Frequently Asked Questions
How much do lessons cost? What does my tuition cover?
Tuition covers a weekly private lesson and a group class for the year. Tuition also includes a year-end recital, an annual assessment, a mid-year performance in Parents Class, and the opportunity to play in special event recitals throughout the year.
Your tuition ensures the highest quality instruction. NSMS attracts faculty from all over the world, and each of our teachers holds at least a Master’s Degree and are experienced with teaching children and adults of all ages and levels, including beginners. Outside of lessons, teachers devote much time to practicing, planning, and preparing for lessons.
Tuition rates vary depending upon the program. Our annual tuition is based on a 10-month school year, and can be paid in four or eight equal installments. More detailed information can be obtained from our Admissions Director over the phone, or at the interview.
NSMS offers a limited number of need-based scholarships.
Do we need to have a piano?
Progress is directly dependent upon regular and effective at-home practice. Therefore, students need to have an instrument at home. We recommend that students start with an acoustic piano, rather than electronic, as this will support the development of proper technique and tone from the very beginning.
What is the schedule?
NSMS is open Monday through Saturday. We have teachers available from 9:00AM to 8:30PM Group classes typically meet on weekdays between 4:30PM and 8:00PM, and on Saturday mornings. After the initial interview with our Admissions Director, you will receive a proposed schedule with possible lesson and group class times. We consider the student’s personality, learning style, and specific goals in determining placement with a private teacher.
Do you have recitals/assessments?
Yes, we offer many opportunities for students to perform in a variety of settings, as well as assessment programs. You can learn more here.
How can I help my child if I have never studied piano?
The most important way parents can help is by providing a dedicated space and scheduled time for daily practice. Ensuring that students work through the assignment sheet provided by their teacher and follow all written instructions will also support effective practicing.
We encourage open communication between parents and teachers. Teachers will follow up with parents after each lesson, and can offer some specific suggestions and goals for the week.
Attending concerts such as our faculty recitals, expressing your genuine interest in your child's playing, listening to music together at home, and playing piano for family and guests will also make piano study more relevant and meaningful.