Rhapsody Arts Center

Private or Partner Music Lessons

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Winds, Composition, Theory, Jazz/Improvisation, Combination Lessons

For information about the differences between learning in private lessons versus group classes, please refer to the article, One or More

Private lessons focus on the individual learning style of a student. This is a one-on-one lesson recommended for those who want individual instruction.  Choose one instrument or area of study, or combine two with the same instructor and still pay the same tuition as a single instrument lesson.  Students can enroll for lessons at any time; the tuition amount is prorated according to the start date. Students register for lessons during the academic year; summer registration is separate. Tuition level is based on the instructor’s education and tenure. For current teacher listings please click here. Busy adults interested in private lessons may be interested in our flexible Insanely Busy Adult lessons, a group of twelve 40-minute lessons to be used within six months’ time. We now also offer an Insanely Busy Teen lesson package for teens looking for a new activity or something to add to college resumes.

For siblings, friends, or parent/child combinations who want to learn music together, we offer partner lessons. Although the partner lesson is classified as a small group (two students), the teacher has more freedom to tailor the curriculum to each individual.

Private/Partner Lessons

Private lessons are available for most instruments. We also offer private instruction in composition, improvisation and electronic music production. Lessons take place once a week at a regularly scheduled time and include 40 or 55 minutes of formal instruction. We also set aside 5 additional minutes for parent conference time. Priority scheduling is given to current students and enrollments received before August 1st. Enrollment is ongoing and tuition is prorated for a mid-year start.

Partner lessons are available for most instruments and all ages. A partner lesson consists of two students and one instructor meeting once weekly for 40 minutes.


Rhapsody’s private lesson term runs from September through early June (see Calendar for details), and the commitment is for the entire academic year. Lesson absences can be excused with at least 24 hours’ notice (see Absences for official reporting methods and online form). Makeup options are not guaranteed, but may be offered as a courtesy. No more than 2 makeup options will be offered over the 35-week period. In partner lessons, individual student absences will not be prorated or made up. Full list lesson and class are available in our online portal.

Group Lesson Weeks

These weeks are reserved for rehearsals of our chamber ensembles, music appreciation/history classes, guest lecture/performances, and age/level-appropriate studio classes. Group Lesson classes are 60 minutes and have 4-10 students per class. During Group Lessons weeks, there are no private lessons. See Calendar for dates.

Tuition & Fees: 2018-19

Tuition includes 30 private lessons and 5 Group Lesson Weeks from September 4, 2018, through June 3, 2019. Tuition is due upon registration in August, November 1, and February 1. If payment is late, a $10 late fee will be charged.

Registration Fee — An annual per household, non-refundable fee of $40 is payable at the time of enrollment. This fee reserves your spot in the studio and helps absorb the cost of administration, studio events, performance opportunities, and instrument maintenance.

Books & sheet music  — Books and sheet music are charged directly to the student account and due with the next scheduled payment.

Tuition payments due: upon registration in August, Nov 1, and Feb 1. Summer registration and tuition due May 1st.

Academic Year programs: 35 weeks (September through May)

40 Minute Partner Lessons: $705 (3 installments of $235). Basic level only.

40 Minute Lessons: $1,245 (3 installments of $415). Basic level.

40 Minute Lessons: $1.455 (3 installments of $485). Master level.

55 Minute Lessons: $1,605 (3 installments of $535). Basic level.

55 Minute Lessons: $1,890 (3 installments of $630). Master level.

Insanely Busy packages (12 lessons)

40 Minute Insanely Busy Teen or Adult: $450. Basic level.

40 Minute Insanely Busy Teen or Adult: $510. Master level.

55 Minute Insanely Busy Teen Adult: $618. Basic level.

55 Minute Insanely Busy Teen Adult: $700. Master level.

*see Instructor listings for Master level teachers

Insanely Busy Teen Package

We know you have a lot going on! Are you interested in a fun way to improve your brain power? It doesn’t matter if you played when you were young, or have not yet played an instrument, the benefits of music study can be had by all. Do it for your future!

Insanely Busy Adult Package

Do you have a “midlife list” of things you want to learn, see, and do? It’s time to take those music lessons you’ve always wanted, explore your hidden potential, realize your dream of sitting down to play for your own enjoyment. Do it for yourself!

Payment Plans & Discounts

  • Alternate Payment Plans

*Please inquire if you prefer an alternate payment plan (forms available in the office). Requires scheduled credit card transactions.

    • Six (6) Credit card payments: 6 payments (Aug, Oct, Dec, Jan, Mar, May)
  • Discounts
    • 5% discount on total tuition amount if the entire academic year is paid in full by August 1.
    • 10% tuition discount for the third student per household (discount applies to tuition of equal or lesser value).
    • 10% tuition discount on second instrument tuition of equal or lesser value (same student only).
    • Refer a new family and both families receive a $15 credit (referral information must be provided during registration).

Scholarships-It is the intent of Rhapsody Arts Center that no student be unable to study the arts due to financial challenges. Our Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students who are unable to pay full tuition.

Registration Fee-A $40 non-refundable registration fee per household is payable at the time of enrollment. This fee covers all class and private enrollments at Rhapsody through July 2019. This reserves your spot in the studio and helps cover the cost of studio events, lab software, festival opportunities, instrument maintenance, and administration.

Piano accompanying policy

Summer 2018 Information