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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is monthly tuition?
How many lessons will I receive per year?
Ballard Street Music provides 48 weekly lessons per year, which averages 4 lessons per month. Some months have 3 lessons, and some months have 5 lessons, but over the course of a year, you'll receive 48 lessons.
Where are lessons taught?
When is tuition due?
The monthly tuition payment is the same for all 12 months of the year and is due on the 25th of the month, for the following month. A $10 late fee is charged for payments after the 5th.
What payment forms do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, Cash, Check, ACH bank withdrawls
Is there a contract?
We ask each new student to sign a 4 month initial contract, to dissuade them from quitting too soon. After 4 months, enrollment is month-to-month, with 2 weeks courtsey notice requested if stopping.
Do you offer make-up lessons?
Piano students are provided a group make-up lesson on the first Monday of each month.
Do you offer discounted tuition?
We offer a number of discounted tuition rates:
3. Home School. Students enrolled in home school receive a 5% discount per month ($129.20) if they take lessons before 4 PM.
How do I sign up for my free "Meet & Greet" lesson?
Do you offer recitals?
Yes, we offer two recitals per year. One in the late spring, and one at Christmas time.
Can I request a lower monthly tuition if I'm going out of town, or on vacation?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any request to schedule make-ups, process refunds, reduce the monthly tuition invoice or provide deferred lesson plans for missed lessons, vacations, or planned absences.
Can I take the summer off from lessons?
Since we teach lessons year round, we are unable to accommodate requests to hold time slots during planned summer breaks or extended vacations. To be fair to our instructors, all schedules are filled on a first come basis, so if you choose to stop taking lessons during the summer, your preferred instructor / day / time slot may not be available when you return in the Fall. If you wish to keep your preferred time slot with your instructor during the summer months, you can choose to pay your normal monthly tuition fee.
How do you ensure my child's safety during lessons?
We take everyone's safety very seriously here at Ballard Street Music School. We use CC video monitors in the common areas, and instructor studios, and all of our studio doors have windows so you can see into the studio from the waiting room.
What are your weekly hours?
We are open from Noon to 8:30 PM on Monday through Thursday, and Noon to 6:30 PM on Friday. We are not currently open on the weekends.
Am I too old for lessons ?
We are asked all the time if someone is too old for lessons, and the answer is, it depends. If you feel you can take lessons; have good to average hand control, and have the desire to play an instrument, then why not try ?
What age do you start lessons?
We can start music lessons as early as 4-5 years old, depending upon each childs individual development path. We generally recommend that a young student begins thier music lessons with piano lessons, and then branch out to other instruments once they have the basics understood.
How do music lessons work?
We offer weekly music lessons, in a private studio, with the same instructor, at the same time of the day, on the same day of the week. Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes long, and we assign homework after each lesson. Each student has an individual development plan designed to teach them how to play their chosen instrument, read sheet music, understand music theory, and perform at our recitals.
Are you still Ballard Street Music ?
We used to be called Ballard Street School of Music, but when we moved away from Ballard Street, we decided to change the name.