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.

School Calendar & Fees 2014-2015

Application Fee $30

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us for space availability.

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

13 Prep weeks per semester

Fall Semester 2014:  SATURDAYS September 6 - December 13
(no classes October 11 or November 29)

Snow Date - December 20

Fall Semester 2014:  TUESDAY September 2 - December 9
(no classes October 14 or November 25)
Snow Date - December 16

Spring 2015:  SATURDAYS January 24 - May 9
(no classes February 14, March 28, April 4)

Snow Date 1 - May 16
Snow Date 2 - March 28

Spring Semester 2015:  TUESDAY January 27 to May 5
(no classes February 17 or March 31)

Snow Date - May 12

Tuition listed below is per semester:

   (ages 2 to 6)

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Music and Movement I  for Ages 2-3
(13 weeks per semester: 45 minute classes)
9:45AM to 10:30AM      $280

Children's Chorus for Ages 3-6
(13 weeks per semester: 30 minute classes)

10:30AM to 11:00AM      $150

Music and Movement II
for Ages 4-6 *
(13 weeks per semester: 60 minute classes)
11:00AM to 12:00PM      $350

Chorus for Ages 5-7
(13 weeks per semester: 30 minute classes)
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM      $150

Music & Movement I AND Chorus:  $410

Music & Movement II AND Chorus:  $460

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

* 4-6 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: $1,020
  • 45-min. lesson and musicianship class: $1,345
  • 60-min. lesson and musicianship class: $1,670
* Music and Movement will substitute as Musicianship classes for students ages 4 to 6

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

30-minute private lessons $585
45-minute private lessons $878
60-minute private lessons $1,170

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
  • String Ensemble
  • Chamber Music
  • Secondary Instruments
  • Chinese Language Class and Private Lessons

CHORUS for ages 3-6 
  10:30AM to 11:00AM

  • 30-minute: $150

CHORUS for ages 5-7
  12:00PM to 12:30PM

  • 30-minute:  $150

MUSICIANSHIP CLASS (various levels)
  • 60-minute: $350

  • 30-minute: $190

  • 30-minute: $180 ($150 for Prep voice students)

  • 30-minute: $180 ($150 for Prep cello students)


  • 30-minute: $180 ($150 for Prep violin students)

Ages 9-14 (or by consultation with director)
open to violin, viola, cello, double bass

String Ensemble  1:00PM to 2:00PM

  • $145 for non-enrolled Prep student  or
  • $80 for students enrolled in the FULL PROGRAM

CHAMBER MUSIC (must be approved by faculty)
  • 30-minute: $250
  • 45-minute: $375
  • 60-minute: $500


  for FULL PROGRAM students ONLY

(piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, voice, composition)
  • 30-minute lessons: additional $525
  • 45-minute lessons: additional $775
  • 60-minute lessons: additional $1,025
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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