Fisher Center

Preparatory Division


The Preparatory Program’s mission is to offer well-rounded music education for each child.  To ensure an enriching and comprehensive learning experience, lessons are matched with a class in musicianship.

Below are the available options for your consideration. If you have any questions about the course content or selections most appropriate for your child, please contact the program directors at any time at bardprep@bard.edu or reach Susanne at (646) 456-8795 or Ryan at (615) 498-4996.

Schedule & Fees 2013-2014

Application Fee $30

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Please note: Application fee is waived for returning students and siblings of current students.

13 Prep weeks per semester

Spring Semester 2014:  SATURDAY January 25 through May 10

(except February 15, April 12 and 19)        
snow date: May 17

Spring Semester 2014:  TUESDAY January 21 through May 6

(except February 18, April 15 and 22)        
snow date: May 13

Tuition listed below is per semester:

   (ages 3 to 6)

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Music and Movement Class  9:45AM to 10:30AM
(13 weeks per semester: 45 minute classes)
  • Ages 3-4 years old: $270

Children's Chorus  10:30AM to 11:00AM
(13 weeks per semester: 30 minute classes)
  • Ages 3-4 and 5-6 years old: $140

Music and Movement Class*
                             11:00AM to 12:00PM  or  1:00PM to 2:00PM
(13 weeks per semester: 60 minute classes)
  • Ages 5-6 years old: $325

Ages 3-4 years old Music & Movement AND Chorus:  $400

Ages 5-6 years old Music & Movement AND Chorus:  $450

Please note:  Some four year olds may qualify for private or group lessons. Contact the directors for more information.

* 5-6 year old Music and Movement can be taken as the musicianship requirement for the Full Program.

FULL PROGRAM (ages 5 to 18)

Classes below include private lessons of varying lengths and a 60-minute musicianship* class.
  • 30-min. lesson and musicianship class: $985
  • 45-min. lesson and musicianship class: $1,310
  • 60-min. lesson and musicianship class: $1,635
* Music and Movement will substitute as Musicianship classes for students ages 5 and 6

The Prep Program does not offer private lessons separate from the FULL PROGRAM.

30-minute private lessons $500
45-minute private lessons $750
60-minute private lessons $1,000

Instruments offered: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, voice, composition

All class times are subject to change


The following optional classes can be taken without enrolling in the division lesson and musicianship class:
  • Chorus
  • Musicianship
  • Composition
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Cello Ensemble
  • Violin Ensemble
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Senior String Ensemble
  • Chamber Music
  • Secondary Instruments
  • Chinese Language Class and Private Lessons

CHORUS for ages 5-6 
  10:30AM to 11:00AM

  • 30-minute: $140

MUSICIANSHIP CLASS (various levels)
  • 60-minute: $340

  • 30-minute: $185

VOCAL ENSEMBLE  -  Junior & Senior         
Junior: 12:00PM to 12:30PM
Junior:  2:15PM to 2:45PM
Senior: 11:30AM to 12:00PM
  • 30-minute: $170

  • 30-minute: $170

Saturdays 12:30-1:00PM
  • 30-minute: $170

Junior - ages 6-9 (or by consultation with director)
Senior - ages 9-14 (or by consultation with director)
open to violin, viola, cello, double bass

Senior String Ensemble  1:00PM to 2:00PM
Junior String Ensemble  1:30PM to 2:30PM
  • $145 for non-enrolled Prep student  or
  • $80 for students enrolled in the FULL PROGRAM

CHAMBER MUSIC (must be approved by faculty)
  • 30-minute: $240
  • 45-minute: $360
  • 60-minute: $480


  for FULL PROGRAM students ONLY

(piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, voice, composition)
  • 30-minute lessons: additional $500
  • 45-minute lessons: additional $750
  • 60-minute lessons: additional $1,000
Secondary Instrument tuition is a discounted rate available only for students enrolled in the FULL PROGRAM. 

The Prep Program does not offer private lessons separate from the FULL PROGRAM.

(for all ages & levels)
class times TBD
  • 30-minute class: $90
  • 45-minute class:  $130
  • 30-minute private lessons: $195
  • 45-minute private lessons: $260


Refund Policy

A full refund will be made for withdrawal before the start of classes. A refund of 80 percent will be made for withdrawal before the second Saturday of each semester. No refund will be made after the second Saturday of the semester.

All class times are subject to change
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