Private Lessons

Private lessons can be started at any time of the year.  Simply email us with the following information: 

Send the email to and we will get back to you promptly.

Returning or Continuing Private Students

Returning students need to re-register every term. 

Cost of Regular Private Lessons

30 minute private lesson $30
45 minute private lesson $45
60 minute private lesson $60
30 minute semi-private lesson $20 per student
45 minute semi-private lesson $23 per student
60 minute semi-private lesson $32 per student

**Students registered in ensembles receive a 10% discount on private lessons since every other week (EOW) lessons are required to be in those ensembles.


We accept payment by credit card through your student portal (see upper right-hand link on any page on the website) or by check, by mail or the drop box at the CIM office. Hard copy registrations can be mailed or put it in the drop box.

Required Items for All Students

  • An instrument
  • A recording device
  • Small notebook

Note: The Center does have a few instruments available for loan. Please contact us if you are in need of an instrument. 

Registration Fee

All Center for Irish Music students must pay an annual registration fee upon registration in the Fall. The fees are $20 per student with a $50 cap per family. The registration fee is is valid from September to September.

Discounts and Reduced Rates

Multi-family member discount: When you register by the registration deadline, each member of your immediate family will receive a 5% discount on any CIM class or lesson for that same term.

Ensemble Member Private Lesson Rate: All ensemble students are required to take EOW (every other week) private lessons on the instrument they play in the ensemble. Students enrolled in any of our ensembles, youth* or adult, receive private lessons at a 10% discounted rate.

*Advanced Youth Ensemble students are required take weekly lessons on the instrument they play in ensemble. 

Registration fees are not eligible for discounts.

Attendance & Cancellation

Students and the instructors agree to the number and length of private lessons per trimester. Weekly lessons are preferred since we find that students progress much faster with weekly lessons. Regular attendance at lessons is very important for the student’s progress and also because the instructor has reserved that time slot for a particular student.
If a lesson must be missed for medical or emergency reasons, a 24-hour notice is required* or the student will be charged for the lesson. Call or email the Center for Irish Music at 651-815-0083 or to give your 24-hour notice.
*Please note that out of respect for instructors' schedules, weekly students can reschedule/cancel a maximum of two lessons per term and EOW students can reschedule one lesson per term.  Make-up lessons (rescheduled lessons) must take place within that term or the student forfeits the lessons. When an instructor cancels a lesson, he or she will take responsibility for rescheduling a make-up lesson with the student during make-up week (at the end of the term), or at another time.

This is only a partial list of policies. Please read through our full policies on the policies page.