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Individual instruction is available to children and adults of all experience levels — from beginners through the most advanced levels of study. Lessons are scheduled on an individual basis and are contingent upon teacher availability.

Students enrolled in individual instruction are required to have a practice instrument available.

Students will also have opportunities to participate in recitals, repertoire and master classes, and either of our music certificate programs.


Students new to individual instruction must sign up for a placement interview. They will be contacted by the Preparatory Office after receipt of the completed registration form and the $25 registration fee per semester. Students are scheduled for placement interviews on a first-come, first-served basis. They are assigned to teachers according to schedule, campus preference, teacher-student match, and teacher availability. Due to limited space, early registration is strongly recommended.

What to expect at the placement interview

During the placement interview students and/or parents discuss goals, program information, and scheduling needs. Students should be prepared to discuss first, second, third, and possibly fourth choices for scheduling with the faculty. A decision regarding the schedule will either be made during the interview or within a week of the interview. Students who have studied an instrument or a discipline prior to enrolling at the Preparatory should bring their instrument and/or any music or portfolio they have been working on with former teachers or programs. Beginners may be asked to demonstrate their musical potential in some way.

What to expect after the student is placed

When placement has been determined, payment must be made in full before registration is finalized.

What if placement is not possible?

It is the desire of the Preparatory to accommodate as closely as possible the scheduling needs of the student. On those rare occasions when a student cannot be placed, a full refund of the $25 registration fee (per semester) will be issued. In keeping with University Policy, no refund can be processed until one month after the payment has been received or if there is a balance left on a student’s account.

2017-18 Cost

Tuition is based on a 16-week semester. We do not prorate tuition for late registration.

30 Minutes $824

45 Minutes $1,236

60 Minutes $1,648

90 Minutes $2,472