Music Lessons

We offer one-on-one music instruction for students of all ages. A teacher who is sensitive to student's learning style, interests and goals will create an opportunity for enjoyment and success in music-making. Our teachers help students master their instrument and gain skills in areas such as sight-reading, ear training and theory. We also offer a performance opportunity for all students at our end-of-semester showcase recitals.

  • Lesson frequency: Once a week (fourteen lessons in fall and spring, six lessons in summer)
  • Length: 30, 45 or 60 minutes
  • Location: Music Building, online lessons are also available

View our instruments and teachers

We also offer semi-private lessons, allowing you to share lesson time and cost with another student of a similar skill level. Semi-private lessons must be a minimum of 45 minutes.

  • Fall lessons begin the week of August 28. Fall Showcase Recitals are on December 9.
  • Spring lessons begin the week of January 16. Spring Showcase Recitals are on May 4.
  • Summer lessons begin the week of June 3 and end the week of August 19.

Arranging Lessons


After we receive your private lesson inquiry, your teacher will contact you to discuss scheduling lessons.

At the first lesson, the teacher will meet you at the elevator on the north side (Lucinda Avenue) of the Music Building and accompany your child to a practice room. You may choose to escort your child to and from the practice room.


Showcase recitals at the end of the fall and spring semesters provide an opportunity for music students to prepare a piece of music to perform for family and friends. Students taking private lessons are not required to perform at a recital, though they're encouraged to do so.

Some teachers have their own recitals. They do their best to schedule these recitals to accommodate everyone's schedule. Students who are unable to attend their teacher's recital are welcome to participate in the showcase recitals in fall and spring.

Check our calendar to see upcoming recitals.

Lesson Cost

The cost of your lessons depends on your teacher's level.

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Semesters

14 Private Lessons 28 Private Lessons
Level 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Apprentice 1 $278 $418 $556 $556 $836 $1,112
Apprentice 2 $290 $436 $580 $580 $872 $1,160
Apprentice 3 $324 $486 $648 $648 $972 $1,296
Associate $454 $682 $908 $908 $1,364 $1,816
Faculty $558 $838 $1,116 $1,116 $1,676 $2,232

Summer Semester 2024

6 Private Lessons
Level 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Apprentice 1 $119 $180 $228
Apprentice 2 $124 $186 $248
Apprentice 3 $139 $210 $278
Associate $195 $294 $390
Faculty $239 $360 $478

Lesson Policies

School Closure for Weather

Teachers and students may cancel a lesson because of weather conditions at their own discretion and should be in contact with each other if weather conditions prevent travel. Lessons and classes may be rescheduled by the teacher later in the semester, time permitting.

Make-up Lessons

We recommend that students keep a record of all lessons attended. Make-up lessons are generally scheduled by teachers during the weeks following the end of the semester. Due to scheduling conflicts, it is not uncommon for students to begin lessons either earlier or later than the published semester dates.

Student Absence

One make-up lesson is granted each semester for excused absences due to illness, family emergencies or religious observances. At least 24 hours' notice (or as much as possible) must be given. Sporting practices and events, family vacations and nonemergency medical appointments are not considered excused absences.

Some teachers may ask students who request a make-up lesson to switch lessons with another student. Others may set up a day at the end of the semester to hold make-up lessons. Be sure to check with your teacher about this.

Teacher Absence

If a teacher is unable to teach a lesson or class, they will inform their student(s) at least 24 hours in advance (or as much time as possible). They will reschedule the lesson or class.

Children’s Safety

NIU buildings are open to the public. Young children should be supervised at all times; older children should be picked up promptly after lessons and classes and should not wander through the buildings.