Private Music Lesson Program

The musical ensembles at Shipley are active in each division and provide a way for students of all skill levels to participate in music. To more fully enrich that experience, Shipley is pleased to offer the opportunity for on-site, private lesson instruction.

Whether just beginning, intermediate or advanced, private lessons reinforce and augment the work that students pursue in the classroom. Our private lesson faculty are highly trained, active performers and educators in their respective fields. With input from ensemble directors, our lesson faculty work to design goal-oriented outcomes that align with the students’ passions, character strengths, and learning styles.

At key points in the semester, students and instructors record their progress for reflection throughout the learning process. This work gets distilled and framed in each students’ digital portfolio so that evidence of their efforts stay with them throughout their journey.

Shipley families can access the registration form by logging into ShipleyNet.

List of 6 items.

  • Billing

    Parents will be billed by the school in September (first semester, 14 lessons) and February (second semester, 16 lessons). Lessons are $30 per lesson for a 30 minute lesson, $45 for 45 minutes, and $60 for an hour. If your student adds lessons in the middle of the semester, the amount billed will be prorated.
  • Cancellations

    Please make every effort to cancel lessons 24 hours in advance by calling the private teacher directly. It is the student’s/parents’ responsibility to inform the private teacher of all field trips and other school schedule changes.Make-up lessons will be given at the discretion of the teacher for excused absences.
  • How It Works

    Highly qualified professional musicians from the Philadelphia area teach in the Shipley private music lesson program. Lessons are available in voice, piano, guitar, strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion.
  • Lesson Arrangements

    Parents are responsible for contacting teachers and making scheduling arrangements for lessons. Please call your choice of private teacher directly to schedule your child’s day and time. If you would like help choosing a teacher, please contact Harley Givler, Co-Chair of the Music Department, PK-12 and Director of Bands.

    Keep in mind that Shipley is on a seven-day schedule rotation, and most of our private lesson faculty are on a five-day schedule. For lessons after or before school, this should not present a problem. Please be mindful of your other afternoon commitments, such as sports or club when scheduling the lesson time with the teacher. It is very important for students to keep their arranged lesson times as rescheduling becomes difficult. Credits will not be issued for skipped lessons without twenty-four hours notice.
  • Minimum number of lessons

    All students must commit to one full semester of lessons (14 for the fall, 16 for the spring). No refunds will be given for lessons dropped. Accounts are charged at the beginning of the term for a full term of lessons.
  • Scheduling

    Lower School Students
    Lessons may only be scheduled during a combined lunch–recess period or after school.
     
    Middle/Upper School Students
    Lessons may be scheduled during free time in the school day or after school.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.