Fees and Payments

Registration Fee

Each Academy student is charged a $15 non-refundable registration fee that covers all Academy programs for the academic year.  For instance, if a student takes piano lessons, but later adds theory or gamelan, a second (or third) registration fee will not apply.

Class and Ensemble  Fees

Fees for Academy classes and ensembles are listed with program descriptions.

Private Music Lesson Fees

The Academy of Music has three categories of music teachers and corresponding lesson fees.  Most teachers who teach through the Academy, however, are considered Academy teachers.  Most Academy teachers hold advanced degrees, certificates, or diplomas in music education or pedagogy.  In addition to teaching, many maintain active performance careers.

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music faculty members teach, by audition only, a small number of highly motivated and accomplished students.

A small number of conservatory students offer private lessons and are supervised by the Academy. Student teachers are recommended by conservatory faculty and have successfully completed a rigorous pedagogy class.  A limited number of student teacher placements are available annually.

2019-20 Lesson Rates
Price per lesson 30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes
Academy Teacher $29.00 $41.50 $54.00
Typical 16-week semester $464.00 $664.00 $864.00


The annual, non-refundable registration fee of $15 per student must be received with the first tuition payment in the fall. All students enrolling in the fall semester are registered for the full school year and will be billed for the second semester in January. Lessons are billed by semester and payable in advance of the semester, or in installments with an $8 per semester fee. 

Payment Schedule

Payment is due, in advance of each session of lessons or classes, by cash or check made payable to the Lawrence Academy of Music. We also accept VISA and MasterCard.

  • Your canceled check or credit card statement is your receipt.  Returning students will receive their bills via our online bill payment system.
  • A $15 registration fee is due for each Academy student on August 20th.  Students will not be permitted to attend lessons or classes until tuition and registration fee have been paid.
  • An installment payment plan for private lessons or ensembles is available by request at the time of registration for an $8 per semester surcharge. Please note that the Academy does not store your credit card information, and therefore installments will not be automatically paid.
Full Year Programs*  
August 20 25% due
September 20 25% due
October 20 25% due
November 20 balance due
Fall Semester  
August 20 25% due
September 20 25% due
October 20 25% due
November 20 balance due
Spring Semester  
January 20 25% due
February 20 25% due
March 20 25% due
April 20 balance due


  • A $20 late fee will be added if payments are received after the scheduled due date.
  • Tuition refunds for private lessons will be considered only when the student withdraws before the halfway point of the semester. There is a charge for one additional lesson. The registration fee is not refundable.
  • Students who enroll in ensembles or classes and then discontinue are not issued a refund or credit.
  • Summer lessons must be prepaid before scheduling. There will be no refunds or make-ups for missed summer lessons.