Private Lesson Registration


Downloadable Forms
Registration Form Automatic Withdrawal Form






NISOM students must register each school year and summer. Registration is first come, first served. By registering at NISOM, you are agreeing to abide by the policies and adhere to the payment dates.


Registration Procedures

Returning students: Returning students do not need to complete a new registration form each year. Be sure to notify us of any changes of address, phone number, or email.  If you have not submitted a registration form since 2012, you may be asked to do so. Download a pdf version from the top of the page, or pick one up at our office. Please review our policies before registering.

New students:  NISOM welcomes new students at any time. All new students will submit a registration form with their payment to register. Before registering, please read our policies and tuition information. You can also review our calendar, faculty biographies, and frequently asked questions.

Registration in person: Visit the NISOM office any time during normal office hours to be placed with an instructor and choose a lesson time. You will be asked to submit a registration form (if applicable) and the tuition and registration fee payment in order to reserve the lesson time.

Registration by mail:  Mail the completed forms and tuition payment to 2728 Asbury Road, Suite 200, Dubuque, IA 52001. Be sure to include a note with your desired teacher and lesson time, as well as alternates if your first choice is not available. Please contact our office by phone (563-690-0151) or email ( to confirm availability and payment amount before sending your materials.

Registration by phone:  Registration will be accepted over the phone for returning students if tuition is paid by credit card. A 5% processing fee will be added to all credit card payments. New students may be able to register over the phone, but a completed registration form must be received within 10 days to continue to reserve the lesson time. We strongly encourage all new students register in person or via mail.


Registration Procedures for Alternate Payment Methods

Short Term Lessons: Students wishing to take a few lessons may sign up for lessons on a short-term basis for 3 weeks (3 lessons). Tuition for 3 weeks of short-term lessons is $65 for 30-minute lessons, and the registration fee is reduced to $15. If students wish to continue with lessons after three weeks, they may enroll in the remainder of the current session, as schedules allow. Students enrolling in the remainder of the session will pay the pro-rated balance of the tuition calculated at the normal rate, plus the balance of the annual registration fee.

Referral Program: When referred by a current NISOM student or family, new students can receive $20 off their first full trimester or pro-rated at the amounts below, and the student or family who referred them get the same amount off their next tuition payment. For those starting mid-trimester or utilizing trial periods, discounts will be pro-rated. If and when students enroll in the next trimester or continue lessons after a trial period, they may claim the balance of the discount up to a total of $20. Please see tuition for full policy.

For the referring students (existing NISOM students): It is the students’ responsibility to claim referrals when making tuition payments. No refunds. No cash will be given for referrals. Accumulated referral discounts may not exceed a student’s total fees, and students who discontinue lessons forfeit any unused referral discounts they have accumulated.

Trial Period: Students who are just beginning and are unsure that they will like taking lessons may sign up for a four-week trial period. The registration process is the same, except students pay a reduced tuition amount for the first month only (plus registration fee). At the end of the trial period, students notify us whether they wish to continue lessons, and if so, the tuition balance for the remainder of the trimester will be due.

Automatic Withdrawals:  If you wish to utilize automatic monthly withdrawals, download and complete the Authorization Agreement for ACH Debits form. You will also need to submit a voided check or deposit slip in addition to the tuition deposit and registration fee. If you have used this payment method in the past and your account information has not changed, you do not need to fill out a new form, but you will need to register in person to sign and date your form on file to re-authorize these payments. See tuition information for more details about ACH. There are no automatic withdrawals for summer session.

Scholarships: If you are seeking need-based scholarship assistance, please submit your application before you plan to register, so you can be notified of any award prior to registration. If you prefer to enroll right away, you may do so by paying full price for the first trimester and seeking assistance for future trimesters during the school year. Note that scholarships do not apply to summer lessons, and students must reapply each year.


Summer 2017 Registration

Summer registration is open to all students.

Flexible scheduling! During the summer, students are not required to attend each week, so you can schedule around other plans. Simply tell us when you register which dates you'll attend, and you will only be scheduled and charged for those dates. Please come to registration prepared with these dates, and remember that our absence policy applies to all lessons for which you register. Teachers may also have dates when they will be unavailable.

Tuition must be paid in order to reserve a lesson time. Registration fees must also be paid if applicable; summer  is included in any registration fees already paid for 2016-2017. Continuing students do not need to fill out a new registration form.



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