Private Lesson Program


School Year 2021-2022 Private Lessons and School Closures for information click on the link below 

Private Music Instruction Registration

Private Lesson Program

The Needham Public Schools offers a comprehensive program of private instruction for beginners through advanced music students. Private lessons greatly enhance a student’s success and enjoyment of a musical instrument. An improved level of individual performance translates into greater achievement in school ensembles, increase opportunities through recitals and select groups, and most importantly, increased enjoyment and self-satisfaction on the part of the student. All Needham Public School music students are encouraged to study privately if possible.

Private instruction is available on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and voice.

Private Lesson Instructors:

Please click Private Lesson Teacher Listfor a list of our Private Lesson Instructors and their contact information.

Lesson Rates:

30 mins: $27.81 per lesson/ $445 per 16 week semester/ $890. per 32 week academic year

45 mins: $41.72 per lesson/ $667.50 per 16 week semester/ $1,335. per 32 week academic year

60 mins: $55.62 per lesson/ $890. per 16 week semester/ $1,780. per 32 week academic year

Annual registration fee: $75 for first child, $10 for each sibling

Payment Options:

Option A: Pay once per semester (2 payments per academic year)

Option B:  Pay twice per semester (4 payments per academic year)

Option C: Pay four times per semester (8 payments per academic year)

Private Lesson Calendar:

Lessons are split into two semesters of 16 lessons each for a total of 32 lessons per academic year. Scheduling of the lessons is done in consultation with each private instruction. Additional lessons beyond 32 weeks can be arranged in consultation with the instructor. There will be no lessons on Needham Public School vacations and holidays.


  • No refunds or make-ups will be made for missed lessons cancelled by the student.


  • Thirty day written notice is required for withdrawal from the program.


  • Students may enter the program the semester begins and payments will be prorated accordingly.


  • All payments must be made to “Needham Public School.” Payment is accepted by check or on MySchool Bucks. Due to financial regulations, private lesson faculty are not allowed to accept payment directly from families. Private lesson faculty are Needham Public Schools employees and are compensated at the rate of $27.41 for 30 minutes as approved by the School Committee.


  • Any lesson missed by the Private Lesson Instructor will be made-up or refunded if the Private Lesson Instructor is unable to offer make-up lessons. If the Private Lesson Instructor has made a reasonable attempt to reschedule a missed lesson with a student, and the student did not reschedule, the student will forfeit this lesson.


  • Lessons will not begin until the registration form and payment are received by an individual student.



Registration Steps:

  • Talk to your teacher and determine your lesson schedule. All lessons days and times must be agreed upon in advance by the student and teacher.  


  • Fill out the attached registration form and send it along with your payment (checks made out to “Needham Public Schools”) to “SY21-22 Private Lesson Registration, Fine/Performing Arts Office, Needham High School, 609 Webster St. Needham, MA 02494.              


  • Once your registration form/payment has been received, we will notify the Private Teacher.  

If you have any questions regarding private lesson registration please contact your Private Teacher or the Private lesson coordinator.
LeeAnn Sutton


Private Lesson Forms:

LeeAnn Sutton
Director – Fine & Performing Arts Private Lessons Coordinator
Needham Public Schools

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