Tuition and Fees


Tuition Amounts Per Term and Payment Dates:

Fall, Winter & Spring terms include weekly lessons, monthly performance studio classes and/or recitals, graduation recitals, outreach performances, competitions, and studio-wide events such as practice challenges and parent nights. All private students must participate in a weekly ensemble, such as Suzuki-style group class/cello ensemble, orchestra, or chamber ensemble. Students may choose to participate in regional and national organizations’ activities through Valdine’s memberships and affiliations (Music Teachers National Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and American String Teachers Association) and complete practical and/or theory exams through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, OR-ASTA-cap exams, or OMTA Syllabus. 

Each Term

(Fall 2023, Winter and Spring/Summer 2024):

Suzuki Method used for young beginners (aged 2.5-6), mixed Suzuki and traditional
methods for older students, college prep/”traditional” style used for advanced students.

Each Term (Fall 2023, Winter and Spring/Summer 2024):
•  Book 1-3: 30 min weekly lessons (studio activities, no group class): $680 

  • Book 1-3: 30 min weekly lessons + cello ensemble + studio activities: $730 
  • Book 2-4: 45 min weekly lessons + cello ensemble + studio: $985 
  • Book 5+: 60 min bi-weekly lessons + Int/Adv Studio: $680 
  • Book 5+: 60 min weekly lessons + Int/Adv Studio: $1190
  • 75 min lessons + Int/Adv Studio: $1445
  • Instrument rental $100/term ($25/month), extra lessons $85/hour 

Coachings and Flex-Scheduled lessons: 

Single lessons at $95/hour rate or pre-paid 4-lesson-“pack” at $85/hour rate:

Flex-scheduling allows the student to sign up for open slots in Valdine’s schedule without committing to a regular lesson slot, perfect for adult students and students of other teachers who would like an extra coaching or technique/pedagogy intensive.  Lessons booked can be rescheduled up to 48 hours before the lesson time with no penalty.  Single lessons are paid by check, cash, or Venmo at or before the each lesson, pre-paid pack is due before the first of four lessons.  Both plans are schedule-as-you-go, and do not include any studio activities such as studio classes and recitals.

Payment Dates:

Fees are due in full for each term on

  • Sept 1st (Fall)
  • December 1 (Winter)
  • March 15 (Spring).

Please speak to Valdine to request two half-tuition payment dates. If you terminate lessons partially through the term, you are still responsible to complete your payment for the entire term there are no refunds for mid-term withdrawal. No discounts or refunds are given for missed lessons/group classes/studio classes/recitals.