Individual Music Lessons

Individual Music Lessons

The Durham Arts Council provides the opportunity for children and adults to participate in individual music lessons from beginning to advanced skill levels. Our music faculty is comprised of experienced professional musicians and educators, trained at some of the country’s finest music conservatories and universities. All instructors perform professionally, both as solo artists and with symphonies, chamber groups, opera companies and other music ensembles. Every student enrolled in the individual music lesson program is invited to perform at the Spring Student Recital. To inquire about Individual Music Lessons, please call (919) 560-2726. Individual Music Scholarships are provided by the Andrew Goodridge Music Scholarship Fund. Please call for more information.

Cost per lesson: 30 minutes- $26; 45 minutes- $40; 60 minutes- $54 

Student Recitals
Each instructor arranges for one or more student recitals per year that are held at DAC. All students have the opportunity to participate and share what they have learned with family and friends. Please consult with your instructor for recital times and performing opportunities.

*At this time in-person recitals have be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

Individual Music Lesson Registration

All new and continuing students must register each semester with DAC School Office. A student will not be considered enrolled in the program and lessons may not begin until registration is completed and full payment or payment arrangements are made with DAC School.

NEW STUDENTS may enroll in the music lesson program at the beginning of a semester or at any time during the year when teaching time becomes available with a DAC instructor. A new student will register and complete enrollment forms the same as continuing students prior to the first lesson and will pay the semester tuition or arrange for a payment plan. The semester is prorated for new students based on starting date. New students please fill out the Music Lesson Inquiry form to the right. You will be contacted by a DAC staff member when the form is received. 

CONTINUING STUDENTS in the DAC Music Lesson Program must register each semester with DAC prior to beginning the new semester of lessons. At registration time, the student or parent must fill out the registration form, provide updated emergency contact information, sign the program waiver, indicate continuing instructor, and make full semester payment or select payment plan.

Payment Plans for Individual Music

Payment Plan A: Semester Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration, prior to the first lesson. DAC can accept payment by cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Students who prepay tuition in full will receive a $12.00 discount on each semester’s tuition. This does not apply to scholarships. 

Payment Plan B: This plan requires a 50% first installment of the full tuition for the semester prior to the first lesson, and then the tuition balance is automatically charged at the half way mark of your lessons to your credit or debit card. There is no fee for this service and you must have a credit card on file with DAC.

Youth Music Lesson Scholarships

The Durham Arts Council is pleased to be able to provide partial scholarships through the Andrew Goodridge Music Scholarship Fund for students based on financial need and the desire to pursue music education. Andrew Goodridge was a life-long lover of the arts; as an all-state trombonist in his Connecticut high school, a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in English and Poetry, a published poet in North Carolina, and an amateur actor here in Durham. His love of children and his joy and exuberance in life and the creative process make DAC a natural place to carry on his legacy. The Fund, created in his memory to support the DAC School Scholarship program, is a gift from his parents, Jane and George, and his sisters, Ellen and Carolyn. Additional contributions to this fund are always welcome. Please call our office at 919-560-2726 for more information or an application.

Make Up Lessons and Cancellations

Students are expected to attend all lessons. Only one make up lesson per term is allowed for an individual lesson excused by the instructor due to illness or emergency. This lesson may be rescheduled with the instructor for the makeup week following the semester. The instructor may elect to schedule this make up lesson at another time during the current term, if there is space available. There are no refunds or credits given for any other missed lessons. Notification of inability to attend a lesson may enable the instructor to use the time productively, but does not excuse payment for the contracted lessons. If a student must cancel a lesson he/she should call DAC at least 24 hours in advance.

Holidays, Emergency Closings and Instructor Absence

If an instructor is absent for any reason, the instructor will schedule a makeup time for the missed lesson either during the term if possible, or during the makeup days at the end of the term. If an instructor is unable to make up your excused lesson or missed lesson due to instructor absence, then DAC will carry forward a credit on the student’s account that may be applied toward the next semester’s tuition. If DAC cancels classes due to inclement weather or other emergency, instructors will arrange make up lessons or the student’s account will carry forward a credit to next semester. Classes and music lessons are not held on major holidays when the Durham Arts Council is closed. Please see calendar for closure dates. Instructors will reschedule lesson times with you as needed.

Withdrawals and Refunds

If a student elects to discontinue lessons during a term, the semester tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable to a subsequent term, and tuition may not be transferred to another family member’s account. There are two exceptions to this: 1. Credits carried forward from the previous semester for missed lessons due to instructor absence or lessons cancelled by DAC due to inclement weather. 2. A new DAC music student may withdraw only after the first lesson. If a new student and/or parent, in consultation with the instructor, chooses to withdraw from the DAC program after the first lesson, they must contact the DAC School at 919-560-2726 no later than three days after the first lesson. New students who choose to withdraw from the program at this time will receive refund of the semester tuition, less the first lesson fee and the $25 withdrawal fee.