Private music instruction for students of all ages & stages

About Private Music Instruction (ages 4- adult)
Individual instruction with our faculty of world-class, conservatory-trained musicians is available in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute sessions in all instruments and voice. Please visit our faculty & staff webpage to view faculty biographies and related information.
Many of the classical music faculty of Community Arts utilize The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP) or Associated Boards of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) syllabi. Students (even adults!) are encouraged to discuss these curricula with instructors and consider participating in RCMDP or ABRSM examinations, as they provide a truly outstanding means of focusing your efforts on achievable and sustainable progress.
To request placement in our private lesson program, new students should submit a Private Lesson Inquiry Form. Our office will evaluate your request and respond to you via phone and/or email within two (2) business days. Of course, feel free to contact us directly (848-932-1500, to ask questions or to learn more about our private lesson options.
Each student’s musical and personal needs are taken into consideration during the placement process. Student needs, and instructor teaching styles vary considerably. To facilitate the best possible lesson placement, all new students and students changing instructors must first schedule a 30- 45- or 60-minute trial lesson.  Learn more about our policies and procedures here.
Lesson schedule & semester dates
Please click here to view our calendar.  
During the academic year (fall and spring semesters), lessons are offered on a weekly basis. During our summer term, scheduling is flexible allowing for vacation time and a la carte scheduling.  Lessons are scheduled by arrangement 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays. During summer term (typically June - August), lessons are offered by arrangement 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Please view our calendar to learn more about semester dates, holidays, and other events.

Rutgers Community Arts, a Founding School of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP)

Rutgers Community Arts is proud to be a Founding School of the acclaimed Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP). RCMDP offers a superior curriculum for all instruments and voice that encompasses the four major areas of musical development: repertoire, technique, musicianship, and musical literacy.

Additionally, the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program empowers students, teachers, and parents to track progress through regular assessments. RCMDP is based on a national standard and employs independent adjudicators with distinguished careers from across North America.

To learn more about The Music Development Program, visit
Flexibility in lesson plans
As is common with private music study, the curriculum is often 'tailor fit' to the needs of the student.  It is of primary importance that the student's needs are met.  Thus, instructors are encouraged to be flexible with repertoire, technical studies, and the incorporation of the study of music theory/ear training in their lesson plans, as is appropriate to the student's developmental stage and interests.  Using curricula such as RCMDP and ABRSM as a standard, all faculty are asked to maintain appropriate benchmarks for student progress, communicate overarching instructional goals, and provide assessment opportunities to students.  
Private Lesson Tuition Rates & Fees
Registration fee
  • $25 per person, per semester (fall & spring) registration fee if registering for one semester at a time. 
  • $25 per person registration fee if registering for fall and spring semester lessons.  (Thus, only one registration fee will be charged.)  


  • 30-minute weekly lessons: $35 per lesson
  • 45-minute weekly lessons:  $52.50 per lesson
  • 1-hour weekly lessons: $70 per lesson
There is a surcharge for private study with Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members and selected faculty.