Private Lesson Tuition and Policies

Private Lessons at PPAC

  • Lessons at PPAC begin every 35 minutes so that you receive a full 30 minutes of instruction including student changeover.  This is up to 10% more instructional time that you receive at schools that begin lessons every 30 minutes.

  • Weekly lesson tuition includes four recital performances per year in PPAC's theater.

  • When you are enrolled in weekly lessons, you may add unlimited additional discounted lessons in the same instrument rate subject to availability of lesson timeslots.

Recurring Weekly Lesson Tuition

  • Tuition is billed monthly based on number of lessons in the month.
    • 30-minute weekly lessons: $40 per week
    • 60-minute weekly lessons: $72 per week
    • Weekly lesson tuition includes seasonal recital participation
  • Additional 30-minute one-time lessons in the same instrument: $25
  • Recital fees, annual fees and registration fees: None
One-Time Lessons

  • One-time 30-minute lesson: $40
  • One-time 60-minute lesson: $72
  • One-time lessons may be scheduled within 5 days of the lesson date. 
  • Tuition is non-refundable. 
    • Lessons may be rescheduled once with 24-hour advance notice. 
    • Lessons cancelled the same day cannot be rescheduled.
  • One-time lesson tuition does not include recital participation.  Recitals may be added for $15 per recital.
Trial Lessons
  • Trial lessons: $20 (30 minute lesson, first-time lesson with new teacher only)
Tuition Payment
  • Tuition is charged monthly based on the number of weeks in the month.
  • Tuition for the upcoming month is due by the final lesson date of the current month. If not paid on time, the timeslot may be reassigned to a new student.
  • Tuition for must be paid for the full month regardless of how many lessons the student plans to attend. 
  • We recommend that you elect AutoPay to prevent loss of your timeslot due to a missed payment.

Missed Lesson and Makeup Policy
  • Once you have reserved a month’s lessons, we pay your teacher for the full month. This includes lessons you are not able to attend for any reason including planned vacations and holidays when the school is open.
  • To receive a makeup credit, you must cancel your lesson in your online student portal at least 15 minutes before the lesson start time.  Your teacher is still paid for the cancelled lesson.  
  • Makeup credits are used only to schedule lessons into other student's cancelled timeslots through your online portal.  
  • Makeup credits have no monetary value and cannot be credited, refunded, carried forward, banked, owed to the student in any manner, or utilized for other activities at PPAC, regardless of whether all makeup credits have been utilized. 
  • There is no time limit to utilize makeup credits, however makeup lessons may not be scheduled beyond the date of your final paid lesson or within 7 days of any lesson for which tuition was credited or not billed due to a school holiday or teacher’s absence, and unused makeup credits expire if lessons are suspended for 12 months.
  • A maximum of 12 makeup credits may be held per student account at any given time.  
  • There is a deduction of one makeup credit for no-shows (unattended lessons that were not cancelled at least 15 minutes in advance using the student's online portal).

Scheduling Makeup Lessons
 
  • Instructions to cancel and schedule makeup lessons from your online portal
  • You may schedule makeup lessons using your online portal into other student’s cancelled lesson times subject to availability.  
  • You may schedule up to 4 makeup lessons every 30 days.
  • You may schedule makeup lessons with any teacher on our faculty and on any instrument taught at the school subject to availability of other student's cancellations.

Lessons Cancelled by the School

Tuition for lessons cancelled by PPAC due to snow, instructor illness, or facility conflicts will be credited to your account and deducted from the next month’s invoice. However, if a substitute teacher has been scheduled at the same day and time of the original lesson, there is no tuition credit.
 
Online Lessons
 
In the event of a public health crisis, inclement weather, power outage, instructor’s inability to travel, or other situations that temporarily prevent in-school lessons, lessons may be held online through Zoom.  There is no tuition credit in these situations. 

School Holidays
 
Tuition is not charged for days the school is closed: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week, and winter break (December 24th through January 1st). Tuition is charged for all other days of the year.

Substitute Teachers
 
If your teacher is out sick or on vacation, another teacher from within our regular faculty may be scheduled to teach your lesson at the regularly scheduled time. Substitute lessons are billed the same as regular lessons.  If you prefer to not attend the lesson, you may cancel your lesson in your online portal and receive a non-monetary makeup credit that you may use to schedule a makeup lessons in timeslots cancelled by other students (see Makeup Lessons above). 

We strongly encourage you or your child attend lessons with our teachers who may be substituting for your regular teacher. Getting to know our other teachers will make it easier for you to schedule makeup lessons in the future.   
 
Recitals

Your tuition includes free participation in recitals each year and we encourage all of our students to participate.  Participation in recitals optional, however there is no adjustment of tuition for recitals in which a student does not participate.

Stopping Lessons
 
You may stop lessons at the end of any calendar month.  However, if a student is performing in a recital, paid lessons must continue until the recital date.

If you have already paid the month’s tuition, you may stop lessons by providing 15 days advance notice. Tuition for lessons more than 15 days from your notice date is credited to your account for future use, but is not refunded.
Restarting Lessons
If you are returning to lessons, please contact us within three days of your start date for currently avalability.
 
Summer Timeslot Reservations
  • Summer timeslot reservations are $25 per half-hour lesson, which pays your teacher in full to hold your timeslot.
  • Reservations may be placed from June 13 through September 4, 2022, with a 2 consecutive week minimum.
  • There are no makeup credits given for summer timeslot reservations.