The Lawrenceville School Music Department offers individual instruction on a variety of instruments. Private music lessons are offered as an extracurricular activity. Fees are billed by the Comptroller’s Office.

To enroll, the student needs to complete the Registration section and the parent must sign the Permission section of the Performing Arts Private Instruction Program form before lessons can be scheduled. The deadline for registration is two weeks before the first day of each term. Once registered, the student is automatically enrolled in the program for the academic year.

List of 5 items.

  • Instruction

    We have instructors for the following instruments: piano, organ, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, bass guitar, guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, saxophone, percussion, and voice.
  • Schedule

    Lessons are scheduled during the academic day and each lesson meets once a week for 45 minutes. We encourage students to begin lessons in the fall term; however, special arrangements can be made to begin lessons in the winter or spring term. Students are required to take eight (8) lessons per term, except for circumstances when only six or seven lessons can be scheduled.
  • Fee and Billing

    Fees are $455-$520 per term depending upon the term. Financial Aid is available. There may be additional charges for music purchases, instrument rental or instrument repair fees. Parents are billed directly by the Comptroller’s Office. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. All music related charges appear as a separate line item on your Student Billing Tuition Statement. An initial charge for the term will be billed at the end of each term. Adjustments for excused absences or additional lessons will be reflected on the subsequent statement. Any questions regarding these charges should be directed to Colette Burns in the Performing Arts Department.
  • Cancellation/Late Withdrawal

    For the current term: If the student wishes to discontinue lessons, the student or parent must notify the instructor AND Music Office as soon as possible. If cancellation occurs after the third scheduled lesson, you will be charged for the full term. If you cancel before the third lesson, you will only be charged for the first two (or three) lessons.
    Subsequent term: When you register for lessons in the fall or winter term, you are automatically enrolled for the academic year. If the student wishes to discontinue lessons in the following term, the student or parent must notify the instructor AND the Music Department at the end of the current term.
    Full fee for the term will be charged if:
    • Lessons are cancelled by the student or parent after the third scheduled lesson or
    • A student is dropped from the program due to three (3) unexcused absences.
  • Attendance

    Students are expected to attend every scheduled lesson. A Private Instruction Lesson Schedule will be provided at the first lesson. Attendance for music lessons is considered an “academic obligation”. If the student knows in advance of any school-related activities or medical/dental appointments, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the teacher in advance to cancel and reschedule the lesson.

    Parents are charged for unexcused absences. If a student has three (3) unexcused absences, the Music Department may drop the student from the program.


Students must always contact their instructor for rescheduling and cancellations. Instructors will provide contact information at the first meeting. If you have questions regarding charges or have concerns about music instructions, contact Colette Burns at .

Our Instructors

List of 17 members.

  • Photo of Colette Burns

    Colette Burns 

    Office Manager/Private Music Lesson Coordinator, Director of Lawrenceville Performing Arts Camp
  • Photo of Christopher Clark

    Christopher Clark 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Double Bass, Bass Guitar
  • Photo of Joan Cordas

    Joan Cordas 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Violin, Viola
  • Photo of Sherrill Ducharme P'20

    Sherrill Ducharme P'20 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Voice
  • Photo of Sandrine Erdely-Sayo

    Sandrine Erdely-Sayo 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Piano
  • Photo of Patrick Fink

    Patrick Fink 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Piano, Jazz Piano
  • Photo of Thomas Goeman

    Thomas Goeman 

    Music Accompanist; School Organist
  • Photo of Larissa Korkina

    Larissa Korkina 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Piano
  • Photo of Mikyung Lee

    Mikyung Lee 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Cello
  • Photo of Ruotao Mao

    Ruotao Mao 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Violin, Viola
  • Photo of Katherine McClure

    Katherine McClure 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Flute
  • Photo of Roger Prieto

    Roger Prieto 

    Director of Jazz; Private Lesson Instructor, Trumpet
  • Photo of Charles Schneider

    Charles Schneider 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Voice
  • Photo of Noriko Schneiderman

    Noriko Schneiderman 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Piano
  • Photo of Mark Snyder

    Mark Snyder 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Oboe, English Horn
  • Photo of Leah Swanger

    Leah Swanger 

    Private Lesson Instructor, French Horn
  • Photo of Jonathan Thompson

    Jonathan Thompson 

    Private Lesson Instructor, Saxophone, Guitar
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