Registration Fees

Each potential student, whether new or returning, must complete a registration form along with a non-refundable registration fee of $25 each semester. A household family max of $50 is available for families with multiple Academy students. Your registration fee must accompany your registration form for lessons to be scheduled. Lessons will not be confirmed until the registration form is received and your registration fee is paid in full.


Members of First Baptist Church of Melbourne will have subsequent registration fees waived if they are continuing study in consecutive regular semesters. If a FBCMel member student withdraws from the Academy and wishes to return at a later date, a new registration will be collected upon reentering the Academy.


Fall & Spring Registration Fees:

  • $25 per student per semester
  • $50 maximum per household


Summer Registration Fees

  • $15 per student
  • $30 maximum per household


Fall & Spring  Private Instruction

  • 20 minute lesson - $260 per semester (Preschool Piano Exploration Only)
  • 30 minute lesson - $390 per semester
  • 45 minute lesson - $585 per semester
  • 1 hour lesson - $780 per semester


Cello Lessons with Dr. Tom Silliman or Violin Lessons with Mrs. Jenna Cobb for Spring 2022 are a pro-rated tuition for a 13-week semester

  • Thirteen 30 minute lessons: $338
  • Thirteen 45 minute lessons: $507
  • Thirteen 1 hour lessons: $676

Summer Private Instruction

Six-week Semester

  • 20 minute lesson (Preschool Piano Exploration Only) - $110
  • 30 minute lesson - $160
  • 45 minute lesson - $235
  • 1 hour lesson - $320


Nine-week Semester

  • 20 minute lesson (Preschool Piano Exploration Only) - $160
  • 30 minute lesson - $235
  • 45 minute lesson - $355
  • 1 hour lesson - $470

Private Instruction Tuition Payments


Regular Full Pay tuition may be paid online. Payment Plan tuition and all other payments are unavailable online and may be paid by cash, credit card, or by check* in the First Baptist Melbourne Church Office or mailed to:


Gateway Academy of the Arts

c/o First Baptist Melbourne

3301 Dairy Road

Melbourne, FL 32904


Payments by check* should be made payable to FBCMel-Gateway Academy.


*Please note the student’s name in the memo line on your check.


The Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks long. Your student will receive 15 lessons; the 16th week will be reserved for an excused absence make-up lesson. Please see the Attendance Policy for Gateway Academy in our Academy Handbook.

Enrolling Mid-Term & Withdrawal Policy

Students may enroll at any time during the semester based on availability and director discretion. Tuition costs are pro-rated for the remainder of the term at a per lesson price. 


The non-refundable registration fee is still required for all students when enrolling mid-term.


The Academy operates on a semester schedule. If a student desires to withdraw from the Academy prior to the end of the semester, except in extreme circumstances, all fees for the semester are still the responsibility of the student.