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Private lessons offer students an opportunity to work one-on-one with their own teacher. In private lessons, students work on solos and specific playing techniques. At the end of every semester, students have the opportunity to perform in a recital in Fox Hall in the MSUM Roland Dille Center for the Arts.


Information about Private Lessons

The CSA offers weekly private lessons for the following instruments:

  • Violin, Viola, and Cello (ages 5 and up)

  • String Bass (ages 8 and up)

  • Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion (ages 8 and up)

  • Piano (ages 5 and up)

  • Voice (ages 10 and up)


Teachers consist of professional musicians and college music students who are pursuing degrees in music education, performance, and commercial music. Teachers who are college music students are referred to the CSA by the music faculty at MSUM and must meet high standards of musicianship and professionalism.

Registration, Tuition, and Payment


To register, please fill out the registration form. Your teacher will then contact you to schedule your weekly lesson time. Each lesson is 30 minutes.


Each 12-week session costs $180.00.


Payment must be made in full before or on the day of the first lesson. Lessons will not begin until tuition is paid. Payments for late registrants will be prorated. All payments are made through PayPal, Venmo, or by check made out to the Community Orchestra Academy.

Policies & Procedures

Building Policies:

  • Lessons are held at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Please meet your child's teacher in the foyer area in front of the Box Office at the lesson time to be escorted to lesson location.

  • Students under the age of 18 must not be left unsupervised within the Center of the Arts building or outside grounds for any reason at any time. The CSA, CSA teachers, and MSUM will not assume responsibility for your child should an accident occur while they are unattended.


  • Safety is very important to the CSA and to MSUM. All teachers complete a background check as part of the hiring process.

  • A waiver form must be signed by all participants or guardian of participants.


  • Parking Monday through Friday:

    • Free parking is available on campus after 4:30 p. m.

    • Street parking is available before 4:30 p. m.

  • Parking Saturdays and Sundays: free parking is available on campus.

  • Click here for additional information about parking on campus.

Make-Up Lesson Policies:

  • Students are expected to attend lessons on a regular basis. Teachers are not required to make up missed lesson(s) when no notice is given. Excused absences (absences that occur where advanced notice is given) can be made up during a mutually agreeable time, either in-person or virtually. If there is an emergency that causes a student to cancel a lesson (family emergency, illness, or a related issue), the lesson will be made up.

  • To report a student absence, please contact your teacher via phone. Refunds are not issued for lessons that the student cancels or misses.

  • Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of both the student and the teacher.

  • In the case of inclement weather where the campus of MSUM is closed (check to check on campus status), lessons will either be rescheduled or held virtually. Please communicate with your teacher for a mutual decision on how lessons will be handled in the case of inclement weather.

Late Arrival:

  • Students are expected to be on time; time will not be added to a lesson to make-up for late arrivals. Teachers will wait 15 minutes before assuming that the student will be missing the lesson. Very rarely, and only in extenuating circumstances, will a teacher be tardy. If a teacher is late, the teacher will arrange for making up the lost time at a mutually convenient time.

Student Expectations:

  • Attend all lessons for the semester in which a student is registered.

  • Bring instrument (if applicable), music, and any other lesson materials the teacher requires to each lesson.

  • Be committed to practicing on a regular basis as advised by the teacher.

  • Follow building policies.

Student Discipline:

  • CSA teachers reserve the right to discontinue or terminate lessons for student disciplinary reasons. All CSA students are expected to behave with the highest respect to the MSUM School of Performing Arts facilities, CSA teachers, and other CSA students. CSA teachers reserve the right to immediately end any lesson due to disciplinary problems of any student. Disciplinary infractions of any kind will be referred first to the parents, and, if continuing, to CSA supervisors for disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may involve termination from the CSA program with tuition forfeited.


  • Each 12-week session (one semester): $180.00. Lessons will not begin until tuition is paid. Payment must be made in full before or on the day of the first lesson.

Refund Policy: 

  • Refunds and credits are only made in very rare circumstances and will only be considered if all attendance policies have been followed and a good faith effort has been made by both the student and the teacher to follow CSA policies through make-up lessons and consistent communication.

Withdrawal Policy:

  • Notice of withdrawal from lessons must be submitted in writing via email to If written notice is not received, students will still be considered to be officially enrolled and will continue to be charged accordingly for tuition.


  • There will be a recital at the end of each session. Teachers will communicate with students and their parents/guardians about participation in each recital.

Teacher Reassignment:

  • While the CSA strives to create positive growing experiences by maintaining student/teacher relationships throughout a student's study, periodic teacher reassignments may occur due to graduation of CSA teachers. Continuing students receive first priority in re-enrollment and teacher assignments.

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