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A student working on learning the piano.

Private Music Program

Learn to Play an Instrument

DCD’s Private Music Program, under the direction of Valerie Snow, offers students the opportunity to study a variety of instruments. These include strings, winds, brass, guitar, piano, and voice.

Our instrumental teachers are experienced educators, wonderful musicians, and excellent performing artists.

Teachers emphasize proper technique and ear training. Lessons introduce a series of musical pieces designed to foster the love of music; this is our most important goal. Achievement of instrumental proficiency does require a commitment to a regular practice routine.

Lessons begin the week of September 12 and follow the DCD school calendar.

If you would like to register your child for fall instrumental lessons, please fill out the Online Registration Form.

For more information, contact Valerie Snow at

Join other Musicians

DCD’s Ensemble Opportunities include band, chorus, and string ensembles for both Lower School and Middle School students. When students are ready, their teachers will encourage them to join one of these musical groups.

These ensembles provide our young musicians with a chance to expand their repertoire, learn to play with others in harmony, and experience the nuances of concert performance. Students learn about stage presence and how to maintain composure before an audience.

DCD hosts several performances throughout the school year. These include Music Parties, Holiday Assemblies, and Teacher Recitals.

DCD Music Ensembles:

  • Lower School Chamber Ensemble for string players, beginning in Grade 3.
  • Middle School Chamber Ensemble for string and woodwind players, Grades 6 -8.
  • Lower School Band, Grade 4: Winds and Brass Instruments
  • Lower School Band, Grade 5: Winds and Brass Instruments
  • Middle School Band, for Grades 6-8 includes the same instrumentation as the lower school but, at a more advanced level. There may also be limited opportunities for piano and guitar students.
  • Lower School Chorus, Grade 4
  • Lower School Chorus, Grade 5
  • Middle School Chorus, Grades 6-8

All groups enjoy varied and interesting musical genres.

Sign Up for the Private Music Program