Pricing/Policies/FAQ

Private Lessons

Monthly Tuition

  • $160.00 (+ Materials): 30 minute one-on-one lesson per student per month.
  • The monthly tuition amount is averaged out over the year, tallied per lesson, allowing for holidays and breaks. Most months have 4 or 5 lessons whereas in December and July there may be only 2 or 3. The averaged tuition makes it easier for you to know that your account will be charged the exact same amount each month. 

Family Discount 

  • 1st child is full price, then 10% discount off full price for each additional child. 

Terms & Conditions:    

We help you overcome life’s noise with the most fun and inspiring music & performing arts lessons on the planet so you can experience personal fulfillment, realized potential, and inspiration for life!  

Your cooperation with the following policies will help us operate efficiently and continue to serve our students and community to the best of our ability.   

Click the button below for our student policies. We look forward to sharing your creative journey! 

We accept all major US credit cards, Paypal, and Venmo

Pickering Creative Artists Academy 2021-2022 School Year Calendar 

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS (CLOSED) 

2021 
May 31 Memorial Day  
Jul 04 Independence Day
Jul 18 - Aug 01 Summer Break 
Sep 06 Labor Day 
Nov 25 - 28 Thanksgiving 
Dec 20 - Jan 02 Winter Break 

2022
Mar 13 - Mar 20 Spring Break 
May 30 Memorial Day 
Jul 04 Independence Day
Jul 17 - 31 Summer Break
Sep 05 Labor Day
Nov 24 - 27 Thanksgiving
Dec 19 - Jan 01 Winter Break 

FAQ's - Questions? Call us: 720-767-3627  

HOW LONG ARE Private LESSONS?  

Most students take 30 min. weekly lessons. Though it is possible to take longer lessons, we feel that a concentrated 30 min. is plenty of time and especially best with a beginner.  

WHAT IS LESSONMATE?  

Every private student who is currently enrolled in lessons has an account with LessonMate included in the price of tuition. LessonMate is a premium feature offered through a secure website where teachers create and post the students' makeup lessons. The teacher may include audio files, notes, PDFs and instructional videos. Check out this LessonMate video below for more information.  

DO I PAY FOR MISSED PRIVATE LESSONS?  

If your teacher misses and we don't have a sub for you, absolutely not. If you cannot make it to lessons, your teacher, during your regularly scheduled time, will compile a complete lesson for you via your LessonMate account included in your tuition. A link will be emailed to you. No missed lessons!  

WHAT IS THE best AGE TO START PRIVATE LESSONS?  

Adults and teens can start any instrument at any time. We have beginners from age 4 to those in their 70’s. For children, starting private lessons at the right time is the key element to the success of their lessons. The right time often depends upon the child's desire and ability to focus for approximately 2 ten-minute learning blocks within a 30-minute lesson. During each lesson, we provide a warmup, 1 or 2 brain breaks, and free-play for the last five minutes so students can explore, pack up, and their Instructor can finalize lesson notes and weekly homework assignments. 

DO WE HAVE THE SAME TIME EVERY WEEK?  

Yes. Your lesson time is reserved every week just for you and cannot be taken by anyone else. You have the same time and day each week. We know how important having a convenient time is for our busy parents!  

CAN I CHANGE MY TIME ONCE I START MY LESSONS?  

We are happy to change your lesson time to another permanent time that’s available.  

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO A FREE TRIAL LESSON?     

Yes, you can take one trial lesson on the instrument of your choice to get a taste of what lessons will be like!    

CAN I TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS WITH ONE OF MY FRIENDS?    

Private lessons work best when they are taken alone. Even if the students are both the same age and at the same level, they are going to learn at different rates and even more importantly in different ways. The job of the teacher is to adapt a lesson plan to fit the needs of an individual student. 

WHY IS MY TUITION THE SAME EVERY MONTH WHEN MONTHS LIKE DECEMBER & July ONLY HAVE 2 OR 3 Lessons?    

Your tuition amount is averaged out over the year, tallied per lesson, allowing for holidays and breaks. Most months have 4 or 5 lessons whereas in December and July there may be only 2 or 3. The averaged tuition makes it easier for you to know that your account will be charged the exact same amount each month. 

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?      

Yes, we do. All our families are set up to pay for their lessons each month on an auto-pay schedule using either a credit/debit card or a direct debit from their checking account.     

WHEN CAN I START LESSONS?  

Music lessons, music classes, band rehearsals, etc., are all ongoing, so you can start anytime!  

ARE GROUP LESSONS AVAILABLE? HOW DO THEY DIFFER FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?    

Group lessons, band classes, birthday parties, and more are coming soon!  

CAN I SWITCH TO ANOTHER INSTRUMENT MID-MONTH?    

Yes! If you begin the month with, let’s say, piano, and decide mid-month that you would rather study voice, it’s simply a matter of coordinating new lesson times/new teacher with the front desk. 

CAN I TAKE A LESSON EVERY OTHER WEEK?  

We don’t offer an hour lesson every other week for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we have found through our experience of teaching thousands of lessons, when learning something that has both conceptual and physical demands, like playing a musical instrument or singing, it’s important to have weekly “check-ins”. Repetition is a key factor in learning how to play. Two weeks is too long for students to remember everything their teacher showed them in the last lesson. With lessons every other week, it’s almost like starting over again each lesson. Secondly, we have found that students don’t practice any more in a 2-week period than in a 1-week period. As a result, students take more than twice as long to learn the same amount, negating any effort to save money. Remember that learning a musical instrument is very much like learning a foreign language.  

CAN I WATCH MY CHILD’S LESSON?  

Yes. We have an open door policy and parents are welcome to join their child in the lesson. All lesson doors have 2 way mirrors as well if you would like to watch from the hall.  

IS THERE A MINIMUM NUMBER OF LESSONS THAT I HAVE TO TAKE?  

We recommend that a student take at least 8 lessons or two months worth in order to see some progress and to see if it's a good fit. This is what we recommend, but it is not required. Keep in mind that the school does require a 30-day written notice to withdraw.  

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I WANT TO STOP MY CHILD'S CLASSES OR LESSONS?  

The school requires a 30-day written notice for students that want to withdraw. No refunds are issued. A 30-day written notice is required and must be handed directly into the front office. No email or phone call withdrawals are permitted. Termination of tuition fees will begin 30 days from receipt of written notice. No refunds will be made for any missed classes or lessons. For more information, see our Policy page.