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The 2017-18 calendar is as follows:

Fall 15 weeks Beginning August 28, 2017 
Spring 17 weeks Beginning January 3, 2018 
Summer  8-14 weeks Beginning May 21, 2018 

Enrollment into DUCSOM is on a semester basis. Tuition is pro-rated for students enrolling after the start of the semester.

Tuition and Fees for 2017-18:

Fall $525.00 
Spring  $595.00
Summer $35.00 per half-hour times the number of lessons 
Pro-Rated Charge $35.00 per half-hour times the number of lessons 
Enrollment Fee
New Students only 
$30.00 (charged per family) 
Two payment Plan Fee $10.00
Three payment Plan Fee $15.00
Discount Forfeiture Fee $25.00

The standard lesson length is 30 minutes; longer lesson times are available. The tuition for 45 and 60 minute lessons is the pro-rated charge rate. A 75% tuition refund is available for lessons discontinued on or before the second lesson. Students who discontinue lessons after the second lesson of the semester are still responsible for full payment of the semester’s tuition, payment plan fee and enrollment fee (if applicable).

  • Contact the DUCSOM director, not the studio instructor, regarding refunds.
  • There are no adjustments regarding the number of lessons after the lessons begin.
  • There is no crediting of tuition from one semester to another.
  • Delinquency in payment of tuition and fees results in suspension of instruction.
  • Eligible Drake faculty and staff receive a 10% tuition reduction.

Enrollment and Terms of Payment:

  • To enroll, either call or email DUCSOM’s director.
  • Tuition and fees must be PAID IN ADVANCE (on or before the first lesson) in cash (exact amount only), by check (made payable to DUCSOM) or by credit card (MasterCard or VISA).
  • DUCSOM Enrollment Form

Tuition and fees can be

  • Mailed to: 
    Drake University Cashier's Office
    2507 University
    Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
  • Paid by phone, 271-3805, or in person at the Cashier's Office in Old Main,
    M-F, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Please include your account number with all payments.

Available payment options are:

  • One-payment of the full tuition and all applicable fees.
  • Two-payment plans (billed in the first two consecutive months of the term)—one-half of the tuition and any applicable fees plus a two-payment plan fee of $10.00 to be included with the first payment.
  • Three-payment plan (billed in the first three consecutive months of the term)—one-third of the tuition and any applicable fees plus a three-payment plan fee of $15.00 to be included with the first payment.
  • The two- and three-payment options are available until the second Friday of the fall and spring semesters. They are not available during the summer term.
  • The discount forfeiture applies to any non-payment plan balance.
  • Do not hesitate to contact the DUCSOM office regarding tuition concerns.

Attendance and Make up Lessons:

  • Enrollment, not attendance, is the basis for tuition.
  • Regular attendance maximizes the course of instruction and progress.
  • Your enrollment reserves a specific lesson time. Notify the instructor, not the DUCSOM office, concerning any absences.
  • Instructors do not normally make up lessons due to student absences. At the instructor’s discretion, an instructor may offer a make-up lesson if time is available within an instructor's regular teaching hours. Regardless of the number of student-cancelled lessons, DUCSOM instructors do not offer more than two make-up lessons per semester. There is not a make-up provision for student-canceled make-up lessons.
  • Instructors do offer a make-up lesson for instructor-cancelled lessons.
  • Even if your local school closes due to inclement weather, DUCSOM will be giving lessons if Drake remains open (Drake’s cancellation line number is 271-4545).
  • It is at the instructor’s discretion whether or not to make up missed lessons due to inclement weather.

Location of Lessons:

All lessons take place in studios located in the Harmon Fine Arts Center on the Drake Campus.

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For lessons held Monday through Friday before 4:30 p.m., you must use street parking, except for Handicap accessible parking (always available without a permit in Lot 1). Lot 1, located directly east of Harmon Fine Arts Center on 25th street, is open for permit parking only during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). After 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturdays/Sundays, Lot 1 is open for visitor parking. "Visitors" are classified as anyone not eligible to purchase a parking permit. All Drake faculty, staff and students are able to purchase parking permits.


Recitals by our students occur periodically throughout the year; please consult your instructor regarding dates and times. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in recitals. The Drake Music Department also presents events throughout the year that are free and open to the public. A schedule of events is available by calling Marilyn Dean, Manager of the Fine Arts facilities, at 271-2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Christine Schneider.

Enrollment into DUCSOM is on a semester basis. Tuition is pro-rated for students enrolling after the start of the semester.

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Fine Arts News
February 15, 2018
Drake University Theatre’s upcoming repertory showcase features two full-length, mainstage productions that vary significantly in style and message. The shows run Feb. 22-25.