Music Lessons2018-09-05T09:45:44+00:00


Private Music Lessons

Students who sign up for private music lessons are committing to one full term of lessons and will be billed accordingly. The fee for lessons is $48 per 30-minute lesson, totaling $576 for the first semester (12 lessons) and $768 for the second semester (16 lessons).

For students who wish to have a 60-minute lesson each week, the cost is $75 per lesson, or $900 for the first semester, and $1200 for second semester. Parents must agree to this arrangement in writing in advance. Please email Alva Nelson, our Music Director at

The Business Office will charge the entire term fee for lessons to student accounts early in each term.

It is the responsibility of the student to attend each scheduled lesson. The student will be charged the full amount for the term; refunds for missed lessons will not be given.

If a teacher has to miss a lesson, he/she will reschedule the lesson.

In exceptional cases, advanced students may be permitted to study multiple instruments simultaneously, or to receive more than one lesson per week on their primary instrument.

All materials for the lessons (books, instruments, strings, metronomes, etc.) are the student’s responsibility. Costs for any such materials will appear on the billing statement at the end of the term.

Music Faculty
Alva Nelson

Alva Nelson


A multi-faceted musician who performs and creates music that is diverse, sophisticated and exhilarating. Mr. Nelson’s arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Send One Your Love” on Robin Eubanks’ “Karma” (Polydor Records), and the single, “Another Chance to Give” by Genie Swinson are examples of Alva Nelson’s musical creativity. As a sideman, he has recorded with Lonnie Plaxico, Charley Gerard, Bubbha Thomas & the Lightmen. As a pianist, Nelson has performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Kirk Whalum, David “Fathead” Newman, Arnett Cobb, Tramaine Hawkins, Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, Eddie Harris, Martha Wash, The Chantells, and Chuck Jackson. 

Burr Johnson

Burr Johnson


Powerful technique and artistic diversity have won Burr world wide recognition. His music blends the styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues and Funk. Johnson tours internationally and has performed with legendary artists Ray Charles, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Spyro Gyra and Rick Derranger.  Burr helped to develop the Triple Play guitar synthesize.

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Gabriela Mikova-Johnson


GABRIELA MIKOVA, soprano,  is a graduate of the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, Czech Republic,  performing her senior concert with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Georg Kughi.  She has also performed Leonard Bernstein's Mass with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Milan Machek, concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Teplice under the direction of both Tomas Kountnik and Charles O.Munroe, and a concert tour through Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Austria with the Municipal Theatre of Brno.  She has also sung at Ostrava's Festival of Contemporary Music and at the Janackovy Hukvaldy Festival.  She has performed as soloist at the Jiri Myron Theatre in Ostrava, the Moravian Theatre of Olomouc, and the Municipal Theatre of Brno, and for six years was engaged as soloist with the J.K. Tyl Theatre in Plzen.


Adam Nussbaum


ADAM NUSSBAUM, Over 35 years of multifaceted international experience. Featured artist in advanced settings ranging from global jazz festivals and concert halls to the White House. Listed among the top 100 drummers of all time.


John Feeney

Double Bass

JOHN FEENEY, Soloist of international renown. Won first prize in the Concert Artists Guild and Zimmerman-Mingus International Competitions medalist- prizewinner in the Geneva and Isle of Man Competitions. Holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School.


Rachel Evans


RACHEL EVANS earned both Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Julliard School of Music. She has performed in a variety of ensembles, including the Santa Fe Opera; String Fever, a jazz string group; Continuum contemporary music ensemble; and the Meridian Quartet. For her chamber music work, she was a recipient of the Coleman Chamber Music Award.


John Reid


JOHN REID, Starting in Nashville, working and touring with some of the finest Country stars, he then relocated to New York City where he continued to tour, record and play on Broadway for the last 20 years. Holds a master’s degree in trumpet performance from George Peabody College.