Private Lessons

The Heart of Musical Training

Whether just getting started or taking your playing to the next level, lessons are essential. Learning one-on-one with a skilled musician is inspiring and rewarding, and ensures an experience customized to your interests and aspirations.

Private lessons are typically 30–60 minutes in length. We'll make very effort to match student and teacher interests and schedules. While you can enroll at any time, lesson terms are grouped into a 33-week school and 8-week summer session. Private lessons take place at the Carter Center in East Providence and our East Greenwich Branch. Students new to the Music School may enroll at any time by filling out our Online Student Profile Form (tuition will be prorated accordingly).

The Music School faculty is comprised of more than 70 of the region’s most accomplished music educators and performers. Several are members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra as well as other professional ensembles.

Individual lessons are offered in the following areas:

Winds

  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Recorder

Strings

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Fiddle

Brass

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Baritone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Plucked Strings

  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Harp
  • Electric Bass

Percussion

  • Drums
  • Mallets
  • Steel Drum
  • Timpani
  • Latin Percussion

Other

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Harmonica
  • Music Production
  • Music Theory

  • If you are interested in an instrument that is not listed let us know. We will make every effort to find a qualified instructor.
  • Student recitals are held periodically during the year (students appear at the recommendation of their teachers). Parents and friends are always welcome.
  • We recommend that students enrolled in lessons or ensembles also take Music Theory.

New students interested in private lessons:

Creating a successful teacher/student relationship is very important. Faculty members have many specializations, teaching styles and personalities. The more we know about the way you or your child learns, personal goals and interests, the more likely that we will create a lasting and rewarding partnership.

Online Student Profile Form
After a careful review of your form, a member of our student services team will contact you to discuss placement with a faculty member. We may recommend a trial lesson to assure assignment with an appropriate teacher. Trial lessons are the same price as a standard lesson with no obligation to enroll.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available in the form of Direct Tuition Assistance and Work-Study for qualified families. Financial aid applications are available online and at all Music School branches.

Suzuki Instruction

Child with Guitar

Children all over the world have their first musical experience through the Suzuki Method. Developed by the late Japanese teacher Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the method uses the “mother tongue” approach to learning, based on the ease with which young children learn to speak their language. Dr. Suzuki discovered that these same principles apply when teaching young children to become fine musicians. Suzuki lessons focus on ear-training, developing good instrumental technique and producing a beautiful tone.

Online Student Profile Form
Your first step is to fill out the Online Student Profile Form. The Music School Registrar will receive your form, and after careful review, a member of our admissions team will contact you to discuss placement with a Music School faculty member.

Music Wellness

Health professionals who specialize in music therapy use music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of their clients. Music therapy is especially appropriate for clients diagnosed with autism to address their styles of speech and nonverbal communication skills. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, one of our licensed music therapists will provide the appropriate therapy that will include creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music. Music therapy strengthens clients’ abilities and transfers them to other areas of their lives. It also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.

Online Student Profile Form
Your first step is to fill out the Online Student Profile Form. The Music School Registrar will receive your form, and after careful review, a member of our admissions team will contact you to discuss placement with a Music School faculty member.