The Greater Richmond School of Music (GRSM) will provide music instruction through extra-curricular private and group lessons at Good Shepherd Episcopal School for the 2019-2020 school year.  Instruction for private study will be available for piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, viola, cello, double bass, bass guitar and group lessons will be available as listed below in areas of study including strings and piano.

Registration Forms should be scanned and emailed to or mailed to  Greater Richmond School of Music (GRSM), 9109 Dickey Drive, Mechanicsville Va 23116. Tuition is payable in full up front or in equal monthly payments.  There is a one-time Family Registration Fee of $25.  Please call GRSM at 804-442-6158 if you have any questions.


There will be NO CLASSES on Early Closing days or days that GSES is closed.
Private lessons start on Sept 5th.  Enrollment is open, (and tuition is prorated) year round.
Group classes start the week of Sept 9th and registration is due by August 29th.


CLICK HERE for GRSM @ GSES Calendar 2019-2020


Private Lessons

Private lessons provide focused, one-on-one instruction with a master teacher. Lessons are scheduled weekly during the term and are offered in 30, 45, or 60 minute intervals. Recitals are included in tuition and will be held at the end of each semester for all registered students who are interested.

Private Instruction is offered at Good Shepherd Episcopal at the times listed below.  Beginning ages for each instrument varies.

Students, Parents and Teachers are welcome!Private Guitar Lessons

Mondays – 4:00-6:00pm (possibly earlier)

Instructor: Nathan Aldhizer – Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Violin, Cello

Thursdays – 4:00-6:00pm (possibly earlier)

Instructor: Ayca Kartari – Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Bass Guitar



CLICK HERE for Registration Form

Group Lessons

Group classes provide a high-quality foundation for musical study.  Taught in a small group setting, these classes are an alternative to traditional private lessons and offer an exciting and affordable approach to beginning musical instruction.  A minimum number of registrations is required in order to confirm a group class.


Keyboard Musician (A) 

(Gr 1-4)

The Keyboard Musician class is a perfect musical start for your school aged child. Classes move very quickly into reading and comprehending music, based on each child’s ability. Concepts covered include: early note reading, singing (with solfege syllables), rhythms, pattern and concept finding, proper piano technique/posture, how to practice, theory, history, listening, games, movement, and playing with expression.

Day of Week: Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm (9/9/19 – 1/13/20 … 16 lessons)

Time: 60 mins

Tuition: $320 ($64/month)

Materials needed: Lesson/Method Book(s), Keyboard at home to practice between lessons.



Introduction to Strings

(Gr 1-5)

The Introduction to Strings course for children ages 6+ is designed to give a basic introduction to the violin, viola, cello and bass.  Students will learn proper left/right hand techniques, anatomy of the instrument, how to produce a sound, and simple musical concepts.  Students would also work on rhythms and simple songs, in addition to the basic instrument posture/bow hold.   The course would then go on to teach more challenging beginning strings music and expand on concepts and techniques to get the student ready for further group or individual study.

Day of Week: Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm (9/12 – 1/23 … 17 lessons)

Time: 60 mins

Tuition: $340 ($68/month)

Materials needed: Lesson/Method Book(s), Instrument (GRSM can provide information regarding rental/purchase options)



Chamber Music Ensembles

This semester long program will be offered on all instruments (piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, voice, percussion).  Class days/times will be set based on audition results (call for appt) and student availability.Chamber Music Ensemble



CLICK HERE for Registration Form