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Private Lesson Tuition

Curious about tuition and fees for private lessons in the Academy of Music? Find out more about registration fees, payments, and discounts.

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Private Lesson Tuition

The Best-fit Lesson Plan will also be a best-progress lesson plan if the student registers for both the fall and spring semesters. Students will see continuous, steady progress in their music, and you will save $20 by not having to pay a spring registration fee (see registration fee below).

Instructor LevelLesson LengthProrated
Lesson Fee
(13 lessons)
(15 lessons)

Student30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes

Graduate (level 1)30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes

Graduate (level 2)30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes

Faculty30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes

* Faculty rates vary. Call the Academy office for specific instructor rates.

Note that all summer tuition will be charged on a prorated basis. Families choose the number of lessons that will fit their schedules.

Registration Fee

There is a nonrefundable $20 registration fee per family per semester. The spring registration fee can be waived if you select to be automatically registered for the full spring semester during fall registration. Please specify to the Academy of Music Office whether you'd like to be automatically charged when automatically registered.

Full-Year Registration Process

Registration is done on a semester by semester basis. In order to register for a full year, register for the full fall semester (13 lessons) and answer 'YES' at checkout to be automatically registered for the full spring semester (15 lessons).

Our office will then register you for a full semester of spring lessons (15 lessons with the same instructor, instrument, lesson length, and day/time) and an invoice will be sent to you by December 1, with first payment for spring semester due by January 15. Spring registration is not paid for during fall registration. The spring registration fee ($20 value) will be waived if automatically registered as well as the spring $20 payment plan fee if a payment plan was set up for the fall semester. When you receive the invoice, you may reply 'cancel' and your spring registration will be deleted with no charges.


Once registered, tuition may be paid by credit card (online or over the phone) or check.

Payments may be made in full or in monthly installments for an additional $20 fee (per family per semester except for full year registrations). Monthly invoices will be sent by e-mail.

Please see Payment Policies for additional information.


Family discount: Families registering three or more students or registering for lessons on three or more instruments/groups/ensembles during the same transaction will receive a 10 percent discount off the family’s total tuition for the semester. The discount does not apply towards the registration fee or the monthly payment plan fee.

Trial lesson discount: the Academy offers the chance to register for a trial lesson to see if an instructor or instrument is a good fit. The $20 registration fee will be due when you set up the lesson, but the tuition for this one trial lesson will be waived. All cancellation and absence policies apply.

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