Private Lessons

Private Music Lessons
For All Ages

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


Note: Due to COVID-19, all private lessons are now online.


Bring music lessons straight to your home! We are excited to provide online private music lessons for students wishing to continue their musical journey at home. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, a young child or seasoned adult, you are welcome to join us for online private lessons. Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA offers the perfect blend of university-quality music instruction and a supportive environment.

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.  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:

  • 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



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 (following a trial lesson). Rates vary according to lesson length and teacher category as follows:

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.


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.

All lessons are held online. See Home Lesson Setup Guides for additional support.
Mondays – Saturdays 9 am – 9 pm EST

Spring: January 4 – June 12, 2021
Skip Dates:
Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
March 29-April 3 (Spring Break)
Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)

Recital Dates:
June 5 & 6, 2021
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 14 – August 21, 2021
Skip Date:
Saturday, June 19 (Juneteenth)


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.


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.

Missed Lesson Policy
Students must call/be available as advised by their instructor at their regular lesson time each week. If a student is unreachable, this is treated as an unexcused absence. Due to our faculty’s schedule limitations, 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, two make-up lessons 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.

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:





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