Private instruction is the core of music education. Lessons are offered year-round for children and adults, from beginning through advanced levels in all major instruments and voice. Both campuses are set in tranquil, wooded areas and our staff and faculty provide a welcoming, nurturing atmosphere. An expert faculty with a wide range of diverse talents and personalities ensures the best-suited student/teacher match. Recitals are held at the end of each semester, with community performance opportunities offered throughout the year.

Tuition varies by instructor. The average rate for a 30-minute lesson is $40.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Cape Symphony has limited in-person private lessons, following governmental regulation to ensure safety for students, faculty, and staff. We have a safety plan in place that includes limiting the building capacity to 25%, staggering class times, requiring masks, and disinfecting of studios and instruments in-between lessons. 

To register, contact our registrars:

Barnstable 508.362.2772 |

Falmouth   508.540.0611 |

Payment plans and financial aid are available.

Program Highlights

As part of the largest arts organization on Cape Cod, our students have the leading edge in private music education: 

  • An expert faculty of New England's best teaching artists
  • Community performance opportunities
  • Tuition-free ensemble participation
  • Access to world-class performing artists and concerts
  • Discounts on most Cape Symphony performances: 50% off student tickets for ages 6-22; 20% off adult tickets. Restrictions apply.
  • Discounts for families/multiple students
  • Multiple-class discounts
  • Merit scholarships and financial aid
  • Monthly payment plans

Class Schedule

Generally, private music lessons are offered Monday through Saturday at both campuses.  The schedule varies for each teaching artist, so our registrars will work closely with you to determine a suitable day & time for your lessons. 

We schedule lessons by the semester, though you may begin at any time during the year. We will pro-rate lessons that begin after the start of a semester. 

Most lessons occur once per week for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. The teaching artist will help determine the length and frequency of your lesson. Most beginners start with 30-minute lessons and increase the time as their skills advance. 

We recommend students first schedule a trial lesson by contacting our registrars (Barnstable  508-362-2772 or Falmouth 508-540-0611).

Tuition: Varies by Instructor

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