Private Music Instruction

Private Music Instruction

Children and adults at any skill level may register for private instruction on any band instrument, piano, voice, classical guitar. Curriculum for individual lessons is tailored specifically to the needs of each student. Since the study of a musical instrument is based on a steady progression of both intellectual and physical skills, it is strongly recommended students enroll for an entire semester (2- 8 week sessions) or a year (4- 8 week sessions.)

All students are responsible for obtaining their own instrument and must have an instrument before lessons begin. Piano students must have access to a piano on a daily basis. In addition, students are expected to purchase any music or method book recommended by the instructor. It should be understood that private students are required to practice faithfully and show improvement weekly. Lack of effort and preparation may result in parent contact and possible removal from the private studio.

Many parents ask for guidelines regarding when to begin formal music instruction for their children. In general, 1st or 2nd grade is a good time to begin traditional instruction on piano. By grades 5 - 6, most students are ready to begin study of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. Voice instruction should generally wait until the teenage years. There are, of course, exceptions to all guidelines. Any adult may enroll in private instruction.

Private lesson students are required to notify their instructor if they are unable to attend a lesson. Private instructors may have options for make-up lessons at their discretion.

Students enrolled in the Music Academy receive much more than a weekly lesson. All students are actively encouraged to expand their musical horizons by participating in as many Academy and community experiences as possible, many of which are completely free of charge. Private Instruction Fee(s) at the Music Academy includes:

  • Weekly private lesson

  • Access to a faculty of carefully selected professional musicians and educators

  • Evaluation at the end of each 8 week session

  • Recital opportunities

  • Community service performances

  • A place to meet and make friends with other music students in a supportive environment

For more information, questions, and to register for individual lessons please reach out to Amanda Dement at or 573-518-2265 to receive information on registration.

Double Reed- Linda Huck

Flute- Kat Gerhard

Clarinet- Marilyn Moore, Mari Porter

Saxophone - Amanda Dement, Dennis Mayberry

Trumpet- Sandy Stoeckel

French Horn- Jeff Singer

Trombone- Dan Schunks

Ukulele/Mandolin- Melody Francis

Mandolin/Guitar/Fiddle/Banjo- Andy Novara

Concert Percussion- Joshua Politte, Joe Hull

Drum Set- Mike Ramsey, Joshua Politte, Joe Hull

Organ- Isaac Hallock *Organ lessons will be held off campus at Farmington Presbyterian Church on Columbia Street

Piano- Christy Barnes, Isaac Hallock, Marilyn Moore

Voice- Sherry Francis, Isaac Hallock

Guitar- Jake Cantrell