Private Lessons (Academy of Fine Arts)

Private instruction consists of one 30 minute lesson per week (45 or 60 minute lessons for advanced students may be available). The Academy of Fine Arts stresses individual practice time. Students (and parents of young students) should be prepared to practice on their instrument several times each week for at least 15 minutes. More advanced students will require extra practice time. Our instructors do everything they can to make lessons a great experience, but there is no substitute for a student's preparation. Plan to practice, follow through, and you are set for a rewarding musical journey, the benefits of which will last a lifetime!

Private Instruction Available:

  • Bass Guitar
  • Brass Instruments
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Voice
  • Woodwind Instruments

Registration / Handbook

Student Handbook

Registration Form

  • Please return Registration Form to Music Office at the Downtown Campus

Attendance Policy

There are no deductions or refunds for lessons missed by the student, but we do allow make-up lessons. Students will be charged for insufficient or no notice.
Excused absences are deemed as follows:

  • Medical Emergency
  • Family Emergency
  • Each Instructor has their own policy regarding sufficient notice for cancelling a lesson

Regular lesson attendance is expected of all students. If it is necessary for an instructor to miss a lesson, students will be notified as far in advance as possible and makeup lessons will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.


All lessons will be taught on the campus of First Baptist Church in secure areas. The Academy requires that parents of students under the age of 18 be present at each lesson and either sit in the classroom or just outside the door. Children are never to be left alone to wait for their ride or allowed to wander the campus without supervision. Some instructors require that a parent attend the lesson with his or her child. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but these policies are in place to protect children and instructors alike.

Dress Code

We require all students to dress neatly and modestly for their lessons. Appropriate recital attire is required for recital performances.

Recitals And Special Programs

There will be two recitals each year, one in December and the other in May. The actual dates will be determined by the individual studios. Opportunities may be available for performance in worship services or special programs.

Tuition and Fees

The Registration Fee is $25.00 (maximum of $40.00 per family) and is due each year at registration.

The Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to announce discounted lesson fees for families with 2 or more children enrolled. Please contact the Academy Director, Ed Hefti, for more details: 940-723-2764.

The fee structure for private lessons is as follows:

30 minutes $23.00 per lesson

45 minute and 60 minute lessons are also available

Note: In some instances, voice students must pay for an accompanist to be at their lessons (arrangement will be made by the instructor).

Terms of Payment

These payment options do not include the annual registration fee of $25.00 ($40.00 maximum per family) which is due upon enrollment and at the beginning of each subsequent year.

Please choose the payment plan that is most convenient for you. If your student enrolls after the Academy year has begun, please contact the Academy Assistant, Tracie Kincaid, at 940.723.2764, and she will be happy to assist you in determining the amount due based on the payment option you choose.

1) Monthly: Due at the first of the month for lessons that will occur that month
2) Two Payments per semester
3) One Payment-if all lessons are paid in full before the first lesson of each semester, a $25 discount per student will be given

Refund Policy

No adjustment of charges or refunds will be made in the case of withdrawal after lessons have begun. A student should not register for lessons if he/she believes that there may be a reason for withdrawal later in the semester. Inability to find time for practice, changing of one's mind or unexpected changes in the student's schedule are not acceptable reasons for withdrawal. Special circumstances such as medical emergencies or a permanent move from the area may be eligible for consideration by the Academy Director.

Inclement Weather

  • When the WFISD decides to delay classes or close school due to inclement weather, the Academy will also delay / close.
  • If the Academy is closed for inclement weather although WFISD has decided not to cancel classes, refunds for missed lessons will be made at the end of the year or make-up lessons will be scheduled with your instructor.
  • Contact your instructor if you are unsure whether lessons will be taking place during inclement weather.
  • Please use your best judgment in traveling to and from lessons.