Tuition at Olympic Music School is paid ahead on a monthly basis and is due by the 7th of each month. Online payment bookings are accepted for no additional charge (ask the director for details). Payment may also be made with a credit or debit card for a 3% fee.
Lessons are 45 minutes or 1 hour. K-12 Students are required to take lessons every week. A yearly fee of $100 is assessed to cover masterclasses, adjudication costs and other competition fees.
Online teaching is available via Skype for those out of area. You will need a computer with a webcam and a strong internet connection. For each one-hour lesson, you will receive a written report of your lesson with suggestions for moving forward with your music!
Discount rates are not available.
What do tuition and registration fees cover?
All independent music teachers (IMTs) differ in methods of operation. However, the tuition of nearly all teachers covers the following:
- Time spent with the student in lessons and masterclasses
- Time spent in preparation for the student
- Your teacher’s training and experience
- Recital costs and preparations
- Adjudication fees
- Trips to the symphony
- Professional organization memberships. Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for competitions, and performance events.
- Professional journals
- Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
- Studio expenses including, copying, computer hardware and software, incentive programs (Music Bucks), instruments, tunings and repairs
- Overhead expenses including rent, utilities, liability insurance
- Music books, CDs, Itunes
- Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.
- Self-employment taxes, health insurance, business licenses, retirement. The IMT has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.
- Continuing education. Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques.
- Certification costs. Professional IMTs pay to be re-certified every year provided they have met all the continuing education and studio requirements. This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.
How do I know if music lessons are worth the price?
Shop around! Not every teacher is right for every student. You will want to be sure that your music teacher provides the things that are important to you as well as the things that are important to student’s musical developments.
Start by interviewing several music teachers to learn more about their:
- Goals and Expectations
- Philosophies of music education
- Teaching experience
- Studio Policy
Above all, find out how they demonstrate commitment to excellence in music education. No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music, but by investing in your child’s music education, you can provide them with a skill they will enjoy for a lifetime!