Policies & Guidelines

Lesson Scheduling

  • We offer 30 minute or 1-hour lesson options.
  • All private lessons reoccur weekly based on the student’s scheduled day and time.
  • New lesson enrollment must be scheduled at least a week in advance.
  • Any request for changes in lesson scheduling must be approved by Academy staff or the student’s instructor.
  • Our lesson program is month-to-month so there is no long term commitment.

Lesson Attendance and Cancellations

Student Cancellations – As the instructor is reserving time for each student, it is important to keep student absences to a minimum. When an absence in absolutely necessary, as much notice as possible is required. We ask that students provide 24-hour notice of lesson cancelation if at all possible. With reasonable notice, instructors will work with the student/parent to reschedule. Without 24-hour notice the lesson is forfeited.

Instructor Cancellations – We expect absenteeism to be minimal; however, should an instructor miss a lesson we ask that instructors provide as much notice to the student as possible. Additionally, instructors are required to provide the student with a make-up for any missed lesson.

Instructor Substitutions – In the event an instructor has a scheduling conflict or an extended absence the Academy will provide a qualified substitute instructor.

Emergency Closings and Weather Cancellations

Any decision to close the Murfreesboro Academy of Music is based on many factors including safety conditions and the National Weather Service and state advisories. Due to the large number of lessons and classes that may be affected, make-ups for emergency closings or weather cancelations cannot be guaranteed but all reasonable efforts will be made in order to offer a make-up at the instructor’s discretion. Academy personnel will notify students in the event of an emergency closing.

Make-up Lessons

Make-up lessons are offered in the previously listed situations only if a mutually acceptable time can be found.

Communication

To aid in efficient and timely communication with all students and families enrolled in our educational offerings, we request that all students provided us with up to date contact information including: Email, Home Phone and Cell Phone.

Lesson Withdrawals

  • Students are required to notify their instructor and Academy personnel of their intent to stop lessons at least 30 days in advance.
  • Failure to provide proper notice will result in a fee equivalent of 50% cost of the following month’s tuition.

 

Class & Ensemble Attendance and Cancellations

Student Cancellations – Respecting the difference between a private lesson and a class/ensemble rehearsal, unfortunately no credit or make-ups are offered when an individual student misses a scheduled class or ensemble rehearsal

Instructor Cancellations – In the event that an instructor is unable to attend a scheduled class or ensemble rehearsal, students will receive as much advance notice as possible and a qulified substitute instructor will be provided or the class session/ensemble rehearsal will be rescheduled.

Emergency Closings and Weather Cancellations

Any decision to close the Murfreesboro Academy of Music is based on many factors including safety conditions and the National Weather Service and state advisories. Due to the large number of classes that may be affected, make-ups for emergency closings or weather cancelations cannot be guaranteed but all reasonable efforts will be made in order to offer a make-up at the instructor’s discretion. Academy personnel will notify students in the event of an emergency closing.

Communication

To aid in efficient and timely communication with all students and families enrolled in our educational offerings, we request that the Murfreesboro Academy of Music be provided with up to date contact information including: Email, Home Phone and Cell Phone.

Class & Ensemble Withdrawals

Student Withdrawal from Classes/Ensembles – Students should notify Academy personnel of their intent to withdraw from any scheduled class or ensemble. If notification is received after the class or ensemble session has started, no refund will be given.

Class & Ensemble Cancellation

The Murfreesboro Academy of Music reserves the right to cancel any classes or ensembles with insufficient enrollment. In the event that a class or ensemble is cancelled students will receive a full refund.

Practice

Musical achievement requires sustained effort commitment and investment by both the instructor and the student. We encourage all Academy students to practice on a regualr basis and to develop good practice habits. Some suggestions include:

  • Practice in a quiet place
  • Schedule a consistent daily time for practice
  • Use a quality instrument and ensure that it is in good working order
  • Play often for family and friends
  • Play a wide variety of music
  • Communicate with your instructor regarding lesson experiences, goals, expectations, weekly assignments and any challenges you experience
  • Make a commitment to practice frequently and efficiently!

Photography and Publicity

On occasion photos or videos of Academy students may be taken for use in company brochures, advertising or other public relations projects. Photographs or Videos featuring registered students are considered eligible for publication unless the student or parent/guardian of a student under the age of 18 submits in writing a request for non-use. Any such request should be sent to info@murfreesboromusic.com.

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