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A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Music Lessons

We're pleased to offer individual after-school music lessons for students of all ages (including parents and grandparents!)--at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students from home and other schools are welcome for lessons.

Individual Lessons

Assuming there's sufficient demand, students can choose one or more instruments:

Bass Guitar | Guitar | Songwriting | Ukulele

Leites Chiong

Tues/Thurs/ Fri now flexible

Oboe | CompositionBo Newsomeflexible


Donovan Cheatham

Thurs/Fri now flexible
Piano (also Saxophone | Trumpet | Tuba | Upright Bass | Classical Composition | Conducting | Music Theory) Raj DuttaMon/Tues/
Wed now flexible

ViolinDavid Binanay

Thurs now flexible

VoiceLauren LisinskiTues now flexible

Our teachers tailor their methods to each student's individual needs and interests as they build a musical foundation.

Weekly lessons take place in the Lower/Middle School Music Studio (or the small adjoining building) and generally last 30-60 minutes. Teachers can pick up and return students to Lower School Extended Day (AfterHours) as needed; as long as families are comfortable with the arrangement, Middle School students walk themselves to and from their Extended Day the short distance to the Music Studio. For the time being, all instruction is online via Zoom.

While practice requirements vary significantly according to age, level, and goals, students and families should understand that regular practice between lessons is essential to progress.

Students will need to provide their own instruments (drums and piano for at-home practice only). Teachers are happy to provide advice on the purchase or rental of instruments.

Instructor Bios

We have talented instructors, all professional performing musicians with significant teaching experience over a wide range of levels and ages. They've passed the same background checks as all CFS staff.


Online enrollment for all music lessons is open and can be completed with a free account through CampInTouch (which is also used for CFS Summer Programs registration), using the relevant link:

Students of any age can enroll for one or more instruments.

After registration, we're in touch to schedule lesson times for the semester as conveniently as possible for all families, with no financial or other obligation if we can't.


Half-hour music lessons are $35, 45-minute lessons are $52.50, and hour-long lessons are $70.

There's nothing to pay during the registration process with CampInTouch. Lessons are billed monthly through TADS by the Business Office.

In order to support our instructors working in the gig economy and committing their time to a CFS schedule, we ask for 10 days notice for any missed lesson or families will be responsible for the lesson cost. You're also welcome to trade a spot with another student that week in order to avoid a missed lesson. During online instructions, we're able to be much more flexible in arranging make-up lessons.

Extended Day (AfterHours)

To maximize parent flexibility for drop-off/pick-up, students can take advantage of Extended Day (AfterHours) care before and/or after lessons and/or ensemble.


Please contact us:

If there's an instrument you hope will be offered in the future, please let us know!

A violin