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Private Music Instruction

private lessons

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, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer and banjo) 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.

Students who are interested in private lessons should first email the Blair Academy Registrar, Rachel Hobbs or call her at 615-322-7655. After a brief interview, students will be directed to contact a faculty member for a placement interview before registration. Faculty and staff are happy to answer questions about lessons, procedures and expectations. To learn more about our faculty, visit the faculty webpage.


Fees for private instruction

privateThe 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.

Tuition for all orchestral Instruments, plus piano, guitar and voice:
30-minute weekly lessons: $1,225
45-minute weekly lessons: $1,730
60-minute weekly lessons: $2,175

Tuition for all folk instruments (fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo)
30-minute weekly lessons: $745
45-minute weekly lessons: $1,100
60-minute weekly lessons: $1,465