After School Music Program

Private lessons for all students.

Gilman's After School Music Program currently provides private individual instrumental instruction for 140 students. The most popular instruments currently are piano and guitar, but students also are studying the violin, drums, and wind and brass instruments.

Faculty members teaching in the ASMP are all professional musicians and are graduates of major conservatoires such as the Peabody Conservatory, Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music.


Lower School: after school

Middle School: after school

Upper School: during study halls, free periods, and after school

Lesson times are determined based upon the student's schedule.

After school music lessons are offered on campus on regular school days. All lessons are 30 minutes long.

Tuition and Fees


$1080 for 30-minutes/30 lessons ($540 per semester)
$1620 for 45-minutes/30 lessons ($810 per semester)
$2160 for 60-minutes/30 lessons ($1080 per semester)

Gilman students will be billed the appropriate rate ($540, $810, or $1080) at the beginning of each of the two school semesters via the student's Gilman School Account. Tuition for non-Gilman students is to be paid in full upon enrollment in the program. Make checks payable to Gilman School After School Music Program.

School holidays and activities are considered in determining the annual fee. Books and all other materials will be billed separately. If more than two lessons are missed due to snow days, the student will receive a credit or the lesson will be made up.

Please note: no credits are given due to student absence, as our private teachers must be paid for their on-campus time.

If you choose to withdraw your child from the program, we regret that no credit can be given for any remaining lessons.



After School Music Program Information (PDF)

If you wish to enroll your child in private music instruction, please register here. We encourage registration by June 15, 2019. The latest registration date is August 31, 2019.

Although every effort will be made to place your child in the After School Music Program, please keep in mind that due to potential scheduling problems, placement cannot be guaranteed.

Lessons will begin the week of September 17 and will continue through mid-May 2020. Your child's ASMP teacher will contact you with the day, time, and location of your child's lesson.

ASMP Music Faculty

Ariel Dechosa

Ariel Dechosa

Director of Music, Director of Music, String Ensemble Conductor, Piano Instructor
Robby Ford

Robby Ford

Teacher, Glee Club Director, Traveling Men Director, Voice Instructor
Peter Lander

Peter Lander

Instrumental Music Instructor, Trumpet Instructor
Cheryl Nkeba

Cheryl Nkeba

Teacher, Director U.S. Jazz Band and Bell Choir, ASMP Teacher: Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone
Michael Trnkova

Michael Trnkova

ASMP Music Faculty

Instruments Offered


Grades K through 12

Violin and Viola

Grades K through 12


Grades 3 through 12


Grades 6 through 12

Drums and Percussion

Grades 3 through 12

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Bassoon

Grades 5 through 12


Grades 1 through 12


For more information about the After School Music Program, contact:


After School Music Program