Tuition & Fees

A set of trial lessons for new students is priced as follows:


30-min. lessons: $100

45-min. lessons: $140

60-min. lessons: $180


In addition, a $10 commuting surcharge is added if I’ll be driving to your location to teach. (Taking lessons at the studio is strongly preferred.)



Tuition for regular lessons is billed in a three- trimester system, with four months per trimester. Fall (September–December) and Spring (January–April) trimesters include 13 lessons each, and the Summer (May–August) trimester includes 10 lessons (the “13/13/10 lesson commitment”). Tuition will be prorated for students beginning mid-trimester. Rates depend on lesson length as follows:


Fall and Spring (per each trimester)

30-min. lessons: $710

45-min. lessons: $970

60-min. lessons: $1230



30-min. lessons: $500

45-min. lessons: $700

60-min. lessons: $900


I only recommend 30-minute lessons for students under age 6. 45-minute lessons are appropriate for elementary school students, while 60-minute lessons are preferred for all older children and adults. Because children under age 9 need parental supervision in their practice, I require parents to attend their lessons as well.


Tuition includes costs for lessons, studio classes, recitals, books, and supplies. If I’m driving to your location to teach, an additional commuting surcharge of $5 per lesson ($65 for Fall/Spring and $50 for Summer) will be added to your invoice. This service requires that you have an acceptable instrument in your home. Because this significantly complicates scheduling, taking lessons at my studio in Northeast D.C. is strongly preferred.


Payment can be made as a lump sum at the first lesson of each trimester, or monthly with 25% of that trimester’s tuition due on the 1st of each month. I accept cash, check, or PayPal (with 3% service charge). If paying monthly, please provide postdated checks for the first of each month or set up automatic payment through PayPal to avoid late payment. Payments received after these due dates are subject to a $5 per week late fee.


Payments are nonrefundable, except that you may withdraw from lessons and receive a prorated refund within the first 14 days of the trimester. Refunds after this point will only be offered for documented medical reasons or relocations beyond the control of the student and parent.

© 2017 by Ellen Hwangbo

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