Aspen Music Festival And School

Festival Lessons

Summer 2023 information will be available in mid-March.  We look forward to learning with you this summer!


Summer, 2022

Lessons with top AMFS students are available to all interested (part-time or full-time) residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley each summer. This opportunity is open to music enthusiasts of all ages, with or without prior music experience!  Purchase a single lesson or a series - $35 per half-hour lesson.


Festival Lessons – Frequently Asked Questions:

What Instrument Can I Study?
Instruments of study include Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Guitar*, and Voice.

Do you want to study an instrument not listed here?  Contact us!  We may be able to accommodate your request.

* AMFS Guitar students/teachers are only in residence during the second half of the AMFS summer festival season - July 25-August 21, 2022. Guitar lessons will only take place during this time.

Who Will My Teacher Be?
Your teacher will be an AMFS student who has been specially selected to teach in Festival Lessons.  We carefully pair students and teachers to be sure that assigned teachers can best meet the specific needs of their students.

When Do Lessons Take Place?
Once you've been assigned a Festival Lessons teacher, you'll work with that teacher to schedule lessons according to your shared availability. 

Private lessons through the Festival Lessons program will begin on or after the start of the AMFS summer festival season - around June 27.  All lessons need to be completed by the last day of the AMFS summer festival season (August 21).

Please Note: The Festival Lesson program is NOT available outside of this time range.  If you would like to hire a musician for private lessons outside of the summer months, a courtesy listing is provided here of local musicians who frequently work with the AMFS and come highly recommended. 

Where Do Lessons Take Place?
Private lessons through the Festival Lessons program take place on the AMFS's Bucksbaum Campus (225 Music School Road - Aspen, CO 81611).

Do I Need to Have My Own Instrument?
Yes.  The AMFS does not supply instruments for students in Festival Lessons (unless they are enrolled in Beginning Strings, Chamber Music Lab, or Lead Guitar during the school year and have already been granted an instrument scholarship).  You must provide your own instrument for use in lessons and during practice at home.

Why Are Lessons Sold in Half-Hour Increments?
Half-hour lessons work great for some people, particularly beginners and very young students.  For others, hour-long lessons are better.  To offer the most lesson flexibility, we sell private lessons in half-hour increments.  Feel free to combine half-hour lesson increments into one-hour lessons, if that's better for you.  You'll need to purchase two half-hour lessons for each hour-long lesson you'd like to take.

Important: Refunds are not given for lessons purchased and not taken.

To learn more, please contact:
Katie Hone Wiltgen
Dean of Education and Community

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO