Register for Music Lessons

The Deerfield Academy Music Department invites any student wishing to study a musical instrument or voice with a member of our applied music staff to register for private lessons. We offer lessons on all orchestral strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, guitar, organ, bagpipes, drumset, and percussion, as well as composition and improvisation. If you are interested in studying any of these instruments, please fill out and submit the online registration form for applied music lessons. You can access the form via a link from the Rules and Regulations page. Students who registered in the fall or winter do not need to re-register.

The cost of private lessons for the 2015-2016 school year is $55 per lesson (one 45-minute class period per week). When you sign up for lessons, you are committing to, and will be charged for, one full term of study. The student’s account will be charged early in the term and will not be adjusted for unexcused missed lessons. Every effort will be made to make up any lessons missed due to excused absences, and generally there are ample opportunities to accomplish this. Please see the Applied Music Rules and Regulations for more information. The basic program fee includes eight lessons in the fall and spring terms ($440/term) and ten lessons in the winter term ($550/term).

As always, we will award financial aid for private lessons to qualifying students enrolled in the ensemble classes (Wind/Jazz/Bands, Chorus, or Chamber Music). To qualify, a student must already be receiving financial aid from Deerfield Academy AND enrolled in an ensemble course. Lesson fees will reflect the percentage of aid the student is receiving, up to 90%. Note: financial aid does not apply to lessons that the student misses as unexcused absences. Scholarship students will therefore be charged the full amount for missed lessons. Students who are not enrolled in one of these three ensemble courses are not eligible for financial aid.

Despite our best efforts, we are not always able to guarantee a lesson time for each student who applies. A student’s free period must coincide with an opening in a teacher’s schedule. Any changes made to the student’s academic schedule after the start of school could potentially cause an unavoidable scheduling conflict with the student’s music lesson time. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate as many students as possible. If you have any questions about our applied music program, please feel free to contact me using the contact information given below.

If you are interested in signing up for music lessons, please submit the online registration form no later than April 1.

Respectfully Yours,

Daniel Jackson
Director of Music

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