TUITION, REGISTRATION AND FEES
• All private music registration must be made over the phone or in person. There is no online registration for PRIVATE music lessons.
• All music lessons are open enrollment and students can register at any time.
• Music students are encouraged to enroll for entire year with payments broken down either by Semester (two payments) or Quarter (four payments). Students must commit to one semester and in doing so are responsible for the payment of the tuition for the full semester.
• Students are expected to come prepared with all materials to lessons and practice outside of lessons. Music teachers reserve the right to terminate lessons if there is a consistent lack of preparation.
MAKE UP LESSON POLICY
Students are encouraged and expected to attend class regularly. Faculty will do their best to accommodate lessons cancelled but are in no way obligated to do so.
Lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance WILL NOT be made up. Any lesson cancelled by Faculty will be made-up within the semester.
We are proud to have professional faculty who are still appearing and performing with some of the most respected ensembles in their respective fields. Occasionally their professional duties take them away from our classrooms. When teachers are performing, they choose substitutes for their lessons. Whenever possible, substitutes are hired from our existing faculty. When this is impossible, substitute teachers are professional colleagues of the teacher. In either case, substitutes are briefed on the class syllabus, so that the progression of study can go on uninterrupted. We appreciate your feedback on substitute teachers.
SEMESTER DATES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
First Semester: September 8, 2016 – January 21, 2017
Second Semester: January 23, 2017 – May 27, 2017
NEW – If you have not paid for lessons or classes by the first day of the Semester then your credit card on file will be automatically charged for the Semester. If you are paying Quarterly and you have not paid your installment by the Quarter date, your credit card on file will be automatically charged for the Quarter.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT PAYMENT POLICY
Open enrollment for music lessons. Students may register at any time.
Quarterly Payment Plan:
- Quarterly payment or drop notice due by: JANUARY 14 or credit card will be charged on January 23rd
- Automatic/Recurring billing date: January 2
- Quarterly payment or drop notice due by: MARCH 25 or credit card will be charged on April 3rd
- Automatic/Recurring billing date: March 13
There are no refunds, credits or transfers of any fees, unless the class is canceled by SPA.
Returned checks have a $25 fee.
All payment is due at the time of registration, including the annual $35 registration fee – per family.
A GUIDE TO MUSIC DEPARTMENT ETIQUETTE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
The School of Performing Arts prides itself on providing excellence in music education for students of all ages, so we’d like to take a moment to remind our parents and students of certain guidelines that need to be observed when studying privately with a music teacher. Whether you are new to the world of music lessons or have studied with your teacher for many years it is important that certain courtesies take place between teacher and student. Your teacher has your best interest in mind and will do everything in his or her power to help you succeed in your musical studies. In order for your teacher to provide the best music education the following guidelines must be observed.
• Please come to each lesson with all necessary materials (music, instrument, and pencil). Failure to do so could result in being dismissed from the lesson for the day.
• Please be prompt for your scheduled lesson. If you are late for your lesson your teacher will not be able to give you your full lesson time.
• Practice between lessons is imperative for progress to occur. Your teacher reserves the right to terminate lessons if there is a consistent lack of preparation.
• Students should not chew gum or bring food to their lesson.
• Students wishing to perform in competitions, recitals, festivals, master classes or other events must receive permission from the teacher beforehand. Please remember that you are not only representing yourself, but also The School of Performing Arts. If your teacher feels you are not ready to perform a piece, the teacher will be honest with you and tell you so. Performing in an event without your teacher’s permission could result in dismissal from the teacher’s studio.
• Students should not study their instrument privately with more than one teacher at the same time. This can lead to confusion for the student and could undermine certain goals your teacher is trying to reach with you. Failure to comply with this rule will result in being dismissed from the teacher’s studio.
• Please feel free to discuss any grievances you have directly with your teacher. Your teacher has your best interest in mind and needs to know if something isn’t working for you. In many cases, a simple discussion can fix most problems as long as you are willing to be open with the teacher about the issue.
• Should you decide to discontinue lessons please speak to your teacher in person to inform them that you will not be continuing.
CLASS PLACEMENT Class placement is determined at the time of registration based on the student’s age and experience. Instructors evaluate students during the first few weeks of class to assure proper placement. Mini Mozart candidates require a readiness interview. An interview is available with the instructor prior to the first private music lesson.
RECITAL AND FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION We are proud of the many performance and adjudication opportunities that The School offers for its music students. Participation in these events are strongly recommended, but not required. Ask your teacher for more details and dates.
OBSERVATION POLICY Parents may observe their child’s class at any time during the year, at the teacher’s discretion. Please speak with your teacher directly if you wish to observe your child’s class.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY The school very rarely closes for bad weather. If the school districts close for inclement weather, make sure you call The School of Performing Arts before assuming that we are closed as well. We will contact you via email or eblast with weather related closings. As always, you may use your own discretion and make up the class if necessary.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY The School of Performing Arts may use any photograph and video taken of you/your child at The School or any performance for promotional purposes.