Private Lessons

Private lessons allow students individual attention to focus on the areas of music they love the most, at a pace and learning style that is ideally suited for their needs. Private lessons accelerate the learning process, and are also intended to compliment group classes and ensembles, developing both the individual and interpersonal skills needed to successfully play and enjoy music performance. In the long run, private lessons also develop a student’s accountability and sense of self-identity as they take responsibility for their own learning, and find the motivation to focus on playing music they love.

We are teaching private lessons remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person lessons will resume once the Center reopens. 

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PRIVATE LESSON INQUIRY FORM! 

 

PRIVATE LESSON FEES:

 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

Teacher and Student play a piano together

Students may enter the private lesson program at any time to study with one of our dedicated faculty members in instrumental and vocal music. Our private lesson faculty are professional teachers and performers, specializing in a wide range of instrumental and vocal styles, classical and jazz idioms, and instruments of Mexican Son and West African Music. If you don’t see the instrument you are interested in on our private lesson registration page, please inquire. 

To download a copy of our private lesson policy click here. 

Billing

Please log into your ASAP account to view your private lesson invoice. You can email bryan@eastbaycenter.org to request that your bill be broken into monthly installments. Payment for lessons can be made through the ASAP portal, over the phone, or by sending a check to East Bay Center. A returned check fee of $15 will be assessed if your check cannot be processed by East Bay Center.

Private lessons continue year round, and you will be automatically enrolled in each successive term (Summer, Fall, Spring) and receive a new invoice every term. However, your automatic private lesson enrollment will be blocked by the system if you have an outstanding balance at the end of the current term. Email Bryan Alvarez to make a payment arrangement and restart your lesson enrollment. 

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 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 absent@eastbaycenter.org, if a child cannot attend a scheduled lesson. You will not be charged for your lesson if you report your absence more than 24 hours in advance. 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. 

To permanently stop taking lessons, parents (not students) must give a minimum of two weeks notice to both the teacher and the appropriate staff. You will be charged for two final weeks of lessons from the date of notice to suspend lessons - please plan ahead!

Virtual Lessons During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All lessons and recitals are virtual while the Center is closed for the coronavirus pandemic. Contact Bryan if you need help setting up your computer or mobile device for online 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.


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.


Daniel Weiermann

ā€ˇProduction and Facilities Administrator