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Individual Instruction

DUSCOM offers Individual Instruction in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, organ, and music theory. Our credentialed faculty offers non-credit instruction to musicians of every level and age, including adults, on the Drake University campus.

The 2021-22 calendar is as follows:

Fall

15 weeks, August 30, 2021-December 17, 2021 

Spring

18 weeks, January 3-May 13, 2022  (no classes March 14-18, 2022)

Summer  8-10 weeks beginning June 6, 2022-August 12, 2022

Enrollment into DUCSOM is on a semester basis.  Remote or face-to-face lessons are up to the individual instructors and the student. Tuition is pro-rated for students enrolling after the start of the semester.

Drake University Covid-19 Policy:  
Mandatory Face Coverings: All students—along with faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors—are required to wear masks or other face coverings while in campus buildings unless they are alone in their rooms or offices, or participating in activities where a mask cannot be worn (e.g., eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument, etc.). Faculty teaching in classrooms must wear masks unless an exemption has been granted by Environmental Health and Safety and approved by the provost. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on Drake’s campus.
 

Tuition and Fees for 2021-22:

Fall $472.50
Spring  $567.00
Summer $31.50 per half-hour times the number of lessons 
Pro-Rated Charge $31.50 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 Carnegie Hall,
    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.
  • Remote or face-to-face lessons are up to the individual instructors and the student.
  • 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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Parking:

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:

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 Danielle Peters, Manager of the Fine Arts facilities, at 271-2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Cynthia Giunta.

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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