Private Lessons

Private Music Lessons at the Academy

Private Music Lessons
For Kids, Teens and Adults

Private lessons may be started at any time during the year!

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, a young child or seasoned adult, you are welcome to join us for private music lessons, including voice and instruments of all types.  Improve your technique and repertoire, enjoy music making and performing all while creating new friendships with other musicians.   Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA offers the perfect blend of university-quality music teachers and a supportive environment with other community members. Students of all ages at Mason Community Arts Academy are learning voice, piano, violin and viola, cello, guitar, flute and more.

Our Private Lesson Coordinator can help you select a teacher, schedule a consistent weekly day and time for lessons, and set up a trial lesson* to ensure a good fit before committing to the remainder of the current semester (Fall, Spring or Summer).  Be sure to read the PRIVATE LESSON STUDENT HANDBOOK for all our policies and procedures.
*Please note that the Trial Lesson is a paid lesson (see rates below).



We have a full range of teacher categories to choose from, including:


Note: Because we are part of George Mason University, on occasion Mason School of Music students may observe and/or assist the instructor with lessons or classes.  This is for educational purposes only.  


Check out upcoming performances featuring some of our talented faculty members!


Private Lessons vs. Group Classes

Private lessons offer individual instruction geared specifically to each student’s needs and goals.  All experience levels and ages are welcome, however we recommend beginners to start with specific GROUP MUSIC CLASSES when possible, then progressing to private music lessons.  For voice lessons, most teachers recommend starting when a student’s voice is fully developed after puberty.  However, younger students can start with GROUP VOICE CLASSES as early as age 5 to learn basics of strong vocal technique with proper breathing, vocal exercises and basic musicianship in a fun, engaging environment. We also have specific GROUP CLASSES for more advanced and supplemental ensemble learning experiences. Feel free to contact us for further advice!


Private Lesson Details

Students can choose 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute lessons.  Options for teacher category are dependent on current availability and schedule. Students commit to a weekly lesson each semester (following a trial lesson). Rates vary according to lesson length and teacher category as follows:

Effective Fall 2019
Teaching Artist Rate Per Lesson:

30min= $51.50     45 min= $67        60 min= $80

Instructor Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $42.50     45 min= $53       60 min= $63.50

Junior Instructor Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $37     45 min= $47.50        60 min= $58.50

Total cost of lessons will depend on the number of weeks remaining in the semester at the time of registration. Additionally, all students pay a $35 program fee per semester ($50 max per family). Students who register with 4 weeks or less left in the current semester will pay only a $15 program fee ($25 max per family).  Read about our withdrawal policy in the Student Handbook below.


Lessons are scheduled weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters, and on a more flexible basis during the Summer.   We accept new students all year long, as space and instructor availability allows.

Fall 2019 Semester:  August 26 – December 20, 2019
Important Semester Dates

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Skip Dates Fall 2019:

September 2, 2019 (Labor Day)
November 27 – 30, 2019 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Recital Dates:

December 14 & 15, 2019

Registered students receive an email to sign up for a recital day and time, and a subsequent email to notify them of their assignment.


Voice Student performing at recital


Other Opportunities For Private Lesson Students

VIVACE!:  This new advanced musicianship program offers musical enrichment as a supplement for private lessons for devoted music students seeking to enliven, enhance and intensify their musical studies, and connect with a like-minded community of dedicated musicians.

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RECITALS:  All Private Lesson students are encouraged to participate in our Fall and Spring Recitals which take place in the de Laski Performing Arts Building on the Mason campus – friends and family are welcome.   Other performance opportunities are also available such as the Spring Music Competition and the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts event.

CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES:  Learn amazing chamber repertoire while enhancing intonation, rhythm, and expressive skills through close work with peers.

STUDIO CLASSES:  Many teachers at the Academy offer studio classes on Friday evenings for extra enrichment and performance practice.  Check with your instructor for details.


Locations and Hours

Weekday lessons take place at the Academy building at 4260 Chain Bridge Rd in Fairfax (near Mason campus). Saturday lessons take place on the Mason Fairfax campus in the de Laski Performing Arts Building.

We are open for Private lessons during the following times in Fall and Spring:

Mondays & Thursdays 11 am – 9 pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 11 am – 8 pm
Fridays 11 am – 8 pm
Saturdays 9 am – 4 pm

Note:  Summer hours are reduced.  Call to inquire.



Makeup Lessons/Policies

Due to Academy space limitations and faculty time limitations, students are allowed 1 makeup lesson in the Fall semester and 2 makeup lessons in the Spring semester for illness or family emergency only with with notification to instructor by 11 am the day of a weekday lesson, or by 7 pm on Friday for a Saturday lesson (see handbook for details).  No makeups are allowed for trial lessons or the summer semester due to the flexible scheduling offered.  All lessons cancelled by the instructor or by the Academy will be made up.  To learn more about our makeup lessons and other policies, please download and read our Private Lesson Student Handbook here:



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