2019-2020 Terms and Policies

Registration and Tuition

Registration fee:

A registration fee of $35 is paid once annually. Additional family members pay $10.


If a student begins within a semester, that semester is pro-rated. Tuition is due by the first week of each semester. 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), or ACH. 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 credit card automatic payments and ACH. We do not offer an online payment option.

Download the ACH Enrollment Form

Tuition Due Dates:
Semester I:
Week of September 3
Semester II:
Week of January 27
Summer Term:
Week of June 15

Enrollment and calendar

Semesters I and II are 18 weeks long. Summer term varies by studio, and is determined by individual teachers.

Looking for the PDF version of the 2019-2020 calendar? Download here

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 and weather

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 semester must notify the office two weeks before the end of the semester or pay one-fourth of the next semester tuition.  If a student withdraws within a semester, a written request for a refund is required. Within the first four weeks, 100% of remaining lessons will be refunded. After the fourth week, the refund will be granted for 50% of remaining lessons. The registration fee is nonrefundable. With written request, a student may change teachers within the first four weeks of their study or at the end of a semester, or a teacher may ask that a student be assigned to another teacher.

care of our school and community

Food and beverages are not allowed in our studios or waiting areas, except water. Eating areas and vending are located at the basement level.

St. Joseph's is a welcoming and caring community. We agree to treat all people with respect. Harassment or offensive behavior will not be tolerated.

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.

Student Contract

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Virtual lessons

Teachers who have the equipment necessary for online lessons may choose to offer this option to students in their studio. Online lessons offer a method to provide lessons in bad weather, during an illness, as a make-up lesson or for any mutually agreed reason. Online lessons are given with the mutual agreement of the student and the teacher. St. Joseph’s School of Music does not provide a dedicated online lesson offering to all students.


St. Joseph's School of Music is committed to accessibility and excellence in music education for all. We offer several scholarship programs. Please call Madeline at 651-690-4364 or email madeline@stjomusic.org for more information.

Private Lesson Tuition

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

There are eighteen weeks per semester in the school year, and a special summer term that is a la carte.

30-minute lesson:
($567 per semester)
45-minute lesson:
($846 per semester)
60-minute lesson:
($1116 per semester)

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

Registration Fee of $35 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

45 Minutes:

$2118 per year

60 Minutes:

$2658 per year

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 $35 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