KU Community Music School Policy and Tuition

The policies stated below have been constructed to ensure a quality relationship between the student, parent, and teacher. The intent is to provide a sound educational environment for the student.


We currently offer two plans of study:

  • The Piano Basics Program includes weekly lessons and involvement in CMS recitals.

  • Students wishing to take their ambitions beyond obligations of the Piano Basics Program may enroll in the Accelerated Program, which includes lessons and CMS recitals, plus participation in KCMTA events, Piano Guild auditions, KU master classes, and studio classes. Small fees apply to each of the events except studio classes, and range from $20-

$30. For more information on KCMTA events, please visit Kansas City Music Teachers Association.

NOTE: tuition is the same for both programs.


All students must sign and submit an enrollment form, registration fee, program of choice, and payment on or before their first lesson in order to register with KUCMS. A student will not be given a lesson unless a contract agreement and first payment have been received. If a student decides to discontinue study prematurely, no refund will be given except under extenuating circumstances only.


Students must purchase their own materials for each lesson. These include:

- Music books and materials (i.e. metronome, staff paper, flashcards). These will be selected based on the individual discretion of the instructor. Parents are responsible for purchasing all materials.


Students are expected to come to each lesson on time with their materials and assignments/pieces prepared. A practice regimen will be tailored individually to each student, and to ensure consistent progress, an open dialogue is encouraged between parent, teacher, and student about his or her assignments, practice plan, and behavior.

If a student consistently takes lessons unprepared, lessons may be discontinued without refund at the discretion of the instructor.


An academic year of study includes 30 weeks of instruction (15 weeks per semester) for all students. Students are expected to arrive promptly for classes and lessons. Teaching sessions will not extend past the usual ending time to compensate for late arrivals.

If a student is consistently absent without notice, lessons may be discontinued without refund at the discretion of the instructor.

Make-up Policy

Instructors must be notified of absences 48 hours in advance of the lesson time. Absences within the 48 hour period will not be made up and no refunds will be made. If the instructor must cancel a lesson, it will be rescheduled.

To ensure consistent study, students are permitted only two make-up lessons each semester. Any further missed lessons will not be made-up.

(Official lessons are not scheduled during KU school breaks.)


Registration Fee

A registration fee of $25 per student or $35 for families with two or more students enrolled must be paid before or on the first lesson. The registration fee will be waived if yearly tuition is paid in full upon enrollment.

Music Lesson Costs

Private Lessons

per year

per semester

30-minute weekly lessons



45-minute weekly lessons



The KU Community Music School is proud to be one of the few institutions in the region to offer top quality piano lessons at very affordable rates with each 30-minute lesson costing less than $20. For each semester, the student receives 14 to 15 one-on-one weekly instructions.

Payment Information

  1. 1. Yearly tuition may be paid in full upon enrollment. The enrollment fee will be waived if this option is chosen.

  2. 2. Semester tuition may be paid in full before or at the first lesson of each semester. (week of Sep. 6, 2021 and Jan. 17, 2022)

  3. Four equal payments may be made according to the Tuition Table provided below.. The first payment is due by the first lesson. All accounts will be emailed a receipt for each payment.

  4. Tuition payments will vary for families with more than one child enrolled. An individual payment plan will be discussed with the family prior to the first lesson.

Tuition Payment Plan

Tuition Payment Plan

Lesson Length

1st Payment
(Sep. 10, 2021)

2nd Payment
(Oct. 22, 2021)

3rd Payment
(Jan. 21, 2022)

4th Payment
(March 18, 2022)

30 min.





45 min.





KUCMS only accepts personal checks. Tuition should be made payable to the KU Community Music

School and mailed to the following address:

KUCMS c/o Melissa Terrall
1530 Naismith Dr., Rm. 446
Lawrence, KS 66045-3102

Late Payments: If a payment is not received by a due date, a late fee of 10% of payment amount will be assessed. If the payment plus late fee is not collected 14 days after the due date, lessons will not be provided until payment is made.

Family Discount: Each family that enrolls more than one child or family member within the same household will receive a 10% discount:

  • 1st family member: Full tuition
  • 2nd family member: 10% off tuition
  • 3rd family member: 10% off tuition


Please note the dates of holiday breaks and performances in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Calendar. Parents and students will be provided with further detailed information about included workshops and recitals in the upcoming weeks. Note: dates and times are subject to change.

Thank you for carefully reading the KUCMS policy. Please retain this document for your records, and sign and turn in the enrollment/contract agreement form by the student's first lesson. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Terrall, Director of Community Music School at mterrall@ku.edu.

Melissa Terrall — Director, Community Music School

Melissa Terrall is an award-winning pianist from Portland, Oregon. She is currently completing her Master’s of Music in piano performance at the University of Kansas, where she studies with Dr. Scott McBride Smith and holds a graduate teaching assistantship.

With over a decade of experience as a piano teacher, Melissa enjoys working with students of all ages. She ran a piano studio in her hometown of Portland, Oregon throughout high school and college. In the spring of 2020, she was Visiting Guest Artist at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Melissa Terrall

In addition to her work as a educator, Melissa performs frequently as a collaborative pianist. She and her piano duo partner, Colleen Carney, won first place at the 2019 Ellis Duo Piano Competition. The Carney-Terrall Duo has played together since 2014 and performed at events nationwide for Classic Pianos and The Yamaha Corporation of America.

The youngest of six in a musical family, Melissa’s first piano teachers were her mom and sister. She went on to study with regarded Oregon pedagogues, including Dr. Jill Timmons. While still in high school, she appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oregon Sinfonietta and Portland’s Jewish Community Orchestra. Melissa’s scholarship awards include Portland’s Monday Musical Club award, the Gladys Strong scholarship, and the Jacqueline Rayot Olsson scholarship at Portland State University.

Melissa holds a Bachelors of Music in Performance from Portland State University, where she studied with Dr. Julia Lee. While at PSU, she studied abroad one summer in Spain, working with pianists in Madrid and Barcelona, an experience which piqued her interest in Iberian and Latin American piano repertoire. Outside of music, Melissa’s interests include hiking, cooking, reading, and speaking Spanish.