Individual Lessons

Starting Something New? | Returning? | Instruments Offered | Lesson Fees | Financial Aid | Policies

Individual lessons are the heart of the NMS music education program. We'll match you with a teacher just right for you.

We offer:

  • Personalized instruction on nearly 30 instruments
  • A program of study tailored to your individual needs and learning pace
  • An introductory lesson to help determine if a teacher or instrument are a good match
  • Financial support for those who qualify 

Included with your NMS individual lessons:

  • Performance opportunities: studio, department and school-wide recitals; play-ins and sing-alongs; community performances
  • Work with professional accompanists
  • Practice auditions with critiques from certified judges
  • Access to practice rooms and performance spaces
  • Awards & competitions
  • Discounts on dance classes, select music classes, ensembles and more. Learn more about discounts

If you are applying for Financial Aid for individual lessons, register here.

Starting Something New?

Complete the Individual Lesson Inquiry and we will contact you to set-up an introductory lesson. An introductory lesson can help you:
• Determine if your child is lesson-ready
• Be sure you or your child and the teacher are a match
• Try out an new instrument, especially if you are not sure which one you or your child would prefer

An introductory lesson is a one-time experience with no further commitment. We of course hope you will enjoy your introductory lesson and wish to continue with individual lessons. The price for an introductory lesson is $42.25 for 30 minutes.


Returning students, please submit a Returning Student Registration Form. (One form per family member, please!)

Instruments Offered

Afro-Caribbean drumming Oboe
Banjo Orchestral percussion
Bass guitar Percussion
Bassoon Piano
Cello Piano - Suzuki
Cello - Suzuki Recorder
Clarinet Recorder - Suzuki
Composition Saxophone
Double Bass Steel pans
Drumset Theory
Euphonium Trombone
Flute Trumpet
Flute - Suzuki Tuba
French horn Vielle
Guitar Viola
Guitar - Suzuki Viola - Suzuki
Harmonica Viola da gamba
Harp Violin
Improvisation Violin - Suzuki
Mandolin Voice


In addition to our main location in New Haven's Audubon Arts District, 100 Audubon Street, we offer lessons at our Guilford branch and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge. We also offer lessons to students at Hamden Hall. 

Lesson Fees

30-minute lesson - $42.25 each 45-minute lesson - $58.75 each
60-minute lesson - $74.50 each 90-minute lesson - $108 each

Please review our fees and payment plans page for complete details.


Enrollment signifies that you have read and agree to the Neighborhood Music School policies.