Studio Information

Copyright © 2015 Sheri Fernandes
Why take private lessons?

When you take lessons with a supportive, motivating, and experienced instructor is the best way to develop your skills at any level. It is personalized to the individual student’s needs. With over 13 years experience teaching theory, instrumental, and vocal music, 25 years of playing experience, and a strong background in researched, evidence-based music education instruction methods, I can offer you the personal, focused instruction you need to get to the next level of performance and study.  I have prepared hundreds of students for auditions both for ensembles and college with excellent results.

The Investment

Private lessons are an opportunity for growth and development that every musician should consider.  Often the difference between an adequate musician and the superior musician is the private lesson.  Lesson are also a commitment and investment – of your time, energy, and focus. To get the most out of private lessons it is important to remember that the progress from lessons doesn’t come purely from the contact time with the instructor. The commitment to daily, focused practice on the concepts that were covered that week is what truly makes the difference. You should plan to commit at least 20 minutes (beginner) to 2 hours (advanced) of practice per day in addition to the weekly scheduled lesson.
What I Offer

Private Lessons
Horn - Trumpet - Voice - Music Theory and Composition - Ear Training and Sight Singing

A typical lesson will comprise of warm up exercises, technique work through exercises and etudes, musical concepts through characteristic studies, and repertoire work. Time during the lesson is flexible and will be divided up in accordance to your individual goals. Are you working on auditions for All-State or preparing for college? We can spend more time on your audition materials, scales, and sight reading. Time in instrumental and vocal lessons can also be spent on music theory and ear training  concepts and vice versa.

Private lessons in theory, ear training and sight singing will feature an indepth look at the concepts of music theory as they apply to composition and analysis. Time will be spent in the early lessons assessing strengths and weaknesses so that a comprensive, individual curriculum can be built. Students will use the piano to solidify and apply concepts taught in the lessons.

Rates:    $25 - 30 minutes
             $50 - 1 hour

Chamber Music Coaching
Do you have a small ensemble that is ready to get to the next level of performance? Consider scheduling weekly, biweekly, or monthly coaching time. We can work on intonation, balance, repertoire, and performance techniques unique to the chamber music ensemble.

Rates:    $15 - per person in the ensemble - 30 minutes ($60 - max cost per ensemble)
     $25 - per person in the ensemble - 1 hour ($100 - maximum charge per ensemble)

Mock Audition Experiences
Looking for a leg-up on your audition? The mock audition experience is the best way to get an advantage in your upcoming audition. In this 30 minute experience, we will simulate the audition experience. In the first 15 minutes, you will perform all of the required materials for the audition for me in a no-pressure environment. I will then give you valuable feedback on your audition experience in the remaining 15 minutes.  This will include using the same or similar rubrics that will be used in your actual audition.

Rates:        Free - Regular students as part of your lesson
         $30 - Non Students

Ages / Abilities
Experience teaching all ability levels from beginner to advanced and all age ranges.  It is highly recommended that voice students be at least 12 years old before beginning lessons.

In my home in Assonet, MA.
I can also travel to you for an additional travel fee (travel fees assessed based on mileage).
Links and Resources

Sheri Fernandes - Student and Parent Resources
Blank Staff Paper -
Sheet Music -
Metronome Tuner App - (paid) Tunable (available on iPhone and Android)
Horn repair, horn and accessory purchases - Ken Pope -
Trumpet repair, trumpet and accessory purchases - Osmun Brass -
Music Theory Supplemental Lessons and Exercises -
Interesting Use of Roman Numeral Analysis in Song Writing -
Hookpad (
Theorytab (
Music Theory & Ear Training Lessons & Exercises -