M.U.S.E. Instrumental Programs

 

Billing Policies 2017-2018


M.U.S.E. believes that the process of learning an instrument can change and impact a child’s life in such a positive way. We also believe it’s more than just music. Learning an instrument and being a part of the school band instills discipline, teamwork, motor skills, memorization, organizational skills, problem solving, and creativity. All of our teachers look forward to this opportunity to bring the world of instrumental music into your child’s life. Like anything new, it takes time and practice (at home and at school) to be successful. I believe we have a great formula to insure your child’s success. We ask parents to follow our simple guidelines to help with this learning process. We think it is important to talk to your child and let them know that by taking an instrument they will need to make a commitment to practice and to continue with their lessons through the school year. Learning an instrument isn’t done overnight or within 3 months. There will be times when students may get discouraged or have a drop in enthusiasm. We ask that you help them through this. Our program is more than just weekly lessons. We have many performance and extra help activities to motivate and support students as well. Please take advantage of these! They include: Free Band Workshops several times a year at different locations in your area, our annual Winter and Spring multi-school concerts, individual school performances, our annual Solo and Ensemble Festival, Honor Band for students who continue in the program, and summer band camps. We also have awesome teachers!! Teachers have their own incentives to get students to practice as well as rewarding them for their efforts. We feel the parents need to be involved by encouraging their child to practice, attend workshops and concerts and to help them make a commitment to their school band program. It is very much like a team sport. Every students contribution is important to the whole experience, personally and for the group. We are so excited that you are considering joining our program. We can guarantee we will work hard to make this a positive experience for your child and to make the process of learning an instrument fun!


M.U.S.E. lessons are half the cost of private instruction and students have the added attraction of playing in a group setting (your school band). We offer families the option to pay in full or by installments.


Tuition Payments: Payment (in Full or by payment installments) and registration is due before a child can attend class. You cannot attend class having only paid the $75 deposit. Once you have registered, you have several options for payments. To avoid cancellation of class and any late fees, we offer quick payment options online. No Matter which payment plan you choose, please read through the Withdrawal policies. The options are:

Option #1  Full Payment $611  Online or by check by Sept. 5th.  If you pay in Full by July 15th we waive the Materials/Registration Fee and it reduces the tuition to $576.  We must receive this payment in our office by July 15th in order to get the discount. 


Option #2  Auto Debit Options:

  1. A)Full Year tuition divided into 3 installments

  2. B)Full Year tuition divided into 8 equal installments ($64 each month) with the first payment being $99 which includes the Material/Registration Fee. If any summer deposit was made, this will be subtracted from the 1st payment charged.


Parents must print and fill out Auto Debit Permission Form with all required including credit/debit card, expiration date, security code-date, signature and printed name agreeing to terms. We will have this set up on our secure sight so you can do all of this online.


Option #3  Non-Auto Payment Plan:

Divide full amount into 2 installments. The full year tuition balance has to be paid by November 5th. If at that time you decide you can’t pay full balance off, you would need to sign up on Auto Pay to divide amount up into 2 more Installments Nov/Feb.


• Sept  $227(includes materials fee)  


• November 5th  $384  We must receive this payment by the 5th (not just postmarked)


If payment is not received by Nov. 5th a non-reversible $15 late charge will be charged to your account. Payment must be paid within 2 weeks of due date or classes are cancelled There would be a $25 re-instatement fee if parents want to continue classes but will be waived if parents make the payment due within 4 weeks of the original Due Date. We want parents to be aware that teachers do not get paid until M.U.S.E. gets paid. This is why we are so strict about payments being paid on time.


We highly recommend Auto Pay Options to avoid late fees and to insure your child’s class does not get interrupted due to non-payment.


Withdrawals: We ask students and parents to make a commitment to our program for the entire year. By the 1st of November,  if you decide that the program is not for your child, you are not obligated any further. There are no refunds up to that point if you paid the first installment. If you paid in full, and your child drops by November 1st, 6 months of tuition is refunded to you (we ask all parents to commit to the first installment). If you are on Auto Debit “Monthly”, the first installment amount must be paid just like the other accounts. You must contact the M.U.S.E. Office by November 1st. If your students attends any classes from November 1st on, you are responsible for the balance of the tuition using our convenient payment plans. We commit a teacher to your school to start MUSE based on the number of students enrolled at the beginning of September. Teachers pay is based on student enrollment. We feel it is only fair that parents and students make a similar commitment to their lessons. There are exceptions to this rule. For instance, if a child has a medical reason that keeps them from being able to take classes or if parents decide to leave the school or move out of the area, these are exceptions. For all 8 month accounts, the same policy applies but the drop deadline is December 1st. Any child going to classes past December 1st, is committed for the school year and the parents responsible for the remaining balance.


Deposits: Deposits for students who decide not to start classes in September are refundable until September 30. Deposits will be applied to your account and will be credited to the first payment due before classes start.


Methods of Payment:

  1. 1.Sign up for Automatic Debit with no extra fee. You will need to fill out a form, sign, and return to M.U.S.E.

  2. 2.Pay online using Credit/Debit Card

  3. 3.Pay by check


Returned Check: There will be a $25 processing fee for a returned check.

Make-Up Days: Teachers are not obligated to make up classes for the following holidays: Thanksgiving (or early dismissal day Wednesday of that week), Winter break, and Spring break. Teachers are obligated to make up as many days as possible for classes scheduled on Monday Holidays (Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, and Veterans Day). Teachers missing class for illness or for any other reason, will be making up class within 4 weeks of absence. In some cases, if an alternative day for make-ups cannot be found, the instructor has the option to lengthen the time to the current class on a given day. Students should receive a total of, on average, 4 classes a month (not including Christmas Holiday, Spring Break, and Thanksgiving).

Class Start Up dates: Class schedules and the start up dates are listed on our website under SCHEDULES. It is the parents responsibility to get registration and payments in before child can attend. We do not pro-rate classes for “late starts”.  Classes run through the first week of June. In some cases, teachers may extend into June if they need to make up classes or in Portland, when we have the Portland Junior Rose Parade.

Recitals/Performances: There are many performances scheduled throughout the year. Piano students will have at least 2 recitals during the school year. Band students have individual school concerts for assemblies and other school programs.  M.U.S.E. also has 2 annual multi- school concerts per year: our Winter and Spring Concerts. In San Francisco schools, band students can participate in the St. Patricks Day Parade.  In Portland, band students can participate in the Portland Junior Rose Parade. M.U.S.E. also sponsors a Solo and Ensemble Festival in both Portland and the bay area for students who wish to compete for trophy’s.


In addition, M.U.S.E. offers Honor Band for students nominated by their teachers. The M.U.S.E. Honor bands performs at many different events in the community. In the bay area, the honor bands perform at Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco during the holidays, St. Patricks Day Parade in S.F. and at Great America Amusement Park. In Portland the Honor Band performs at Zoo Lights, The Portland Airport during the holidays, Oaks Park and The Portland Rose Festival. Kids from both Portland and San Francisco record their own CD every year as well. These events are offered at no extra charge (some fees occur for t-shirts, CD recording, Great America Event in California).


Instrument Rental: The average cost to rent a band instrument is between $22-$25 per month (Saxophones are more). For our parents convenience, M.U.S.E. has RENTAL INSTRUMENTS (OREGON)  available through a company named NEMC. NEMC (National Education Music Company) To view more info about renting through us , please click this link for our program in Oregon Rental Page. Parents can reserve these instruments online to pick up from us during the summer in Mid-August through September.


For the bay area, we have a list of stores in your area that have RENTAL INSTRUMENTS (CALIFORNIA) on our website. Please click this link for california Rental Page.


Workshops: We offer FREE BAND WORKSHOPS several times during the year for ALL students. There is no charge to participate and parents are encouraged to bring their children to as many of these as possible.



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