The Little Elm ISD Private Lesson Program provides students with the most effective opportunity to improve their musical ability through private study with an instructor specializing in their instrument. Unlike the larger band classes, which are designed to teach fundamental skills to multiple students, private lessons allow each student to receive custom-tailored instruction to develop his/her specific needs. Lessons last approximately 25 minutes and cost only $20 per weekly lesson (outside the schools, lesson costs can range from $24 – $150 per lesson!). The HS Band Staff audition private instructors in order to maintain high lesson quality, and private instructors must undergo regular criminal background checks in the interest of safety.
Private music lessons are certainly not required for your student to be successful in band, but they are HIGHLY encouraged. Most advanced students do study privately. Lessons are intended to be enrichment activities and will actually become the focus of each student’s individual practice and development. The earlier students start lessons, the more effective they are. Private lessons are not a part of your student’s grade.
Every effort is made to place any student desiring supplemental music lessons with an approved teacher. If a teacher is not available, the student’s request for lessons will be kept on file until an approved instructor is available.
Private teachers maintain their own schedules and handle their own financial records. Some lessons may be scheduled during your child’s band class or after school, depending on the instructor’s schedule. Once a student is signed up for private lessons, they are expected to continue with lessons for the entire school year (many continue over the summer as well). Each private teacher will provide more information about scheduling and payment.
A link to the LEISD Private Lesson Handbook is available below. Questions or comments regarding private lessons can be directed to Laura Sturch, LEHS Director of Bands.
Giovanni Perez, email@example.com
Anthony Adario, firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 910-8588
Ha Eun An, HaeunAn@my.unt.edu
Lori Bryson, email@example.com
Crysten Ivy, firstname.lastname@example.org (325) 236-0239
Grace Frarey, email@example.com
Dr. Andre Acevedo, firstname.lastname@example.org (910) 461-9151
Kevin Swaim, email@example.com (817) 832-9545
Scott Mayo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Courtright, email@example.com
Bradley Halloran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew McGarvey, email@example.com
Daniel Beckwith, firstname.lastname@example.org (847) 814-2296
** Private Lesson Teachers – Please be sure that you have a W-9 or W-8BEN on file with LEISD and the Little Elm Band Boosters. LEISD also requires that each private instructor have level three background clearance with LEISD. Please follow the App Garden LINK and complete the online background information. Must be submit a new background check each year after July 1.