Private Lessons

Boulder Symphony Music Academy (BSMA) offers one-on-one lessons with the finest musicians in the Front Range. Lesson lengths are 30, 45, and 60 minutes and happen once a week with your private teacher.

Young boy taking piano lessons at the Boulder Symphony Music Academy

Instruments Offered

String Instruments

Woodwind Instruments

Brass Instruments

Percussion Instruments

Voice Lessons


Voice lessons, also known as singing lessons, are sessions with a professional vocal coach or teacher intended to improve an individual’s singing abilities. These sessions typically cover various areas, including pitch, tone, vocal range, breath control, vocal health, and performance skills. The aim is to enhance the student’s vocal technique and musicality.


Here are some aspects that are typically included in voice lessons:

  1. Breathing techniques: Singing relies heavily on breath control. Teachers often start with exercises to improve breathing and teach students how to properly use their diaphragm when singing.
  2. Vocal exercises: These are designed to improve various aspects of the voice, such as range, power, tone quality, and pitch accuracy. They often include scales, arpeggios, and other patterns sung on different vowel sounds.
  3. Repertoire selection and interpretation: The teacher will usually help students select appropriate songs for their vocal range and skill level. They will work on these songs to improve interpretation, phrasing, and emotional connection.
  4. Music theory and sight reading: Some voice teachers also teach music theory, which can be helpful in understanding the structure and elements of the songs a student sings. Sight reading (the ability to read and sing music at first sight) is another important skill for singers.
  5. Performance techniques: This can include how to use a microphone, move on stage, and convey emotion to an audience.
  6. Vocal health: A good voice teacher will also provide guidance on how to care for the voice, advising on things like hydration, rest, warming up, and cooling down.

Voice lessons can benefit anyone, from beginners who want to learn the basics to professional singers who want to hone their craft. The lessons are tailored to the individual’s skill level, goals, and musical preferences.

Conducting Lessons

Devin Patrick Hughes conducting the Boulder Symphony

Taking conducting lessons is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills in leadership, musicianship, and communication. Conducting is the art of guiding and directing an ensemble of musicians, and it requires a deep understanding of music theory, interpretation, and performance. Learning to conduct requires dedication, practice, and the guidance of a qualified teacher.


The first step in conducting lessons is finding a qualified teacher to guide you through the learning process. A good teacher can assess your current ability level and create a plan that suits your individual needs and goals. They will provide instruction on conducting techniques, score analysis, rehearsal techniques, and other key aspects of conducting.

Learning to conduct requires consistent practice, but it is also a deeply rewarding experience. As you progress in your conducting lessons, you will learn to lead different types of ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands. You will also learn to interpret different types of music, including classical, contemporary, and popular pieces. Conducting lessons can also help you develop important communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.

Taking conducting lessons also provides numerous benefits beyond just learning how to conduct an ensemble. Studies have shown that conducting can improve cognitive function, enhance memory, and reduce stress. It can also provide a sense of accomplishment and personal fulfillment.

In addition, conducting is a highly respected and essential role in the world of music. Conductors are responsible for bringing together and guiding the musical talents of many individuals into a cohesive and beautiful performance. Learning to conduct can provide opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, work with talented soloists, and lead musical organizations.

Taking conducting lessons is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills in leadership, musicianship, and communication. While conducting requires dedication, hard work, and patience, the benefits extend far beyond just mastering the technique. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced musician, conducting lessons can help you achieve your musical goals and develop skills that will benefit you for a lifetime.

Alexander Technique

close up of guitar strings

The Alexander Technique is an educational process created by Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869–1955), a Shakespearean orator who developed the method while trying to address his own problems with voice loss during performances. The technique is a type of teaching that helps people unlearn harmful postural and movement habits and replace them with more efficient and less stressful ways of moving.

The Alexander Technique isn’t just about posture but about improving how we use our bodies. Used by people of all ages and abilities to enhance performance in all activities, the unique method teaches people how to stop using unnecessary muscular and mental tension levels during everyday life.

The technique is often taught one on one with a certified Alexander Technique teacher. The teacher uses verbal instructions and gentle hands-on guidance to help students find ease and balance within themselves in simple movements and positions such as sitting, standing, and walking.


2022-2023 School Year

30-minute: $160/month

45-minute: $215/month

60-minute: $278/month

Fall Semester

30-minute: $160/month

45-minute: $218/month

60-minute: $280/month

Spring Semester

30-minute: $190/month

45-minute: $257/month

60-minute: $330/month

8-Lesson Package

30-minute: $392

45-minute: $511

60-minute: $660

Tuition is paid in 10 payments, which covers 36 weekly lessons. Payments are due at the first lesson of each month (September–May). August’s tuition payment is due while registering.

Payment Schedule: August at time of registration, September 1, October 1, November 1, December 1, January 1, February 1, March 1, April 1, and May 1.

Registration Fee: A $30 registration fee will be charged at registration.

Duplicate Billing: Only one party will be billed per student. Duplicate bills and split payments are the responsibility of the registering guardian.

Important Dates

Stay up to date with Boulder Symphony Music Academy events, from holiday breaks to end-of-semester recitals.

Fall ’22 Semester: August 15th – December 15th

Thanksgiving Break: November 21st – 25th

Winter Recital: December 11th

Spring ’23 Semester: January 2nd – May 25th

Spring Break: March 27th – March 30th

Spring Recital: May 13th

Summer Session: May 29 – August 11th

Fall ’23 Semester: Begins August 14th


Group Classes

Music Prodigies and Parents

2023 Summer Dates: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, and 6/27

Day and Time: Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm

Ages: 3-5 years old

Price: $100

Instrument Discovery Camp

Dates: 6/12-6/16

Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Ages: 6+

Tuition: $275

Beginner Guitar Camp

Dates: 6/12-6/16

Times: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Ages: 6+

Tuition: $275