Answers to some of our FAQs
How Much are Lessons?
All of our pricing is a flat per-month basis or a flat-Tuition amount. We do not charge on a per-class basis for any of our classes. Some months your child will have 5 lessons, and other months if school has a week off they may have 3, in general they will have 4 lessons a month.
Big Wide World (45 minute weekly class for 30 Months to 48 months old) $50/month - - see terms for complete details
Mighty Birds (45 minute weekly class 4-5 Year olds) $85/month - see terms for complete details
Mighty Heroes (45 minute weekly class 5-6 Year Olds) Tuition $105/month - (Year Commitment) see terms for complete details
Super Pillars (55 minute weekly class 6-7 Year Olds) Tuition $120/month - (Year Commitment) see terms for complete details
Allegro Pillars (55 minute weekly class 7-8 Year Olds) Tuition $125/month - (Year Commitment) see terms for complete details
Musical Theater-Audition Required. - $100/Month*
*Ticket Sales, Costume Rental, and other fees may apply depending upon individual show factors.
Orchestra Pit for the Musical Theater Shows - Audition Required. $125/Month
Stage Design and Lighting - Assessment required (ages 12 and up) - $150/Month
Rock Bands - Audition Required - $100/Month - (Year Commitment) see terms for complete details
Beginning Guitar - $110/Month - see terms for complete details
Glee Club - $110/Month - see terms for complete details
Digital/Audio Song Writing - $125/Month - see terms for complete details
Individual One-on-One 30-Minute Weekly Lessons $153/Month
Individual One-on-One 45-Minute Weekly Lessons $223/Month
Individual One-on-One 60 - Minute Weekly Lessons $283/Month
What do I need to do to stop lessons?
It varies depending upon the program/classes that you are enrolled in - see actual terms of your group class. For individual lessons - we operate on a 30-day written notice.
We require a 30-day written notice (e-mail is fine) for students taking individual lessons, and whenever possible during those last 30 days we try to have the student end on a positive note by performing in a Friday Fest for their friends and family.
Are there any discounts available?
Sibling Discount - We do offer a sibling discount which is $10 off each month for each additional child in a family.
Additional Activity Discount - In addition, we offer a 5% discount on tuition for additional activities after the first one. (i.e. a student takes piano lessons and join an Orchestra Pit, in that case they will get 5% off the Orchestra Pit tuition). The sibling and Additional Activity Discount can be combined.
Occasionally on a case-by-case basis we may offer a discount if tuition for 4-9 months is paid up front. We do not offer any other discounts or in-kind reductions in tuition. Lump Sum Discounts (when offered) typically CANNOT be combined with other discounts.
We don't have a piano - what do you recommend?
For a piano initially, we would strongly recommend NOT buying an expensive acoustical upright or grand. But rather spending $600 - $4,500 on a "fully-weighted" (which means that the keys are weighted and have the same action and feel as a grand piano) digital piano. As students become more intermediate/advanced, you can then upgrade (and place like Greene Music accepts back your previous purchase for 100% of its value up to a certain amount of time after purchase towards another piano) your piano…but this is MANY years down the road after starting.
We recommend digital pianos for a few reasons:
Digital Pianos have more educational versatility than an acoustical. You can plug many of them into ipads, and when coupled with a few of the really great apps out there, it makes for a much more interactive and faster learning experience for students. A student's entire family does not have to listen to their practicing because the students can put on headphones (this is especially helpful for families with babies or toddlers who nap). Built-in metronomes and other instrumentation on the keyboard are VERY helpful features.
They are far less expensive than acousticals, and can last at least a decades without any maintenance costs. Moving them is much easier (they typically weigh 60 lbs or less). Maintenance costs are essentially zero (acousticals need to be tuned at least once per year - rates are roughly $135- $250 per tuning - and if there are other repairs - the costs go up from there).
Connecting your digital piano as a Midi-Controller through various DAW (Digital Audio Workstations) opens us the world of music and technology - an acoustic does not have that ability.
Buying a piano online?
You can also buy a piano online, but because a piano is such an intimate hands-on (literally) buying decision, we don't recommend buying online. If you go that route, at least purchase it through craigslists so that you can first see and play it before buying. And in the wild-wild west of craigslist, please stick with an inexpensive piano, because if something goes wrong - you may have more costs in repairs than what you paid for the piano.
How long of a lesson do I need?
We have found from experience that as students get to a certain level, we naturally start to go over the 30 minutes because there is more material to cover. This usually starts happening when they begin improvising at a higher level and can play more complex pieces. At that point, 45-minute lessons are appropriate/needed. For adults, 45 minute lessons are the norm. 60-minute lessons are reserved for very advanced students only.