The Shrewsbury Instrumental Lesson Program, SILP, provides convenient and affordable private lessons for our music students. Highly qualified, screened professional musicians teach all of our lessons. Founded in 2006, the program currently has 30+ exceptional instructors who provide lessons to over 400 students per semester in grades 4-12. Private Lessons are required for the first two years of the instrumental program. 

The following instruments are available for private study: violin, viola, cello, bass (both string and electric), flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba and percussion (snare and glockenspiel). String lessons are offered to students in grades 4-12. Band instruments (woodwinds, brass, and percussion) are offered to students in grades 5-12. SILP Instructor Biography Webpage.

Semester 2 lessons for 2023-24 will begin during the week of January 22, 2024. In an effort to streamline the process this year, registration will take place through Power School. When registering, you will be able to choose a teacher, day for the lesson and a lesson time. ALL lessons are held at Sherwood Middle School. Lesson fees can be paid online with a credit card or by check. All Payments must be received by March 1, 2024. A $50.00 late fee will be applied after this date. 

***Please be aware of potential conflicts for your child. In previous years Lego Robotics, (Sherwood), has met Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, and Ski Club (Sherwood and Oak beginning in January), typically meets on Wednesday afternoons. On Early Release Days, typically Tuesdays, students will need to leave school at dismissal time and return for their lesson. The Extended School Care Program program occasionally uses Tuesday afternoons on early release days for field trips. If your child is enrolled in Extended School Care Program, please avoid Tuesdays for your lessons.  

In the fall, The Sherwood Musical will likely have rehearsals from 2:30-5:00, potentially every day of the week. If your child intends to participate in the musical, please schedule a lesson later in the evening.

Students with lessons beginning after 3:15 PM are required to leave school at dismissal and return for their scheduled lesson time (with the exception of those students participating in the Sherwood ESC program.) 

TUITION - Sprin Semester, 2024

  • 14 lessons, 30 minutes each, $518, per semester
  • 14 lessons, 45 minutes each $777, per semester
  • 14 lessons, 60 minutes each, $1,036, per semester

Late Payment Fee of $50 will be applied after March 1, 2024.

**Please read the SILP Attendance policy before registering.**

Specific financial arrangements involving tuition assistance or payment plan should be handled by contacting the program director Tom O'Toole.

After registering online, please print your lesson confirmation page. You may pay online in the "payment center" by March 1 with a credit card. You may also choose to send in a check. If you choose to do this, attach your semester payment (checks made out to "SILP") to your lesson confirmation page. You must indicate your student's name and student ID number in the memo line of your check. Send those materials to SILP, Attn: Tom O'Toole, Sherwood Middle School, 28 Sherwood Ave. Shrewsbury, MA 01545. Please do this as soon as possible and no later than March 1, 2024. Lessons will begin during the week of January 22, 2024 . Payments must be received by March 1. A $50.00 late fee will be applied after this date.

Instrument Rentals

Students will need to have instruments (in good working order) to participate in the band/orchestra. program prior to their first lesson. Please note: string instruments come in different sizes, so your child will need to be measured in order to be properly fitted for the instrument. Several options are listed below if you need to rent an instrument or purchase a lesson book. Sizing may be done at the stores listed below and other area music dealers, or the stores may give you directions for sizing a student.

Links to additional program information are also found in the section menu at left. Please review this information and contact the director Tom O'Toole , with any questions you may have. If you own a rental business and would like to be listed on this page, send your business's webpage address to Tom O'Toole.


Tom O'Toole, SILP Program Director, K-12 Director of Performing Arts 508-841-8826

Instructor Biographies

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