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Private Lessons

Why Private Lessons?


Orchestra parents often ask questions about Private Lessons.  The following questions and answers will help parents understand the benefits of Private Lessons for their Orchestra student. While Private lessons are NOT REQUIRED, it is highly recommended for students to participate in. 


Why should my child enroll in private lessons?

Private lessons are the most significant predictor of a student’s success in music.  While not mandatory for success, the individual attention available through private instruction provides tremendous enhancement of your child’s skills, motivation, and musical enjoyment.


Who takes private lessons?  
  • Students, who are interested in being the best in their individual band or orchestra, will take private lessons.

  • Students, with prior musical training in piano, violin or other instruments, who are not challenged due to the pace of learning in the  orchestra classroom, will take private lessons.

  • Students who desire leadership positions in their sections and want to excel so they can help the directors or other students, will take private lessons.

  • Students who love their instrument but are struggling to learn in the classroom environment will take private lessons.

My child has band/orchestra class everyday at school, why does he/she need private  lessons?

While the instruction provided in group lessons in the classrooms can lift a student to a level of musical competency, there is no substitute for the individualized instruction that is only available through private study. The individual nature of private lessons means that instruction is catered directly to your child’s ability level.  Students enrolled in private lessons are able to move at their own fast pace instead of being tethered to the pace of the class as a whole.

Isn’t private tutoring just for kids who are struggling?

No! Although private instruction can assist students that struggle in group settings or need special attention to succeed, the purpose is to provide supplementary instruction for students seeking to get the most out of their music education, regardless of their skill level.

What If we can't afford private lessons?

If your family cannot afford to pay for private lessons, but your child is really interested in them, please contact Mr. Zilisch. There are some  programs around Louisville that offer financial assistance for private lessons. Mr. Zilisch also has a private lesson program at Westport that students can take advantage of. 

Private Teacher List

This list does not include all of the private teachers in Louisville.

These are teachers I recommend for private lessons.


Laura Vicic (612)280-6681

Becca Neely (319)-202-1113

Stacy Yates 425-5144

Kathie Raymond 263-3490

Heidi Tracy 749-7494

Clara Markham 217-0009

Lorna Larson 899-1591

Gloria Spurlock 245-7002

Tamara Meineke 896-1394

Judy Wilson 458-1281


Cecelia Huerta 615-417-2110

Ian Schroeder  906-869-6361

Robin Chappars 426-3285

Bonnie Avery 741-2333


Laura Vicic (612)280-6681

Sam Meade- (508) 873-0783

Clara Markham 217-0009

Heidi Tracy 749-7494


Jordan Wright (859)333-8533

Aaron May 533-6063

Bert Witzel 451-5950

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