Fees & FAQ
"We believe that music education should be both affordable and of the highest quality. We do this by charging a fair termly fee for what we believe to be an extremely valuable service. We invest in the best teachers and excellent resources - after all, the value of lessons can only be based on your progression - and you can't do that unless you have excellent teaching."
- Dan Sherwood (Pathways Owner)
1. Frequently Asked Questions
Please find our Frequently Asked Questions below - these are designed to answer all queries regarding your lessons and fees. If you have additional questions, please contact us at
2. Our Fees
Fees Valid from 1/1/2021 : All fees exclude 10% GST which is chargeable in addition
Private Lessons - $34.00 (ex GST) (30 Minutes) or $68.00 (ex GST) (60 Minutes)
Private Lessons are billed termly, in advance. There are usually ten weeks in a term, although this is govered by the SA Government. Each class is 30 or 60 minutes long.
Paired/Trio Classes and Classes in Primary School Campuses in Little Keys, Junior Keys, and Adult Classes - $25 (ex GST) (20 Minute Private Lesson, 30 Minute Duo Lesson or Trio Lesson) (ex GST)
Classes are billed termly, in advance. There are usually ten weeks in a term, although this is governed by the SA Government. Each weekly class is 30 Minutes long (for a pair) or 40 Minutes long (for a trio).
Choir - $55 (ex GST) for the Term for students learning an instrument with us, or $110 (ex GST) per term for students not learning an instrument. These classes are not billed weekly as, although there is usually a weekly rehearsal, there may be times when a class does not run - or, in the case of an upcoming concert, extra classes may be arranged.
Band Rehearsal - $25 (inclusive of GST) per hourly session. Sessions are billed termly in advance. Band Rehearsal is only available to existing students already learning an instrument with us, and runs weekly on Wednesdays at 6.30 and 7.30pm.
(Please note that there is a five week notice period (except at the end of Year when notice has to be given BEFORE the fourth term ends) for withdrawal of any instrument/service which is strictly adhered to in order to protect the livelihood of our wonderful teachers)
Additional Costs - Instrument
You will need a piano or keyboard at home so that the classroom content can be practiced. For Little Keys, simple keyboards are available from us on a rental scheme starting at just $10 per month or else we can give advice regarding which instrument would be suitable.
For Private Lessons, Junior Keys, Senior Keys and Adult Classes, a slightly better quality of instrument is necessary. These are complex in their nature and variety but your tutor is more than happy to go through options and costings with you.
Additional Costs - Course Materials
In the case of Little Keys and Junior Keys, there are no additional materials required over those included complimentary in the lesson fees.
For all private lessons, and Duo/Trio lessons for Adults, you will need to allow some additional cost for printed music that you choose to learn. This is variable in cost and we do not sell books directly through our studio, although we can source them for you. Generally, allow one additional book per school term, although it may be less or slightly more than this. Your tutor will endevour to be understanding with regard to additional music purchase requirements.
Additional Costs - Examinations and Others
Examinations are offered by the Australian Music Exams Board (AMEB). The AMEB set the fees for examinations although they are sometimes held at our music studio.
A list of current exam prices can be provided to you at the time of making an examination booking.
Students will also need original copies of all pieces they are intending to play for an examination as the AMEB does not allow photocopied materials. The AMEB does offer grade books with complete works printed within them as a one-purchase solution to buying music.
Other costs include instrument tuning (once yearly) if you have an acoustic piano and any concert tickets for our annual concerts which are usually $20 per entry/$15 Concession.