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Registration & Policies

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Click here to access our online registration site, ASAP. From here you may browse and select group classes and programs from our sidebar.

Before checking out, you will be asked to create an account. (Current students may already have an account – please use the “forgot your password” link on the login page to check if you have an account associated with your email address). 

You may choose to pay online during the checkout process with a valid credit card, or to “pay later” by check. Please note: Your registration is not complete until we receive payment.

Summer 2020 Private Lesson Information

Summer lessons are flexible – lessons can be scheduled according to teacher and student availability.

Tuition:
30-minute lessons – $52
45-minute lessons – $73
60-minute lessons – $96

Full tuition for all scheduled lessons along with the $15 per student summer registration fee must be paid in full at the time of registration. For more information about payment options, scroll down.

2020-2021 Private Lesson Information

Fall Semester: 16 weeks + 1 “workshop week” (October)
Spring Semester: 16 weeks + 1 “workshop week” (March)

During the academic year, private lessons are intended to be taken from September – June. Tuition is paid by semester. Fees are pro-rated for private lesson students entering after the start of the semester.

Tuition:
30-minute lessons – $832 p/ semester ($1,664 p/ year)
45-minute lessons – $1,176 p/ semester ($2,352 p/ year)
60-minute lessons – $1,536 p/ semester ($3,072 p/ year)
The full semester private lesson tuition along with the $20 per student semester registration fee must be paid in full at the time of registration. For more information about payment options, scroll down.

Your tuition includes:

  • a total of 32 weeks of private music lessons for the academic year
  • 2 “workshop weeks” with opportunity to register for workshops at no cost
  • “Open Studio” week during the semester and written student evaluation at the end of each semester
  • Option to register for orchestra, theory, or an ensemble at a 10% discount.
  • Multiple performance opportunities during the academic year, including festivals, studio recitals, all-school recitals, and more!
  • If needed, free accompaniment rehearsal time prior to a recital or a student’s performance

Powers reserves the right to modify the delivery of course content including, but not limited to, a change in teacher, location, or the use of digital technology for remote teaching.

2020-2021 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

Current Students: Students currently attending Powers Music School will be eligible for pre-registration, which begins on May 1st 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. There are no trials for group classes.

Students who register after the second lesson of a semester will be charged on a pro-rated basis; students who register within the first 2 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. If you are using a credit card issued by a foreign bank, please contact the office, as an additional 4% fee may be charged. Personal checks are accepted, but must be received prior to the payment due date.

Spring invoices will be sent to the primary account holder on November 13, 2020. Payment for spring semester will be due on December 11, 2020.

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 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 after June 30, 2020. 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

Registration Fees

Fall Semester Registration Fee: $20 per student*

Spring Semester Registration Fee: $20 per student*

Summer Semester Registration Fee: $15 per student*

*Registration fees not to exceed $100 per family, per year

Late Registration Fee

Late registration fee (continuing students): $25

Payment Plan Fees

Payment Plan Fee: $15 per invoice (waived for May and June 2020)

Payment Plan Late / Declined Payment Fee: $10

Materials Fees

Music Pups (Digital Download): $25

Music Theory (Book): $25

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, 2019 – full refund for Fall 2019 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 20, 2020 – full refund for spring semester tuition.
  • Between January 20 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 2019 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

  • More than 7 days prior to the first group class – 100% tuition refund.
  • 1 to 7 days prior to the first group class – 50% tuition refund.
  • 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).

There are no refunds for the Piano Pairs, String Traditions, Suzuki on the Hill, Music on the Hill, or Kids Crescendo summer day programs.

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 students can be downloaded below.

The deadline for Financial Aid Applications for students returning from the 2019-2020 year is July 15, 2020.
Click here for the online application form.

The deadline for Financial Aid Applications for students who are new to Powers’ financial aid program is September 1, 2020.
Click here for the application.

The deadline for Summer 2020 Financial Aid applications is April 15, 2021.
Click here for the application.

Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank and Cityside Suburu for their support of Powers’ financial aid program!

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships may be available for First Chair positions in the PYO 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 session/semester, 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

By registering for instruction through Powers, you consent that photographs, audio, and video taken of students during any Powers sponsored activity, including classes, lessons and performances, whether in person or online, may be used for publication and marketing purposes, unless a written request to opt out is submitted at the time of registration. Additionally, faculty may make video or audio recordings during classes, lessons, and performances, whether in person or online, for pedagogical reasons. Student 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.

Additional Policies

Powers does not accept responsibility for lost or undeliverable mail. Notices, catalogs, registration information, etc., are available online at www.powersmusic.org. A parent or a student is responsible for notifying the Registrar’s Office with changes in billing and account information (name change, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, etc.) or if materials do not arrive. Students are responsible for meeting all published deadlines regardless of any inefficiency of mail delivery.

Powers reserves the right to modify the delivery of course content including, but not limited to, a change in teacher, location, curriculum, or medium of delivery (e.g. in-person, technology-enabled remote teaching, etc..

Participation in a class or lesson at Powers Music School or at Powers’ sponsored activities, may require extensive and rigorous physical exertion and activity and there are a wide variety of risks that could result in serious injury or death. Participation may expose students to illnesses including, but not limited to, the flu, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and other infectious diseases that could result in serious injury or death. Powers requires students to be covered throughout the program by a policy of comprehensive health and accident insurance, which provides coverage for illnesses or injuries that may be sustained as a result of participation in a Powers class/lesson. Students assume all risks associated with participation in a Powers class/lesson and release Powers Music School and their representatives, agents, faculty and employees from any responsibility and liability for injuries, illness, medical bills, charges or other expenses incurred through participation in the program, except if the danger or losses are caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the agents or employees of Powers Music School.

Sexual harassment is inimical to an appropriate working and learning environment and will not be tolerated. Sexual favors may not be required either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s academic or work performance. Such behavior which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning or working environment is prohibited. Powers will promptly investigate complaints of sexual harassment and, when necessary, institute disciplinary proceedings against the offending individual. Complaints of sexual harassment may be brought to the Executive Director or President of the Board of Directors. Complainants are assured that problems of this nature will be treated in a confidential manner.

Criminal activity by a student or accompanying family member, while under Powers jurisdiction, is grounds for immediate and unconditional expulsion and forfeiture of tuition and fees.

Out of necessity, Powers Music School reserves the freedom to change any programs, policies, requirements or regulations published on the website, and in all catalogs.