Individual Lessons

At NMS, individual lessons is geared specifically towards the goals and personality of each student. With over 100 excellent faculty members teaching over 30 instruments, the possibilities are endless. Our dynamic environment is the perfect fit for the most advanced musicians as well as those just beginning their musical journey. Perks of studying at NMS include numerous performance opportunities, discounts on ensembles and other classes and more! Our Student Services staff will be your first stop, offering guidance on choosing the right instructor and schedule. Inquire today!

Included with your NMS individual lessons:
    • Performance opportunities: studio, department and school-wide recitals; play-ins and sing-alongs; community performances
    • Work with professional accompanists
    • Practice auditions with critiques from certified judges
    • Access to practice rooms and performance spaces
    • Awards & competitions
    • Discounts on dance classes, select music classes, ensembles and more.
Starting Something New?

Complete the Individual Lesson Inquiry and we will contact you to set up an introductory lesson. An introductory lesson can help you:

  • Determine if your child is lesson-ready
  • Be sure you or your child and the teacher are a match
  • Try out an new instrument, especially if you are not sure which one you or your child would prefer

An introductory lesson is a one-time experience with no further commitment. We of course hope you will enjoy your introductory lesson and wish to continue with individual lessons. The price for an introductory lesson is $42.25 for 30 minutes.


Returning students, please submit an Individual Lesson Inquiry. Be sure to log in first!


In addition to our main location in New Haven’s Audubon Arts District, 100 Audubon Street, we offer lessons at our Guilford branch and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge. We also offer lessons to students at Hamden Hall.

Lesson Fees
  • 30-minute lesson – $42.25 each
  • 45-minute lesson – $58.75 each
  • 60-minute lesson – $74.50 each
  • 90-minute lesson – $108 each

Please review our fees and payment plans page for complete details.

Policies & Financial Aid

For more information about our policies and and financial aid, please visit our Registration Information page.
Enrollment signifies that you have read and agree to the Neighborhood Music School policies.


Instruments Offered
Afro-Caribbean drumming Oboe
Banjo Orchestral percussion
Bass guitar Percussion
Bassoon Piano
Cello Piano – Suzuki
Cello – Suzuki Recorder
Clarinet Recorder – Suzuki
Composition Saxophone
Double Bass Steel pans
Drumset Theory
Euphonium Trombone
Flute Trumpet
Flute – Suzuki Tuba
French horn Vielle
Guitar Viola
Guitar – Suzuki Viola – Suzuki
Harmonica Viola da gamba
Harp Violin
Improvisation Violin – Suzuki
Mandolin Voice