2018-2019 Terms and Policies

Registration and Tuition

Registration fee:

A registration fee of $25 is paid once annually. Additional family members pay $10.


If a student begins within a term, that term is pro-rated. Tuition is due by the first week of each term. Invoices are emailed two weeks before the due date. A $20 late fee is added to tuition paid after the second week of a term. A fee of $20 will be charged to cover the costs of a returned check.


Fees can be paid by check, cash, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover). Credit card payments are made through the office, checks and cash can be delivered to the office or handed in to your teacher at your lesson. Contact the office to set up automatic payments. We do not offer an online payment option.

Tuition Due Dates:
Term I:
Week of September 4
Term II:
Week of November 6
Term III:
Week of Jan 28
Term IV:
Week of April 8
Summer Term:
Week of June 11


Terms I-IV are nine weeks long. Summer term varies by studio, and is determined by individual teachers.

Location of lessons

It is the School’s intention that all lessons take place on-site where we provide pianos, administrative support, adequate parking, quiet lesson space and liability insurance. If the teacher and parent/student agree to hold lesson(s) off-site, tuition is still paid to the School, and the parent/student will release the School and teacher of all liability.

Minnesota Data pRIVacy Act

In accordance with the Minnesota Data Privacy Act, personal information requested by SJSM is never shared with the public. It is only given to the staff and faculty who need the information to perform their duties.

Make-up policies

Make-up policies are determined by each teacher and a copy is given to the student at the first lesson. The teacher will notify students if for any reason, including bad weather, he/she will not be teaching. If the teacher misses a lesson, he/she will make it up. If the teacher is here, his/her classes are held even in bad weather.

Withdrawals and refunds

Any student who plans to withdraw at the end of a term must notify the teacher and the office two weeks before the end of the term or pay half of the next term tuition. If a student withdraws within a term, a pro-rated refund will be granted as follows: 50% after the first week; 25% after the second week. No refund will be given after the third week. A student may change teachers at the end of a term or a teacher may ask that a student be assigned to another teacher. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds for bad weather days. All refunds are subject to a $10 administration charge unless program is canceled.

Food and beverages

Food and beverages are not allowed in our studios or waiting areas, except water. Eating areas and vending are located on the ground floor.

Photography and video recordings

SJSM uses photography and video recordings to document activities and promote opportunities. Participation in an activity serves as your consent to such photographs and recordings unless you indicate otherwise on your written student contract, discussed at your first lesson of the year. At any time you would like to make changes, please contact the office.

Private Lesson Tuition

The tuition is the same for all traditional students regardless of age, level, or teacher.

There are nine private lessons per term, four terms per school year, and a special summer term that is a la carte.

30-minute lesson:
($283.50 per term of 9 lessons)
45-minute lesson:
($420 per term of 9 lessons)
60-minute lesson:
($552 per term of 9 lessons)

Summer Term tuition and classes are listed separately - posted at a later date.

Registration Fee of $25 is paid annually. Additional family members who enroll pay $10. For new students, lessons begun within a term are pro-rated.

Suzuki Strings Program Tuition

The Suzuki Strings Program enrollment includes private lesson (30, 45, or 60 min), group classes, parent education, Suzuki library, Play-Togethers, and String Fest.

Can be paid in full year, per term, or per month (9 months, Sept-May):

30 Minutes:

$1560 per year ($390 per term/$173 per month)

45 Minutes:

$2105 per year ($526 per term/$234 per month)

60 Minutes:

$2630 per year ($657 per term/$292 per month)

Summer Term tuition and classes are listed separately - posted at a later date.

For class tuition information, please visit the Classes Page.

Registration Fee of $25 is paid annually. Additional family members who enroll pay $10. For new students, lessons begun within a term are pro-rated.

450 North Syndicate St.
Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 690-4364