Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much are lessons?
Our tuition is a flat monthly rate of $120 per month for weekly, half an hour lessons. In months where you receive five weekly lessons, you will not be charged any extra. There is a $20 registration fee upon enrollment to reserve your spot, and is only ever charged once (not annually). If you don't start on the first week of the month, your first month's tuition will be prorated.
The cost for weekly 45 minute lessons is $180 per month, and $240 per month for hour-long weekly lessons.
2. How long are lessons?
The majority of our students stick with half-hour weekly lessons. This is the industry standard, and for most is the perfect amount of time. We recommend almost everyone starts here. Once you've had some half-hour lessons, and you feel like you or your child need, or would like some extra time, we can offer 45 minute and 60 minute lessons as well. See above for pricing.
3. Is there a long-term commitment required when I get signed up?
Our lessons are paid for monthly! There's no need to sign up for a semester or 3 or 6 month term. However, this does not mean that you have to find a new time for your lessons every month. Your time will stay the same unless you need to change it.
4. How/when do I pay?
The majority of our customers have a credit card securely stored on file that is automatically charged on the first of every month. If you wouldn't like to have your card on auto-pay, you will receive an invoice via email a few days before the 1st of the month. You can then pay that invoice online at your leisure, or make a payment with cash or check when coming in for your first lesson of the month.
5. Do I need an instrument when starting?
We do recommend that students have something to practice on at home to make the most of their lessons. This instrument does not have to be super high quality or a huge investment when you're first starting out. As a student progresses, their teacher can help guide them towards the next steps when it's applicable. However, we do offer a rental program for piano, guitar, violin, and ukulele if you don't have an instrument at home or are not ready to commit in buying an instrument right away!
6. Do you sell instruments or have an instrument rental program?
We do not currently sell instruments and like to solely focus on music education. However, to help lower obstacles for those who may not have an instrument and are interested in lessons, we started a rental program for those who are interested in starting piano, guitar, violin, and ukulele lessons!
7. Do students need to have a method book?
Because all of our lessons are personalized for each student, the method books used, or if any method books are used, will depend on the student, their instrument, their goals, their learning style, etc. The student's teacher will communicate if/when a method book will be needed. We often can get this method book for you, and then just add the cost to your account for the following month. Method books are typically around $8.
8. What happens if I have to cancel?
Because many of our teachers have completely filled schedules, we can't always guarantee a make-up lesson can be done, but we will always make you aware of what's available, or point you to our online system which can also show available make-up times at your convenience.
If a lesson is canceled with at least a 14-day notice, and a make-up time can not be found, we will add a credit to your account for the following month. If a lesson is canceled with less than a 14-day notice, your tuition will remain the same as we pre-pay our teachers for their time to get the best instructors possible.
9. What if the instructor cancels?
If your instructor needs to cancel a lesson, we will try to provide a substitute teacher at the same time to keep your schedule consistent. If a sub is not available, we will find a make-up time that works for you. If a make-up time can not be found, we will credit your account for the following month.
10. What days are the schools closed?
Loud & Clear Music School is open all year with the exception of the following holidays: Labor Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day After Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.