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Policies and Procedures,

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Policies and Procedures,

Registration and Fees

Enrollment is always open for private lessons. There are enrollment deadlines for group classes, so please check with us frequently for those dates. For group lessons, there must be a minimum of 10 participants signed up for the class to occur. If the class does not fill up, those signed up will be notified immediately regarding other options.

Tuition fees are paid directly to the School of Music. Please make checks payable to Philadelphia School of Music.

For private/group lessons, a non-refundable annual application fee of $15 is due at the time of enrollment.

Payment Policy

Students taking private/group lessons can choose from two payment options.

  1. Pay in full with the application.
  2. Pay in monthly installments using a credit card or check.

A valid credit card number is required at time of enrollment regardless of chosen payment method. Your credit card will not be charged at any time, unless tuition payment has not been received after our office makes numerous attempts to collect the needed funds.

Tuition Rates for 1st and 2nd Quarters 2008 are as follows:

  • Private Lessons
    30 minutes – $20 per lesson - $240 total tuition ($20 x 12 lessons)
    45 minutes – $30 per lesson - $360 total tuition ($30 x 12 lessons)
    60 minutes – $40 per lesson - $480 total tuition ($40 x 12 lessons)


  • Group Lessons
    1 hour lessons at $15 per group session – $90 total tuition ($15 x 6 group lessons)

The School of Music reserves the right to charge the balance due to the credit card provided on the registration/enrollment application if payment is not received within two weeks of the due date. The School of Music reserves the right to cancel and/or deny lessons for payments not received.


Applications for enrollment are available online. Please submit the application, emergency information and credit card information online. Please fill out all forms entirely. Once the completed application, forms, registration fee and initial payment are received, the student(s) will be notified to confirm class/lesson time(s) and instructor(s).


Twelve lessons will be given over the course of the Quarter (6 for group classes). If a student wishes to discontinue his/her music instruction, a 30-day written notice will be required. The student will be financially responsible for the lessons that occur within the 30 days from the date notice is given, whether or not the student chooses to attend the lessons. A refund will be given for the remaining balance of the semester. The application fee is non-refundable.

Make-up Lessons

Students must give notice to the teacher at least 24 hours in advance when missing a scheduled lesson. Make-up lessons are granted only for an excused absence in which the instructor is notified at least 24 hours prior to the lesson time. The student is responsible for notifying the instructor of an anticipated absence with the contact information provided by the instructor.

Excused absences include student illness, extreme emergency and death in the family.

Unexcused absences will not be refunded or made up by the teacher. They will consist of, but not be limited to, forgetting the lesson, un-notified absences and choosing to do another activity during the scheduled lesson time.

If the student is late, the teacher is under no obligation to extend the lesson beyond the normal ending time or reschedule the lost time. If the teacher is late, the teacher must either extend the ending time of the lesson or reschedule the lost time.

Excused absences, as defined above, will be made up. These will be scheduled and approved by the instructor. Lessons will not be made up if they are missed or denied due to late payments. The student is responsible for paying for all lessons, regardless of student or instructor attendance. Lessons not completed by the end of the semester due to instructor absence will be credited to the student.

If a lesson is cancelled or forfeited by the student for any reason, the instructor may then schedule another lesson in the absent time slot. The instructor is under no obligation to notify the parent or student who forfeits the lesson of the substitution. If the original student’s schedule changes and they are able to attend the cancelled lesson, it is subject to the instructor’s schedule.

Group classes consist of a fixed schedule for which the student pays in advance. No refunds will be given for student-initiated missed class days or for withdrawal. Instructor-initiated missed class days will be rescheduled, or, if that is not possible, the student will be credited the appropriate amount.