Music

All Music Programs are a year-long commitment.

Please consider your student's schedule carefully before committing to lessons. 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.

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Instructor Availability for the 2018-19 school year

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Private Music Lessons

Private Music Lessons

Lessons are available to students in Kindergarten and above as a full year commitment. Teachers will provide thirty-minute individual lessons once a week for $45.00 per lesson, billed by trimester.

Please look at our changes in 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 on September 15th, regardless of registration date.

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 15th
Payment #2 - November 27th
Payment #3 - February 16th

How do lessons work?

After School Music Lessons are available from 3:45 - 5:45pm, 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. Students enrolled in an ASP plan will be charged $45 per lesson, rather than $50. 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.

Canceling lessons:

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

Pricing:

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

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 edower@headroyce.org.

Piano

Karin McPhail

A graduate of Juilliard with further study in Italy and Stanford, Karin has taught piano at Head-Royce with joy and enthusiasm for many years. She also taught classroom music at HRS for three years, at Sleepy Hollow, Orinda for 16+ years and for 17 years was Associate in Music at Montclair Presbyterian. She is currently Chapel Organist at Mills College.

Her 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 will be in her sixteenth year at Head-Royce working as both a music classroom instructor and as a director of the Lower School choir, Da Capo. For the past four years, she has also been teaching private lessons in the after school program. She received her Master's degree in Piano from the University of Wisconsin in 1980, and has been an active performer and teacher since that time.

Kay Carter

Kay Carter is a retired second grade teacher and Arts Integration/Language Development Specialist. She has taught piano to both individual beginners and general classroom music. Apart of SF Opera Education for three years, Ms. Carter has also been a part of church pianist/gospel choirs for forty years.

Laura Sherman

Laura Sherman has been teaching piano lessons throughout the bay area since 1990. She graduated with a BA degree in music from UC Santa Cruz. She teachers all styles from classical to jazz and blues to popular



Guitar / Drums

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.

Saxophone/Flute

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.


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.

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

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

Eben Dower
Associate Director of Programs
Director, After School Program

(510) 531-1300 x2333

Natalie Huaman
Programs Office Administrative Asst.
(510) 531-1300 x2301