Private Lesson Program


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Private Music Instruction Registration

Private Lesson Program

The Needham Public Schools offers a comprehensive program of private instruction for beginners through advanced music students. Private lessons greatly enhance a student’s success and enjoyment of a musical instrument. An improved level of individual performance translates into greater achievement in school ensembles, increased opportunities through recitals and select groups, and most importantly, increased enjoyment and self-satisfaction on the part of the student. All Needham Public School music students are encouraged to study privately if possible.

Private instruction is available on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano and voice.

Private Lesson Registration Instructions:
1) Contact the Private Lesson Faculty to determine scheduling availability.
2) Once an instructor and lesson time has ben confirmed, submit this REGISTRATION GOOGLE FORM. All scheduling is done directly with the teacher and is determined by their schedule. Please note that teachers may have limited openings, due to returning students.
3) After completing the REGISTRATION GOOGLE FORM, you will receive a tuition invoice by email from the District.

Lesson Rates:

30 mins: $27.81 per lesson/ $445 per 16 week semester/ $890. per 32 week academic year

45 mins: $41.72 per lesson/ $667.50 per 16 week semester/ $1,335. per 32 week academic year

60 mins: $55.62 per lesson/ $890. per 16 week semester/ $1,780. per 32 week academic year

There is an Annual registration fee: $75 per child.

Payment Options:

Option A: Pay once per semester (2 payments per academic year)

Option B:  Pay twice per semester (4 payments per academic year)


Private Lesson Calendar:

  • Lessons are split into two semesters of 16 lessons each for a total of 32 lessons per academic year.
  • Students enrolled in the program commit to 32 weeks of lessons; at a minimum.
  • Additional lessons beyond 32 weeks can be arranged in consultation with the instructor.
  • Scheduling of the lessons is done in consultation with each private instruction.
  • Lessons follow the Needham Public School Calendar. There will be no lessons on Needham Public School vacations and holidays.
  • Lessons that fall on a snow day will be held virtually.


  • No refunds or make-ups will be made for missed lessons cancelled by the student.
  • Thirty day written notice is required for withdrawal from the program to the Private instructor and the Private Lesson Coordinator.
  • Enrolled students make a commitment for a minimum of 32 weeks of lessons.
  • Students may enter the program after the semester begins and payments will be prorated accordingly.
  • All payments must be made to “Needham Public School.” Payment is accepted by check or on MySchool Bucks. Due to financial regulations, private lesson faculty are not allowed to accept payment directly from families. Private lesson faculty are Needham Public Schools employees and are compensated at the rate of $27.81 for 30 minutes as approved by the School Committee.
  • Any lesson missed by the Private Lesson Instructor will be made-up or refunded if the Private Lesson Instructor is unable to offer make-up lessons. If the Private Lesson Instructor has made a reasonable attempt to reschedule a missed lesson with a student, and the student did not reschedule, the student will forfeit this lesson.
  • Lessons will not begin until the registration form and payment are received by an individual student.


Questions regarding lesson registration and payment can be directed to the Private Lesson Coordinator: Valerie Becker, [email protected]



Private Lesson Forms:

LeeAnn Sutton
Director – Fine & Performing Arts Private Lessons Coordinator
Needham Public Schools  Valerie Becker
[email protected]

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