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Spring registration opens Deceomber 1, 2023!


New to private lessons?

Here's what you need to do to get started today!

  • Fill out the online private lesson request form. This is for new students only!
  • Based on your information and needs, we'll forward your information to the appropriate private lesson instructor. Have a specific instructor in mind? Let us know via the online private lesson request form.
  • One of our fantastic private lesson instructors will contact you, tell you a bit about him/herself, and discuss scheduling.
  • Once you have spoken with your instructor and determined a weekly lesson day and time, it's time to register! Simply register online (requires Visa/Mastercard credit card payment). If it is past the standard registration deadline, you may still register online or call the NKU Music Prep office at (859) 572-7737 for assistance. Before registering, make sure you are familiar with our policies.

Need an instrument?

NKU Music Preparatory does not provide instruments. If you are taking private lessons on piano, however, we do provide a piano for you to use while you are in your lesson; you should also have a piano at home. If you need to acquire any kind of instrument, please discuss this with your new private lesson instructor. All of our instructors would be glad to assist you in recommending rental and/or purchase options.

Private Lesson Semester Dates

Spring Semester

  • Registration Period: December 1, 2023 – January 1, 2024
  • Spring Semester: January 8, 2024 – April 26, 2024
  • Make-Up Week: April 29 – May 3, 2024
  • Recital: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11am and 12:30pm in Greaves Concert Hall

Summer Term 

  • Registration Period: March 1–May 6, 2024
  • Summer Term: May 13–August 10, 2024
  • The summer term is only a 10-week package, so make-up weeks are not defined.
  • Recitals are not offered in the summer term.
Please Note: A $25 registration fee is applied after the semester registration period ends. Payment plans are only available on items over $375.

Private Lesson Tuition

Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Semesters (15-weeks) Tuition

  • 30-minute lessons: $405 or two payments of $202.50 (2 payments see below)
  • 30-minute lessons with Junior Instructor: $330 (payment plan not available)
  • 45-minute lessons: $607.50 or two payments of $303.75 (2 payments see below)
  • 60-minute lessons: $810 or two payments of $405 (2 payments see below)

Summer Term 2024 (10-weeks) Tuition

  • 30-minute lessons: $270 (payment plan not available)
  • 30-minute lessons with Junior Instructor: $220 (payment plan not available)
  • 45-minute lessons: $405 or two payments of $202.50
  • 60-minute lessons: $540 or two payments of $270

Trial Lesson

A trial lesson may be arranged with any instructor at a rate of $30 per half hour:

  • Please contact the instructor directly to arrange a day and time for the trial lesson.
  • Contact the Prep office to pay for the trial lesson prior to the event.

Junior Instructors

Junior Instructors are undergraduate students at NKU who are training to be future educators. They have been selected via a rigorous application process and recommended by their applied teacher in SOTA. In selecting a Junior Instructor, you are agreeing to be part of their training process which may include requests by the Prep Director to observe a lesson and receive further feedback. NKU Music Prep engages undergraduates as teachers in training as part of the mission for building a better community of learners and teachers. Thank you for considering partnering in this mission!