Private Lessons


Private Music Lessons
For Kids, Teens and Adults

Private lessons and classes 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 singing or instrument lessons.  Improve your technique and repertoire, enjoy music making and performing all while creating new friendships with other musicians.   Mason’s Potomac 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 Potomac Arts Academy are learning voice, piano, violin and viola, cello, guitar, flute and more.



We have a full range of instructors 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.  


Group Classes vs. Private Lessons

Private lessons offer individual instruction geared specifically to each student’s needs and goals.  All experience levels and ages are welcome, however we recommend starting with GROUP MUSIC CLASSES when possible, then progressing to private music lessons.  For voice lessons, most teachers recommmend starting when a students 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.

For private lessons, we suggest starting by scheduling a paid (non-refundable) trial lesson with an instructor to ensure a good fit.  After the trial lesson, students can then schedule a consistent day & time for the remainder of the current semester.  Be sure to read the PRIVATE LESSON STUDENT HANDBOOK for all our policies and procedures.

Other Opportunities For Private Lesson Students


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.  LearnMoreButton

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

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


Private Lesson Details

All students pay a program fee of $30 per semester ($45 max per family) in addition to the rate per lesson below. Students who register with 4 weeks or less left in the semester will pay only a $15 program fee ($25 max per family).
Students can choose 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute lessons.  Rates vary according to lesson length and instructor as follows:

Teaching Artist Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $48.50     45 min= $63        60 min= $75.50

Instructor Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $40     45 min= $50        60 min= $60

Junior Instructor Rate Per Lesson:
30min= $35     45 min= $45        60 min= $55


Lessons are scheduled weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters, and on a more flexible basis during the Summer.  Students commit to a weekly lesson each semester; the whole year is not required but is highly encouraged.  We accept new students all year long, as space and instructor availability allows.

FALL 2017 Semester:  September 5 – December 16, 2017
Important Semester Dates, Fall 2017

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Skip Dates Fall 2017:

November 22 – 25, 2017 (Thanksgiving)

Recital Dates:
December 9 & 10, 2017
Registered students receive an email to sign up for a recital day and time, and a subsequent email to notify them of their assignment.

SPRING 2018 Semester:  January 2 – June 16, 2018
Important Semester Dates, Spring 2018

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Skip Dates Spring 2018:

January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
March 26-31, 2018 (FCPS Spring Break)
May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)

Recital Dates:
June 2 & 3, 2018
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 2018 Semester:  June 18 – August 25, 2018
No lessons on July 4



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.



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.


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 sufficient prior notice (see handbook for details and exceptions).  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:



New students may schedule a trial lesson before committing to the full semester.