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.


Withdrawals: We ask students and parents to make a commitment to our program for the entire year. By the 1st of December,  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 December 1st, 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 December 1st. If your students attends any classes from December 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 October. 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.


Deposits: Deposits for students who decide not to start classes in October are refundable until October 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). Since the Beaverton District does not allow us to start until October 1st we have added a few instructional Saturdays to make up for our normal Sept. 15th start up. We also offer several band workshops throughout the year at no extra charge. We consider these extra events a way to help make up for any classes lost. Please see event calendar.


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 end of May. 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. 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 Portland, band students can participate in the Portland Junior Rose Parade or the St. John’s Parade . M.U.S.E. also sponsors a Solo and Ensemble Festival in both Portland 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 Portland the Honor Band has performed at Zoo Lights, The Portland Airport during the holidays, Oaks Park and The Portland Rose Festival. Kids record their own CD every year as well. These events are offered at no extra charge (some fees occur for t-shirts, CD recording).


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.



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