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Private Music Instruction

Blair Academy welcomes students of all ages and abilities, from young beginners to advanced performers. Private instruction is offered in voice, piano, orchestral instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion), folk instruments (fiddle, guitar and dulcimer) and jazz instruments (guitar, piano and drums).

Our acclaimed faculty have a reputation for personal excellence and for their commitment to students as developing musicians and human beings. Many faculty members teach both Blair Academy and university students, highly valuing their involvement with both.

Summer 2021 private instruction


Private lessons will be offered on Zoom this summer. When conditions permit, we plan to transition to a hybrid model of private lessons. Some lessons will be in person, and some will be on Zoom to maximize social distancing and safety.  At that time, please talk to the instructor about what’s right for your student.

Every new student must contact a faculty member for a placement interview before registering for lessons. Faculty are happy to answer questions about lessons, procedures, and expectations. See the faculty contact list below.

The Blair Academy semester is 16 weeks, which includes 15 lessons and a jury/performance exam. Tuition listed covers the full 16-week semester. New students may apply for a need-based scholarship at the time of registration. Learn more about our scholarship programs.

When ready to register,  email the Blair Academy Registrar, Rachel Hobbs  or call her at 615-322-7655 for instructions.  Registration can be completed by clicking here

Tuition for all orchestral Instruments, plus piano, guitar and voice:
30-minute weekly lessons: $1,280
45-minute weekly lessons: $1,805
60-minute weekly lessons: $2,270

Tuition for all folk instruments (fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo)
30-minute weekly lessons: $775
45-minute weekly lessons: $1,150
60-minute weekly lessons: $1,530

Complete Faculty Listing 

Brass Instruments

Folk Instruments

Guitar (Classical)


Jazz Instruments


Piano (for students with one year or more of previous study)

  • Heather Conner
    • NOTE: Piano interviews on Zoom will be held by appointment.

Piano  (for beginners)

String Instruments

Voice (high school age and older)

Woodwind Instruments