Private Lessons

Private Music Lessons
For All Ages

In-Person Hybrid  |  Online

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 and voice lessons.  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).


COVID Safety Guidelines
Please be assured that all in-person programs will follow strict safety protocols required by George Mason University and are subject to pivoting to all virtual platforms if health and safety conditions warrant. Required protocols will include masks, COVID vaccination, physical distancing, Mason COVID health checks, and more. Please visit our COVID Safety Guidelines for all in-person programs. We will be routinely updating the information as it evolves. Stay informed by visiting our website and looking out for email alerts and other Academy communications.

COVID Vaccination Requirements: The Academy expects all students who meet the age requirement to be vaccinated. We are working with the University to establish a verification process and will be reaching out to enrolled students with details when more information is available.



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

  • Teaching Artists – University trained musicians with substantial teaching experience as well as professional performing experience
  • Instructors – University trained musicians with professional teaching experience
  • Junior Instructors – Select upper-level Mason School of Music Undergraduate students specifically chosen by their professors to teach


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.


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!



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:

Teaching Artist Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $54.00     45 min= $70.50        60 min= $84.00

Instructor Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $44.50     45 min= $55.50       60 min= $66.50

Junior Instructor Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $39     45 min= $50.00        60 min= $61.50

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.

Payment Plan Available–We also provide monthly installments. A $10 Payment Plan Fee will be added to your receipt


In-Person Hybrid & Online Options

In-Person Hybrid Option
To adhere to the safety protocols established by George Mason University, all in-person lessons will follow a hybrid scheduling structure. Students with in-person lessons will rotate each week between in-person and online lessons at the same lesson day and time for the full semester. This will allow all of our spaces to properly ventilate after each in-person lesson. Students will be assigned to Group A or Group B for the full semester. Your group assignment will be determined by your exact placement within your instructor’s schedule. View the week-by-week fall calendar for hybrid scheduling HERE.
* View Spring 2022 Calendar HERE.

Please note that the hybrid schedule will remain fixed throughout the semester. It will not change around the holidays, weather closures, or any dates that have been excluded from a student’s registration due to the teacher’s availability. If a student’s in-person lesson week is missed, the student will continue with their group’s originally scheduled location assignment for the following week.


Fully Online Option
Families may choose the online lesson option. Please note that upon registration you will be committed to online lessons for the entire semester and will not be able to have occasional in-person lessons at the Academy.


Semester & Dates

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.


Spring: January 3 – June 11, 2022
Skip Dates:
Monday, January 17  (MLK Day)
Monday-Friday, April 4-9 (Spring Break)
Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)

Recital Dates:
June 4 & 5, 2022
Registered students receive an email to sign up for a recital day and time, and a subsequent email to notify them of their assignment.


Summer: June 13 – August 20, 2022
Skip Dates:
Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)

Recital Dates:
No recitals during the Summer.

Other Opportunities for Private Lesson Students

RECITALS:  All private lesson students are encouraged to participate in our Winter 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.



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.


Location & Hours

All lessons take place at the Academy building at 4260 Chain Bridge Rd in Fairfax (near Mason campus).

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

In-Person Hybrid Lessons:
Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays: 9 am – 9 pm
Tuesdays & Fridays: 9 am – 8 pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 3 pm

Online Lessons:
Mondays – Fridays: 9 am – 9 pm EST
Saturdays: 9 am – 4 pm EST


We are open for Private lessons during the following times in Summer 2022:

In-Person Hybrid Lessons:
Mondays – Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm EST
Fridays: 11 am – 4 pm EST
Saturdays: (online only, see below)

Online Lessons:
Mondays – Fridays: 9 am – 9 pm EST
Saturdays: 10 am – 2 pm EST




Missed Lesson Policy

Note: All make-up lessons will be held online on the instructor’s schedule. 

Due to Academy space limitations, and out of respect for our faculty’s schedules, lessons missed by students are not eligible for make-up lessons or for refunds.

If a lesson must be missed due to illness or a family emergency, one make-up lesson in the fall and two make-up lessons in the spring will be given, with sufficient notice. Notice must be given in writing to the instructor by 11 am (EST) the day of a weekday lesson, or by 7 pm (EST) on Friday for a Saturday lesson. There are no make-ups for missed trial lessons. Due to the flexible scheduling offered for the Summer semester, no make-ups will be given.

If a student misses a make-up lesson scheduled with the Academy and the instructor, then no additional make-up will be offered and no refund will be given.

Any lessons canceled by the Academy or by the instructor will be made up, and will not count toward the student’s make-up limit.

If students arrive late, they may use the remaining time of their lesson with no refund or makeup offered. Instructors are not required to teach students arriving later than 15 minutes after the scheduled lesson time.

To learn more about our makeup lessons and other policies, please download and read our Private Lesson Student Handbook here:



Online Lesson Policies

Technology Requirements
All online lesson students must have access to a device with up to date audio/visual capabilities. This includes a computer (desktop or laptop), tablet, or cell phone with a working camera and microphone. Zoom is George Mason University’s recommended platform for video/conference calls. More information on how to access and enroll in these online platforms will be provided to you at the time of your online lesson registration.

Recording lessons in any form is strictly prohibited without prior written consent from the student/parent (if a minor) and instructor.



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