LESSONS at The GIG CENTER: registration

The info provided below is regarding school-year enrollment at the Westport Music Center.

Inquiring about lessons? When you call or visit, we'll be glad to answer any questions. First, read through this information, so you’ll have a sense of how our program works. You’ll also want to have some idea of when you’re available, as finding a convenient day and time is typically the toughest part of the registration process. Once enrolled, students who wish to continue are automatically re-registered each semester.

Scheduling & Tuition
During the school year, lessons are offered on a semester basis. Students register for the entire semester, or all the lessons remaining in the semester. Lessons are given weekly, and are all private (one-on-one) sessions. Once registered, students take their lessons at the same day and time each week. Our fall semester generally starts right after Labor Day and runs through the final week of January. The spring semester runs from February through mid-June 15. Call or stop in, and we’ll gladly let you know what days & times are available. (Our phone: 203-292-8934)

The tuition is pro-rated, so if you join after the semester has begun, you only pay for the remaining lessons in the semester.

The per-lesson rates are as follows:
$45.00 for each 30-min lesson; $67.50 for 45-min*; $90.00 per hour.

To calculate your tuition, we multiply the per-lesson amount by the number of lessons in the semester, plus a $20.00 registration fee (assessed once per family each semester). Tuition for the entire semester (or all remaining lessons) is payable in full upon registration, unless you register more than 30 days before the semester begins, in which case you may reserve your time by leaving a deposit. Once enrolled, students may keep their existing times by re-registering during June for the following fall, and December for the upcoming spring. Leaving a deposit reserves your time for the upcoming semester. The balance of the tuition is due before the start of the semester; you'll receive a notice/invoice via email prior to that time reminding you about any balance due.

Deposits (per student) are as follows:
$400.00 for 30-min lessons; $600.00 for 45-min lessons*; $800.00 for 60-min lessons

*REGARDING 45-MINUTE LESSONS: Opportunities for 45-minute lessons contingent on scheduling availability. The Gig Center may not offer a 45 minute lesson in a 60-minute time slot.

You may pay by check or credit card. We require that a credit card number or ACH info be left on file, regardless of your mode of payment. As noted above, beginning 30 days before the start of a semester, tuition is payable in full upon registration. Existing students are automatically re-registered in December for the following spring semester, and in June for the following fall. Simply notify us if you do not wish to continue, or if you prefer to pay by a mode other than the credit card or ACH that is on file. You'll always be reminded via email regarding registration times, and notified of dates by which we require any information.

Make-Up Week
We designate the final week of each semester as make-up week. This means that we do not charge you tuition for the final lesson. It serves as a make-up lesson for one that you might have missed during the semester. Please note that this is the only make-up we guarantee, regardless of how many lessons you miss. (We do not offer a make-up to students joining in the final 5 weeks of the semester; that week’s lesson would be reflected in the tuition.) We do work with families to the best of our ability to reschedule or make up missed lessons during the semester to whatever extent our mutual availability permits.

Summer Lessons
Summer lessons generally begin around the first week of July, and run through the 3rd or 4th week of August. Details regarding exact starting and ending dates are available the preceding April. Summer registration generally begins on May 1. During the summer, we do not work on a semester basis, meaning you may simply register for as many or as few lessons as you wish. Tuition is payable in full when you schedule summer lessons. The tuition per lesson is the same as during the school year. Visit our summer page for details.

To register for lessons, visit us in person or call us at (203) 292-8934.

Exact Tuition for Fall 2019
Please note: All tuition totals listed below include the $20.00 registration fee, which is assessed just once per family each semester. Totals for additional family members would be $20.00 less than indicated.


On Mondays and Wednesdays, there are 17 lessons in the semester.

Total tuition for 30-minute lessons: $785.00 ($400.00 deposit, $385.00 balance)

Total tuition for 45-minute lessons*: $1167.50 ($600.00 deposit, $567.50 balance)

Total tuition for 60-minute lessons: $1550.00 ($800.00 deposit, $750.00 balance)


On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there are 18 lessons in the semester.

Total tuition for 30-minute lessons: $830.00 ($400.00 deposit, $430.00 balance)

Total tuition for 45-minute lessons*: $1235.00 ($600.00 deposit, $635.00 balance)

Total tuition for 60-minute lessons: $1640.00 ($800.00 deposit, $840.00 balance)

Note that this is also a reasonable reference for future semesters. For instance, spring 2020 will be similar, but probably not exactly the same in terms of the number of lessons on any particular day.

Payment timetable
The following is our annual schedule for tuition payments:

Tuition is payable (and is usually assessed automatically) on or about the 1st of the month as indicated below:

June: Deposits payable to reserve your time for the upcoming fall semester.

September: Balances payable for the fall semester.

December: Deposits payable to reserve your time for the upcoming spring semester.

March: Balances payable for the spring semester.

As noted above, students are automatically re-enrolled, with payments assessed to your credit card or ACH. You will always be reminded of this, in case you wish to discontinue, or use another mode of payment. You will also be notified if we do not have valid credit card information on file.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our office. THANKS!




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