Our course tuition structure is similar to almost every other folk music courses anywhere in Chicago. We strive to offer to absolute best possible instruction, in a learning-conducive environment, at the most reasonable rate possible. We offer group rates for families with multiple students involved, and also have introductory offers available through popular social discounting websites.
Single Student Rates:
$40 per month Beginner and Novice
$60 per month Intermediate and Advanced
Family Rates (2+ students):
$60 per month Beginner and Novice
$90 per month Intermdiate and Advanced
For piping students this fee purchases a practice chanter which is used to learn fingerings, blowing technique, and everything necessary to prepare for playing an actual bagpipe. For drumming stuents this fee purchases a practice drum pad and a pair of drum sticks which are used to learn grip, playing technique, and everything necessary to prepare for playing an actual drum. These items will be part of every piper's or drummer's career as a way of rehearsing in groups when learning new music, or practicing at home at times or in locations when using a full instrument isn't possible.
We do have specific practice equipment we want our students to be using - specific brands and types - so we strongly recommend against purchasing anything ahead of time. If you happen to already have something, we will certainly consider whether it is suited properly to our approach or if new items will need to be purchased for classes.
There are no uniform costs associated with beginning to learn either instruments. Once a player has reached the ability to perform in public, we can delay uniform costs further by allowing participation in recitals and other in-house performances by having students wear long-sleeved white dress shirts, with a black tie, and black pants and shoes. Eventually performing members will be "kilted" and the costs associated with personal items vs. issued items can be discussed further in the progress. One can safely assume that there will be at least 9 to 12 months before any of this needs to be decide for a complete beginner entering the system.