Private Lessons

Want to learn to play music in a private setting? 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.
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Lessons Offered

The Academy of Music offers private lessons during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Registration for each term typically opens at least a month before the term starts and remains open so that new students may register to begin lessons at any point in the term. See the Academy Calendar for specific dates.

Lessons generally occur on the University of Northwestern campus Monday-Friday afternoons and early evenings along with Saturdays, but some lessons take place at satellite locations.

Teacher request is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lessons are offered for the following instruments:  Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Drum Set, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Guitar/Acoustic, Harp, Harp/folk, Harp/lever, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, String Bass, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Viola, Violin, Voice.

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.

Instructor Levels

Faculty Instructor: An experienced teacher who has advanced degrees in music. Faculty instructors are accomplished teachers who actively perform in the community.

Graduate Instructor - Level 2: Several years of experience teaching music lessons with a college degree in music.

Graduate Instructor - Level 1: A recent college graduate with a degree in music and has some experience teaching music lessons.

Student Instructor: A student in the music program at University of Northwestern who is teaching to gain experience and apply newly learned teaching techniques. Student instructors are under the supervision of faculty members.

Lesson Lengths

  • 30 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 60 minutes

Lesson Packages

  • Fall: 13 lessons during a 15-week term
  • Spring: 15 lessons during a 17-week term
  • Prorated: available during fall, spring, and summer

  • Piano student and instructor

    Private Lessons Registration


    Ready to register for private music lessons? Learn more about registration details and check out the term schedule here.

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    Private Lessons Locations


    Some lessons may be held off campus.

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    Private Lessons Tuition


    Curious about tuition and fees for private lessons in the Academy of Music? Find out more about registration fees, payments, and discounts.

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    Private Lessons Recitals


    The Academy of Music sponsors student recitals to help musicians develop their skills and have the opportunity to perform for a supportive audience.

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