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Private Music Lessons

In addition to our ensemble-based classes, Westtown offers a roster of highly qualified professional musicians for individual music lessons. Upper School students receive credit for their private music lessons.

How to register

Students will be able to register for lessons at two points during the year:

1.) Start of school year (cut-off is add/drop);

2.) Start of the second semester (by the end of first semester exams)

Students will be registered for Applied Lessons 1, 2, 3(adv.), or 4(adv.) in correspondence with the number of years of lessons they have completed in the Upper School on the same instrument.

Students wishing to register for lessons should request the registration form from T. David Fontes ([email protected]).

Payment

Private lessons are an additional fee not covered by tuition. Payment for lessons is arranged between the lesson teacher and the student/student’s family. The cost of lessons is specific to each individual teacher.

Grading

Students receive credit for their lessons; however private lessons do not count towards fulfilling the Arts requirement. In order to earn academic credit for private lessons the following criteria must be met:

  • Students must attend 12 lessons during Semester 1, and 14 lessons for Semester 2. A minimum of 26 lessons is required for students for the academic year. Students beginning at the start of Semester 2 will be required to fulfill the (prorated) 14 lesson requirement.
  • Each semester, lessons will be graded Pass/Fail at the discretion of the lesson teacher.
  • Private lesson teachers will submit written comments 2 times each year: at the end of Semester 1 and at the end of the year using a standardized form which will be sent to them by the Director of Applied Music. These comments appear on the student grade report and serve as academic evidence of lesson progress.

Recital Performance

Students in Levels 1 and 2 MUST participate in a recital performance before the end of the year. This may be a studio recital or as part of the end of year campus recital in May.

Students taking lessons at Levels 3 and 4 MUST participate in the annual school recital that occurs in the Spring.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Teacher David Fontes, Director of Applied Music at [email protected].

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