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Bel Air Music Studios Payment and Attendance Policy

We offer two payment plans: the budget payment plan and the semester payment plan. You may also choose between cash, check, or online payment options. Please make checks out to “Bel Air Music Studios.” If you’d like to pay online, select that option when filling out your New Student Registration form.  You will receive an invoice that will allow you to pay using Visa, MasterCard or PayPal (no PayPal checks, please).

Budget Payment Plan

Lessons are paid for one month in advance before the first lesson of each month. If paying by check, at the last lesson of the previous month.  If paying online, payment is due the first day of the month. Lessons occur weekly at the same day and time, unless your teacher approves changes. Failure to adhere to these policies can result in dismissal (for more information, see “Standards and Expectations”).

Students choosing the budget payment plan are billed at the following rates:

  • 30 minutes: $30 = $120 per month; second student or instrument: $27 = $108 per month.
  • 45 minutes: $43 = $172 per month; second student or instrument: $40 = $160 per month.
  • 60 minutes: $56 = $224 per month; second student or instrument: $50 = $200 per month.

You are not required to pay for a lesson when:

  • Your teacher cancels a lesson, and it is not made up;
  • Your lesson falls on a major holiday;
  • You are performing in a band, orchestra, or musical concert;
  • A family member passes away;
  • You notify your teacher of a non-reoccurring impending absence well before the beginning of the month. This includes summer family vacations.*

There are no refunds or credit extended for any reasons not mentioned above. Credit is not extended from one month to the next if the student cancels a lesson. Make-up lessons are offered based on the teacher’s schedule for that month. If you are unable to attend any of the times offered for a make up lesson, that lesson will be credited to the next month. Lessons cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will not be made up (except in case of illness—see below).

These policies also apply to the first lesson day of each month.  If the first lesson of the month is missed or cancelled for reasons other than those mentioned above, or with less than 48 hours notice, it must be paid for even though the student was not present.

Major holidays include Thanksgiving (4th Thursday and Friday of November), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Independence Day. Religious holidays (Yom Kippur, for example) are also recognized as excused absences, but the studio remains open.  A make-up date can be requested in such cases.   If the student does not wish to attend on any Monday holiday such as Columbus Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, etc., a make-up date will be offered based on the teacher’s schedule for that month.  If no make-up date can be mutually agreed upon, that lesson will have to be forfeited.

If the student becomes ill, please notify the teacher as soon as possible. Make up lessons for illness are handled on a per case basis. All other situations (such as inclement weather) are handled on a per case basis. When in doubt as to whether we remain open, call the teacher. To facilitate communication, contact information should be exchanged at the first lesson.

Families with two or more students enrolled qualify for the Multiple Family Member discount.  Each additional student’s lessons are discounted as detailed above. A parallel program exists for students taking lessons on more than one instrument.

*Use the Monthly Schedule Notification form by the 21st of each month to tell us of planned absences the following month (because invoices go out on the 26th). The cost of the lesson you plan to miss will be deducted from the month’s base rate. Regarding summer vacations, we revert to the monthly payment plan for all students during that time period.

Semester Payment Plan

Semester payments receive a discount from the budget payment plan as follows:

  • 30 minutes: $26 x 19 =  $494, save $76!
  • 45 minutes: $38 x 19 =  $722, save $95!
  • 60 minutes: $50 x 19  =  $950, save $114!

 Lessons are paid for the entire semester in advance, and occur weekly on the same day and time, unless your teacher approves changes. The semesters encompass the period between:

  • August 25, 2016 – January 21, 2017
  • January 23, 2017 – June 10, 2017

Payment is due in full at the first lesson of the semester. You are not required to remain in the semester plan for the entire year and may switch to the monthly payment plan at the end of any semester. You are not required to pay for a lesson when:

  • Your teacher cancels a lesson;
  • Your lesson falls on a major holiday;
  • You are performing in a band, orchestra, or musical concert;
  • A family member passes away.

Major holidays include Thanksgiving (4th Thursday and Friday of November), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Independence Day. Religious holidays (Yom Kippur, Good Friday for example) are also recognized as excused absences, but the studio remains open. A make-up date can be requested in such cases.

The semester plan is not for students who plan to miss more than two lessons during the semester.  In such a case, the monthly plan saves you an equal amount, and gives more flexibility.

The semester payment plan is not recommended for those taking Monday lessons. In the case of Monday holidays such as Columbus Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day etc., a make-up date will be offered based on the teacher’s schedule for that month.  If the student is unable to attend any of the times offered for a make up lesson, that lesson will have to be forfeited.

There are no refunds or credit extended for any reasons not mentioned above, including family vacations. For the summer we revert to the monthly payment plan where vacations are excused absences. You may not begin a semester on any month other than January or August. There are no exceptions to any of these policies.

The Multiple Family Member/Instrument Discount is not available for those enrolled in the Semester Payment Plan.

Dr. Christopher Dillon, copyright 2016, Bel Air Music Studios, All rights reserved. 8/08/16

Semester Calendar:

Thursday, August 25: fall semester begins.

Thursday, November 21-Saturday, November 23, Thanksgiving, no lessons.

Fall Recital I: Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m.

Fall Recital II, Saturday, December 17, 2 p.m.

Fall Recital III, Saturday, December 17, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 20-Monday, January 2: Christmas break, no lessons.

Tuesday January 3 lessons resume.

Saturday, January 21: last day of fall semester.

Monday, January 23: spring semester begins.

Lessons will be held on Monday holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc. If the student desires to be absent for Monday holidays, the monthly payment plan is recommended.