Below you will find information on our policies for students enrolled in lessons at the Columbus Brass Academy ( updated 1/3/20 )
Please send any questions to Mike@Cbusbrass.com
Students enroll in lessons on a per-semester basis. By enrolling in lessons you are committing to the full semester. Fall semester is Sept - Dec, and Spring is Jan - May. If you aren't ready to commit to a full semester, we recommend starting with a 3 week lesson trial.
Tuition invoices are sent out the 30th of each month, and are always due 7 days from the date of invoice. Invoices are for all lessons that occurred in that month. I.E. an invoice on Jan. 30th will be for all lessons from Jan. 1 - Jan. 30th. etc. Current Lesson rates: $35 per 30 minute lesson, $45 per 45 minute lesson, and $60 per 1 hour lesson. $60 one-time registration fees will be billed for new students starting 1/3/20 on their first invoice.
Invoices are sent via email. Payments are made online directly via the invoice. All major Credit and Debit cards are accepted. We use an encrypted 3rd party payment processor ( Stripe ) so we never see any of your personal payment information. We do not accept payments in lessons for any reason. As of 8/11/19 we will no longer accept mailed check payments unless there are valid extenuating circumstances.
Tuition includes lessons, and time/travel expenses for our Faculty. Tuition does not include instruments, instrument care supplies, or music.
If you chose to terminate lessons after the first three weeks of a semester, you will be responsible for the cost in full for the remainder of the semesters lessons.
Students are permitted 2 cancellations in the fall semester, and 3 in the Winter/Spring Semester. Notice must be given at minimum the night before your lesson. Any cancellations beyond this for any reason will not be made up, and will still be included on your bill. Same day cancellations are always billed. Many of our Faculty have other positions, and are working teachers and performers outside of CBA. Occasionally this means that they will have days throughout the semester that they are unable to teach. These will always be communicated as far ahead of time as possible, and you are never billed for a day a teacher is unable to teach. Under no circumstances will you be billed for a teacher absence. A make-up time that week may be offered based on mutual availability, but is not required or always possible. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, or the lesson area is experiencing a winter storm emergency (level two or above), lessons will be cancelled and you will not be billed.
If you cancel more then 5 lessons in a semester, we reserve the right to remove you from the lesson program and give your spot to another student.
Lessons missed due to student winter / spring breaks and other school holidays are always excused. Please communicate these with your teacher directly.
Any extenuating circumstances ( i.e. prolonged illness ) will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Students are expected to provide their own instrument, tuner, metronome, music stand, music and instrument care supplies. The teacher will set home practice guidelines, as well as practice time standards and routines for each individual student.
An automatic late fee of $25 will be applied to invoices 48 hours past due. Invoices 7 days past due will incur an additional $75 late fee on top of the $25 late fee. Invoices 1 month past due will incur an additional $100 late fee. Invoices 2 months past due will incur a $300 late fee and be sent to collections. If your bill is sent to collections you will be terminated as a student, and will not be able to re-enroll in lessons at any time. Your collections bill will also include the fees for the remaining lessons in the semester. If there are extenuating circumstances and you need to set up a payment plan, please let us know early so we do not have to send you to collections.