Private Lessons FAQ

Have questions about private lessons? The registration form contains most of the information you may be seeking. Here are some common questions from students and parents, with answers below.

When do lessons start, and when do they occur during the week?

Lessons are given on a trimester basis, with ten lessons per trimester. The dates for 2023–2024 are as follows:

  • Trimester 1: September 18–December 8, 2023 (tuition due 9/11/23)
  • Trimester 2: December 11, 2023–March 15, 2024 (tuition due 12/1/23)
  • Trimester 3: March 18–June 14, 2024 (tuition due 3/8/24)

Lessons are generally given between 3:00pm and 8:00pm on weekdays, usually at one of the Bedford schools. Students may choose thirty, forty-five, or sixty-minute lessons. Lessons during the 2023-2024 school year may be in person or virtual.

Who chooses my student’s teacher?

POMS contracts with a select group of professional musicians and music teachers to provide the best possible experience for students. The POMS private-lesson coordinator will match students with teachers, based on teacher availability. A list of current teachers can be found on the Private Lessons page. If you would like to request a particular teacher, please indicate that on the registration form, and we’ll make every effort to accommodate the request.

What instruments do you offer?

  • Piano
  • Violin (classical)
  • Violin (fiddle)
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String Bass
  • Ukulele
  • Guitar (acoustic)
  • Guitar (electric)
  • Bass guitar
  • Clawhammer banjo
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium
  • Percussion/Drums
  • Voice

How do I get an instrument?

Instrument rental is the responsibility of the student. A list of recommended instrument suppliers is at the bottom of the Private Lessons page.

How much do lessons cost? How do I pay for them?

Tuition is prorated, depending on lesson length, at a rate of $54/hour. You can pay by trimester, or pay in full at the beginning of the year. Please pay by check, made out to “POMS Private Lessons” with the student name(s) in the memo line, and mail or deliver to our private-lesson coordinator (address on the registration form).

Lesson rate per trimester

  • 30-minute: $270
  • 45-minute: $405
  • 60-minute: $540

There is also an annual one-time registration fee of $15 for the program year (not including any summer lessons). If you have more than one student in your family taking lessons, or if your student takes lessons for more than one instrument, the total fee for your family is $25.

Second- and third-trimester payments should be made by check, with student information in the memo line. You do not have to submit another registration form unless your lesson details are changing.

Financial aid is available! If your student needs financial aid for lessons, please check the box on the registration form. We encourage families to make donations toward lesson scholarships if they are able to do so.

What happens after I send in my registration form?

Our private-lesson staff will record your registration and payment, and match the student with a teacher. The teacher will contact you before the trimester begins to set up the lesson schedule. Depending on when you submit your registration, there may be several weeks between registration and your first contact from your teacher.

I sent in my form a few weeks ago, but I haven’t heard from a teacher yet. What do I do?

Please contact Jim O’Malley to confirm receipt of your form and check in on your teacher assignment.

Do I have to stay with my student during the lesson?

POMS strongly encourages adults to stay with their student(s) during the lesson (either in the hallway, or in some cases, in the room). There is no supervision for students waiting for their lessons, and teachers and school staff are not responsible for unaccompanied or unsupervised students. Older students (high school and middle school) may be responsible enough to get themselves to and from their own lessons.

My student isn’t clicking with the teacher. What do we do?

We want every student to have a positive experience with their lessons. Students may request a different teacher at any time during the year, but we ask that switches be made only between trimesters, not in the middle of a trimester.

Still have questions? Contact Jim O’Malley.