After School Music
Calhoun's music department offers private lessons on all standard orchestral and jazz instruments as well as Chamber Music coaching (strings and winds) for more experienced students. The Calhoun School believes that making music in groups strengthens our community while building a love and an appreciation for music.
Individual lessons are available to students in Lower, Middle and Upper School.
Individual instruction is one teacher with one student, providing the opportunity for concentrated work and individual attention. Individual lessons promote skills, achievement and enthusiasm and are offered in 30-, 45- and 60-minute increments. Private lessons are available to LS, MS, and US students on the following instruments:
- Winds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn
- Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Fee: A lesson's length and start date determines the tuition, which needs to be paid in full at the beginning of each semester: $65 for 30 minutes, $95 for 45 minutes, or $120 for 60 minutes. Students on tuition assistance who participate in Calhoun School Ensembles (winds, strings and chorus) who wish to further their study of that particular instrument will be charged for lessons at a discounted rate according to the percentage of their tuition assistance; there is no assistance for any 3rd or 4th grade students.
Invoices will be sent from the Music Department once your lesson is arranged. A $28 registration fee for each child, each semester, is required for all lessons.
Lessons and classes are taught by Calhoun faculty, all of whom are active performing musicians and experienced educators. (see Music Faculty bios)
The faculty will assist the student in arranging for the rental of an instrument, if required.
For student absences, 2 individual lessons per semester can be rescheduled if the absence is due to student illness, religious observance, or extraordinary circumstances. There are no exceptions. The teacher must be notified 24 hours in advance for a religious observance or extraordinary circumstance, or by 8am the day of the lesson when due to illness or departure during the school day. Otherwise, the teacher is not required to make up the missed lesson. There will be no make-up lessons for group and partner lessons or chamber ensemble coaching.
We are not in a position to transport children from Cub Club or ASP classes, or care for children in advance of or following their scheduled lesson. Please make arrangements to pick-up your child after school or following ASP and accompany them to their assigned lesson location at the designated time as pre-arranged with the child's music instructor. Middle school students may be given permission to leave After School Music on their own. We are not able to make any exceptions to this policy.