Research shows that studying a musical instrument as a child builds synergy between both hemispheres of the brain and enhances verbal ability and mathematical reasoning.  The Music School at Bryn Mawr offers a range of group and private lessons, each designed to provide a strong grounding in music while encouraging creativity and fun.

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  • Registration

    Our registration is open to siblings.

    Students in kindergarten, pre-first, and first grade may only have lessons after school beginning at 2:45 p.m. 

    The registration deadline for the 2017-2018 school year has been extended to August 15th, 2017. Registrations received after that date will be placed on a waiting list until the scheduling process is completed in early September.
  • Private Music Lessons

    The Music School at Bryn Mawr offers students in kindergarten–grade 12 music lessons with exceptional teachers in a range of instruments. Individual lessons, which include opportunities for performance, are available to students at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Areas of study include clarinet, cello, flute, guitar, harp, piano, saxophone, ukulele, violin, viola and voice.
  • Private Lesson Rate

    Annual Fee Length
    $970 30 minute lessons
    $1,355 45 minute lessons
    $1,740 60 minute lessons
  • Beginner String Group Lessons

    The Music School at Bryn Mawr offers group lessons in cello and violin for boys and girls in grades 1-2, beginning in the fall. Suzuki-based learning is led in small groups. Designed exclusively for beginning music students, the 45-minute weekly lessons feature hands-on activities and games. Students participate in a spring recital to showcase their musical accomplishments to family and friends.
  • Beginner Group String (Violin and Cello) Lesson Rate

    Annual Fee Length
    $585 45-minute lessons
  • Lower School Strings Scholarship

    The Music School offers a need-based scholarship to Bryn Mawr Lower School students in kindergarten–grade 5. The scholarship covers a majority of the cost of one year of 30-minute beginner private lessons on the violin or cello. Applications are due no later than July 16, 2017. 

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION FORM
  • Make-Up Policy

    Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be made up. The teacher is not obligated to make up lessons missed by students. Lessons missed because of school closings or special events will be negotiated between teacher and student, but are not to exceed three make-up lessons throughout the year.
  • Cancellation Policy

    Once you have registered your child for private music lessons you will have a trial period consisting of three lessons in which to decide whether or not to have him/her continue for the entire school year.

    Registration will be considered final after the trial period and payment will be due in full for all lessons by December 1, 2016. If you choose to cancel during this trial period you will only be responsible for the cost of lessons taken plus the cost of registration.

    If your daughter is a Bryn Mawr student, Music School charges will appear on your November school bill.
  • Lessons begin: Sept. 5, 2017
  • Trial period ends: Sept. 26, 2017
  • Payment due: Dec. 1, 2017

Areas of Study

  • Cello
  • Piano
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Violin
  • Guitar
  • Viola
  • Harp
  • Voice
  • Ukulele

String Ensembles

Lower, Middle or Upper School String Ensemble membership is open to Bryn Mawr students. Inquiries about new membership may be directed to Matt Horwitz-Lee, Ensemble Director, at 410-323-8800, ext. 1207 or horwitzleem@brynmawrschool.org

Contact

Scott Sauers
Music School Coordinator 
410.323.8800 x1270
sauerss@brynmawrschool.org

Dr. Alyson Shirk
Director of Music
410.323.8800 x1688
shirka@brynmawrschool.org

Teacher Biographies

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  • April Studeny - Cello

    April Studeny is originally from Salem, Oregon. She studied cello at the University of Oregon, and received a master's in Music Performance from the University of Michigan.
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  • Julie Hiscox - Voice

    Originally from Ontario, Canada, Julie Hiscox received her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins Univeristy.
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  • Noelle Lipa - Woodwind Specialist

    Woodwind Specialist Noelle Presby Lipa holds a Master of Music from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music from Florida Atlantic University.
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  • Kathrin Murray - Guitar

    Guitarist Kathrin Murray is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Julian Gray.
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  • Seungmin Paik - Piano

    Seungmin Paik, Ph.D., a native of Seoul, Korea, has been teaching piano for almost twenty years.
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  • Lori Peters - Harp

    Lori Peters has been the harp instructor at The Bryn Mawr School for over 25 years. She received her bachelor of arts degree from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland and spent many years continuing her harp studies with Jeanne Chalifoux.
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  • Carol Reid - Piano

    Carol Reid has been teaching piano for 29 years. She graduated from Towson State University with a bachelor's degree in music literature, where she studied with Jane Tan and Katherine Merani.
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  • Samuel Thompson - Violin

    Samuel Thompson enjoys a versatile life that includes solo, chamber music, orchestral and interdisciplinary performance and arts journalism.
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  • Todd Twining - Piano

    Todd Harrison Twining is the Middle School music director at The Bryn Mawr School. He also teaches kindergarten music.
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  • Daniel Weiser - Piano

    Daniel Weiser has a doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald.
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  • Jane Wilbur - Piano

    Jane Wilbur earned her bachelor's degree at Marlboro College in Vermont, and her master's degree in Music Therapy from New York University.
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  • Katy Stevens - Voice

    Katy Stevens has been singing practically her entire life. She studied with Dennison University's Stephanie Henkle throughout middle and high school and with Dr. Mary Schiller as a vocal performance major at the University of Akron.
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  • Alec Hiller - Double Bass

  • Alice Young - Violin/Viola

    Alice Young received a Diploma of Viola Pedagogy from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She also holds a master’s degree in Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Her teachers have included Miles Hoffman and Karen Tuttle.

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Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.