Answers to some of our FAQs
How Much are Lessons?
All of our pricing is a flat per-month basis. 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
Mighty Birds (45 minute weekly class 4-5 Year olds) $85/Month
Mighty Heroes (45 minute weekly class 5-6 Year Olds) $105/Month
Super Pillars (55 minute weekly class 6-7 Year Olds) $120/Month
Allegro Pillars (55 minute weekly class 7-8 Year Olds) $125/Month
Musical Theater-Audition Req. (3 hour weekly class 8 - 17 Year Olds) $115/Month*
*Ticket Sales, Costume Rental, and other fees may apply depending upon individual show factors.
Orchestra Pit-Audition Req. (90 minute weekly rehearsal plus outside performances) $125/Month
Individual 30-Minute Weekly Lessons $153/Month
Individual 45-Minute Weekly Lessons $213/Month
Rock Bands-Audition Req. (60-90 minute weekly class plus multiple performances on weekends) $100-150/mon depending on type of band
What do I need to do to stop lessons?
It varies depending upon the program/classes that you are enrolled in.
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.
Mighty Birds, Heroes, Super Pillars, Allegro Pillars
Theses courses are 9 month courses that begin in the fall and run through the early part of June. There is not a mid-year cancellation option available.
Musical Theater/Orchestra pit
The term of this program runs from show to show. Students audition, and then once they accept their role, they commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. Typically this is a 4-5 month time frame.
Rock Bands are a 9 month school-year calendar commitment. There is not an early or mid-year cancellation option.
Are there any discounts available?
We do offer a sibling discount which is $10 off each month for each additional child in a family. 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.
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 accept back your previous purchase for 100% of its value up to a certain amount of time after purchase towards another piano) your piano.
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.