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. We also have a new ensemble option. Students from home and other schools are welcome for lessons and ensemble.

Individual Lessons

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

Instrument(s)InstructorDay
Audition Prep, Piano, Songwriting, and/or Voice

Scott Mulligan

Mon/
Tues/
Thurs/ Fri
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, and/or Ukulele

Leites Chiong

Fri

Electronic Music Production, Fiddle, Mandolin, Synthesizer, Viola, and/or Violin

Trev WignallWed

Percussion

Hampton Smith

Wed/
Thurs

Private lessons are widely considered the most efficient way to learn or improve on an instrument or voice. 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 younger students to Lower or Middle School Extended Day (AfterHours) as needed.

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 four 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.

Scott Mulligan (Audition Prep/Piano/ Songwriting/Voice)

Scott Mulligan is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, instrumentalist (guitar and piano), and actor from Seattle. Since receiving his B.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory at the Berklee College of Music, he's had the chance to perform for thousands of people while playing Tarzan for Disney (Tuacahn Amphitheater) and in Gypsy (North Carolina Theatre), Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines), and the original cast of Frozen at Disney Land. A member of the Actor's Equity Association, Scott has worked with Tony Award-winning Broadway directors and is also a trained dancer.

Recent original music performances include on the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week, at Raleigh's Pour House, and at Salt Lake City's MusicCon; his EP Galaxy can be found on all digital outlets, including Google Play, iTunes, and Spotify.

Scott can help you learn to sing and/or play the piano, to write your own songs, and even to prepare for your next big audition (including for school and community productions and college programs).

Leites Chiong (Bass Guitar/Guitar/ Songwriting/Ukulele)

Leites Chiong has been playing guitar for almost 30 years and teaching guitar for over a decade, with stints in various bands along the way. He's a father of four, including two children at CFS. Leites teaches all styles of music for acoustic and electric guitar, as well as bass guitar and Ukulele. He helps beginner through advanced students learn how to play and how to write songs. Leites enjoys working with children and seeing the love of music grow within them, including in the Guitar and Songwriting class in CFS Summer Programs.

Trev Wignall (Electronic Music Production/ Fiddle/Mandolin/Synthesizer/Viola/Violin)

Chapel Hill native Trev Wignall says music was extremely moving to him from an early age. He studied violin with the Suzuki Method and also studied his dad’s music collection: Philip Glass, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Luc Ponty, Yes, and others.

Throughout middle and high school, he rigorously studied violin (including with the late Dr. Richard Luby, a CFS parent and UNC music professor); wrote his own electronic music; and played lots of video games (whose soundtracks would become a core part of his musical identity). Trev also had his first outings performing violin and his own compositions in public, including for UNC PlayMakers' 2009 production of The Glass Menagerie.

He finished his high school career at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and then matriculated at his dream school, Boston's Berklee College of Music.

Trev now gives music lessons; plays for music festivals, religious services, weddings, and gatherings of all kinds; arranges music for himself and string groups; and works with music students at North Carolina Governor's School (which he himself attended while in high school).

He still plays video games and watches critically-acclaimed television shows. Sometimes Trev can tend to be fairly gender non-conforming. A lot of these things blend together when he performs original music with his band Monarc. Trev's music is inspired by video game soundtracks, Jazz Fusion, and Folk music.

He can teach acoustic and electric violin, viola, mandolin, fiddle, synthesizer, and music production software. Trev's goal is for students to play what they like on their instruments with joy and enthusiasm. Although this certainly can be Classical, it can also be Jazz, Fiddle, Rock, Electronic Dance Music, Metal, Hip Hop, Blues, Country, or the music of Star Wars.

The student can be young or old, a complete beginner or finally dusting off a fiddle that’s been sitting in the closet for 20 years.

Trev has been a wonderful teacher for our 11-year-old daughter. She’s been seeing him once a week for the last year-and-a-half, and he’s been consistently kind, patient, and caring. She always looks forward to her lessons, even if she isn’t the best at keeping up with her practicing. Trev makes it easy for her to enjoy the experience of playing just for the love of it, rather than playing for mastery or perfection. He doesn’t pressure her and never shames her when she isn’t her best, and rather just encourages her to play and have fun and enjoy. In short, he’s exactly the kind of teacher we were looking for, and we feel lucky to have found him! ~ CFS Parent

Hampton Smith (Percussion)

Durham native Hampton Smith has been playing drums since the early 2000s. He has over a decade of experience playing multiple genres with multiple groups, namely Skyblew, Small House, and Nodachi. Hampton has garnered acclaim for his playing and artistic pursuits--at venues along the East Coast and as far as Feltre, Italy, and at many music festivals, including the Art of Cool, Hopscotch, Jazzit, and the Carrboro Music Festival. He's taught in CFS Summer Programs (including Let's Rock: Rock, Pop, and Jazz) and currently has percussion students from ages five to 54.

Says Hampton, My mission as an instructor is to empower people of any age to learn the drums as a creative discipline that can become a passion for the rest of their lives.

Enrollment

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 individual lesson times as conveniently as possible for all families, with no financial or other obligation if we can't.

Tuition

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. Instead, the Business Office will bill you using TADS and you can pay monthly or in a lump sum for the semester.

After two initial lessons, the tuition for the remainder of the semester is non-refundable (there is one week in mid-December for a make-up lesson as needed).

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.

Questions

Please contact us:

  • registration and other administrative questions: Anthony L. Clay, Director of Extended Learning, at ExtendedLearning@cfsnc.org
  • music questions: Joanna Sisk-Purvis, Lower and Middle School Music Teacher, at jsiskpurvis@cfsnc.org

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