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Frequently Asked Questions
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 What types of instruments are taught?
All brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments are offered.

What age do I have to be to take music lessons?
All ages are welcome.

When are lessons offered?
Private lessons will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will also be offering a limited number of lessons on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Where can I find an application?
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).

What is the mailing address for the School of Music?
The Philadelphia School of Music
Music & Worship Ministry
909 East 233rd St.
Bronx, NY 10466

How do I know which length of lesson to register for?
The length of lesson is solely dependant upon the amount of previous instruction one has had in the field of study. Also, a teacher can recommend the length of a lesson.

30-minute lesson: For small children as well as beginners on all instruments, piano, voice.

45-minute lesson: For older students who have had previous instruction in his/her area of concentration. Many students who wish to study for 45 minutes are at an intermediate level.

60-minute lesson: An hour lesson will be set aside for advanced students. These students have been studying his/her area of concentration for years. The teacher will recommend this length of lesson.

Will there be recitals and other performance opportunities?
Yes! We believe that it is important for each student to set high goals and have something to work toward.

Will there be a set curriculum?
Individual teachers will determine which method books work best for their students. Each teacher will be asked to submit to the school’s director a listing of the books he/she plans to teach from. 

Where will the lessons be held?
Lessons will be held on the lower floor of the church building. 

When is tuition due?
Tuition is due at the beginning of the month if you decide pay by monthly installments using a personal check or credit card.

What form of payments does Philadelphia accept?
Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church will accept cash, checks and all credit cards except Discover.

What is your attendance/withdrawal policy?
Twelve lessons will be given over the course of the semester (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.

What is your make-up lesson policy?
Private/Group 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.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Contact The Philadelphia School of Music at 347-589-9821 or wilkie@andrews.edu.

Do I have to fill out a new application each quarter?
Each new student is required to fill out an application. The $15.00 application fee (for private lessons) is annual. At the end of each quarter, a student will need to indicate if he/she wishes to continue lessons into the next semester.

How do I request a certain teacher?
You may request a teacher when filling out the enrollment application or by calling our office. Please take time to visit the faculty bios section of our website.

How can I find out more about Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church?
Please browse the Philadelphia website, or you may call our Music & Worship Ministry office at 347-589-9821