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Private Lessons


What is the best way to ensure success in music?

-Private lessons.

The District 90 Bands have programs set up to facilitate private lessons for students of all ages and abilities.  Lessons have an additional fee associated with them, paid directly to the instructor or mentor.

Recommended Professional Instructors

Each of these instructors is a highly qualified performer and instructor.  There is a combined 50 years of University level music training shared among the instructors on this list.

Piano/Band Instruments

 Dr. Carol Hyde (618) 570-4198


Dr. Matthew Allison

Katie Smejkal


Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds


Caren Vittetoe


Dr. Phillip Wilhelm


Ryan Janus

Derek Hinderliter


Matthew Bittles



We have High School Teachers Available, contact me for their info.

Trombone/Low Brass


We have High School Teachers Available, contact me for their info.


Brian O’Donnell

*Lesson rates vary by instructor

If you are interested in private lessons from a professional instructor, please contact the instructors directly or you can contact me at mdonahue@of90.net

OTHS Mentorship Program

The mentorship program pairs beginning band students with high school mentors on their same instrument.  Students can improve their skills on their instrument in a safe and constructive environment with a mentor.

If you are interested in setting up lessons with a mentor, please contact us at mdonahue@0f90.net

Mentorship Program Policies

  • All mentors will be pre-approved by the OTHS directors
  • Recommendation from a professional instructor is required to be an approved mentor
  • Rate-$8/30 min lesson
  • All payments are due at the end of the lesson as either a check made out to the mentor or cash paid directly to the mentor
  • Scheduling will only be handled between the parent and high school mentor
  • Any concerns should be directed to mdonahue@of90.net
  • All lessons will take place at OTHS
  • If the lesson has to be cancelled please notify the mentor in as soon as possible
  • The OTHS band directors reserve the right to intervene in or discontinue lessons for any reason
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