Private Lessons

Students may enter the private lesson program at any time to study with one of our dedicated faculty members in instrumental and vocal music, or they may request individual coaching in theater, film arts and dance. All private instruction students must register in person. An advisory interview by a designated program staff or faculty member is required for initial placement. Our faculty is expert in most of the instruments of the orchestra from beginner to professional level, classical and jazz idioms, as well as in the instruments of Mexican Son and West African Music.

Private instruction is offered in voice, piano, violin, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, viola, shakuhachi, jarana jarocha, vihuela, guitarra de son, Anlo-ewe drums ensemble: astimevu, Sogo, kidi, kagan, axatse,  Gankogui. Our roster is continually expanding; if you don’t see the instrument you are interested in, please inquire. 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute lessons are offered.


Lessons are ongoing except when the Center is closed for holidays and session breaks.  

Two weeks notice is required to discontinue private lessons.  

Fees for private lessons are billed at the following rates:

30 minute lesson ........................................ $27.00               

45 minute lesson ........................................ $36.50                         

60 minute lesson ........................................ $47.00


How to Register

Please complete our Private Lesson Interest Form. One of our staff members will contact you within a few weeks regarding instructors and availability. Please review and sign a copy of our Private Lesson Fee and Policies before the first lesson. A non-refundable, annual registration fee of $30.00 individual, and $50.00 family is requested for all EBCPA students.  The fee becomes due and is charged every year in September, except for those who paid this fee after May 1st of the same calendar year. A returned check fee of $15 will be assessed if your check cannot be processed by EBCPA.


Upon registration, you will be charged for a four-lesson deposit.  The deposit is not payment in advance.  It will be credited against your final bill or refunded upon termination of lessons. You will be billed on a monthly basis for all scheduled private lessons.  Our billing cycle is from the 4th Monday of each month through the 3rd Saturday of the following month.  Current charges are due and payable in full by the 10th of the month.  An unpaid balance becomes delinquent after the 15th of the month. You will be charged for all of your scheduled lessons.  Private lessons are assumed to be ongoing throughout the year (except when the Center or Outreach facilities are closed) and are not interrupted by group session classes. A late fee of $5.00 may be assessed for payments postmarked after the 15th of the month. A returned check fee of $15 will be assessed if your check cannot be processed by EBCPA. Students with outstanding balances over 60 days, will not be able to attend their lessons until the account is current or payment arrangements have been made with Letty Mejia (510-323-2495), or Kwesi Anku (510-323-4495).

Trial lessons

Students may sign up for 1 trial lesson with a teacher before signing up for ongoing private lessons.  The fee (based on the fee schedule above) must be paid in cash the Registrar prior to the lesson.  The 4-lesson deposit is not required for trial lessons.

Student Absences

Always notify us by calling the Absence hotline: 510-221-6354, absence e-mail, or the instructor at (Jefferson) if a child cannot attend a scheduled lesson. To interrupt ongoing scheduled lessons, parents (not students) must give a minimum of two weeks notice to both the teacher and the appropriate staff, to not be charged for those missed lessons. Any absence with less than two weeks notice will be automatically charged as a scheduled lesson. If 24-hour notice is given for an absence due to illness or emergency, every effort will be made to schedule a make-up lesson.  Make-up lessons are, however, not obligatory on the teacher’s part and are subject to availability.


Bryan Alvarez

Instrumental Music Specialist