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catered to you—whether you're a working musician, or trying an instrument for the first time.

Lessons at SCE

Whatever your musical goals, lessons at SCE can help you get where you want to go.

Study one-on-one with our exceptional School of Continuing Education (SCE) faculty with lessons in voice and all instrument families. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a total rookie, private lessons are available at all levels in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, and world music styles.

Take lessons in:

18th Century Counterpoint | Accordion | Baroque Improvisation | Double Bass | Bassoon | Cello | Clarinet | Composition | Conducting | Contemporary Improvisation | Flute | French Horn | Guitar | Harp | Harpsichord | Jazz Bass | Jazz Composition | Jazz Guitar | Jazz Improvisation | Jazz Percussion | Jazz Piano | Jazz Saxophone | Jazz Theory | Jazz Trombone | Jazz Trumpet | Jazz Violin | Jazz Voice | Modal Counterpoint | Oboe | Organ | Percussion | Piano | Recorder | Saxophone | Theory | Trombone | Trumpet | Tuba | Viola | Violin | Voice

Register for Fall 2018

Registration is open now! To begin lessons at the start of Fall semester:

  • January 3-20: placement meetings. Get matched with your teacher! Before you register for your lessons, you'll meet with our department chairs, who will match you with a teacher who will match your needs.
  • January 22: spring semester begins! Ends May 18th.
  • To schedule your placement meeting, contact us now

Getting started:

  1. Contact the School of Continuing Education and tell us about your interests. Call 617-585-1701 or email now to get started
  2. We'll set up an informal meeting for you to meet one of our department chairs. You'll share where you are now and where you want to go, and our department chair will offer a personalized recommendation for which teacher will be a good fit for you.
  3. Once you've been matched with a teacher, it's time to register!

Register for Private Lessons

Note: To register for-credit, please contact the SCE office at 617-585-1701 or in person at 241 St. Botolph, Rm. 108.

Private Lesson Fees

Non-creditSchool of Continuing Education Credit*
60-minute lessons: $113.00/lesson4 CE credits: $2900 for 15 hours of instruction
45-minute lessons: $86.00/lesson3 CE credits: $2175 for 11.25 hours of instruction
30-minute lessons: $58.00/lesson2 CE credits: $1450 for 7.5 hours of instruction
  • Please note that some instructors' fees may be higher.
  • *Students taking lessons for credit will be evaluated by the Department Chair and a panel at the end of the semester.  This evaluation will take place of the final lesson.

More with Private Lessons:

Stellar faculty

Our School of Continuing Education faculty are accomplished, inspiring, and ready to welcome you—whether you're a nervous beginner or a seasoned professional. Browse SCE faculty

Certificate programs

Private Studio instruction is at the core of our certificate programs. More about Certificate Programs


SCE students are encouraged to perform in masterclasses and recitals that occur throughout the academic year. Certificate students are required to perform a solo recital as a capstone experience.

Private instruction in performance practice

In addition to traditional lessons, private lessons are available in composition, conducting, jazz arranging, music theory, musical sightreading, orchestration, and music technology. To inquire about these lessons, contact the SCE office