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 2018 – 2019 Calendar

SEP 1           Tuition Due - Fall Semester
SEP 8           First Day of Fall Semester
SEP 29         School Closed - Last Saturday of the Month
OCT 27         School Closed - Last Saturday of the Month
NOV 5-6       Closed (make-ups)
NOV 22-24    Closed Thanksgiving
DEC 22         Last Day of Fall Semester
DEC 23-31    Closed Winter Break
DEC 29         Tuition due for Winter Semester
JAN 1           Closed - New Year Day
JAN 2           First Day Winter Semester
JAN 21         Closed MLK Day
JAN 26         School Closed - Last Saturday of the Month
FEB 18         Closed - Presidents Day (make up day)
FEB 23         School Closed - Last Saturday of the Month
MAR 25        Tuition Due Spring Semester
MAR 26        Last Day of Winter Semester
MAR 28-30   Closed - Make up days
APR 1           First Day of Spring Semester 
APR 16-22     School Closed - Spring Break 
APR 27          School Closed - Last Saturday of the Month
MAY 25         School Closed - Last Saturday of the Month
MAY 27         Closed - Memorial Day
JUN 28          Last Day of Spring Semester
JUL 1-2         Make Up Days

Tuition Schedule
Fall Semester:      
$490.00  Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri (14 lessons)
$455.00  Sat (12 lessons)   

Winter Semester:  
$350.00 Mon/Sat (10 lessons)  
$420.00 Tue/Thu/Fri  (12 lessons)   

Spring Semester:   
$420.00 Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri (12 lessons)
$350.00 Sat (10 lessons)

Payments made for the entire year in full by check, or families with multiple students will receive a 5% discount.

If paying for the whole year upfront: 
(Monday $1197.00) (Tue/Thu/Fri $1,263.50) (Sat $1,097.25)
*Please note that Saturday students will not have lessons the last Saturday of each month.

Summer classes and individual lessons may be purchased at a rate of $35 a ½ hour if scheduling permits.

Tuition can be paid over the phone or in the office by credit card, or checks can be left in the tuition envelope on the office door. Lessons are schedule weekly for 1/2 hour duration. Cancelled lessons will not be credited or refunded, although every effort for make-ups will be made to reschedule. Make-up days are intended for illness, teacher absence and inclement weather at teachers discretion. Scheduling for those days are not guaranteed, based on availability and must be discussed in advance with your instructor. Priority will be given to cancellations due to illness. If you will be discontinuing lessons, please notify the office in writing. No refunds will be given for unused lessons once the semester has begun. Please note that the music school follows Frederick County Public School inclement weather policies. If FCPS is closed or has early dismissal due to weather, piano lessons are cancelled. If you have a financial hardship for the 2017-2018 school years and cannot make payment in full, please email Theresa Shykind at