Academy Policies

Admission and Registration
An intake interview must be completed prior to enrollment.
Students accepted into the program must complete a registration form, reserve a lesson/class time and make payment prior to the first lesson/class. Payment must be made within seven (7) days of reserving a lesson/class. Thereafter, the lesson/class slot will be taken off reserve as enrollment is first-come-first-serve. If we cannot immediately place a student due to a shortage of studio openings or specific scheduling requests, prospective students will be placed on a waiting list. Please note: we monitor waiting lists carefully and will contact students as soon as placement becomes available.

Students ages 5-8 are required to enroll in Suzuki lessons and group classes as they are available. Please note: an instructor may require a student over the age of 8 to study via the Suzuki method. This determination will be made during the intake interview.

Should a student elect to not participate in the required Suzuki group class, no tuition adjustment will be made. Additionally, a student may be placed on probation for a period of one quarter. Should improvement in group class attendance not be made by the end of the probationary period a student may be dismissed from the program. Should there be insufficient enrollment in any Suzuki group class, we reserve the right to substitute an Orff class in lieu of the group class or to grandfather the student out of group class until such a time as there is sufficient enrollment.

Tuition and Payment
Tuition is billed quarterly and is due in full prior to the delivery of the first lesson. Accepted forms of payment include cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Please note: payment by credit card cannot take place via phone, nor do we keep credit card numbers on file.
Tuition will be prorated for students who enroll after the start of a quarter. An annual registration fee of $40 per family will be assessed with the first billing cycle for the academic year. The fee will be prorated for families who enroll in subsequent quarters. Late payments will incur a late fee of $35.00. If payment cannot be made in full at the start of the term, please speak with Laura Knight to make special arrangements. We reserve the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student with a past due account. All payments are non-refundable. A $35 fee will be assessed for all returned checks.

Attendance: Cancellations, and Missed Lessons
Students are expected to be present for all lessons and classes. If a student cancels or misses a lesson, the teacher is not obligated to make up the missed lesson. There are no refunds, credits, or “make-up lessons” for lessons missed by the student. Group classes may not be made up. If a teacher is absent, the class will be made up if a substitute instructor is not available. Lessons missed by the teacher will be made up by the teacher, credited for the upcoming term or rescheduled at a mutually convenient time. Mini-Mozarts students who miss a class may make up one (1) class per quarter. No credits applied to subsequent quarters or refunds given for missed classes.

Students who repeatedly miss lessons, or are consistently tardy, may be placed on probation for a period of up to one quarter. Should improvement in attendance not be made by the end of the probationary period the student may be dismissed from the program.
A teacher may exercise their right to end a lesson early for a student who is repeatedly unprepared or is conducting themselves inappropriately. This time will not be made up. Should a student be consistently unprepared or ill-mannered, he/she may be placed on probation for a period of up to one quarter. Should improvement in the area in question not be made by the end of the probationary period the student may be dismissed from the program. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Should a student wish to discontinue lessons, the courtesy of a written statement to that effect is appreciated no less than four weeks prior to the last lesson.
Absolutely no exceptions to our attendance policy.

Performance Opportunities
Participation in a minimum of two solo recitals and one large or small ensemble performance per school year is required of all students under the age of 18.

Conduct
While on Academy premises, students and those accompanying them are expected to treat our facilities and one another with respect.
A student may be dismissed from the program for violation of any of the Academy’s policies.

Publicity Consent
Photos, audio and video of students engaged in activities at the Academy, or while representing the school off school premises, may be used in school publications, our website, newspapers, and other such mediums. Your signature constitutes consent and permission by the student and students’ parents/legal guardians to use the student’s image/name/audio for any advertising, marketing, or publicity. This release is irrevocable.

Referral Program
Individuals who refer a new student may receive a $50 credit toward their tuition. The referred student must enroll for and complete a quarter of classes. Credit is applied upon completion of the referred student’s quarter.