class 11/26 for Thanksgiving; Makeup class 12/6, if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2021: February 4 through May 6 (No class 3/25 for Spring Break; Makeup class 5/13, 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 2020: Thursdays, 5:30-6:00pm , September 17 through December 10 (No class 11/26 for Thanksgiving; Makeup class 12/17, if teacher misses).. Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2021: Thursdays, 5:30-6:00pm, February 4 thorugh May 6 (No class 3/25 for Spring Break; Makeup class 5/13, 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