Metropolitan Strings Academy
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Our faculty combine great patience with high expectations to produce. . .INSPIRATION!
Enroll in weekly private lessons and enjoy freeMETROPOLITAN STRINGS ACADEMY COMMUNITY
workshops, masterclasses, special events & recitals specially tailored for students of every age and ability level.
Our students benefit from both top notch private instruction and the vibrant MSA COMMUNITY.
Now enrolling ages 4 through adults!
ENROLLMENT FEE: $25
Our FLAT RATE MONTHLY TUITION remains the same whether 3 lesson days (due to a holiday or planned instructor vacation), 4 lesson days, or 5 lesson days fall in any given month. Our monthly tuition includes weekly lessons and recital opportunities. Our semester calendar includes occasional closings and holiday breaks. Monthly tuition includes 44 lessons per calendar year with Steven Smith, 46 lessons per year with Mike Yunghans, 41 lessons per year with Nicholas Jarrett, and 42 lessons per year with all other instructors. Each semester, instructors will distribute a calendar with lesson dates, holiday closing, recitals, and special events for your convenience. Tuition rates range from $103-$120 per month depending on the instructor selected. Tuition includes both private lessons and free admission to MSA Community enrichment classes.
RECITALS: The Metropolitan Strings Academy sponsors 2 official recitals per year. Recitals are voluntary and there is NO charge to participate.
MSA COMMUNITY: Enrolled private lessons students are invited to participate in monthly MSA Community Workshops, Master Classes, Special Guest Performances, Lecture Series, and Special Events. There is NO CHARGE for enrolled MSA students and family members. Students also are welcome to bring one additional (non family) guest to any MSA Community event FREE of charge.
LESSONS ARE BILLED MONTH TO MONTH. There is NO semester long or year long commitment. Students must however, provide 30 days written or emailed notice of plans to discontinue lessons to stop monthly charges.
TUITION IS PRORATED FOR STUDENTS ENROLLING MID MONTH. Subsequent months will be charged at the regular flat monthly rate. The number of lessons taught each month will be subject to the teacher’s individual calendar in keeping the posted semester lesson quota. No additional tuition adjustments will be made for students starting or stopping mid semester.
MAKEUP LESSONS: Students are permitted 1 makeup lesson for student absence during the Fall Semester and 1 makeup lesson during the Spring Semester, provided the student delivers a minimum of 1 week’s written or emailed notice of absence to his/her instructor.
SUMMER FLEX SCHEDULE: During our 10 week Summer Semester, students may makeup 2 missed lessons. Students must provide written/emailed notice of any planned summer absences by May 15 to qualify for these extra summer makeup lessons. (This will allow instructors to adjust their schedules to accommodate the extra rescheduling.) If students do not provide notice in May, students are then eligible for just 1 makeup lesson during the summer as is standard in the Spring and Fall semesters.
LESSONS ARE BILLED ON THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH VIA AUTO DEBIT. Those students who would prefer not to enroll in our auto-pay system may pay online via monthly emailed invoice. Our online "Payment portal" accepts e-checks, ACH transfers, debit cards, and credit cards. Tuition is due by the 1st of each month. (Example: February tuition is due February 1.) Any payment RECEIVED after the 5th of the month will be subject to a $15 LATE PAYMENT PENALTY.
SINGLE LESSONS, TRIAL LESSONS, & PRORATED MONTHS are billed at $35 per 30 minute lesson for Mike Yunghans, Steven Smith, Michalis Koutsoupides, Victor Penniman, and Nina Schultz. Single lessons, trial lessons, and prorated months are billed at $30 per lesson for Kenton Lanier, Nicholas Jarrett, Taygun Ozakinci, Joey Panella, Natasha Kwapich, Nathan Fabrizius, and McCarthy Mayer.
PAST DUE ACCOUNTS: Tuition is due on the first of each month. Any payment RECEIVED after the 5th of the month will be subject to a $15 late payment penalty. If tuition is still not paid by the 10th of the month, the lesson will not be taught. No makeups or credits will be provided for lessons missed due to non payment. The student's place in class will be reinstated only after past due amounts are paid in full. If past due tuition is not paid by the 15th, the student's lesson slot may be given to another student from the waiting list.
STOPPING LESSONS TEMPORARILY: Sometimes students opt to stop taking lessons temporarily due to extended family vacations, sports seasons, etc. These students may start lessons again at any time if space is available. Students must re-enroll and pay the $25 enrollment fee upon returning. The student’s original lesson day/time is not guaranteed upon his return, as it was likely filled during his absence. Students who wish to “hold” a specific lesson time slot can opt to pay half tuition during the extended absence.
INCLEMENT WEATHER/ TEACHER ILLNESS: If a lesson is cancelled due to teacher illness or emergency, the teacher will add an extra lesson to the semester schedule to ensure the promised lesson quota is reached. If lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather, a special studio group class will be offered in lieu of a regular make-up. The Metropolitan Strings Academy will post inclement weather closings at www.MetropolitanStringsAcademy.com as well as on Facebook. Teachers and staff will also make every attempt to contact students via email.
PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: The Metropolitan Strings Academy often photographs recitals and special events. To participate in Academy events, all students/guardians must consent to use of photos or videos on the MSA website and/or print materials.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTOR DIRECTLY if you plan to miss a lesson or need to schedule a makeup. If you have policy questions, billing updates, or additional concerns of any kind, please contact Metropolitan Strings Academy by email at MetropolitanStringsAcademy@gmail.com or by phone at (913) 227-4642. We appreciate your business and we look forward to serving you!