Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Tuition & Financial Aid

See below for 2021 - 2022 tuition rates, including lesson plans, and as well as instructions for applying for need-based financial aid.

Solo plan  
Lessons only, no electives

 

Fall (15 weeks)

Spring (15 weeks)

Summer (10 weeks)

30-minute lessons

$650

$650

$435

45-minute lessons

$975

$975

$650

60-minute lessons

$1300

$1300

$870

Duo Plan 
Lessons + 1 elective

 

Fall (15 weeks)

Spring (15 weeks)

Summer (10 weeks)

30-minute lessons

$750

$750

$500

45-minute lessons

$1075

$1075

$750

60-minute lessons

$1400

$1400

$1000



Trio plan 
Lessons + 2 electives
 

Fall (15 weeks)

Spring (15 weeks)

Summer (10 weeks)

30-minute lessons

$825

$825

$550

45-minute lessons

$1150

$1150

$825

60-minute lessons

$1475

$1475

$1100



Beginning Piano for Children Program (for current students and newly accepted)

 

Fall (15 weeks)

Spring (15 weeks)

Summer (10 weeks)

BP Program Includes:

  • Weekly group piano class
  • Weekly group Dalcroze Eurhythmics class
  • Weekly 30-minute private lesson
  • Books & materials

$1000

$1000

$1000

Elective classes only 
 

Fall (15 weeks)

Spring (15 weeks)

Summer (10 weeks)

Electives

  • Music Theory (Fall/Spring)
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics (All sessions)
  • Jazz & Improvisation (Fall/Spring)
  • Creative Expressions (All sessions)
  • Group String Class/Chamber Music (Fall/Spring)

$185

$185

$150

To apply for Financial Aid, please read the instructions in the form below very carefully, complete the form, and submit.  

Financial Aid Form

SELECTION POLICY

Financial aid awards are determined based on a holistic review of the application materials.  Awards are calculated on a sliding scale based on household income and will not cover full tuition.  Please note: financial aid awards are determined at the beginning of the academic year in the Fall, but will be applied in equal percentage amounts to Fall, Spring, and Summer tuition fees.  Please submit an application for each child in your household you wish to receive aid for.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

In addition to completing this application, please provide supplemental financial information:
Page 1 of your most recent IRS Form 1040 – preferred
A copy of your most recent W-2
Proof of Unemployment (i.e. Statement of Benefits)
Proof of Social Security (i.e. Statement of Benefits)
We encourage you to submit a statement along with your application materials to express how financial assistance will benefit your child(ren).  If you do NOT have any supplemental financial materials as requested above, your application for financial aid will not be considered.

APPLICATION SCHEDULE

For priority consideration, all materials must be received by Friday, August 13, 2021.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time.
RETURN ALL MATERIALS TO:
Music Preparatory School
Hall of the Arts 101E
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
njmarcus@andrew.cmu.edu / 412.268.3667
To apply, fill out the Financial Aid Form here.
Double Majors (for students registering for lessons in 2 instrumental divisions)
-Register for your lesson plan of choice and add on an additional solo plan for the second instrument being studied.
-Double Major students will receive a 15% discount off of their total semester fees.
-To receive Double Major discount, use promo code 2122DOUBLE at checkout.

Family Discount
-All families with 2 or more students may receive a 5% discount off of their total semester fees.
-To receive the Family Discount, use promo code 2122FAM at checkout.
**The Family Discount is applied to your family’s total tuition, therefore please register all of your children in one transaction by adding each child’s lesson plan(s) to the same basket, and then checkout with the promo code.**

CMU Faculty & Staff Discount

-Students with parents who are current CMU faculty & staff may receive a 10% discount off of their total semester fees.
-To receive the CMU Faculty & Staff Discount, use promo code 2122CMU at checkout.

Early Bird Discount
-Register before Friday, August 20 to receive a $10 Early Bird Discount.
-To receive the Early Bird Discount, use promo code 2122EB at checkout.

**Please note: Families may only use 1 discount code per transaction.**