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Private Lesson Semester Dates and Tuition

Fall Semester registration period: July 1, 2018–September 10, 2018
Fall Semester: August 27–December 8, 2018
Make-up week: December 10–15, 2018

Spring Semester registration period: December 1, 2018–January 6, 2019
Spring Semester:
January 14–April 28, 2019
Make-up week: April 29–May 4, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: A $25 registration fee is applied after the semester registration period ends.

Private Lesson Fall and Spring Semester (15-weeks) Tuition:

  • 30-minute lessons: $360 (payment plan not available)
  • 30-minute lessons with Junior Instructor: $270 (payment plan not available)
  • 45-minute lessons: $540 or two payments of $270
  • 60-minute lessons: $720 or two payments of $360

Summer Term (10-weeks) Tuition:

  • 30-minute lessons: $240 (payment plan not available)
  • 30-minute lessons with Junior Instructor: $180 (payment plan not available)
  • 45-minute lessons: $360 (payment plan is not available)
  • 60-minute lessons: $480 or two payments of $240

Trial Lesson:

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

  • Please contact the teacher 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.

Registration Fee and Prorates: All students who register after the semester registration period will incur a $25 registration fee. Anyone registering for Private Lessons after the semester has begun will be prorated for the remaining weeks.

Additional Fees: Private lesson students should expect to purchase books/materials as recommended by their private teacher. Also, private lesson students may participate in a recital at the end of fall and spring semesters. Recitals are held in Greaves Hall and the Choir Room. Students who perform repertoire that require an accompanist should expect to pay $15, which covers a brief rehearsal on the day of the recital and the recital performance.

Term Dates: Please see the Music Prep calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Prices subject to change.

New to private lessons?

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

  • 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/Discover 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.

Parking and Directions

Lessons take place in the Fine Arts Center at Northern Kentucky University. Room numbers vary according to private lesson instructor, day, and time. Your private lesson instructor will let you know your specific room number.

Parents may drop-off students at the NKU Fine Arts Center circle drive, but Music Prep and private lesson instructors are not responsible for supervising children. It is recommended that you either park in the Welcome Center Garage or purchase an NKU Music Prep Parking Pass.

Music Preparatory Parking Permits are purchased through NKU Parking Services. 2017-2018 prices are $17.50/semester and $35/year. To purchase a permit, please call NKU Parking Services at (859) 572-5505 or purchase online by filling out the form HERE.

Make-up Policy

Private-lesson make-up weeks are reserved for lessons due to instructor absences. Private-lesson instructor absences and private lessons (not classes, ensembles, etc.) scheduled on holidays will be made up. Missed student lessons are not eligible for make-up unless scheduled in advance (at least 24 hour notice) with the private lesson instructor. Canceled classes and ensembles cannot be made up. Private lessons canceled due to inclement weather are not required to be made up, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis between the student and the private lesson instructor. Private lesson students who exhibit a habit of canceling lessons may be asked to leave the program without refund.