Private Lessons


I recently retired from public school teaching after 28 years in the classroom, and after many years of not teaching private lessons, several years ago I decided to open up a private lesson studio again. In the classroom I taught and played every instrument with confidence. In my private studio I teach all upper brass, single reed instruments and flute. While I was born and raised on trumpet, over the decades I’ve developed skill on all the instruments and have led outstanding private students to great performances on trumpet, saxophone and clarinet on stage, in festivals and honors bands.

For now I am teaching most lessons via Zoom (please see the Virtual Lessons tab) but I do have a few in-person lessons in my home studio. Currently, my rates are $20 per 1/2 hour lesson. I prefer payment at the beginning of each month and I accept cash, check, or payment through Venmo or Apple Pay.

While the shut down to the lesson studios at Pacetti’s Music was initially due to Covid-19, the delay is now due to extensive renovations. Soon, the renovations on the teaching studios will be complete and in person lessons will resume!! Currently we need to finish some plumbing work and then we’ll bring in the drywall experts. I am excited to see the renovations moving along well. I may send out a sneak peek video to some of my current students.

In my private lessons, I bring the same personable and child-centered approach that I’ve used in my classroom, along with the instrument specific skills I’ve develop as a performer and as a repair technician. I strive to learn and assess each students strengths and weaknesses and prescribe material to strengthen those weakness and enhance the strengths. Parents should also know that I keep them informed when I feel a student has not been putting in the necessary effort.

If you are interested in private music lessons feel free to contact me through the information on the home page.

You may also head to my private lesson webpage below for more information. Or if you email me I can send you instructions on how to log in and register for lessons.