Private instruction has a long and honored tradition in performance-based music. While learning to play an instrument can be fun, it can also be challenging. Unlike other domains of learning, performance-based music engages auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning. In band, students must constantly listen to the overall, as well as the subtle details of the music. Students must also read and interpret the complexities of modern music notation, while manipulating keys, valves, slides, or mallets. Ironically, the most engaging involvement in the school curriculum - playing a musical instrument - receives the least amount of classroom time. In spite of this, our students succeed. To give our students the best possible head start, we highly recommend private lessons. Whether a student becomes a music major or not, private lessons will equip students with the skills necessary to get the most from the music. And when the artistic richness embedded in music is uncovered, playing becomes more gratifying and success is achieved.