A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester County, New York

Private Music Lesson Program

General Information

  • Private music lessons are offered as enrichment to the student's education.
  • Private lessons are offered in voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Lessons utilize the characteristic literature of the instrument or voice.
  • Private lessons are taught by professional specialists who have been selected for their outstanding ability to teach and relate to young people.
  • Lessons are scheduled before and after school, or during the school day, and meet approximately once per week.
  • Any interested RCDS student in Grades 4 –12 is eligible to take private music lessons. 
    • Students in Grades K – 3 who would like to take piano lessons will also be considered.
      • Please note: Students in Grades K – 1 may only register for lessons before and after school.
    • Private voice instruction is available to students starting in Grade 4.

Student Responsibilities

  • Be fully prepared for each lesson.
  • Schedule time to practice.
  • Comply with all school policies.
  • Follow guidelines pertaining to absences (see cancellation policy below).
  • Try their best in each lesson.
  • Have fun!

Costs & Fees

  • 30-Minute Lesson: $65.00/session
  • 40-Minute Lesson: $75.00/session

Private lessons occur once a week or once in a six-day cycle. The length of the lesson depends on student/teacher schedule availability. Parents are billed in advance (to the RCDS student account) in 12-lesson packages. There is a one-time registration and music supply fee of $65.00. 

For students who receive financial aid, music lessons are covered at the same percentage as the financial aid grant for tuition. Please note, the total program cost will be adjusted to match your financial aid grant percentage by the Business Office after the form is submitted. 

RCDS Lesson Cancellation and Make-Up Policies

The tuition for private lessons pays not only for the lesson time but also lesson planning, parent consultation, and recital organization. Because the teacher clears his or her own schedule of other commitments to provide a regular lesson time and conflicts can arise for the student, the cancellation policy must be strictly followed out of mutual respect.

STUDENT COMMITMENT: Signing up for private lessons indicates a commitment to attending lessons consistently. It should not be expected that lesson times can be changed for extracurricular activities, sports, or school clubs. 

CANCELLING LESSONS: If at any point the student wants to discontinue lessons, the student shall be responsible for payment for two more lessons after the last scheduled lesson. Lessons cannot be cancelled in the last 4 weeks of the school year. 

  • Students may cancel a lesson for school trips or school absence without charge if they provide the teacher more than 24 hours notice.*
  • In the case of illness only: the student may cancel by 8 a.m. the morning of the lesson without charge and be eligible for a make-up lesson at a mutually agreeable time. If the student does not wish to schedule a make-up lesson, or is unavailable for a make-up lesson, the full lesson fee will be charged.
  • If the student misses a lesson without proper notice, the entire lesson fee will be charged, and the student will not be eligible for a make-up lesson.
  • The School may suspend lessons if it seems to be compromising a student’s other schoolwork.

*NOTE: The School does not report absences to the private teachers. To cancel a lesson, you must email the teacher directly.

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**If would like to register for multiple instruments/voice, please complete separate forms for each.**

Private Lesson Teachers

Piano

Keith Burton

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French Horn and Piano

Sara Della Posta

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Piano

Dianne Ellis

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Brass

Jonathan Greenberg

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Piano

Tom Kohl

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Saxophone and Clarinet

Alex McCabe

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Percussion

Chris Nappi

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Voice

Susan Owen

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Flute

John Ragusa

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Voice

Amelia Watkins

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