Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to own a piano to take lessons?
We prefer for all students studying piano to own one. If you do not have access to a piano, a full-sized (88 keys) weighted keyboard with pedals is sufficient. You must be able to practice outside of lessons each week.

I cannot start lessons at the start of the term. Can I register later on?
Yes, we can pro-rate you based on your start date and how many weeks are left in the term. Our fall and spring terms are 17 weeks long. Our summer term is 8 weeks, and students must enroll in a minimum of 6 weeks.

Do you rent instruments?
We do not rent instruments. If you need to rent, contact Music & Arts in Pittsford, NY.

What happens if I have to miss a lesson? Is there a make-up? Do I get a refund?
If you cancel with your instructor with at least 24 hours notice, there's a good chance they can schedule a make-up with you. We have a week of make-up lessons built into the RCMS calendar. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice (same day as lesson), the instructor is not required to give you a make-up lesson. Refunds are only granted if a student must withdraw for verified medical reasons.

I'm not sure my child is ready for lessons. Are there trial lessons available?
We highly encourage signing up for a trial lesson before enrolling in a term. We want all students in the RCMS to find success and have fun! If lessons aren't for him/her - then we don't want you to waste your time and money.

Do you have tuition assistance for lessons and classes?
Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a tuition assistance program. We do offer discounts for families who enroll more than 3 children.