Private Lessons

Private Lessons


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

Lessons are available for: guitar, bass guitar, banjo, piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, fiddle, saxophone, percussion, clarinet, flute, and ukulele.


Floating Lessons

The membership is designed for stability, and our new Floating Lessons will be designed for flexibility. Customers can register for lessons 1 at a time, in any available teacher slots. You can cancel floating lessons be issued a credit to be used on your next lesson with 24 hours notice. More detailed policies for this program will be released over the summer.

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Lesson Policies

Recurring Lesson Membership Policies

Monthly Membership Cost

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     30 min lesson- $212

     45 min lesson- $312

     60 min lesson- $400

30 min “trial” lesson- $60

Music on the Hill’s Recurring Lesson Membership entitles all students to a reserved time on their music instructor’s schedule. Members will be charged a flat fee on the 25th of the month, for the upcoming month.

The membership fee is based on the assumption that Music on the Hill is able to offer 4 lessons every month. If Music on the Hill fails to offer 4 lessons in any given month, they will compensate the student in the form of a credit toward next month’s membership charge. There will be no additional charge when a student receives 5 lessons in their reserved lesson time in a month. The “Trial” lesson offer students a low risk option to start their musical journey. “Trial” lessons are good for only the date scheduled with the front desk, and Music on the Hill cannot guarantee the same time/date will be available in the future.

Music on the Hill does not offer makeup or rescheduling opportunities for lessons missed by students who occupy a reserved weekly time slot, even with advance notice. We are happy to facilitate a long-term change in a weekly reserved time slot pending availability.

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.

Music on the Hill does not work on a semester schedule. Music on the Hill will assume a student is continuing and charge them for the next month unless told otherwise. Once a student is charged the membership fee, they are committed to the lessons that coming month.

Students have the option to take their lesson virtually over Zoom for any reason. Students must inform the front desk no later than 1:00 the day of their lesson to ensure that the teacher has enough time to prepare for a virtual lesson.

All Music on the Hill teachers are teaching out of the store’s lesson studios. If a teacher is exposed to COVID-19 and cannot teach in person, that week’s lesson will be held virtually and will not qualify for lesson credit.

Music on the Hill will assume a student is continuing and charge them for the next month unless told otherwise, via email to the front desk staff. Informing the teacher will not result in any changes to the student’s lesson membership.

If a student would like to cancel a Music on the Hill Recurring Lesson Membership, the (adult) student or student’s parent must email to notify the store of their intention to cancel the membership. Music on the Hill requires 15 days’ notice to cancel lessons. When a lesson cancellation email is received, Music on the Hill will reconcile the billing at that time, either refunding lessons that are scheduled after 15 days, or charging any unpaid lessons within that 15 day period.

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.

All students must have an active credit card on file at all times. If payment has not been made by the 25th of the month the front desk will charge the credit card on file and students will be charged a $20 late fee.

Teacher Bios

Knox Engler
Alice Mayne-Ashworth
James Peterson
Chelsea Wright
Brian Falkowski
Paul DeCastro
Ben Tufts
John Buck
Knox Engler
Erik Grimm
Nick Wilby
Bebe Blumenthal
John Buck
Knox Engler
Bebe Blumenthal
Beb Blumenthal
Hannah Gray
Enrique Reynosa
Alicia Lumberry