Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Music on the Hill offers weekly private lessons in the DC area for students aged 6 and up. We do not take a summer vacation, but teach throughout the summer. We also provide adult music lessons. All of our teachers are highly experienced and qualified music educators.

Copy of File_000All lessons are $45 per half hour, $85 per hour.

Lessons are available for: guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, voice, violin, saxophone, percussion, clarinet, flute, and ukulele, and trumpet.

Music on the Hill Lesson Policies

During the school year (September-May), tuition is charged on the 1st for the coming month’s lessons.Students are paying for a reserved slot in their teacher’s schedule, regardless of the attendance of the student. This is to ensure that our teachers are compensated for their time- they are in the lesson studio regardless of the student’s attendance.

In the event of an unavoidable conflict, please notify Music on the Hill via email or phone call as soon as possible and we will try to find an available time to reschedule- however this may not be possible in every instance. Music on the Hill does not issue refunds or credits for missed lessons.

Makeup lessons must be held in the same month as theStore Jam original missed lesson.  There is no “carry-over” of makeup lessons- the lesson cannot be rescheduled outside that window- even if your teacher does not have any availability during that time. To be eligible for a make-up students must provide Music on the Hill with notice no later than noon the day off or for weekday lessons and 6:00pm the day prior for weekend lessons.

If a student fails to notify Music on the Hill that they are unable to attend their lesson there will be no option of a make-up.

Music on the Hill will not discuss scheduling or billing with any person who is not listed as a “Scheduling Contact” and/or a “Billing Contact”. All scheduling and billing contacts must be over 18 years old. No one outside of these lists can make any changes to the schedule or account, no matter how minor. Parents of teenage students must communicate with the front desk directly, not through their child.

Credits will be issued to the student if the store is closed for a major holiday or weather emergency, or if the teacher cancels the lesson and a substitute cannot be provided.

Music on the Hill does not follow the DCPS schedule. We will be open and giving lessons for many federal holidays like Columbus Day, and MLK Day, as well as most snow days and spring break. Please assume your teacher is at Music on the Hill and your lesson is happening. The front desk at Music on the Hill will be happy to confirm and/or clarify any questions about your lesson, please call and double check.

New students will pay a $15 registration fee to cover initial lesson materials and administrative costs.

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Students must notify the front desk in writing before the 1st of the month if they would like to discontinue lessons- Music on the Hill will assume a student is continuing and charge them for the next month unless told otherwise.

All students must have an active credit card on file at all times. Music on the Hill is happy to take payment via check or cash before the 1st of the month. If payment has not been made by the 1st of the month the front desk will charge the credit card on file.

Students will be issued a $20 late fee if Music on the Hill has been unable to charge their card by the 14th of the month.

Teacher Bios

PIANO
Cecilia DeMaria
Yevgeny Dokshansky
Anna Nizhegorodtseva
Daniel Peterson
BRASS and WINDS
Yevgeny Dokshansky
Brian Falkowski
PERCUSSION
Lindy Campbell
Amanda Thornstad
GUITAR AND UKULELE
Christopher Brown
Harly Cullen
Phillips Saylor Wisor
Erik Grimm
BASS
Christopher Brown
Erik Grimm
BANJO AND MANDOLIN
Phillips Saylor Wisor
CELLO
Maxfield Wollam-Fisher
VIOLIN and VIOLA
Grace Haskin
Enrique Reynosa
VOICE
Jacquelyn Mouritsen

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH ARE PRIVATE LESSONS?
$45 per half hour lesson, $85 per hour lesson. All lessons are billed monthly
HOW MUCH ARE GROUP CLASSES?
$200 for an eight week session or $150 for a six week session, paid at time of registration.
CAN MY CHILD START A GROUP CLASS AFTER THE FIRST LESSON?
You can join a group instrumental class on the second offered at a pro-rated price. After the second week we believe that it will be in the student’s best interest to wait for the next new session, which start every 8 weeks.
CAN I SIGN UP FOR LESSONS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH?
Yes you can! We will charge you for the remainder of the month and then starting next month you will be billed normally.
WHAT IF I WANT A TRIAL LESSON?
Our teachers are happy to give you a trial lesson. It is the same cost as a normal lesson. You will need to call the front desk within 24 hours of your completed lesson if you would like to continue. If we do not hear from you we will have to reopen that time slot for other students.
HOW CAN I CHANGE MY LESSON TIME?
Call the store and talk to the front desk. You can move your lesson into any available slot at any time without any penalty.
HOW DO I STOP TAKING LESSONS?
Music on the Hill requires 2 weeks notice to stop lessons- which must be submitted in writing. You will be charged for the two weeks regardless of attendance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T MAKE MY LESSON?
Call the front desk as soon as you can. We will work with your teacher to find a make-up time. This is not always possible and we do not offer refunds or credits for missed lessons.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE AN INSTRUMENT? CAN I STILL TAKE LESSONS?
Music on the Hill believes that students need the opportunity to practice at home to get the most out of their private lessons. If students do not have an instrument at the time of their first lesson, the front desk will help them through the process of purchasing one. Students can use the studio guitars for their first lesson if necessary. Music on the Hill does rent guitars for the first eight weeks for an additional cost of $50 per eight weeks.
WAIT, I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS!
No problem, we’re happy to answer them. Send us an email at info@musiconthehilldc.com or give us a call at (202)733-3158 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.