Welcome to the STAGES Private Lessons Studio!
Under the direction of long-time STAGES Youth Theater teaching artists and music directors, Rebecca Caron and Colin Whiteman, students have the opportunity to study Piano or Voice in the STAGES Private Lessons Studio!
“[Music] is what I have dreamed of doing ever since I first set foot on Lyric Music Theater’s stage as a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz over twenty years ago… Why would I do anything else?”
“Her interests and career goals have gone through several transitions … when she was little, Rebecca wanted to be a dancing farmer – but she played in her first theater orchestra when she was sixteen and got hooked.”
MORE INFORMATION PRIVATE PIANO & VOICE LESSONS
Why should I choose STAGES for Voice or Piano instruction? Private lessons at STAGES balance the rigor of professional instruction with a uniquely mission-based STAGES approach allowing instructors to meet students exactly where they are at. With each lesson customized for the individual needs of each student, creative expression and student-teacher collaboration is encouraged, and all repertoire is welcome!
Do I have to commit to a full school year of lessons? Consistent, ongoing instruction and practice provides the best opportunity for really learning a new skill. We’d love to work with your student for the entire school year, and also know that kids and families are so busy! STAGES welcomes students to shorter-term lesson programs on a rolling, space-available, basis throughout the season – though, for scheduling and logistical reasons, we do ask for a minimum commitment of one month of lessons (see below for schedule and tuition details).
Is there a recital? While some students love performing in recitals, the fear of doing so keeps some kids from continuing with (or starting out at all) with music instruction. STAGES Private Lessons are designed to be accessible, non-intimidating, skill-building opportunities customized to the needs of each individual student. As such, there is not a formal recital at the end of the lessons season. We do feel it is important to recognize progress and celebrate success, and as such, we work with each student to find just the right way to joyfully share their work! Whether that looks like a short live performance, a studio recording, a family sing-along, or another sharing format, we look forward to watching each student shine!
I would like to prepare for an audition. Can STAGES help me with that? STAGES is always pleased to help our older/high school students prepare for college interviews/auditions, or regional/community theater auditions, using the same educational philosophy we use in all of our programs to help you unlock self-discovery, joy, and authenticity in your performance or audition. Just contact us using the form below! Please note: STAGES will not provide coaching for any student specifically preparing for a STAGES (or other youth theater) production. As a reminder, all roles in all STAGES productions are open to all registered students regardless of experience level. Casting preference will not be given to private music students, or students who have sought outside coaching for a STAGES show.
Do you offer lessons for acting, movement, or instruments other than piano? At this time, STAGES only offers ongoing instruction in Piano and Voice. There are also Teaching Artists on our roster who will provide short-term acting coaching for students seeking support for college entrance auditions (please use the form below to make an inquiry). If there are other instruments or other types of lessons you’re interested in, let us know! If we aren’t able to provide instruction, we’d be happy to refer you to other amazing private studios in the area.
What are you doing to keep kids safe during the COVID-19 pandemic? Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety, and happiness of our students. Our COVID polices and procedures are robust, and may be stricter than those in place at your student’s school or other outside enrichment programming. You can read our most up to date general policies here at any time. Additionally, our Piano studio offers the following specific protocols for in-person private lessons:
- The Student will undergo a quick health screening at drop-off.
- The Student and Instructor will be masked at all times.
- There will be as much physical distance as possible between the Student and the Instructor during the lesson.
- There will be time in between each lesson for completely disinfecting all surfaces, including the piano and any other lessons-specific equipment.
- There will be an air circulator/purifier running in the lessons room.
- There will be no guests or visitors allowed in the lessons room (families can drop and go, or wait outside in the parking lot area during short lessons).
At this time STAGES does not require our students to be immunized against COVID-19, as many of our students are too young to receive this vaccination. All STAGES instructors, however, are fully vaccinated, for further peace of mind.
Please note: STAGES acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic is still actively evolving in ways we cannot predict. Given the young ages of our students, and the unique virus spreading risks associated with singing, we have made the decision to move all Voice Lessons to our online classroom beginning in September. We will continue to evaluate the safety of singing together in the weeks ahead, and look forward to again offering in-person voice instruction at STAGES.
At this time, Piano instruction will continue to be offered with in-person and online options (see the safety protocols above).
That said, WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON PIANO INSTRUCTION IF YOU/YOUR STUDENT ARE UNWILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE FORMAT SHOULD THE NEED ARISE. There will be NO refunds for private lessons unless they are formally and fully cancelled by STAGES – for any reason.
SCHEDULE: STAGES Private Lessons are scheduled in monthly subscription packages for 30min or 45min regular lessons. Lessons will be offered in-person at STAGES (for Piano Only), or online in our Zoom classroom (for Voice and/or Piano, at the preference of the student/family) with available appointments between 3:00PM and 7:00PM, Mondays through Thursdays (and possibly other times upon request).
TUITION: Pricing for STAGES Private Lessons is as follows:
- weekly 30-min lessons: $118/month (4 lessons/month)
- weekly 45-min lessons: $175/month (4 lessons/month)
- Pricing for one-time or shorter-term lessons (for coaching, audition, college preparation, etc) is available upon request.
To Register for Private Lessons
To begin the registration process (for regular lessons or one-time coaching sessons) please submit the following form — please include as many details as possible about your student’s age, whether they’re interested in voice or piano, and the type of lessons package for which you’re seeking information. For regular monthly subscription packages, feel free to indicate a preferred day of the week.