Private lessons are available for people of any age, pre-school to senior and any level from beginner to advanced. Typically there are 36 lessons in the academic year from September to June, with summer instruction also available. Please note that it is possible to start lessons at any time in the year. The Guelph School of Music offers instruction in the Suzuki Piano Method, Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as personalized lessons not following a set curriculum. Students taking private lessons participate in Performance Classes held 3 times per year and in our Winter and Spring Recitals. Prospective students have the option to book a paid trial lesson. A trial lesson permits students to assess their compatibility with the music teacher and aids them in deciding whether they are genuinely dedicated to pursuing ongoing lessons.


In-Person Lessons at the Guelph Youth Music Centre

Suzuki Piano

Conservatory Method

These lessons follow the curriculum set out by the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus. Our voice and instrumental lessons include repertoire study from the various style periods, music reading, technique, and music skills. Teachers will prepare those students who wish to take the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.  

Suzuki Piano Method

Guelph School of Music offers the World Famous Suzuki Method of music instruction in Suzuki Piano. These private lessons are best suited for beginning students ages 4-7 and feature the mother tongue approach and parent involvement. Children learn to play through listening and imitation. Technique and tone production are taught from the beginning. Music reading is introduced later.

The parent has an important role in Suzuki lessons, attending the lessons and practicing daily with the child as well as playing the Suzuki CD daily. Parents need no previous musical experience as the teacher provides on-going training and support.

Personalized Lessons

Personalized lessons are tailored to the individual needs, goals, and interests of the student, rather than following a predetermined syllabus or curriculum. The instructor will adapt the teaching approach to suit the musical preferences and learning style of the student. Lessons can cover a wide range of musical genres, techniques, and repertoire, making them suitable for students who want to explore music in a more individualized way.


Annual School Fee

An annual school fee will apply to all students registered in private instrumental/voice lessons. Families registering more than one student will receive a reduced school fee for each additional student. The annual school fee covers the cost of administration, facility & instrument maintenance, recitals, and performance classes. The School Fee and first installment is due upon registration.

  • Early Bird School Fee (on or before May 20): $200
  • Regular School Fee (after May 20): $250
  • Additional students from the same family: $200
  • Students starting after December 1 will pay a pro-rated school fee.

Private Lesson Rates: The following rates will take effect in the 2024/2025 academic year.

  • 30 minutes: $34.50
  • 45 minutes: $51.75
  • 60 minutes: $69

Note: These rates are subject to change.

Please read our School Policies for more information.

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