Private Lessons

Private Lessons are offered through the band program and are available to every band student. The private lesson staff includes degreed educators that are handpicked by the directors and background checked by Argyle ISD.

 

Individual instruction is extremely beneficial due to the one-on-one teaching environment. The private teacher is able to design a program that meets each individual student's needs, allowing each student to progress at his/her own rate of ability. Professional teachers on each instrument will be available to teach these lessons during band class & before or after school.

 

Much of the individual success throughout the Argyle Band Program can be attributed to the private lesson program and the superior private lesson staff. The high number of students enrolled in the private lesson program in the Argyle Band has allowed a high standard of performance to be maintained. Supplemental lessons are are strongly recommended.


We look forward to having your student involved in the private lesson program!

 

Private Lessons FAQ:

Why should we enroll in private lessons?

Enrolling in private lessons is the biggest predictor of a student's musical success. Students can get individually tailored instruction to address their individual needs.

Aren't private lessons just for kids who are struggling?

On the contrary, private lessons are great for ALL students who want to get the most out of their music education. Students who are struggling can get additional help, students who are achieving at a high level can move at a faster rate, and students somewhere in the middle can really excel!

When do private lessons happen?

The majority of private lessons will happen during your student's normal band class, but lessons can also be scheduled before and after school or, on a very limited basis, during Flex time.

Shouldn't we avoid having lessons during band, though?

No! The individual attention your student will receive will be incredibly beneficial to their progress! In addition, we are in constant communication with our lesson teachers so that they can reinforce concepts that are being introduced in class, and often take those concepts to the next level!

How long does a lesson last?

Students taking lessons during class will have half a class period (Approximately 25 minutes). Students taking lessons before/after school will have 30 minute lessons. You also have the option of enrolling students in a double lesson (The entire class period, or 60 minutes).

How much do private lessons cost?

Each lesson costs $22, whether it's before school, after school, or during class. .

How do we sign up?

Private lesson enrollment happens at the start of the year when we do our band registration, but you can always email one of the band directors or your and tell us you want to start lessons with your students and we can get you set up. Alternatively, our private lesson teachers and their emails are listed to the right if you'd like to email them yourself and get started in private lessons.

Private Lesson Staff

Flute 

Lynne Hudson

Ithaca College

          Bachelor of Music Education

University of North Texas

          Master of Music in Music Performance

E-mail Mrs. Hudson

Flute 

Sara Raviotta

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

          Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance

Louisiana State University

          Master of Music in Flute Performance

The University of North Texas

          Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance

E-mail Dr. Raviotta

Oboe

Jo Darmon

The University of North Texas, 

          Bachelor of Music Education

          Master of Music in Oboe Performance 

          Graduate Artist Certificate (in progress)

E-mail Ms. Darmon

Bassoon

Lauren LaChapelle

The University of North Texas

          Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance

          Master of Music in Bassoon Performance (in progress)

E-mail Ms. LaChapelle

Clarinet

Kasey Merriott

Baylor University

          Bachelor of Music Education

The University of North Texas

          Master of Music in Clarinet Performance (in progress)

Email Mrs. Merriott

Saxophone

Justin Sales

University of Minnesota

          Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance

The University of North Texas

          Master of Music in Saxophone Performance (In progress)

E-mail Mr. Sales

Trumpet

To be announced soon!

French Horn

Janet Doherty

West Texas A&M University

          Bachelor of Music Education

E-mail Ms. Doherty

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Ramsey MacDonald

Southern Methodist University

          Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

          Performance Certificate

E-mail Mr. MacDonald

Percussion

James Figueredo

The University of North Texas

          Bachelor of Music Education

E-mail Mr. Figueredo