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Private Lessons

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Private Lessons

Private lessons at the School of Musical Traditions are designed for individual students who want to meet regularly with a teacher. Lessons are catered to the specific interests and goals of our students.

We schedule lessons weekly for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. We provide opportunities for students to collaborate and perform in a variety of settings. In-person lessons are available in our Rockville and Takoma Park studios. Online lessons are also available.

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What We Teach

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  • American Old-time
  • Bluegrass
  • Blues
  • Cape Breton
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Funk
  • Irish
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Composition
  • General Theory
  • Jazz Theory & Improv
  • Performance Skills
  • Production
  • Recording
  • Songwriting

If you don’t see the instrument you want to study listed above, please contact SMT. We maintain a network of other area teachers and can provide referrals for instruments we don’t teach.

Term Schedule

Spring 2021

Regularly Scheduled Lessons: April 5 – July 2
Holiday Closures: May 29 – 31

Fall 2021

Regularly Scheduled Lessons: September 7 – December 19
Holiday Closure: November 23 – 28

Winter 2022

Regularly Scheduled Lessons: January 3 – April 3
Holiday Closures: None

Tuition and Fees

Students enroll for a weekly lesson on a monthly subscription basis. Monthly payments are due on the 26th of each month for the upcoming month.

Credit card is the preferred method of payment. Please contact us if you require an exception, and please note that other methods may include an additional administrative fee.

We are often but not always able to reschedule student absences. Please contact the studio and your teacher as soon as you know you will miss a lesson, and we will attempt to reschedule.

Students may discontinue lessons at the end of any month. You must provide written (email) notice by the 20th of the final month of lessons.

Duration Cost (per lesson)
30 minutes $40
45 minutes $60
60 minutes $75

Students enroll for weekly lessons for the full term. The fall, winter, and spring terms are typically 12 – 14 weeks in length. Stay tuned for details about the summer term.

The term cost includes one free week, to be used at any time during that term. This allows you to miss one lesson or receive an extra lesson at no additional cost.

Full payment for the Spring 2021 term is due on March 26, 2021.

Duration Cost
30 minutes $480 (save $40)
45 minutes $720 (save $60)
60 minutes $900 (save $75)

We are closed May 29 – 31 for Memorial Day, so students will not be billed for those dates.

Policies

Receipt of initial payment and consent to terms & conditions is required prior to the first lesson. We will send details for accessing your online lesson upon receipt of both.

Credit card is the preferred method of payment. Please contact us if you require an exception, and please note that other methods may include an additional administrative fee.

We do not provide refunds for lessons missed by the student.

30 minutes: $40.00
45 minutes: $60.00
60 minutes: $75.00

Students who miss a lesson may be able to reschedule their lesson. We are often but not always able to reschedule student absences. Please contact the studio and your teacher as soon as you know you will be absent.

For students enrolled in the term billing plan: The term cost includes one free week, to be used at any time during that term. This allows you to miss one lesson or receive an extra lesson at no additional cost.

In the event the School of Musical Traditions cancels a lesson a student has already paid for (due to teacher absence, inclement weather, or any other unforeseen circumstance), the student may elect one of the following:

Credit for a future lesson (applied to the next billing cycle)
Refund for the lesson (applied at the end of the current billing cycle)
Credit in the amount of the lesson for a future group class or workshop

We will provide written notice of any cancellations. Simply respond in writing with your preference for a credit or refund.

The School of Musical Traditions may elect to take photos during lessons or classes. These photos may be used for promotional purposes. New students and/or their parent/guardian sign a photo release form when they sign up for lessons. All students will be notified if/when pictures are being taken and will have the option to opt out of photos.