Music

Private Music Lessons

Lessons Overview

  • Lessons are available to students in Kindergarten and above as a full year commitment. Please consider your student's schedule carefully before committing to lessons. 
  • Music instructors will provide thirty-minute individual lessons once a week for $45.00 per lesson. 
  • After School Music Lessons are available from 3:30-6:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Childcare prior to lessons is free for Lower School and Middle School students enrolled in an ASP plan.
  • All Lower and Middle school students remaining on campus prior to lessons must sign into the After School Program before their lessons and must be signed out according to ASP procedures. Lower school students signing into ASP will be sent to their lesson by ASP staff to ensure a timely arrival.

Prices, billing procedures, and policies:

Billing for ASP Private Music Lessons will be broken out into three installments throughout the school year. There is no payment required at the time of registration. The first payment will be due in September, regardless of registration date. Students enrolled in an ASP plan (5pm or 6pm plan) will be charged $45 per lesson, rather than $50.

Pricing:

  • $50 per 30 minute lesson (once a week) for Non ASP Plan Users
  • $45 per 30 minute lesson (once a week) for ASP Plan Users (5pm or 6pm plan)

Breakdown and dates of payments:
Payment #1 - September 16th (Start of Trimester 1)
Payment #2 - December 2nd (Start of Trimester 2)
Payment #3 - February 14th (End of Trimester 2)

Absences & cancelations:

Absences:
Absences for a scheduled school related conflict (for example: mandatory field trip or school-related event not inclusive to sports or extra curricular activities) will not be charged, but all other absences will be charged for teacher's time. 

Canceling indefinitely:
Students needing to cancel lessons indefinitely will be required to pay for lessons unless a replacement can be scheduled.

LS Band

ASP Band

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Beginning Band: 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Intermediate Band: 4:15pm - 5:00pm

Band is a wonderful opportunity for students to bond with classmates, meet new friends, develop personal discipline, build self esteem, and begin the practice of an art form that will deliver joy and satisfaction from their school days to beyond. Beginning Band is for students with little to no experience, while intermediate students will have completed at least one full year in band.

The school has a limited number of instruments to loan to families. There are also several local companies to rent instruments from at a reasonable cost.
Students do not have to choose an instrument prior to bands’ start, where they’ll be given the opportunity to explore the instruments before making a decision. Requests for instrument loans should be directed to nhuaman@headroyce.org.

Pricing:

$375 per trimester; $1,125 for the year. (Billed three times a year)

About our Band Director:

Nzingah hails from New York State's Hudson River Valley. She studied at Harlem's Jazzmobile with Basie alumnae: Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Bill Baron. She also studied at Carl Berger's Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY, Berkeley School of Music in Boston and at Rutger's University, where she received her BA in Music. In 2000 Nzingah received her Orff Certification from Mills College. Since relocating to CA, Nzingah has worked with a variety of ensembles including the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, Azucar Y Crema (a women's salsa band), the Junius Courtney Big Band and in 2008 was featured artist for the annual concert series, Afro Solo.

More recently she has performed with R&B legend Johnny Tolbert; vocalist Denise Perrier and violinist, Sandi Poindexter. In addition to leading her own jazz quintet, Nzingah currently peforms with the Latin Jaxx ensemble; Azucar con Ache and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Count Basie Tribute Band.

A dedicated music educator, Nzingah teaches private lessons in general music, woodwinds and band. She has taught at a number of public and private schools including The San Francisco School, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Elmhurst Community Prep, Alliance Academy, Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Pedro Elementary School.

Piano Instructors

Karin McPhail

Karin McPhail is a graduate of Juilliard School of Music, New York. At Head Royce she has taught classroom music, piano, and was accompanist of the Head Royce Choir. She was Associate in Music, Montclair Presbyterian, and is Organist at Mills College Chapel. Karin also taught in Orinda Unified School District for 16 years. She has lived, performed and studied in India and Italy as well as in the United States. Karin delights in working with Head Royce students sharing with them beautiful music, while developing their technique and interpretive skills.

A note from Karin:
My approach to the piano is classical, with emphasis on style, interpretation and technique. After mastering the basics, the choice of pieces to be learned is very much tailored to each student. Jazz, Ragtime, musicals, and pop can also be part of a student's choice of repertoire. I count every day of teaching a privilege to share great music with my students. They are all very special, each with different gifts!

Please Note: Karin teaches children in grades 3rd - 12th

Sarah Noll

Sarah Noll has taught music in schools and privately for 35 years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance. She has a wide variety of performing experience as an instrumentalist and singer in styles ranging from Africa to the Balkans, and from classical to new music repertoire. Sarah worked as a dance accompanist for many years before finding her true love - teaching young people.

 

Guitar / Drums Instructor

Dan McGuffin

Dan's practice and study of music formally and informally has spanned 40 years. He specializes in teaching guitar chords and scales along with timing. The students learn songs and melody. His goal is to have the students learn how to create their own music and he tailors his teaching to fit each students ability and experience. For more information about Dan's experience and teaching style, please visit his website.
Dan has been a professional musician for over forty years. Active with a gigging bands as a drummer, guitarist, and singer/songwriter in a variety of music styles.
While studying percussion at Canada College, Dan studied guitar with Jim Campilongo and took drum lessons at Drum World (San Francisco). He also has studied voice with Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco.

A note from Dan:
This year is my fifth year teaching in the After School Program at Head Royce. I am enthusiastic about each of my students, no matter what their talent level. I have been successful at developing different approaches depending on individual student need.
I look forward to another wonderful year at Head Royce.

 

Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet Instructor

Nzingah Smith

Nzingah Smith hails from New York State's Hudson River Valley. She studied at Harlem's Jazzmobile with Basie alumnae: Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Bill Baron. She also studied at Carl Berger's Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY, Berkeley School of Music in Boston and at Rutger's University, where she received her BA in Music. In 2000 Nzingah received her Orff Certification from Mills College. Since relocating to CA, Nzingah has worked with a variety of ensembles including the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, Azucar Y Crema (a women's salsa band), the Junius Courtney Big Band and in 2008 was featured artist for the annual concert series, Afro Solo.

More recently she has performed with R&B legend Johnny Tolbert; vocalist Denise Perrier and violinist, Sandi Poindexter. In addition to leading her own jazz quintet, Nzingah currently performs with the Latin Jaxx ensemble; Azucar con Ache and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Count Basie Tribute Band.

A dedicated music educator, Nzingah teaches private lessons in general music, woodwinds and band. She has taught at a number of public and private schools including The San Francisco School, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Elmhurst Community Prep, Alliance Academy, Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Pedro Elementary School.


Mikki Frazier
Director of Programs
(510) 531-1300 x2500

Liz Solis
Associate Director of Programs
Director, Heads Up Program
(510) 531-1300 x2437

Natalie Huaman
Associate Director of Programs
(510) 531-1300 x2301