After School Music

Calhoun's music department offers private lessons on all standard orchestral and jazz instruments as well as lessons in composition (all levels of experience), and also chamber music coaching (strings and winds) for more experienced musicians. The Calhoun School believes that making music in groups strengthens our community while building a love and an appreciation for music.

Faculty

Lessons and classes are taught by Calhoun faculty, all of whom are active performing musicians and experienced educators. (see Music Faculty bios)

Individual Lessons

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-E, MS, and US students on the following instruments:

  • Winds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn
  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Composition
  • Jazz Improv

Fee: A lesson's length and start date determines the full tuition, which needs to be paid in full at the beginning of each semester:

  • $65 for 30 minutes
  • $95 for 45 minutes
  • $120 for 60 minutes

Students on financial aid 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 financial aid; 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.

Calhoun Composers

This semester-long after school course is inspired by the acclaimed New York Philharmonic program, Very Young Composers. Students will be empowered to create their own musical compositions to be performed by professional musicians in a final concert—a celebration of the unique creative potential that each young person innately possesses.

Led by NYPhil teaching artist and Calhoun music faculty member Luke Cissell, Calhoun Young Composers is open to any 3rd-5th grade student interested in creating their own music. No previous instrumental or composition experience is required.

(Maximum enrollment: 12 students)

Fee: $750

Meeting time: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15pm

Questions: Please contact luke.cissell@calhoun.org


Students on financial aid 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 financial aid; 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.

Instrument Rentals

The faculty will assist the student in arranging for the rental of an instrument, if required.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Transportation

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.

For More Information

David Alpert
After School Music
Coordinator