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2790 W. College Ave., Ste. 7
  State College, PA 16801


TMA Policy Statement
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TMA Policy Statement
is available for download above.

The Music Academy Policy Statement

(Revised 8/2018)

  • On-line Registration:  To be admitted to The Music Academy for private lessons and/or classes, parents/students must complete and submit the Registration Form through The Music Academy website for each semester in which lessons/classes are desired.  NOTE:  Students may not register for lessons until they have been assigned to a teacher.
  • Advance Payment for Lessons:  ALL fees (registration, tuition and any additional administrative fees) must be paid for in advance or no lessons will be given.  Payment is due prior to the first lesson/class and may be submitted by check or money order via US mail, or deposited in the entryway Payment Box.
  • Weekly Commitment for Lessons:  The Music Academy offers three semesters, two of which are 18-weeks (Fall and Spring). Students are expected to enroll for a full semester and attend weekly lessons.  Faculty approved exceptions to our standard 18-week semester and once a week lessons will incur a $20 administrative fee.  Tuition will be pro-rated for NEW students who begin after the start of the semester; a $20 administrative fee will be applied.
  • Trial Lessons:  A student may receive up to two trial lessons prior to committing to a full semester.  Payment for trial lessons is due at or before the lesson.
  • Registration Fee:  All students enrolling for private lessons must pay an annual non-refundable registration fee in advance of the first lesson.  There is no registration fee for classes.
  • Lesson Absences/Teacher Notification:  The parent or student must notify the teacher directly at least 24 hours in advance if the student is unable to attend the scheduled lesson.   Calling TMA office for this reason is discouraged, as the message will not reach the teacher in a timely manner.
  • Make-up Lessons: The Music Academy (via its instructors) assumes no obligation to make up lessons missed due to student absences.  If a teacher is absent a mutually convenient make-up lesson time will be arranged. If a student misses the agreed upon make-up lesson, a second make-up lesson will not be arranged.  Refunds are not issued for missed lessons/classes.
  • Weather:  In the event of inclement weather, it may be necessary to cancel lessons, groups and classes.  The Music Academy will officially close when State College Area Schools close.  However the teacher and the student are at liberty to meet for lessons, if desired by both parties.  Lessons canceled due to weather will be made up.
  • Concerns:  It is the responsibility of the parent or student to notify the Director when problems arise, whether financial or instructional.
  • Placement with a Teacher:  Unless a specific instructor is requested (and available), the Director will carefully consider placement with a teacher.  This must be determined prior to on-line student registration.  If a change of instructor is recommended by the instructor or desired by the student or parent, the Director will resolve the matter.
  • Classes:  The Music Academy reserves the right to cancel any classes for which the enrollment minimum is not met.
  • Parent Responsibility:  Parents are responsible for watching their children and for keeping speaking and noise volumes low when waiting for a lesson to be given. In addition, children may not be left on the premises unattended.  Only during lesson time are children under the supervision of the instructor.  At no other time is The Music Academy responsible for students; parents/guardians will be charged for any damages incurred to the premises by any student.
  • Discontinuing Lessons:  The Music Academy reserves the right to discontinue lessons without a refund for any student due to frequent absence (more than three consecutive lessons), frequent tardiness, behavioral problems or failure to abide by policy.