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Private Music Lesson Program (PK3-Gr 8)

We are proud to be one of the only schools in Cincinnati to offer private music lessons during the school day. We strive to provide informed musical learning, while challenging students toward personal growth. The Private Music Lesson Program (PMLP) Handbook contains additional information including recital schedules, auto-payment dates, and withdrawal policies. Your private lesson teacher will contact you during the first week of school with your assigned lesson time. Lessons typically begin the second week of school for all registered students.

  • PK - Grade 4 weekly student lessons occur during non-critical learning times with homeroom teacher approval.  Register online and schedule tuition payments.
  • Grade 5-8 students have more limited options, which may include before school, lunch/recess, a study hall, and after school. Register online and schedule tuition payments.

Please email Lydia Woodin with any questions. We also have private teacher information for Grade 7-12 students where instructors set individual rates and schedules and collect their own tuition ... see links below.

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2020-2021 Quarterly Rates based on eight ½ hour lessons/quarter
(We make sure your student receives 32 half hour lessons over the 37 week school year.)

Wunderkeys Private Piano for Non-Readers (PK3*- Grade K)

*Space for PK3 students in our Wunderkeys program is limited. Use this readiness page to determine if your child is prepared for this music experience.

Wunderkeys is a private piano program specially designed for children ages 4 and 5 with no musical experience. Students acquire piano skills, learn to identify patterns, and gain the rhythmic understanding needed for continued success studying piano. Reading is not a prerequisite.

$230 tuition + $45 book fee


Private Piano (Grades K-8) 

Our private piano teachers begin lessons with the Piano Adventures Primer, My First Piano Adventures, or Little Mozart series, and follow those primer methods with the Faber: Piano Adventures series. Piano students use the Lesson, Technique & Artistry, and Theory books in collaboration during lessons to support the process of learning to play the instrument and read the notes themselves.

Please note that students need a keyboard at home for practice. We recommend that Kindergarten students taking private piano be able to read. If your student is not yet reading, consider starting them in our Wunderkeys program. If their teacher feels it appropriate later in the year, they can switch to the traditional method. If you are unsure, contact Lydia Woodin who will arrange for a teacher to evaluate your child and identify the program that will best serve their musical learning.

$230 tuition + $45 book fee


Group Voice (Grades K-1)

Group voice is a great way for young singers to begin their vocal training. Students learn alongside 1-2 of their classmates, sing songs together, and usually receive smaller solo opportunities within their group setting.
$165 tuition + $45 book fee

Private Voice (Grades K-8*)
*Gr 7-8 students previously in the program may continue.  Contact Lydia Woodin for registration instructions. 

Private voice lessons use The Full Voice method, which includes vocal warmups, solfege, and note reading. Lessons emphasize breathing, matching pitch, expression, memorization, reading music, and drama. Voice students study a variety of styles, ranging from traditional hymns, to Broadway show tunes, and even classic Disney hits. Advancing students will also have the opportunity to learn foreign language songs. Voice lessons are a wonderful way to build self-confidence in students as they bring their music - and their personalities - to life.

$230 tuition + $45 book fee


Lower E Vocal Ensemble (Grades 2-3)

Registered private voice students can join a vocal ensemble Mrs. Hill directs. The group meets weekly from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. before school and uses their private voice training to divide into different parts and harmonize together. This group has several performing opportunities, including ArtBeat, Fine Arts Fundraisers, and as pre-concert music to the Lower School programs.

$25 tuition

Private Violin, Viola, Cello (PK4-Grade 8) and String Bass (Gr 5-8)

String lessons are taught combining the Suzuki and Sassmannshaus methods, specifically tuned to each child's progress. For advancing students, we provide supplementary materials based on student interests and abilities. Please note that PK4 and Kindergarten students need an adult to participate in practice sessions at home. We highly recommend a parent of any beginning student attend the first lesson if possible. We recommend instrument rental from Antonio Violins who will give you the correct size and can easily trade to larger sizes as your child grows.

$230 tuition + $45 book fee


Group Stringed Ensemble (Grades K-8)

Registered private string students can augment lessons with weekly group classes (divided by student level), held before school from 8:00-8:30 a.m. for EBL Campus students and 7:25-7:55 a.m. for Founder's Campus students. Participants enjoy an added social element and often progress faster than their peers. Advancing group class members are invited to perform in the Woodin String Ensemble, playing frequently at events including ArtBeat, Fine Arts Fundraisers, and as pre-concert music to Lower and Upper School concerts.

$25 tuition


Private Woodwind* (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone - Grades 5-8)
Private Brass* (Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone - Grades 5-8)
*Additional specialized instruments may be available upon request

Lessons for wind and brass students begin as an extension of classroom instruction, originating from the same materials, and expand to develop the student further - depending on their individual strengths and musical interests.

Please note: Since private wind and brass instruction are part of our expanded lesson program, teachers will be hired to accommodate registration requests. Contact PMLP Director Lydia Woodin with questions.

$230 tuition + $45 book fee



Important Information

  • Private Music Lesson Program Handbook
  • $45 annual book fee/class is non-refundable and due upon registration
  • $40 annual family registration fee is non-refundable due upon registration
  • $10 pianist fee for students using piano accompaniment billed at recital time
  • Private Music Lesson Program Withdrawal Form

Important Dates

  • Online registration opens 06/01/20
  • 08/14/20 - Quarter 1 auto-payment withdrawal
  • 08/19/20 @ 8:30 - 11:00 - Private Music Lesson Program Open House (EBL Campus gym)
  • 08/24/20 - 2020-2021 Lessons begin
  • 09/04/20 - $25 late registration fee starts
  • 10/09/20 - Quarter 2 auto-payment withdrawal
  • 12/11/20 - Quarter 3 auto-payment withdrawal
  • 03/05/21 - Quarter 4 auto-payment withdrawal
  • 05/12/21 - PK3 - Gr 1 PMLP Recital (during school in the EBL Campus gym)
  • 05/10/21 and 05/11/21 - Gr 2-8 PMLP Recitals (evening in Lindner Theater)

Private Music Lesson Program Faculty