Tuition & Policies

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School Calendar

There are 48 teaching weeks for any given day of the week (e.g. 48 Mondays, 48 Tuesdays etc.). There will be no instruction during the following school-wide breaks:

  • Thanksgiving: Nov 20-26
  • Winter Break: Dec 23-Jan 3
  • Spring Break: April 7-12
  • Summer Break: July 2-6


  • Summer (2023) June 12th – Aug 13th
  • Fall (2023) Aug 14th – Dec 22nd
  • Spring (2024) Jan 4th – June 9th

Makeup Policy

  • All makeup lessons are to be taken within the semester during which the absence took place. There will be no “rolling over” of makeup lessons.
  • Students are allowed to schedule TWO make up lessons within each semester. The PPS calendar consist of THREE semesters per year; Summer (2023) June 12th – Aug 13th, Fall (2023) Aug 14th – Dec 22nd, Spring (2024) Jan 4th – June 9th
  • For a makeup class to be scheduled, more than 24 hours’ notice must be given unless it is an emergency (e.g. sickness or accidents etc)
  • There are no additional makeups or refunds for missed group classes

Enrollment & Withdrawal Policy

  • Enrollment can be completed by contacting Parents will need to complete the enrollment online after an account is set up for the student/family. Parents/Guardians will need to agree to the school policies and set up payment online.
  • Time slots cannot be reserved and guaranteed until the full enrollment process is completed.
  • Before a withdrawal from private lessons, the family and student must first communicate with their primary instructor and the PPS music director to discuss modification to lessons or curriculum depending on the issue. If a Student still wishes to withdraw, the Family must notify the School in writing via email ( at least 30 days prior to stopping lessons. If the Student does not provide 30-day advance notice, PPS will issue a final invoice for 30 days prorated tuition to the family’s account from the date notice was given.
  • A Student’s spot in a studio will be forfeited if three or more lessons are missed. See makeup policy above.

No registration fee

Late fee

A late fee of $25 will be charged to the account for any tuition payments made after the 7th of the month.

Theory classes

  • Theory Tuition is charged at the beginning of the semester in Fall (August), Spring (January), and Summer (June). Theory charges are non-refundable.
  • Theory class attendance is mandatory for students enrolled in MTAC Certificate of Merit Exam (CM Test) and as are theory classes for the Fall and Spring semesters (30 weeks of theory classes). Theory class attendance is highly encouraged for all other students for improvement of aural and general musicianship skills.

AP Music Theory Classes

  • AP music theory classes: $40 per class, 45min, two classes per week Aug-Dec, Jan-May

Trial lessons

Prospective students are encouraged to take a trial lesson with their desired teacher. Trial lessons are 30 minutes long and $30.


Discounts – not to be combined

  • $20 per month family/sibling credit
  • $20 monthly credit for students taking two or more instrumental lessons per week

Tuition Rates

Private lessons – Advanced Teachers rates

  • 30 min – $225
  • 45 min – $315
  • 60 min- $400

Private lessons – Master Teachers rates

  • 30 min – $260
  • 45 min – $350
  • 60 min – $440

Music Theory Classes

Theory classes are billed semesterly and are non-refundable

  • Fall – $450 (15 weeks)
  • Spring – $450 (15 weeks)
  • Summer – $240 (8 weeks)

AP Music Theory classes

$40 per class