Lessons are offered for 15, 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions and are available year round. The lesson schedule is determined by the individual instructor, parents and student and is usually related to age and/or playing level. Monetary assistance is available for qualifying students. Our faculty members are highly qualified on their respective instruments, performing with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber groups including Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Southwest Michigan, Lansing, Fort Wayne, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras. Most hold advanced degrees in music and have many years of teaching experience. Our instructors include Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Artists-in-Residence. Bringing highly skilled teachers to young students during their formative years continues to be a primary goal of the academy.
Fees & Payments
Each student pays an annual fee of $60 per academic year. This fee assists with rent, recitals, the recital accompanist and administrative costs. Fees for subsequent family members are reduced incrementally by $10 per person. Annual fees are not refundable. Annual fee payments are accepted at any time from August 1st through September 30th of each year. Fees received after September 30th will incur a late fee of $15 per person per month.
Lesson fees are payable either by the semester (usually 18 weeks) or by the month (usually four weeks). For your convenience, you may pay by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Credit card payments can be accepted by phone or in person during regular office hours of 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. The fee for a returned check is $25.00.
Semester payments are due during the week of September 5, 2016 and the week of January 9, 2017. The fees are:
30 minute lessons–$432.00 ($24.00 per lesson)
45 minute lessons–$648.00 ($36.00 per lesson)
60 minute lessons–$864.00 ($48.00 per lesson)
Monthly payments are due by the 25th of the preceding month; i.e., payment for October is due on September 25th. Payments received after the 1st of the month will incur a late fee of $15.00. When payment is not received by the 15th of the month, lessons may be discontinued until full payment is received.
Monthly fees are:
30 minute lessons–$96.00 ($24.00 per lesson)
45 minute lessons–$144.00 ($36.00 per lesson)
60 minute lessons–$192.00 ($48.00 per lesson)
Adjustments in the rates will be made for holidays. Credit balances at the end of the semester or month will be applied to the following semester or month. During the months of June, July, and August, students may either pay for lessons monthly or at the time of service.
Adult Block Lessons
Adult and “non-traditional” students with flexible schedules are asked to purchase four lessons at a time. Scheduling arrangements must be made with the individual instructor prior to the lesson purchase.