Information on the Donald Lira Lesson Fellowship


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 I have been teaching private lessons since 2007. As a teacher, my goal is to help my students become better musicians and increase their appreciation and enjoyment of music. Students of all ages are welcome, including adults who wish to begin an instrument, or return to their instrument after a decades-long break. Some young people are ready to begin piano lessons at age 6 (20 minutes of focus). I look for beginning clarinetists with fingers large enough to cover the tone holes, and saxophonists in 5th grade.

Traditional Private Lessons

I offer 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons on saxophone, piano, and clarinet, in student homes, or online. In addition, I offer a hybrid fomat for students in Wake, and Johnston county. Each month the student receives 3 lessons online and 1 lesson in-person. Here are Tips for online lessons. Lessons consist of exercises to develop tone and technique, as well as learning repertoire and developing musicality. Other skills and topics include improvisation, listening, and music theory.

Contact me for a free meeting. Private lessons start at $30 for 30 minutes,

Find details in the Private Lesson Policies.



Group Lessons

Less common in central NC, I offer online group lessons for saxophonists and clarinetists. Each cohort accomodates up to 5 students, meeting weekly for 45 minutes. Beyond providing instruction at a lower price, this format removes the stress some students feel in the private lesson, adding comaraderie while increasing the student's skills and musical enjoyment.

Students enrolling in group lessons pay $200 for the semester (10 lessons). Fall group lessons occur from Thursday, September 10th to Saturday, November 13th, and winter lessons occur from Thursday, January 21st through Saturday, March 25th. See the table below for meeting times. The winter registration deadline is Sunday, January 10th. Spots are limited; reach me to sign up today!

Find details in the Group Lesson Policies.

Group Lesson Cohorts

Instrument Grade Meeting Time
Clarinet 6th Saturday 9:30 am
  7th-8th Saturday 10:30 am
  HS Thursday 6:30 pm
Saxophone 6th Saturday 11:30 am
  7th-8th Saturday 1 pm
  HS Thursday 7:30 pm


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