some answers to some frequently asked questions:


PRIVATE LESSONS
Although we recommend private lessons, our programs have been designed to support and encourage students to delve further into their musical studies. With our low student to teacher ratio, all students receive a great deal of support regardless of outside private lessons. Please note, however, that for more advanced ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra or Academy Philharmonic, private lessons are strongly recommended.

MINIMUM AGE OF ENROLLMENT 
At this time, our ensemble programs are only for students in grades 3 through 8.

TUITION POLICY
Tuition for our 18-19 season is $875, which includes a nonrefundable deposit of $200 due by Friday, May 25, 2018. The remaining $675 balance will be billed at the start of classes in the fall. Students who enroll after May will be billed for the full $875 tuition at the start of the season, which includes the $200 nonrefundable deposit. Questions about tuition should be directed to Director of Operations Emily Senchuk.

REFUND POLICY
Refunds for withdrawals from Elemental Music programs will be issued through November 2018. We will refund the amount paid proportional to the number of rehearsals that were attended beyond what is covered by the $200 nonrefundable deposit. 

After that, no refunds will be issued except in the case of extreme emergencies. Full tuition payment is expected from all students, even students on payment plans. Students enrolling in Elemental Music are expected to make a commitment for the duration of the school year.

FINANCIAL AID
We have never turned a family away because they cannot pay the full amount. Students may apply for and receive financial aid for one (1) ensemble program. Please fill out a financial aid form and our staff will help you figure out what is manageable for your family.

LATE FEES
All tuition payments are expected upon receipt of invoice. A $10 late fee will be assessed per each week that a payment is past due. We understand that, in rare instances, situations may arise that prohibit timely payment. If there are extenuating circumstances that will cause a late payment, please contact Emily Senchuk

JOINING MID-SEASON
Auditions taking place each spring for the upcoming year. However, a few ensembles may have openings for students to join mid-year. Please visit the Program page on our website and contact the Program Director to find out whether it may be possible. 

There is a $20.00 late enrollment fee for families who sign up after the spring audition dates. Space is limited and all families are encouraged to sign up for auditions this Spring. Non-audition programs have rolling admission through the fall. 

SCHEDULING CONFLICTS
Since our rehearsals are only 2 hours a week, every part of rehearsal is crucial. Students put together concerts in 8-9 rehearsals. Our attendance policy is that students are allowed 2 total absences. We unfortunately cannot permit students to come to rehearsals late, or leave early, on a regular basis for other activities.