Ashley Hall Private Lesson Program

Ashley Hall Private Lessons

Serving Ashley Hall students and the greater Charleston community, Ashley Hall’s Private Lesson Program offers music instruction and performance opportunities to students of all levels, ages 5 and up. Lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, music theory, and composition.


The Ashley Hall Private Lesson program is part of After School programs at Ashley Hall. To learn more and register, please use the button below and click on Private Lessons in the navigation bar to the right. Thank you.

Register for Spring 2024 Lessons


FALL 2023: August 21-December 15

String Academy (private + group lesson)
30 minute lesson: $690
40 minute lesson: $880
45 minute lesson: $970

Traditional (private lesson only)
30 minute lesson: $560
40 minute lesson: $750
45 minute lesson: $840
60 minute lesson: $1,120


For more information, please contact program director Flora Nevarez at [email protected]


Private Lessons

Private lessons are scheduled on an individual basis with the teacher. All lessons take place on Ashley Hall campus, Monday through Friday.

Private lessons are offered in:

– Piano
– Viola
– Cello
– Voice
– Music Theory
– Composition

Students studying piano, violin, viola, and cello perform in a solo recital at least once per session. Piano accompaniment is provided.


Group Lessons

Group lessons for violin, viola, and cello students take place once a week and are required for students grades 2–4. Group lessons include:

– Solfège, aural skills, rhythmic training, movement, and music theory-
– Scales, technique, Suzuki and supplemental repertoire
– Solo performance practice opportunities with piano accompaniment
– Group concert performances at least once per session

Group Lesson Schedule:
Wednesday 3:05-3:55 p.m. | Cello Book 1/2 with Mrs. Goio
Thursday 3:15-4:05 p.m. | Violin Beginner with Ms. Nevarez
Thursday 3:30-4:20 p.m. | Violin Book 1A with Mrs. Walker
Thursday 4:15-5:05 p.m. |Violin Book 1B/2  with Ms. Nevarez


The goal of composition private lessons is for students to compose and notate at least one composition per session, to be performed by the student composer and/or other musician(s). Composition lessons are open to students who currently study piano, or have a minimum three years of study on their primary instrument.

Required materials:

– Music composition book(s)
– Blank staff paper
– Music notation program (6th–12th grade)

Students in this program have won numerous local, regional, and national composition contests and awards and have been accepted to the nationally renowned Brevard summer camp under merit scholarship.

For more details, contact Dan McCurry, [email protected].

Instrument Details

Piano students should have a piano or 64-key (or larger) keyboard with pedal attachment at home. Please consult with your child’s teacher for string instrument sizing before renting or purchasing an instrument. Private lesson teachers can recommend sources for instrument rental or purchase.

Practice Details

– Students are expected to practice outside of lessons every day for the same amount of time as their lesson (for example, a student who takes a 30 minute private lesson is expected to practice 30 minutes a day at home).
– Parents are expected to help students establish a daily practice routine, providing necessary materials and a quiet place free from distractions.
– Parents are expected to help younger students (ages 5–10) practice at home. Parents are expected to attend private lessons to take notes or video record.

Schedule Details

Ashley Hall Private Lesson Program Calendar
Fall 2023: August 21–December 15 (14 lessons)

August 21 | Private lessons begin
August 28 | Group lessons begin
September 1 | Fall 2023 Registration closes
September 4 | Labor Day–NO LESSONS
September 6 | Parent Chat I (virtual): 6 p.m.
September 28 | Faculty workday–NO VIOLIN GROUPS
September 29 | Piano Masterclass: Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
October 6 | Strings Masterclass: Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
October 16–17 | Fall Break
October 20 | Piano Masterclass: Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
November 1 |  Conference Day–NO CELLO GROUPS
November 3 | Strings Masterclass: Gaines, 4 p.m.
November 8 | Parent Chat II (virtual): 6 p.m.
November 21–25 |  Thanksgiving Break
December 1 | Masterclass: Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
December 8 | Last group lesson
December 11–15 | Makeup week
December 11 | Violin Recital: Recital Hall, 5 p.m. &
Cello Recital: Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
December 12 | Violin Recital: Recital Hall, 5 p.m. &
     Piano Recital: Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
December 13 | Violin Recital: Recital Hall, 4 p.m. &
    Viola & Cello Recital: Recital Hall, 5 p.m. &
    Piano Recital: Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
December 14 |  Violin Recital: Recital Hall, 4 p.m. &
    Piano Recital: Recital Hall, 5 p.m. &
Piano Recital: Recital Hall, 6 p.m.


Flora Nevarez, Private Lesson Program Director; violin and viola 

Frances Hsieh, violin
Zoe Walker, violin and viola
Ben Weiss, violin and viola
Jenny Weiss, violin and viola
Anna Brock, piano and music theory
Grace Casey, piano
Loretta Haskell, piano
Dan McCurry, piano and composition
Jan Jemison Smith, piano
Aubrey Goio, cello
Cameron Williams, cello
Margaret Cook, voice


Contact Information

For more information, contact:
Flora Nevarez | Private Lesson Program Director | [email protected]

Connect with us

Ashley Hall is a K-12 independent school for girls, with a co-ed preschool, committed to a talented and diverse student population. We consider for admission students of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin.