FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why does the band program highly encourage private lessons?
Private lessons are strongly encouraged for all band students, as they provide consistent one-on-one instruction for students, which is crucial at all times in a student’s development as a young musician.
Private lessons allow students to reinforce and receive personal insight on the fundamentals that will help them be successful as a musician, as well as allow them to move at an accelerated pace beyond that of the normal band class. Private lessons also help our students to prepare for additional band events, such as the Region Band audition process, Solo and Ensemble contest, chair tests, and additional auditions.
At Grisham, 90% of our band students are enrolled in our Private Lesson program.
How can I enroll my student in private lessons?
You can enroll online here: Online Enrollment Form.
How often do lessons occur?
Lessons typically occur once a week.
When will my student have their private lesson?
Students will have their private lesson at one of the following times: before school, during band class, after school, or during another time during the school day. All students can come in for their lessons during the lunch period or their Den period. 6th graders can come in for their lessons during their IB Tech/Exploratory Language class. We have worked out this fantastic system with the other teachers on campus to ensure that your student has their lesson at a time that works for you and the private lesson teacher! Your student will have ample time to make up anything that they may have missed.
When will lessons start?
Lessons usually begin the 2nd week of school, depending on private lesson teacher availability.
How do I pay the lesson teacher?
You will pay the lesson teacher directly through whatever method works for you and them. They will communicate their rates with you. You will need to pay them in a timely fashion, and each teacher has their own system for invoicing.
How do missed lessons work?
Students must communicate at least 24-hours in advance if they will miss a lesson to avoid being charged for that lesson. We will make exceptions in the event of sudden illness or emergency. The same policies apply to the lesson teacher needing to miss a lesson. They will try to make up that lesson, if their schedule allows.
Beth Behning, Flute
Serena Finnigan, Oboe
Adam Drake, Bassoon
Julie Linder-Gaulin, Clarinet
Kevin Gibbs, Saxophone
Gil Elorreaga, Trumpet
Sam Acosta, Trumpet
Sean Dacy, Horn
Dr. Billy Gayman, Trombone
Trey Hanis, Tuba/Euphonium
West Fox, Percussion