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

Students enrolling after the start of a term are eligible for 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$33.50/lesson
45 minutes$50.50/lesson
60 minutes$67.50/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$134 total/session($33.50/lesson)
45 minutes$202 total/session($50.50/lesson)
60 minutes$270 total/session($67.50/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. Contact AFTA for questions regarding specific dates. 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.

$50 Single Fall or Spring Term, Individual Student
$95Combined Fall & Spring Terms, Individual Student
$90Single Fall or Spring Term, Family (2+ Students)
$175Combined 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$134 total/session($33.50/lesson)
45 minutes$202 total/session($50.50/lesson)
60 minutes$270 total/session($67.50/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 $25.


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 $15 late fee if tuition payment is not received by the 1st of the month, or adjusted due date listed on the invoice. AFTA also reserves the right to cancel and/or deny lessons for payments not received.

Monthly Installments (Fall and Spring terms)

  • Payment for each installment is due by the 1st of each month in a term, or adjusted due date listed on the invoice, 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.

Revised July 2019. Please note that all prices and fees are subject to change.