Tuition & Fees

Fall and Spring Terms – Mid-August through May

Students may choose from two payment plans for Fall and Spring terms:

  • Paid in full by start of each term, OR
  • Monthly installments using cash, check, or PayPal, plus a $5 processing fee per installment.

Students enrolling after the start of a term will pay a pro-rated tuition, based on start date of lessons.

Each term tuition includes Recital Week.  Click here for Recital Week dates.

Music Lesson Rates

Private Instruction
We offer 30-, 45-, and 60-minute lessons. Due to variance in the number of lessons per term, please contact AFTA for specific tuition costs.

30 minutes$30/lesson
45 minutes$45/lesson
60 minutes$60/lesson

Audition Preparation
In addition to private lessons, AFTA offers an audition preparation package, designed to prepare students for honor ensemble or school/community musical theatre auditions. The package includes four 30-, 45-, or 60-minute private lessons for four consecutive weeks. No program fee required, but payment is required in full at time of registration.

30 minutes$120 total/session($30/lesson)
45 minutes$180 total/session($45/lesson)
60 minutes$240 total/session($60/lesson)

Group Instruction
Pricing for group instruction is available upon request. Contact AFTA for questions regarding specific groups and classes.

 Minimum No. of Students Required
30 minutes2 Students
45 minutes3 Students
60 minutes4 Students

Chamber Ensembles
Pricing for chamber ensembles is available upon request.

Harp Studio Class Series
Join other harpists in wonderful music making led by AFTA Harp Faculty, Lelia Lattimore. Ensemble-learning reinforces skills taught in private study, including listening, rhythm, intonation, and sight-reading abilities. It also allows musicians to encourage and support one another in a stress-free environment. Separate classes are offered for youth and adults. 2018 – 19 dates and prices to be announced. Payment is required in full at time of registration.

Drama Class Rates

Pricing for Meisner Acting Technique Classes is available upon request. Contact AFTA for questions regarding specific groups and classes.

Program Fee

The program fee, due at the beginning of each term, helps to cover costs associated with accompanists, administration, masterclasses, recitals, and receptions.

$40 Single Fall or Spring Term, Individual Student
$75Combined Fall & Spring Terms, Individual Student
$70 Single Fall or Spring Term, Family (2+ Students)
$125 Combined Fall & Spring Terms, Family (2+ Students)


Summer Session – June – July

Summer tuition and program fee must be paid in full at the time of registration.  It is strongly encouraged that current students take some lessons during the summer session to maintain their level of study.

Music Lesson Rates

Private Instruction

30 minutes$120 total/session($30/lesson)
45 minutes$180 total/session($45/lesson)
60 minutes$240 total/session($60/lesson)

Special Interest Camps/Classes (Click for more information)

Drama Class Rates

Special Interest Camps/Classes (More information to be announced)

Program Fee

Summer Session Program fee is $20.


Additional Fees

Students may need to purchase music or supplies at the recommendation of individual teachers.


Payment Policies

Late Payments

The Academy for the Arts reserves the right to charge a $10 late fee if tuition payment is not received by the 1st of the month. The balance due plus the $10 late fee will be charged if payment is not received within one week of the due date. AFTA also reserves the right to cancel and/or deny lessons for payments not received.

Monthly Installments (Fall and Spring terms)

  • A processing fee of $5 per installment is due if selecting monthly tuition installments. Only one convenience fee per family will be charged.
  • Installment payments are determined by the number of weeks per month (not including the program fee or other costs), and dividing that full tuition into equal monthly payments.
  • Payment for each installment is due by the 1st of each month in a term, regardless of when lessons are held. Contact the Academy office for specific questions regarding installment plans.

Summer Payment

Summer Program Fee and Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration.


Scholarship Information

Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, please contact AFTA by email or by calling 828.254.7841.