Private Lessons

Ready to learn to play music in a private setting? Our students are provided our best-fit Lesson Plan!

Student playing piano

Best-fit Lesson Plan

The Academy of Music offers the Best-fit Lesson Plan, a unique opportunity to select not only the length and number of lessons but also the level of instruction. Families can make decisions based on instructor experience, student skill level, interests, expectations, financial consideration, scheduling or any other criteria important to the student. The availability of instructors may vary depending on the instrument.

Teacher request is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lessons are offered for the following instruments: 

  • Banjo
  • Bass Guitar
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Conducting
  • Double bass
  • Drum Set
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar/Acoustic
  • Guitar/Electric
  • Harp
  • Mandolin
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Songwriting
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Ukulele
  • Viola
  • Violin 
  • Voice

Instructor Levels

Dual Faculty Instructors: Highly experienced instructors on faculty within the university department music program and the Academy of Music. Dual faculty have advanced degrees in music and include exceptional performers and pedagogues.

Faculty Instructors: Experienced instructors with music degrees ranging from bachelors through doctorates. Faculty instructors are accomplished teachers who actively perform in the community and are continually involved in teacher development.

Student Instructors: Exceptional students in the music program at University of Northwestern who are teaching to gain experience and apply newly learned teaching techniques. Student instructors are under the supervision of university faculty members and the Academy of Music director.

Lesson Observation

How do you know if an instructor will be a good fit? You are welcome to observe a lesson of the instructor you are interested in working with a current student. Observations are completely free and help the family get a feel for what it would be like to join a specific instructor's studio. Contact the Academy at to set up your observation.

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