All students in the band program are highly encouraged to take private lessons on their instrument. Individual playing ability can only be improved so far within the confines of a full band rehearsal. By improving all the individuals in the band through individual instruction, the overall quality of the entire program will continue to improve. Recent studies across the nation suggest that nearly 80% of the students in All-State bands study privately. We are extremely fortunate in Commerce to have numerous highly qualified private lesson teachers available to help students reach that “next level” of performance.
These professionals provide detailed, specific, one-on-one instruction, tailored for your child. Private lessons challenge the advanced students and accelerate students who need extra attention. Though optional, please consider private lessons as a necessary part of the band program.
The band directors will assist students in scheduling lessons with private lesson staff. Students studying privately take one 1/2 hour lesson per week. While private teachers would usually do all teaching at CHS either during the student’s band class or before school, this year all lessons will occur in an online format. Lessons can therefor be scheduled at any time that is convenient for both the teacher and the student. Students may still schedule lessons during their class - we would be happy to set them up in a practice room with a chromebook and microphone. Each 1/2 hour lesson costs $14.00. Scholarships may be available, and will be awarded by the band directors on the basis of need. To be considered, students should meet privately with one of the band directors.
Please contact the teacher for your student's instrument to set up lessons. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.