Private Lessons Information

Welcome private instruction families.


Please find below basic information that will be helpful to you as a member of the Pakachoag private instruction family.

School-year lessons begin the Tuesday of Labor Day week, unless your teacher informs you otherwise.

Questions about make-up lessons?  Please check this Make-Up Policies – Holiday Info pdf, so you know how it works.  You can view ‘flex week’ dates on the school calendar page.

2019 Summer Private Lessons

  • If you are new to Pakachoag, please call ahead to discuss your needs.
  • We use teacher specific forms, available upon request, for summer lesson registration.

Practice Challenge – Month of October 2019

Join us for the school wide October challenge : to practice every day for one month. Students who complete the challenge will be mentioned in the school fall newsletter, as well as receiving a certificate presented at the November 6 performance class. If you cannot attend the class, your private teacher will present it to you in your lesson.

download an October calendar here: October Practice Challenge calendar

Big Ear Challenge – Month of  September 2019

For our fourth year, we invite all of our students – new and returning – to take part in our Private Lesson Big Ear Challenge.

The goal of the challenge is to listen to music every day. Surrounding our children (and adult students too) with beautiful music will inspire them (or you) and gives everyone a goal to work toward.

**NEW THIS YEAR: take a moment to write down (or have Mom/Dad note) what you liked best about the week’s listening. If you submit this to Leah Zelnick,, we will compile student observations, and publish some (or all, if possible) on our Facebook page or Fall newsletter!

How to Participate:

  1. Let your teacher know at your first or second lesson* that you are planning to participate.
  2. Visit the Current Students > Private Lessons Information page here on the web site at the beginning of each week during September.

AND     Look for:  “Big Ear Challenge”

-A new music clip will be posted at the beginning of each week of the challenge, starting the week of September 5th (first day of lessons).  The challenge will run from September 5th-30th.


  1. Listen to the weekly clip at home each day – if you finish, listen to your lesson music!
  2. Mark on your calendar every day that you listen. See how many days you can check off for the month. The goal is to listen every day.
  3. Bring your calendar to your lesson each week, and your teacher will check in with you and leave their initials that you listened for the week.
  4. At the end of September, turn your calendar in to Leah Zelnick, Student Performance Coordinator.

*The challenge will run from Sept 5th (first official day of lessons) to September 30th, but we encourage you to begin listening now, and keep listening after!


  • If you manage to complete a month of listening, you will be presented with a certificate of completion at our October 16 performance class.  (We’ll also list your name in our fall Newsletter.)
  • You can attend the class to listen and get your certificate (if you are not also scheduled to perform).
  • If you prefer not to attend the class, let us know and the certificate can be presented by your teacher at your private lesson.





Fall 2017 Private Music Lesson Pre-Registration

Pre-Registration for Current Private Lesson Families & Adult Students

Each year we pre-register for private lessons so you can hold a space in your teacher’s schedule; and receive scheduling priority.  Below you can access pre-registration information which also has been mailed home via US postal service on 5/30/17.

2017-2018 Private Lessons:

Please note the deadline for pre-registration is Monday, June 26th, 2017
Starting June 27th,we assign new students into the schedules, with scheduling preference based on date registration and deposit is received in office; on a first-come/first-served basis.  Schedule assignments are communicated by e-mail later in August.

Private Lesson pre-registration documents:

Pre Registration Why – How May 2017 – Explains the importance of the June 27th Pre-Reg Deadline and associated information.

Returning Private Lesson Registration Form 2017-2018 – Download, print, and complete this form if mailing in check (or paying cash in office) for pre-registration.

Payment Plan / Schedule 17-18  Download and view/print this payment schedule to reference deposit amounts by length of lesson and subsequent dollars due during the school year.

Suzuki Payment Plan / Schedule 17-18  Use this document to reference deposit amounts and school year payments if enrolling in the Suzuki Violin or Cello Program.

Interesting Information for Parents (and Students too).

Einstein and Music – December/January 2014

Click Imagine That-From Psychology Today an article from Psychology Today that points out what is missing in traditional education and why the arts are so important.