The Loyola Preparatory Arts Program is operated independently of the Loyola College of Music and Media and is sustained entirely by student tuition. Annual tuition is billed in trimesters and must be paid in advance of lessons and classes. The figures below represent the tuition for the academic year (September - May). Admission to class is contingent upon payment of fees. 

Payment Methods

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Checks should be made payable to Loyola Preparatory Arts Programs and mailed to:

Loyola University New Orleans
Preparatory Music Program, Box 166
6363 St. Charles Ave., N.O., LA 70118

Music Tuition

Instrumental: Brass, Guitar, Piano*, Strings**

  • One 30-min. private lesson per week; tuition: $900; $936
  • One 45-min. private lesson per week; tuition: $1,299; $1,347

* Participation in a weekly group class is mandatory for all school-age piano students provided a class is offered that suits their needs and abilities. Please see below for rates.

** Tuition does not included required children's course fees for the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum group classes.

Piano with Group Class

Our piano program for school age students consists of a weekly private lesson and a 45-minute group class.

The multiple tuition figures listed below reflect the experience, education, and certification level of the private piano teacher.

  • One 30-min. private lesson and one 45-minute group class per week; tuition: $1,242; $1,272
  • One 45-min. private lesson and one 45-minute group class per week; tuition: $1,632; $1,677

Prior to beginning piano lessons, we require a placement interview for all incoming school-aged students.  This interview is intended to give us an opportunity to meet the child, assess what level they are at, and get a feel for their personality in hopes of placing them with a teacher who will be a good fit. Length of the lesson and teacher placement will be determined by the director.

*If at the time of the interview, it is determined that there is not an appropriate group class for the student, a recommendation will be made that the student study privately only. The student will then be billed at the without-group rate until they are ready to enroll in a group class.


  • One 30 min. private lesson per week: $930
  • One 45 min. private lesson per week: $1,359

Music Sampler Package

Adult Sampler Music Lesson Package Tuition

Tuition Policies


Students who withdraw from the program may be entitled to a refund of a percentage of their tuition if such notice is submitted in writing one month in advance.

Missed Lessons

Since your payment secures your time slot for the year, missed lessons will not be refunded for any reason. If the teacher must cancel a lesson, a make-up lesson will be offered. There is no guarantee of make-ups for student absences. Private lessons missed by the student because of an illness or an emergency may be made up pending a vacancy in a teacher’s schedule; however, as our teachers’ schedules tend to be full, this cannot be guaranteed. Group lessons and/or classes missed by the student cannot be made up.

Contact Information

Karen B. Smith, Director
Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 2:00-6:30 p.m.
Phone: (504) 865-3627