2018-2019 School Policies

2018-2019 School Policies

By registering for a program at Powers Music School, you agree to the policies outlined below. Copies of School Policies for current and previous semesters may be obtained through the office at 396 Concord Avenue.

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Registration

Current Students: Students currently attending Powers Music School will be eligible for pre-registration, which begins on May 15th and ends on June 30th. During this time, returning students are given the opportunity to reclaim their usual lesson time by either paying their tuition in full or enrolling in a monthly payment plan through a pre-registration email sent to the primary account holder. Current students who elect to be on monthly payment plans must pay the registration fee, payment plan fee, and deposit amount by June 30th. Students whose tuition payments are not received by June 30th will forfeit their regular lesson time and will incur a late registration fee of $25.

Returning students receive priority registration through June 30th, after which registration is open to the public.

New Students: A new student is considered to be enrolled when receipt of the registration fee, full tuition payment, and any applicable materials fees have been received and successfully processed, unless a monthly payment plan has been established. Registration without payment does not secure a student’s enrollment in private lessons and/or classes.

Trial lessons and meetings with our faculty are available upon request for a fee of $55 for 30 minutes (maximum of 1 trial lesson per teacher). Trial lessons/assessments with a music therapist are $75 for 30 minutes. All fees for trial lessons must be paid before the trial lesson takes place.

Students who register after the third lesson of a semester will be charged on a pro-rated basis; students who register within the first 3 weeks will not receive prorated tuition and will be given makeup lessons to account for any lessons missed.

Private lesson times arranged at registration are considered permanent for the academic year. Students can submit time change requests in writing to the Registrar’s office at any time, but revised lesson times are not guaranteed and are subject to availability. No refunds will be given in the event that lesson time change requests cannot be processed due to lack of availability on the part of the instructor.

Registration fees are charged per student and cannot be waived.

 

Payment Instructions

All credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX) are accepted.

Personal checks are accepted, but must be received prior to the payment due date.

Payments can be made in-person at the Powers office or online on the ASAP registration site. To make a payment online, access your ASAP account by clicking this link to ASAP (or by using the link in the pre-registration invoice emailed to the primary account holder), logging in, and clicking on the Invoice tab in your account.

Payment Plans

Families who would like to enroll in a monthly payment plan can elect to do so online. Payment plans will take place over the course of the semester, for 4 total payments, and will be debited on the 5th day of each month. A payment plan fee of $15 will be applied to all invoices put on payment plans. For current students during the pre-registration period, all registration fees, payment plan fees, and a deposit amount will be due at the time of pre-registration.

A credit card number must be kept on file for all payment plans; check payments will not be accepted for monthly payments.

Monthly payments that are not paid by their due date will incur a $10 late fee; payments that fall behind two months or more will be subject to having the Payment Plan revoked, whereby the full account balance will be due. Powers reserves the right to suspend lessons due to late or non-payment.

Discounts

One discount will apply per program per student.

  • A 10% senior discount for those age 65 and older is available upon request.
  • Additional siblings in Music Pups® classes under 9 months old – free tuition, materials fee waived.
  • Additional siblings in Music Pups® classes over 9 months old - $80 tuition, materials fee waived.
  • A 10% discount on electives (orchestra, ensemble, and theory) is available for private lesson students. (This discount will be forfeited if the student withdraws from spring semester lessons).
  • A 10% discount is available for private lessons for a second instrument.

Fees

Tuition:

  • 30 minute lessons, $1,632, ($816 per semester) 32 lessons per year, two workshop weeks, studio recitals, all-school recitals, and other performance opportunities
  • 45 minute lessons, $2,204, ($1,102 per semester) 32 lessons per year, two workshop weeks, studio recitals, all-school recitals, and other performance opportunities
  • 60 minute lessons, $3,008 ($1,504 per semester), 32 lessons per year, two workshop weeks, studio recitals, all-school recitals, and other performance opportunities

Registration Fees

  • Fall Semester Registration Fee: $20 per student*
  • Spring Semester Registration Fee: $20 per student*
  • Summer Semester Registration Fee: $15 per student*
  • Late Registration Fee (Continuing Students): $25
  • Registration fees not to exceed $100 per family, per year

Payment Plan Fees

  • Payment Plan Fee: $15 (per invoice)
  • Payment Plan Late / Declined Payment Fee: $10

Materials Fees

  • Music Pups (Book + CD): $35
  • Keys for Kids (Book): $30
  • Music Theory (Book): $25
  • Piano Partners (Book): $30

Returned Check Fee

  • Any returned checks will incur a $35 fee that will be added to your account.

 

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Policies

Full and partial tuition refunds are provided through the following refund schedules. In all cases, a request to withdraw must be made to the Registrar’s Office in writing. Registration fees are not refundable.

Continuing Students

Fall Semester private lesson and full-year programs (orchestra and chamber music):

  • Prior to September 1, 2018 - full refund for Fall 2018 semester tuition.
  • Between September 1 and first lesson or class - 50% semester tuition.
  • On the day of or after the first lesson - no refund.

Spring Semester:

  • Prior to January 19, 2019 - full refund for spring semester tuition.
  • Between January 19 and the first lesson or class - 50% semester tuition.
  • On the day of, or after the first lesson or class - no refund.

There are no spring semester refunds for full-year programs (orchestra and chamber music).

New Students

Private lessons

  • Prior to the day of the first lesson: full refund for Fall 2018 semester tuition.
  • The day of the first lesson through the 4th lesson: full refund, less the prorated amount of all lessons to that point.
  • After the fourth lesson: No refund

Group Classes

Fall Semester

  • Prior to September 1, 2018 - full refund for Fall 2018 semester tuition.
  • Between September 1 and the first group class - 50% semester tuition.
  • On the day of or after the first group class - no refund.

Spring Semester

  • Prior to January 19, 2019 - full refund for spring semester tuition.
  • Between January 19 and the first group class - 50% semester tuition.
  • On the day of, or after the first group class, no refund

There are no spring semester refunds for full-year programs (orchestra and chamber music).

Additional Withdrawal Policies

Partial refunds will be considered for medical reasons that prevent continued study on the condition that documentation from a physician is submitted along with the written request to withdraw.

Withdrawal notification must be submitted to the office in writing. Failure to attend classes or lessons does not qualify as notification. Failure to notify the office does not release a student from his or her financial obligation.

Powers reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. In the event that a class is canceled all tuition and registration fees will be refunded to the student.

 

Financial Aid Scholarships

Financial aid is available for students who can document financial need. Financial aid scholarships will be awarded until all available aid is exhausted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications for new and returning students can be downloaded on the Financial Aid webpage.

The deadline for Financial Aid Applications for students returning from the 2017-2018 year is April 15, 2018.

The deadline for Financial Aid Applications for students who are new to Powers’ financial aid program is August 1, 2018.

The deadline for Summer 2019 Financial Aid applications is April 15, 2019.

 

Conservatory Student & Merit Scholarships

Ellen Huff Powers merit scholarships are available for ensemble, orchestra, and theory classes for students who are accepted into the Conservatory Student Program. Please refer to the Ellen Huff Powers Merit Scholarship webpage or Conservatory Program webpage for updated scholarship information.

There is no withdrawal from lessons, theory, orchestra, or ensembles for Conservatory students, except under extenuating circumstances. Please check our refund policy.

Merit scholarships may also be available for First Chair positions in the MYSP Chamber Orchestra. Please inquire at the time of your MYSP audition if you are interested in chair positions.

 

Delinquent Accounts

Powers Music School reserves the right to stop a student's instructional activities, and reserves the right to collect funds through a debt collection agency for all delinquent account balances.

 

Tardiness and Make-Up Lessons

Powers Music School’s policies have been developed to encourage and promote the joyful study of music in our students. Therefore, regular attendance by students is expected. Students who arrive late cannot be guaranteed a full class/lesson.

Private Lessons

Fall and Spring Student Absence: One make-up lesson per semester per student absence. Any lessons missed due to student absences beyond the first absence will be forfeited. As a courtesy to our faculty, please give as much advance notice as you can for any student absences by alerting the Powers office and/or your teacher.

Summer Student Absence: No make-ups for student absences.

Teacher Absence: Our faculty offers make-ups for all missed private lessons due to teacher absence(s).

Weather cancellations: ONE snow day per student, per year, will be made up. Please note that snow days occur only when the school closes due to inclement weather.

Make-up lessons for student/teacher absence or weather cancellation are given during the designated make-up weeks during the academic year unless a mutually agreeable time is arranged between the teacher and student.

Make-up lessons missed by a student for any reason will not be rescheduled or refunded.

Students who withdraw forfeit any make-up lessons they are owed.

Group Programs

Student Absence: No make-ups for student absences, with the exception of Music Pups.

Music Pups: Three make-ups are allowed per session. If you must miss your regular class time, you may notify the office in advance and request to attend a different class day/time, provided there is space available in that particular class. Make-ups cannot be carried over into a subsequent session.

Teacher Absence: Our faculty offers make-ups for all missed group classes due to teacher absence(s).

Weather Cancellation: ONE snow day per class/ensemble, per year, will be made up. Please note that snow days occur only when the school closes due to inclement weather.

Group program make-ups due to teacher absence or weather cancellation will be given during the designated make-up week.

 

School Cancellation

Please consult the Powers’ academic calendar online for holidays and vacation weeks during the year. Weather cancellations will be communicated by email and listed on the Powers' website homepage. Please note that Powers Music School does not follow the cancelation or vacation dates of any one school system.


Photo, Audio, and Video Permission

Photographs, audio, and video taken of students at Powers Music School during any program or at sponsored events may be used for publication and marketing purposes, unless a written request is submitted at the time of registration. The recording of lessons with a recording device is permitted with the consent of the instructor.

 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Powers Music School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or in the administration of its educational policies.



 

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