Music School at Bryn Mawr

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.

Private Lesson Registration


Beginner String Group Lesson Registration



Registration forms for the 2015-2016 school year will be mailed to families in May. Our registration is open to siblings.

Students in Kindergarten, Pre-First, and First Grade may only have lessons after school beginning at 2:45.

The registration deadline for the 2015-2016 school year is July 1, 2015. 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: Clarinet, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Saxophone, Violin, Viola and Voice.

Private Lesson Rate

Annual FeeLength
$970 30 minute lessons
$1355 45 minute lessons
$1740 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 Kindergarten through Grade 2, beginning in the fall. Suzuki-based learning will be led in small groups.

Designed exclusively for beginning music students, the 45-minute weekly lessons feature hands-on activities and games. Students will participate in a spring recital to showcase their musical accomplishments to family and friends.

***Class schedules will be announced the week of August 17, 2015***

Beginner Group String (Violin, and Cello) Lesson Rate

Annual FeeLength
$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 June 3, 2015. 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 (illness, vacation, forgot). Lessons missed because of school closings or special events will be negotiated between teacher and student, but not to exceed 3 make-up lessons through out the year.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have registered your child for private music lessons, you will have three lessons in which to decide whether or not to have her continue for the entire school year.

Registration will be considered final after a trial period consisting of the first three lessons, and payment will be due in full for all lessons by December 1, 2015. 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.

Music school charges will appear on your November school bill.

Contact Information

Jaclyn Talley Orchard
Music School Coordinator
443-226-6082 or
410-323-8800, ext. 1270 or

Dr. Alyson Shirk
Director of Music
410-323-8800, ext. 1688 or



  • Lessons begin: Sep. 8, 2015
  • Trial period ends: Oct. 6, 2015
  • Payment due: Dec. 1, 2015

Areas of Study

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

Music School Events

  • April 30, Outreach student performance at Brightwood in Lutherville
  • May 19, Honors Concert and Creative Collaboration, 6:00pm in CH
  • May 21, Lower School Art Show and Instrumental Fair, 5:00pm
  • May 29, 5th Grade Private Music Recital
  • First day of Lessons Sep. 8, 2015

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, at410-323-8800, ext. 1207 or