2016-2017 School Policies

2016-2017 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.

Registration

  • Please complete a registration form and return in person at 396 Concord Ave., Belmont or by mail: P. O. Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478.
  • Registration is considered final with receipt of the annual $40 registration fee per student and, unless a payment plan has been arranged, receipt of the full invoice.
  • Private lesson times arranged at registration are considered permanent for the academic year.
  • Returning students receive priority registration until June 30, 2016.

Payment Instructions

  • A $40 per student non-refundable annual registration fee is due at the time of registration.
  • Upon registration, the annual registration fee(s) and full semester/academic year tuition are due unless a payment plan has been arranged.
  • All credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX) are accepted.
  • Students who register after the start of a semester will be charged on a pro-rated basis for the duration of the academic year.
  • Spring 2016 semester tuition is due by December 9, 2016.

Payment Plans

  • Families who would like to enroll in a payment plan should submit a $25 payment plan fee (per family, per semester) and $40 registration fee (per student) at the time of registration each academic year, and Powers staff will contact you about your first payment, remaining balance, and payment due dates.
  • A credit card number must be kept on file for all payment plans.
  • Monthly payments that are not paid by the due date may be subject to having the Payment Plan revoked, whereby the full account balance will be due.

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 - $75 tuition, materials fee waived.
  • Discounts are available for ensemble, orchestra, and theory classes through our Music Immersion Packages. Please refer to the 2016-2017 Tuition Schedule or Tuition webpage for accurate music immersion package rates and discounts.

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds for group classes once the student is officially registered.
  • Orchestras and ensembles are full-year programs – there are no refunds or withdrawal once student is officially registered.
  • Partial refunds may be considered for extenuating circumstances such as prolonged illness or injury. In the case of minor injury or illness, Powers encourages students to continue attending lessons, if able, to work on other areas of musicianship.
  • Withdrawal notification must be submitted to the office in writing. Failure to attend classes/lessons does not qualify as notification. Failure to notify the office does not release a student from his/her financial obligation.
  • Powers reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. If a class is cancelled, full tuition and any applicable registration fees will be refunded to the student.

Private Lesson students continuing from the 2015-2016 year:

  • Fall Withdrawal: In writing prior to August 1, 2016 - full refund for Fall 2016 semester. On or after August 1, 2016 - no refund for Fall 2016 semester.
  • Spring Withdrawal: In writing prior to November 18, 2016 - full refund for Spring 2017 semester. On or after November 18, 2016 - no refund for Spring 2017 semester.

Keys for Kids® students:

  • Fall Withdrawal: No refund for fall semester once registered.
  • Spring Withdrawal: In writing prior to November 18, 2016 - full refund for Spring 2017 semester. On or after November 18, 2016 - no refund for Spring 2017 semester.

New Private Lesson students:

  • Private lesson students joining Powers for the first time register for the full academic year. If a student chooses to withdraw prior to the 4th lesson taught, a full refund will be given minus the cost of 4 lessons. If a student withdraws on or after the 4th lesson taught, there will be no refund given.

Delinquent Accounts

Powers Music School reserves the right to stop a student's instructional activities if there is an unpaid account balance.

Returned Check Policy

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

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.
  • Weather Cancellations: Limited to one make-up per day of the week per school year.
  • Group Classes: No make-ups for student absences.
  • Summer Lessons: No make-ups for student absences.
  • Fall and Spring Private Lessons: One make-up lesson per semester for student absence. Any lessons missed due to student absence beyond the first one will be forfeited. As a courtesy to our faculty, please give as much advanced notice as you can for any student absences by alerting the Powers office and/or your teacher. Make-up lessons are given at the end of each semester during the designated make-up week unless a mutually agreeable time is arranged between the teacher and student.
  • Teacher Absence: We highly encourage our faculty to offer make-ups for all missed private lessons and group classes due to teacher absence. Make-up lessons are given at the end of each semester during the designated make-up week unless a mutually agreeable time is arranged between the teacher and student.
  • If the faculty member or a substitute teacher is unable to provide a make up lesson/class before the end of the semester for any lessons/classes owed during that semester, a refund or credit will be issued to the family.
  • 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.

School Cancellation

Powers Music School does not follow the cancellation or vacation dates of any one school. Please consult the Powers’ academic calendar online for holidays and vacation weeks during the year. Weather cancellations will be posted on the websites of local TV channels 5 and 7, communicated by email, and listed on the Powers' website homepage.

Financial Aid Scholarships

Financial aid is available for students who can document financial need. The deadline for Financial Aid Applications for students returning from the 2015-2016 year is June 24, 2016. There is a rolling deadline for all new 2016-2017 students and 2017 summer day program students to submit a Financial Aid Application. We suggest 2017 summer day program students submit their Financial Aid Application by March 15, 2017, as aid for summer day programs will be awarded according to available funds. 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.

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.

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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