Prep School FAQs
Below are answers to questions frequently asked by our students and their families. If you have any additional questions please contact us at 412-268-3667.
When does the next semester begin?
The Fall 2020 semester begins on Saturday, September 12, 2020 and ends on Saturday, December 19, 2020.
The Spring 2021 semester begins on Saturday, January 16, 2021 and ends on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
The Summer 2021 semester begins on Saturday, May 15, 2021 and ends on Saturday, July 31, 2021.
Does the Prep School cancel for snow and other inclement weather?
An important note for the Spring semester: The Prep School rarely cancels classes due to snow. In general, we only cancel in cases of EXTREME winter storms. It is possible that your private teacher will cancel lessons even if the Prep School remains open. If that happens, they will contact you directly and will inform you of any make-up lessons.
In the event of an extreme storm that warrants closing the Prep School, we will email all families of the closure as soon as we are able, will post the information on our home page: https://www.cmu.edu/cfa/music/preparatory-summer-programs/preparatory-school/index.html and will post on local news station WTAE (and their website).
For any questions regarding classes or lessons, feel free to contact the Prep School office at 412-268-3667.
How are students admitted to the Music Preparatory School?
How do I register?
When is tuition due?
Can I sign up for extra lessons?
Are there any discounts available?
- Siblings: When 3 or more siblings enroll for private lessons, a 5 percent discount is applied to the overall tuition.
- Multiple private lessons: When a student enrolls in two different programs (e.g. piano and string lessons), a 15 percent discount is applied to the overall tuition.
What is the attendance policy?
We expect students to attend all scheduled sessions. If a student misses a private lesson, the instructor is under no obligation to reschedule. The instructor will reschedule lessons missed due to instructor illness or professional engagements. Please inform instructors of any travel plans or other conflicts as early as you can to facilitate rescheduling, if necessary.
Are refunds available?
Beginning Piano: Students who are unable to continue their participation in the Beginning Piano Program due to illness, relocation or other extenuating circumstances (at the discretion of the Preparatory School), will receive a pro-rated refund of their tuition less a $50 cancellation fee.
Private lessons: Students who discontinue their private lessons during the semester will receive a refund on a pro-rated basis from the point at which they notify the Preparatory School office that they will no longer take lessons.
Where are we located?
• Private lessons in the College of Fine Arts (CFA)
• Classes in CFA or Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (MM)