Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Prep School FAQs

Below are answers to questions frequently asked by our students and their families. If you have any additional questions please email dbarrett@andrew.cmu.edu.

We are currently in our Spring 2019 semester which runs until May 11, 2019. The Summer 2019 semester will begin on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

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.

Admission is determined by an audition or interview. To schedule an audition or interview, submit your information on the Contact Us section of our website.
After admission, students must register at the start of each semester. Students may register for classes or private lessons after a semester begins only with the teacher’s permission. To register with a check payment, go to our Registration page to download a hardcopy of the registration form. To pay online with a credit card, go to our online registration page.
Tuition is due in full before the first week of each semester. (Contact the office for exact tuition deadlines) A late fee of $25 will be added to registrations received after the deadline. We accept cash, check, or Master Card/Visa/American Expresss. See registration forms for lesson and class fees.
Extra lessons may be arranged between the teacher and student. Fees will be pro-rated based on current tuition, payable to the Preparatory School Office.
  • 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 both the strings and piano programs, a 15 percent discount is applied to the overall tuition.

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.

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.

We conduct most lessons and classes on the Carnegie Mellon University campus:
• Private lessons in the College of Fine Arts (CFA)
• Classes in CFA or Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (MM)