P O L I C Y
Bellevue Music Academy aims to provide a diverse learning experience through quality instruction in a professional atmosphere with guidelines subject to individual growth. It is very important that students come to lessons prepared. With practice comes increased enjoyment and progress! Strict lesson and rescheduling policies are necessary to ensure that our students maintain regular progress. In order to work efficiently and provide the maximum benefits of music instruction for each student, please respect the following policies.
Regular attendance: Once students are enrolled in private lesson programs, the scheduled lesson times are reserved for the students with their private instructors. Lessons are continued at the regularly scheduled times before terminating the enrollment. Some students miss many lessons on an ongoing basis due to frequent extended family vacations or other excuses which are within the parents' control. Parents should be aware that students who miss too many lessons cannot be expected to make a desirable amount of progress.
Punctuality: Please arrive on time for your lessons and pick up your children on time after the lessons. The Studio is not responsible for students not picked up on time.
Extra lessons: Students may request extra lessons to excelerate their progress. Tuition will be billed separately.
Holidays: The studio follows the Bellevue school district calendar for regular holidays.
Make-up lessons: Students cannot be granted make up lessons in cases of illness, family vacation, activities or other inability to attend a lesson. Lesson schedule is non transferrable between students. However, for pre-professional students who are preparing for competitions, college entrance or grade examinations can sign up for make up program with a deposit of $200. A maximum of 2 for 1 month semester, 4 for 3 month semester excused make-up lessons will be given for each term upon request as defined by the Studio Calendar. $20 rescheduling fee will be occurred and deducted from the deposit per each make up lesson. If regularly scheduled lessons are on national holidays, lessons will be rescheduled on other days upon request with no fee.
Lesson cancellations & Rescheduling: All Students must give at least 48 hour advanced notice for cancellations. For pre-professional students with a deposit of $200, lessons will only be made up with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice given by email. No text messages are allowed. Lessons are rescheduled when another student cancels and provides an open slot during the semester. Because of this, it would be greatly appreciated to know as far ahead of time as possible when vacation dates or other lesson cancellations are planned. Once a student cancels a lesson, they will be placed on the Make-up Waiting List and notified via e-mail when make-up lesson times become available. After 3 lesson cancellations in one 3 month semester (2 for 1 month semester), there are no further make-up lessons. Lessons must be rescheduled within the term in which they were canceled. Makeups may not be carried over to the next session. If there are not enough studio openings to accommodate make-up lessons, those lessons not made up by the end of the term will expire.
No shows/Phone call: Missed lessons with no notification will not be made up regardless of reason.
Late arrivals: Students arriving more than 15 minutes late for a private lesson without any notice will be considered absent and not entitled to a makeup.
Discontinuance of lessons: Registration includes enrollment for the entire school year, plus the summer term. Anyone wishing to discontinue for any reason must notify Bellevue Music Academy with a written termination form (can be found on our website) 30 days prior to their planned date of termination. There will be no refunds for 1 semester enrollments. A 50% tuition refund will be given to students withdrawing after the 4th lesson. There will be no refund for students withdrawing after the 5th lesson.
Tuition payments can be made once a quarter or once a month. Lessons are based on the number of weeks per semester and all lesson fees are to be paid 7 days prior to the first lesson day of each semester: to continue next semester, tuition payment must be paid in full by the end of current semester.
Payments will be charged automatically if a termination form is not submitted.
Tuition that has not been made by the renewal due date automatically terminates current session and opens up the lesson time for other students.
Late fees & returned checks: Late payment will occur a $20 late fee charge per week. $30 will be charged for each returned check.
Please keep in mind that any additional people in the piano room are a source of distraction to the student. All persons present in the studio during the lesson must: sit still, be quiet and respectful of the studio and the student having the lesson and not interrupt, disturb with phone calls, talks and other inappropriate behavior, or otherwise distract the student or teacher.
Children must be supervised at all times. It is not advisable to bring a child to the studio unless the child will be taking a lesson, himself or herself. The studio is not responsible for unattended children.
Anyone representing a discipline problem or displaying disrespectful behavior will be dismissed.
All students and visitors must show reasonable caution when around the pianos and music equipment present in the studio.
❖ Taking a break over summer: Students may take a break over summer by notifying the studio 30 days before the break, however this will result in resigning their fall time slot. This slot will be given to a student interested in a different time or to a new student on the waiting list. Students who take a break may find that the studio cannot accommodate their lessons in the fall because the slot has been filled.
*Policies are subject to change.