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Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division

Music Preparatory Division Music Program Policies

Programs are available year-round and are organized into two fifteen-week semesters in fall and spring, and a thirteen- week summer session. Enrollment is at the beginning of each semester but can be accepted for private lessons on a weekly basis within the semester if the instructor is available.

Private lessons

Tuition for private lessons is calculated by the number of lessons purchased. It may be paid in full, or for no additional cost, in monthly installments. Regardless of payment plan chosen, parents and students should understand that their financial commitment is for the semester's complete tuition total. An annual registration fee of $25 per student is applied to all of our programs. This fee is payable with the initial payment at the time of enrollment and again every fall.

Private lesson rates

  • $26 per 30-minute lesson
  • $39 per 45-minute lesson
  • $52 per 60-minute lesson

Private Lesson Practice

Students who practice are students who make progress and enjoy their study. Students who do not develop good practice habits have difficulty progressing and usually withdraw from the program. For these reasons, students are expected to practice consistently. Since practice is a matter of "mind spent" combined with "time spent", students are encouraged to place emphasis on accomplishment as well as actual practice time.

Missed lessons and classes

Students are allowed only two make-up lessons per semester during fall and spring semesters, and then only when notification of the absence has been provided to the private lesson teacher adequately in advance. Adequate advanced notification is defined as notifying the teacher of an absence at least twenty-four hours prior to the time of the regularly scheduled lesson. In the event that an ongoing conflict with one's regular lesson time develops during a semester, the instructor should be contacted immediately to discuss permanently changing the regular lesson to a more suitable time.

If an instructor should need to reschedule a lesson, an attempt will be made to provide parents with adequate advance notification and a make-up lesson will be given for any and all lessons which are missed by the instructor. All such make- up lessons will be scheduled at mutually agreeable times.

Please note that make-up lessons cannot be scheduled for group classes, regardless of notification. Also, make-up lessons will not be scheduled for other make-up lessons, regardless of advance notification.

Methods of Payment

  • Online—Invoices will be sent by email when a balance is due. There will be a link provided in the invoice to go online and submit a payment.
  • In Person—Tuition payments may be made in person during regular business hours Monday through Friday at the Music Preparatory Division in the Schwob administrative offices on the first floor.
  • By Mail—Make checks payable to: COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY and send to:

Schwob School of Music
Preparatory Division
Columbus State University
4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907


If you must withdraw from a class or private lessons, please notify the Music Preparatory Division as soon as possible. If you withdraw from a class or private lessons within the semester, no refund will be given. If you withdraw from a class or private lessons within the period of the three-business-days before the semester begins, you will receive a complete refund.

Late fees

A late fee of $10 will be applied to any payment due past the seven-day grace period.

Early withdrawal

The Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division accepts enrollment by the semester. No refunds of any kind shall be provided for those who withdraw from lessons before the end of the current semester. Furthermore, while the Preparatory Division does provide an installment plan for tuition payments, this is done only as a convenience for parents and does not in any way reduce or eliminate one's financial commitment through the end of each semester. Students who discontinue lessons or classes prior to the end of a semester will be charged for the entire semester.

Subject to teacher availability, students are accepted into the private lesson program at various intervals during the semester. In such cases, parents and students are required to make a financial commitment to lessons from the point they enter lessons through the end of that semester.

As a courtesy to our instructors, the Music Preparatory Division office does request notification in case of early withdrawal from lessons. Simply ceasing to attend lessons does not constitute notice of withdrawal.

Parent/Instructor communication

Communication between parents, teacher, and student is important to successful study. Parents are invited and encouraged to contact the teacher if questions arise at any time.


Waiting areas with tables and chairs can be found by the stairwell on the first floor and at the end of the halls on the second floor.


The office phone number is 706-641-5124, or you can email the office at It is also the intention of all teachers to share their contact information with their students at the time they initially phone to schedule lessons. Instructor phone numbers cannot be given to students by the Music Prep office, so please be sure to save the instructor's phone number. Especially in the case of a lesson cancellation when it is critical to provide instructors with a 24-hour notification, parents are asked to contact the instructor directly.


Students are requested to enter the building through the main entrance to the Schwob School of Music, visible from the corner of 9th Street and Broadway. Free two-hour parking is available surrounding the RiverCenter. Free parking is also available in the city-owned parking garage which is located on Broadway directly across the street from the RiverCenter.

Summer study

The length of break between the close of lessons in the spring and the beginning of lessons in the fall is long, especially for younger children. For this reason, our 13-week summer session is a necessity, and we encourage all students to enroll in summer. Not only is summer an excellent time to move ahead in all areas, but it also makes progress possible in the fall without extensive review. Recognizing the need for vacation time during the summer, the student is given more flexibility to reschedule lessons during the summer semester.

Inclement weather school closings

The Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division typically follows Columbus State University regarding closings due to inclement weather. However, since most of the Music Preparatory Division's classes and lessons occur in the afternoon or evening hours and on a separate campus downtown, it is sometimes possible for the Music Preparatory Division to remain open as long as the building and access to it are approved for safety. Information regarding closings will be recorded on the voice-mail greeting at 706-641-5124. Classes or lessons canceled due to official closings will be rescheduled.