Private Instruction

Private lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, clarinet, flute, guitar, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums and harp. Children may study piano, violin and cello as young as age five. More maturity is required to study brass, guitar, harp, woodwinds and voice.

Learn about all of the programs and services offered by Greenwich House Music School for the 2020-21 school year by checking out our brochure here

New students can email to get started with private video lessons for any instrument you have at home. 

Photo credit Rachel Black.

Greenwich House Music School offers Suzuki Method in violin and guitar for children as young as three. Shin’ichi Suzuki pioneered the idea that pre-school age children could learn to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He believed that, if properly taught, every child is capable of a high level of musical achievement. Based off his observations of how children learn language, he developed a teaching method that prioritizes learning through listening, imitation, review and positive reinforcement. Individual lessons are complemented with group class to review materials and develop the skill of playing together.

Lessons are given once a week. Students enrolling in two courses of private instruction receive a ten percent discount on the second course. Families enrolling more than one student receive a ten percent discount for each additional student. Semesters are 17 weeks unless otherwise indicated.


Let’s find the best fit for you or your child. Call 212-242-4770 or email to discuss what class and teacher would suit your needs and register them for a class. Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card or online here:

Is this your first time making a payment online with Greenwich House Music School? First, click here and enter the email address you provided when registering for your private class. You’ll be sent instructions for how to create a password. Then, you can log in and pay your tuition online.

Annual Registration Fee 

$30 per student; $35 per family

30-Minute Lessons
$1088 per semester ($64 per lesson)

45-Minute Lessons
$1224 per semester ($72 per lesson)

60-Minute Lessons

$1326 per semester ($78 per lesson)

Suzuki Method
$1326 per semester ($78 per lesson)
30- Minute Lesson and Repertoire Class

Piano Maintenance Fee 
$15 per semester (Piano Students Only)

For information about scholarships, please see our Procedure and Policy page.

Private Instruction Teachers:

Greenwich House Music School provides conservatory-level training in a non-competitive atmosphere for students of all ages. Our faculty has trained in many of the world’s finest institutions, and mentored generations of musicians with a level of artistic excellence unparalleled in the world of community music school education.

Many of our piano faculty studied under the leadership of Maestro German Diez (June 18, 1924-July 9, 2014), former Piano Department Chairman and 65 year faculty member. Maestro Diez formed much of what we, at GHMS, consider our teaching method. Our teachers advocate for a rigorous approach to the instrument with an open heart, designed to teach respect for music and a life-long love of the arts.