Private Music Lessons: Music lessons at Central Iowa Music Lab (CIML) are in session year round. Lessons are available to all ages and levels, and no prior experience or auditions are required. Instruction is available for virtually any musical instrument or voice as well as classes in music theory, songwriting, and more. To inquire about a specific area of instruction, please contact us here or 515-778-1507.

Missed Lessons/Absences: When a lesson is missed due to an instructor’s absence, the student is scheduled for a make-up lesson; the student will be credited $20.00 per lesson if a make-up lesson cannot be scheduled due to the instructor’s absence. The instructor may also have a substitute in his or her place so that the students can maintain a steady learning schedule. If the missed lesson is due to the student’s absence, a make-up lesson is given at the teacher’s discretion; due to the high volume of students, a make-up lesson is a possibility, but not to be expected. No make-up lessons will be given without 24 hours advance notice of an absence. As a courtesy, please notify the instructor in advance of any absence.

Lesson Cancellation: A 30-day notice must be given by the student (or parent of student) to the instructor when discontinuing lessons at CIML.

Leaves of Absence: In the case of an emergency, a leave of absence may be granted. If approved, credit may be given for the missed lessons. Students must notify the instructor at least 24 hours prior to their scheduled lesson for a credit to be considered.

Special Needs: If you or your child have any special needs, please contact CIML. We are committed to accommodating differences so that the arts are accessible to all in our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a lesson session and when will it begin?

FALL SESSION: 14 lessons to be taken within a 17-week period. Usually starts the first Sunday after school starts and ends on the Saturday before Christmas.
WINTER/SPRING SESSION: 17 lessons to be taken within a 20-week period. Usually starts on the Sunday after school resumes after Winter Break and ends on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.
SUMMER SESSION: 9 lessons to be taken within a 12-week period. Usually starts on the first Sunday following the end of school and ends on the last Saturday of August.

How does the semester format work ?

Each CIML semester will run alongside a schedule relative to the Des Moines Public Schools calendar. There will be no lessons on: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Holiday Break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Spring Break, and Memorial Day. Students whose lessons fall on these days will not be charged for those missed days.

Does this mean you no longer offer monthly lessons?

We no longer offer month-to-month lessons, but a student can still sign up for a semester at anytime and tuition will be pro-rated.

How do you handle missed lessons or student absences?

There are three weeks built into the Fall semester as “makeup” weeks. This is in the event of illness, family situations, etc.

Can a student discontinue lessons mid-semester?

Though a student may choose to discontinue lessons at any time, tuition for a full semester is non-refundable.

How do I register for semester activities?

Visit our website to enroll. An instructor from CIML will then contact you to confirm your lesson schedule

What constitutes a semester activity?

  • 30 minute private lessons, once per week
  • 60 minute private lessons, once every other week
  • 60 minute group lessons (Rock Lab or group instrument)
  • 60 minute lessons once per week

Do I have to re-register every time a new semester begins?

You only need to enroll in the Fall. The student will stay enrolled for the remainder of the lesson year unless notified otherwise. There is also a one-time $30.00 registration fee per family.

What is the tuition fee per activity per semester?

  • The Fall Session will be $406.00 per activity per session with the exception of 60-minute weekly lessons which are $812.00 per session.
  • Winter/Spring Session will be $493.00 per activity per session with the exception of 60-minute weekly lessons which are $986.00 per session.
  • Summer Session will be $261.00 per activity per session with the exception of 60-minute weekly lessons which are $522.00 per session.

How do I make payments for each session?

Tuition options are as follows:

-cash or check (only when paying for an entire semester in one payment)
-A debit or credit card payment will be accepted either in full or broken up into monthly installments with the use of an automated debit system. In any instance in which a card is used for payment, there will be a 4% processing fee added to the invoice.

Will there be an opportunity for students to perform if they enroll for a semester?

Yes. It is expected that each school-age student will perform at least once, either in a recital or as part of a Lab class (Rock Lab, Jazz Lab, Songwriting Lab, etc.) The instructors of CIML have benefited greatly from the live performance experience and we want the same opportunity for our students.

How will the session format affect Lab classes?

Rock Band classes will also be semester based. Participating students will perform 2 concerts during the semester.

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