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Pre-College Strings Program

Tuition and Program Policies

Fall 2021 Registration


30-minute private lessons + group classes: $550

45-minute private lessons + group classes: $725

60-minute private lessons + group classes: $900


Late Registration - after August 11

30-minute private lessons + group classes: $575

45-minute private lessons + group classes: $750

60-minute private lessons + group classes: $925

Tuition includes:

  • 15 one-on-one lessons with your assigned WKU Pre-College Faculty member
  • Weekly group classes
  • Performance opportunities
  • Guest artist masterclasses


New Parents' Meeting

Monday August 9, 5pm in Fine Arts Center Room 319.


Program Policies

All students enrolled in the WKU Pre-College Strings Program will participate in both private and group lessons.  Lessons will coincide with the WKU academic calendar.  Group lessons are required for all students.

The schedule of group lessons will be sent out with registration forms and will be posted on the bulletin board outside FAC 316 and on the website.  Group lessons will include preparation of ensemble repertoire (both classical and non-classical selections), solo performances, and music theory instruction.



Parents of beginning students and young students (under age nine) are expected to attend private lessons, group lessons, and practice with their child at home.  Positive and encouraging parents are critical for students’ success.  The role of the parent is to be a silent observer in the private lesson and group class setting.  The teacher will guide the parents on ways to practice with their children effectively at home to allow for maximum productivity.  For children of all ages, parental support outside of the lesson is essential to student growth. 



Students should arrive at least five minutes prior to lessons and classes.  If a student arrives more than 10 minutes late for a lesson without contacting the teacher, the teacher will assume it is a missed lesson and will not be required to wait for the student or make up the lesson.

Participation in special recitals and concerts will be at the teacher’s discretion, especially if more than two group rehearsals are missed.  Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to group classes.  If entering late, please make sure to tune before going into the classroom as not to disrupt the class that is already in progress.



Make up lessons are given during the last week of the semester and scheduled during the student’s regular lesson time.  Each student is guaranteed one make up lesson per semester for an excused absence.  Additional make up lessons are at the discretion of the private teacher and are not guaranteed.  If the instructor’s schedule does not permit it, or if insufficient notice is given, the instructor is under no obligation to make up the lesson. Make-up lessons missed by a student for any reason will not be rescheduled or refunded.

Missed group lessons will not be made up. 

The WKU Pre-College Strings Program faculty is comprised of active professional musicians who may periodically need to reschedule private lessons due to university and professional obligations.  If a teacher is absent, a make-up lesson will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.  The faculty members will provide advanced notice for lesson cancellations.  For expediency in contacting parents, please keep phone numbers or email addresses up to date with the private teacher and the Continuing Education office.



Pianists’ fees for group lessons, group concerts, and most concerts in the community outside of WKU will be included in tuition.

For private lessons and individual rehearsals of solo repertoire, the students are responsible for hiring and paying accompanists.  The instructors are not responsible for contacting pianists for solo repertoire; however, they may have recommendations from the university and community (including pianists providing group accompaniment).  All issues regarding accompanist (venue, rehearsal times, etc.) are considered an arrangement between you and the pianist.



When it is time for the student to change instrument sizes, your private lesson teacher will inform you and discuss options.  Do not purchase, trade in, or rent a new-sized instrument without first consulting your teacher. 



Payments must be paid in full or in two installments (at specified dates) to avoid suspension of lessons.

If a student needs to withdraw from the program within the first six weeks of classes, 50% of the tuition will be reimbursed.  After week six, no tuition will be refunded.  Pro-rated lessons will only be offered to new incoming students.

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 Last Modified 4/4/24