To register for private lessons you must first contact the PCM Office. Please let the Registrar know what instrument(s) you are interested in studying and whether or not you have a specific PCM Faculty member in mind. The Registrar will ask a Faculty member to contact you (the parent, guardian, or adult student) to set the day and time of lessons.
All students must register with PCM and pay a yearly registration fee of $40. This is a one-time (non-refundable) fee that covers the entire academic year, including summer, and allows students to take any number of private lessons and/or group classes, as well as free master classes, other special offerings, and a free PCM T-Shirt.
Thirty-minute trial lessons are available to see if lessons are a good fit for the student, without needing to register for the entire semester. You would only be responsible for payment for the trial lesson which is $40.
PCM offers a multiple family member discount on private lessons (but not for group classes). If more than one person in an immediate family is taking private lessons at PCM, the second student in the family receives a 5% discount on private lesson tuition. The third and any additional family members receive a 10% discount.
Students who wish to withdraw from lessons and receive a refund for the remaining tuition may do so by the 4th lesson, however no refunds will be given after the 4th paid lesson of that semester. There are no refunds for Group Classes.
Generally you will not be able to join a group class after the first class of the semester has begun, however, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the group class instructor and the PCM Executive Director.
By registering and paying for private lessons, students reserve their teacher for a designated weekly time slot. Students are expected to attend all scheduled lessons and to give as much notice as possible when a cancellation is necessary.
All students are entitled to one excused absence (requiring 24 hour notice) per semester to be made up free of charge. We specifically designate a Make-Up Week at the end of the semester for this purpose.
Any additional lessons missed by the student will not be made up or reimbursed. All lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be considered unexcused and will be charged.
If at all possible, a substitute teacher will teach the class. If this is not possible, students will be notified that the class has been cancelled for the day. The class will be made up at the end of the semester during the Make-up Week.
Students and parents who are waiting for a lesson to begin or who are waiting for a family member to finish their lesson may wait in the various waiting areas located throughout the Conservatory, ideally one close to your lesson so your teacher can easily find you.
Please be quiet and respectful while waiting due to the business being conducted in the offices around the waiting area.
PCM has a limited amount of funds available for financial aid. It is given to those students who submit a completed application form, IRS tax documentation, and whose family income falls within the current income limits. Financial aid, if granted, can only be applied toward private lessons for one instrument per semester. Financial aid cannot be applied to group classes.
PCM offers Extended Lesson Scholarships. Current registered PCM students can audition for a fifteen minute Extended Lesson Scholarship at no additional charge during an academic year. Decisions are based on a combination of audition results and teacher recommendations.
Extended Lesson Scholarships are made possible through the Karger Endowment Fund at PCM. Extended Lesson Scholarships, if granted, can only be applied toward 16 private lessons with one instrument, per Fall and/or Spring semester.
Extended Lesson Scholarships do not apply to the Summer Semester. Current students who have earned extended lesson time during the previous year must re-audition for the new school year.
Additional scholarship funds may be available for those in financial need, and are decided upon at the beginning of each semester by the PCM Board of Directors and the Executive Director. For more information about these opportunities please inquire in the PCM office.
If PCM closes due to inclement weather, an announcement will be made via email and/or posted on PCM’s website. All private lessons missed because of a PCM closure or an instructor’s absence will be made up free of charge.
As a benefit to our students, PCM studios may be used for up to two hours at a time for private practice and/or rehearsals, however reservations must be made in advance by emailing PCM. All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during scheduled private practice and rehearsal times.
Those wishing to use PCM studios for practice and/or ensemble rehearsals who are not currently registered for lessons or classes must agree to pay $15/hr for practice space in one of our regular studio rooms. (Our larger rooms may be rented out at higher costs, depending on the function.) To discuss reserving a space for practice, email our Registrar.