Tuition & Scholarships

Quality music education should be accessible to all income levels. If full tuition is not in your budget, scroll down to learn about financial aid options.


Students who pay with online charter school funds, please visit your section, below!


All lessons and classes will be held online for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our community is of primary concern, and online study is going incredibly well for our students!


Coming Soon: New Beginner Packages!

Little Twinklers (ages 3-6): $320 for 16 hours of on-demand video instruction (suggested pacing: use 10m videos on weekdays, use 5m videos with performance/story improvisation prompts on weekends), weekly feedback on practice videos, online concert, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids. An adult household member's participation is essential for offering hands-on support, guidance and encouragement, safeguarding the instrument, cuing up instructional videos, filming practice videos to submit for feedback, and optionally making performance videos for participation in online concerts.

Twinklers (ages 6-12): $440 for over 22 hours of on-demand video instruction (suggested pacing: use 15m videos on weekdays, use 5m videos with performance/story improvisation prompts on weekends), weekly feedback on practice videos, online concert, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids. An adult household member's participation is essential for ages 6-9 and strongly encouraged for ages 10-12.

Teen & Adult Beginners (ages 12+): $480 for 24 hours of on-demand video instruction (suggested pacing: alternate 20m videos with 10m videos for six days; then send a practice video on day 7), weekly feedback on practice videos, online concert, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids.



Tuition Rates for Tiers 2 & 3

School year tuition (Sept 2020 - June 2021)

Tier 2 (Club Level - all beginners with prior experience & all adults): $1595 ($1555 early reg.) + $50 reg. fee for 37 week school year (includes 60-75m/week of classes; 15m/week of one-on-one instruction, unlimited feedback on practice videos, online concert, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids)

  • Mid-year entry eligibility will be determined on an individual basis. Ask for details! 
  • (Tuition for the six week summer session July/Aug will be calculated based on each student's chosen workshop(s) and private lesson duration. Check back in May 2021 for more info!)


Annual tuition (Sept 2020 - Aug 2021)

Tier 2 (Club Level - Intermediates): $1810/year ($1760 early reg.) + $50 registration fee for 42 weeks (includes 60-75m/week of classes; 15m/week of one-on-one instruction, unlimited feedback on practice videos, online studio concerts & solo recitals, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids)

Tier 3 (Pro Level - Intermediates): $2500/year ($2400 early reg.) + $50 registration fee for 42 weeks (includes 30-45m/week of classes; 45m/week of one-on-one instruction, unlimited feedback on practice videos, online studio concerts & solo recitals, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids)

Tier 3 (Pro Level - Advanced): $3125/year ($3000 early reg.) + $50 registration fee for 42 weeks (includes 30-45m/week of classes; 60m/week of one-on-one instruction, unlimited feedback on practice videos, online studio concerts & solo recitals, and all necessary books, sheet music, recordings, and practice aids)

  • Mid-year entry eligibility will be determined on an individual basis. Ask for details!


Notes

  • The above tuition rates are for a student studying one instrument. A multi-instrumentalist student's tuition will be calculated on a case by case basis. Please ask for details!
  • Early registration is in May (for summer) and July (for fall). Spots are not guaranteed and can go quickly, so current students are advised to register before open enrollment begins in June and August.
  • Prospective students can register anytime to be placed on the waiting list and accepted if space allows the first week of June / August.
  • Unless you have confirmed a financial aid package, tuition in full is due by June 1st (summer) / August 1st (fall) for current students and upon notification of acceptance for new students.

Online Homeschool Charter Families Welcome!

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Please contact us to see if there is space available or to add your name to the waiting list.

Using Funds

Students opting for one of our New Beginner Packages are purchasing a product (not a service) that will be delivered electronically once payment from your school is received. For students in Tiers 2 & 3, tuition paid from charter funds is prorated for you based on the rates listed above.

Please ask if you have any questions about using charter funds.

What about summer?

Beginners are welcome to join us for our six week summer session in July & August using their own funds and/or one of our financial aid options or can end their lessons when the school year ends (those who do so need to reapply as new students in the fall; space is not guaranteed).

Intermediate and advanced students, all of whom commit to a full year Sept-Aug, can choose to pay for summer out of pocket in advance with one lump sum by September 1st using Google Pay, check, cash, or credit card; in 12 small monthly installments automatically deducted from your card on file on the 1st of each month; and/or ask for financial aid for summer. A plan must be agreed upon for summer study before intermediate and advanced students will be accepted.

Please ask if you have any questions about summer study!


Financial Aid Options

Payment Plans

Tuition may be paid in installments via Stripe throughout the session; contact to set one up! Payment plans are charged a small fee just to cover the cost of using Stripe and do not accrue late fees as long as the agreed upon schedule is followed and payment in full is received by the established deadline. Please see Refund Policy, below.

Scholarships

Full and partial need-based scholarships are offered to low income students for whom tuition would pose a financial hardship. Students 18 years of age and younger, visit the MusicLink Foundation's website to apply!

Barter

We love mutually beneficial barter in lieu of payment for classes! Past and current barters include babysitting, meals, specialty food items, handmade goods, cleaning, vacation rental accommodations, and other lessons or classes (foreign language, yoga, etc). Intermediate and advanced students can also serve as teaching assistants for a tuition reduction. While not all offers can be accepted, if you have a skill or item you would like to offer to barter for partial or full cost of classes, do not hesitate to suggest it! 

Tuition Deferment or Sliding Scale (available during unforeseeable emergencies)

If you are experiencing a sudden significant loss of income that is impacting your ability to pay tuition, be in touch as soon as is feasible to discuss options. Keep in mind that during public health and safety emergencies your teacher's household may be in this same boat, so only ask if you truly need it.


Refund Policy

Musical study necessitates commitment over time. Lesson planning is similar, and a significant portion occurs prior to the first class. As each class is tailored to the strengths, needs, and interests of those enrolled, refunds other than those listed below are only available in unforeseeable/emergency situations by teacher discretion.

Tuition refunds:

  • 28+ days before the session begins: fully refundable minus $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • 21-27 days prior: 75% refundable
  • 14-20 days prior: 50% refundable
  •  7-13 days prior: 25% refundable 

Note: payment plans, barter, and scholarships are offered as part of an ongoing effort to make music education affordable to all. The full amount agreed upon (tuition and barter both) is due on the schedule established regardless of student attendance except in unforeseeable/emergency situations by teacher discretion.

Events warranting temporary studio closure for public health/safety reasons will be addressed as they occur. Solutions will be developed to best fit the situation at hand and may include adding makeup days, pre-recorded video lessons, and/or live video instruction. Events that cause a minor disruption for one person may result in a serious emergency for another; therefore our approach may also vary from one student to another.