Downtown Piano Works School teaching faculty is dedicated to providing the highest quality music learning experience.
Developing the musicianship of every student is the core of our curriculum. We believe that the piano lesson and the personal qualities gained from that experience - the openness and curiosity essential to creativity, the drive and self-discipline needed for excellence and the empathy necessary for making music - are critical to the achievement of any pursuit; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any experience. 
We offer private lessons for ages 5 and above, with any interest (classical, jazz, composing, song writing, etc..), at any level of study. In addition to introducing young students to the piano, we specialize in rejuvenating teens interest in piano and helping adult students achieve a higher level of musicality.
All students are provided with many opportunities to perform in competitive and non competitive events within our own doors, as well as at the county wide and state level. Whether performing in costume at a Halloween Recital, an informal student recital or competing in a Sonatina Festival, participation in these types of events is encouraged, but not required. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in master classes, perform original works in the Maryland State Composers Forum, attend Downtown Piano Works Fine Artist Concert Series and meet with internationally acclaimed musicians.

Downtown Piano Works 2017 – 2018 Calendar
Sept. 7                   Thu                      Fall Semester Begins
Sept. 21                 Thu                      Rosh Hashanah – school closed
Oct. 31                  Tue                       Halloween – school closed (make-up day #1)
Nov. 23-25              Thu - Sat              Thanksgiving – school closed
Nov. 27                   Mon                     School Closed – (make-up day #2)
Dec. 22 -31             Fri-Sun                 Winter Break – school closed
Jan. 1                     Mon                     New Years Day – school closed
Jan. 2                     Tues                    Winter Semester Begins
Jan. 15                    Mon                     MLK Day – school closed
Feb. 19                    Mon                     Pres. Day –school closed (snow/make-up day #3)
Mar. 30 – Apr.2         Fri –Mon                Spring Break – school closed
Apr. 2                      Mon                     (make-up day #4)
Apr. 3                     Tue                        Spring Semester Begins
May 28                    Mon                       Memorial Day – school closed
Jun 29                     Fri                        Last Day of Semester
July 2-3                   Mon/Tue               (make-up days # 5/6)
Downtown Piano Works adheres to Frederick County Public School Inclement Weather Policies. If FCPS is closed for snow, Downtown Piano Works will be closed.
Tuition Schedule
Fall Semester:
Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri  $490       (14 lessons)        Enrollment / tuition due prior to Sept. 7
Sat*                      $420       (12 lessons)
Winter Semester:
Mon/Sat*              $350       (10 lessons)        Enrollment / tuition due prior to Jan. 2
Tue/ Thu              $455       (13 lessons)
Fri                        $420       (12 lessons)
Spring Semester:
Mon                      $385       (11 lessons)        Enrollment / tuition due prior to  Apr. 3
Tue / Thu / Fri      $455       (13 lessons)
Sat*                      $350       (10 lessons)
Payments made for the entire year in full by check will receive a 5% discount.
Monday $1163.75             Tuesday /Thursday $1330.00          Friday $1296.75                  Saturday $1064.00

Summer classes and individual lessons may be purchased at a rate of $35 a ½ hour if scheduling permits.
*Please note that Saturday students will not have lessons the last Saturday of each month.
Cancelled lessons will not be credited or refunded, although every effort for make-ups will be made to reschedule, especially cancelations due to illness. Make up days are not available for reasons other than inclement weather, sickness, or teacher absence. Scheduling for these days are based on availability and must be discussed and planned in advance.
If you have a financial hardship for the 2017-2018 school years and cannot make payment in full, please email Theresa Shykind at

To discontinue lessons, written notification must be sent by email to . No refunds will be given for unused lessons within the semester.