Private Lessons

Private Lessons are an essential part of any strong music program. Students in LEISD have the opportunity to study privately with professional musicians, with the goal being improvement in fundamental tone quality, technique, and musicianship. All LEISD private teachers undergo a thorough background check and fingerprinting and are therefore approved by the school district. If you are interested in studying privately with one of the approved teachers listed below, please contact them directly for more information. For students wishing to take private lessons, but need financial assistance, the Little Elm Band Boosters does offer a scholarship program for those that qualify.  Qualification for financial assistance is based upon financial need as determined by LEISD, the student’s standing within the band department, as well as adequate weekly progress.  A copy of the LEISD Private Lesson Guidelines is available below. Questions or comments regarding private lessons can be directed to LeAndre Benton, LEHS Associate Director of Bands.

Little Elm ISD Private Lesson Policies

Private Lesson Intent Form


Laura Pillman, Flute Instructor (585)-748-5595


Kim Sato, Flute Instructor (469) 766-5428


Erin Anderson, Oboe Instructor  (806) 584-7558


David Saul, Bassoon Instructor  (214)-578-6024


Dr. Chien-Ming Chen, Clarinet Instructor (469)-500-4381


Dr. Sheng-Hsin Lin, Clarinet Instructor (940)-594-2092


Julian Sutherland, Saxophone Instructor (208)-251-1247


Kevin Swaim, Trumpet Instructor (817) 832-9545


Amanda Bateman, Trumpet Instructor (214) 280-4979


Dr. Chih Yah Yang, French Horn Instructor (940)-595-1880


Drew Sutherland, Trombone Instructor  (208) 251-2846


Nathan Meyers, Euphonium Instructor  (412) 508-1511


Seth Shaffer, Tuba Instructor (817)-575-7471


* Private Lesson Teachers – Please be sure that you have a W-9 or W-8BEN on file with LEISD and the Little Elm Band Boosters.  LEISD also requires that each private instructor have level three background clearance with LEISD. Please follow the App Garden link below and complete the online background information.

LEISD Background Check Link
W9 – W8BEN File