As of May 22, 2017, current students may reserve their lesson day and time for the 2017-2018 academic year. CLICK HERE to enroll in 2017-2018 private lessons.

Private lessons are the best way for a student to study a musical instrument. Individual attention and the ability to teach at the student’s level of experience and pace of development are important for enabling students to develop most efficiently their own musical technique and musicianship. WIPA offers private lessons in all musical instruments and voice.

Private music study at Wharton’s Performing Arts School offers students an opportunity to work with world-class teaching artists who have received music degrees in their primary instrument from music conservatories and universities. To determine the best fit between students and teachers, Student Services staff work with prospective families to select the faculty member that will bring out the best in each student.

Wharton Arts Private Lesson Packages

Private Lesson Packages for the 2017-2018 academic year include the following:

  • 34 lessons–duration of 30, 45, and 60-minute lessons available
  • 2 student recitals
  • Recital accompanist (when needed)
  • 2 practicing workshops
  • 3 performance workshops
  • Participation in our Honors Recital (if recommended)
  • Super Sunday Marathon student recital
  • Off-site performance opportunities, including the 2018 Playathon Music Festival
  • Eligibility for the discounted rate in our Accelerated Artists Program (AAP)*
  • Free admission to all WIPA events

    *AAP is a discounted group class program that includes ten week Short Courses, Small Ensemble classes, and Music theory classes for students who seek a more extensive music education.

Benefits of a one-on-one relationship with an experienced and conservatory-trained teacher:

  • Progress at your own pace, learning fundamental to advanced vocal techniques and various genres and styles.
  • Receive special and individualized attention including closer monitoring of musicianship skills such as sight singing and rhythmic training.
  • Prepare for assessments of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.
  • Review more material during a private lesson.
  • Receive guidance on developing audition techniques and an appropriate repertoire to study music or performing arts at the university level.

In addition to private lessons, Music Theory classes are offered as well.  Celebrate Theory (formerly Sound Advice), will be offered Monday through Thursday and Saturdays.  Choose one weekly class levels one to six to fit your schedule.  These classes will run for 20 weeks, 45 minutes each class starting in October and finishing in March and offer free access to our Theory Lab as well.  If you are unsure of your theory level, please contact Student Services Kristen Wuest at 908-790-0700 to confirm which class is best for you.

Duration of Weekly Private Lessons

30 minutes—recommended for beginning students.
45 minutes—recommended for intermediate students.
60 minutes—recommended for advanced students.


WIPA requires a Registration fee due prior to enrollment in lessons or classes. The Registration fee is $60 for Individuals and $90 for Families. WIPA offers 10% sibling and 5% multi-activity discounts and payment plans. All private lessons have the option of being on a payment plan. For a $20 fee, your credit card will be automatically charged for six equal installments from October 2017 through March 2018.

As well, a new Payment in Full discount has been added of $50.00 for 30 minute lessons, $100.00 for 45 minute lessons, and $150 for 60 minute lessons in addition to our Sibling Discount (10%) and Multi-Activity Discount (5%).  To register, please click on the following link for the Performing Arts School.  Please remember to purchase your Individual or Family Registration Fee first in a separate transaction before proceeding to enroll for lessons.

Private Lessons Tuition

Private Instrumental & Voice Lessons Packages

30 Minute Package

  • $1,692

45 Minute Package

  • $2,538

60 Minute Package

  • $3,384

Private Music Theory Lessons

45 Minute Package

  • $1,012.50

60 Minute Package

  • $1,350

For In-home lessons, call 908.790.0700.