Private Lesson Information


Interested in Private Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, or String Bass Lessons?

Here, you will find the most requested information about my private music lessons.
(My husband, John, teaches private drums, guitar, brass, and woodwind music lessons, too!)

To sign up, or for more info, call or text (303)907-6738 (please leave a message if I do not answer), or use the Contact Form on this web site.


What Do I Teach?

Private piano, violin, viola, cello and string bass lessons.
(Remember, my husband, John, teaches private drums, guitar, brass, and woodwind music lessons, too!)

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Who Do I Teach?

Guys and Gals of all ages* and abilities.

*Preschool and Kindergarten (ages 4-5) is as early as I prefer to start formal weekly lessons

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How Much Do Lessons Cost?

Private lesson rates are $25 per half-hour lesson. If students are interested in semi-private or small groups lessons, the rate is $15 per student per half-hour.

Payment is made at the beginning of each month.  (see Lesson Policies)

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How Often Are Lessons?

The Norm

Most students sign up for a regular weekly Lesson Time and come to my home near Palmer Ridge High School for a half-hour lesson at that same time, each week. During the school year, I may also be teaching private lessons at Monument Academy. Having a private lesson once each week provides a steady learning pace for better progress.

You can always Re-Schedule a Lesson (change your time for a particular week) or cancel a lesson (skip a particular week) if you have a conflict with your regular weekly lesson time, as long as you notify me more than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson – see Lesson Policies.

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If you cannot commit to any of my available weekly Lesson Times, you can check my availability for different times that are available during the next few weeks (see Re-Schedule A Lesson).  If you see a time listed under next week’s dates that will work for you, for example, call or text me to let me know you’d like that time and I’ll confirm if it is still available. These are times that are available because another student has a conflict with his/her regular lesson time(s). This allows for schedules to be flexible, but does not guarantee you a lesson time each week.

Advancing students may want longer lessons, and some students may want to come more than once per week to work a large amount of music (to prepare for a concert or audition, for example).  The lesson rate is still $25 per half-hour and, therefore, $37.50 per 45 minutes, $50 per hour, etc…

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How Long Will You Need Lessons?

Learning music is learning a language.  My husband and I teach you how to “speak” music (the instrument is your voice) and how to read and write music.  It takes years to achieve fluency in our native spoken language (be it English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, etc…) as it does in the music language.

Everybody learns at different rates and has different needs.  Weekly lessons are on-going, for as long as you desire to learn more and improve your skills.

I look forward to working with many of you for years to come!

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Getting Started

Find a time that works for you and let’s get started!

Read my Lesson Policies, print a copy, sign it and bring it with you to your first lesson.

If you’re unsure of whether you or your child may like the instrument you’ve chosen and want to try it for a while, remember there are no length-of-study contracts to sign.  If you have the instrument and want to come for a few lessons to get a feel for it – no problem!  Each half-hour lesson costs $25.

Much of the first lesson will be spent getting acquainted with each other.  I want to know your goals and aspirations, and find the best starting point for you (whether you’re a brand-new beginner or you’ve taken lessons before).

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What To Bring to Each Lesson

You’ll need to bring a few things to each lesson:

  • Payment
    If it’s the first lesson of the month. (See Lesson Policies)
  • A Spiral Notebook.
    Bring the same one each week, specially designated for these music lessons.
    (Some like to decorate it!)(see some of My Faves)
    I will use it to keep record of what we cover in each lesson and to communicate what the practice expectations are for the coming week. It is useful for reminding you at home and for reminding me in your next lesson.
  • Your Music Books
    (see my list of Studio Materials -coming soon)
  • Your Instrument
    (not the piano!!)
    See my tips for purchasing or renting violins if you don’t already have one.
    You can use the same links to rent or purchase violas and cellos, too.
    If you need a piano or keyboard, see my recommendations here and read what features you should look for here.

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If you know anyone who may also be interested in taking music lessons from me, or from John, please share this with them!

Thank You!

~ Mrs. Cristin Patterson ~

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Now Enrolling  *

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& Half-Day Kindies

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