Updated BMC Lesson Policies
o Students are required to attend lessons weekly at their assigned time, as they would a recurring weekly appointment.
o Frequent absence or tardiness will be cause for termination of lessons.
LESSONS & BEHAVIOR:
o Students are encouraged to be on time for lessons. Be sure to use the restroom and wash hands before the specified lesson time.
o Students are expected to listen intently to the teacher, as well as be respectful and follow directions.
o Parents are encouraged to sit in on their child’s lesson and take notes throughout their child’s lesson to support practice at home.
o Please bring all appropriate materials to each lesson.
INSTRUMENTS & MATERIALS:
o The Bethany Music Center does not provide instruments (excluding pianos and drum kits for lesson time) for students.
o BMC has a limited number of instruments for rent. Contact Sherrie McKay for rentals.
o BMC does not provide books for students. Individual teachers will select reasonably priced books and supplies for families to purchase.
o Practice between lessons is not only encouraged but also required.
o Specific practice expectations will be discussed with each student, as well as with each parent.
o Students are allowed one absence per semester. This absence can either be acknowledged as a make-up lesson or credited to the following month.
o To be eligible for a make-up lesson or lesson credit, the teacher must be notified of the upcoming absence at least 2 days in advance.
o Sick children are encouraged to stay home.
o To be eligible for a make-up lesson in the case of illness or emergency, please notify the teacher by email or phone message by 10 AM the day of the lesson.
o Make-up lessons must be scheduled a minimum of one week in advance and are forfeited if not scheduled by one week after the absence.
o If the teacher must miss a lesson, it will either be made up at a mutually agreed upon time, or payment for that lesson will be credited toward the next month.
o Teachers will notify families of absences by the end of the previous month, except in cases of illness or emergency.
o Bethany Music Center follows the Howard County School System policies regarding weather closings.
o We will only allow 2 lessons missed as a result of inclement weather per semester. These will either be made up or credited towards the next month’s tuition.
o Additional lessons missed as a result of weather-related closings will not be made up or credited. Tuition will still be due for these lessons.
o Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month.
o Payments should be made to Bethany Church and may be paid in the following ways:
1) Check in a BMC envelope with student’s name, teacher’s name, and month handed directly to the teacher. There is a $50 fee for checks that are returned.
2) On-Line Payment through PayPal via the BethanyMusicCenter.com website with the student’s name, teachers name, and month in the “Notes” section.
o Payments for Private Lessons must be paid through one of these two methods. As of October 15, 2017, no other methods of payment will be accepted.
o It is imperative that you include the student’s name, teacher’s name, and month for each payment you make. This information is essential for our financial records.
o All questions regarding tuition should be directed to Mercy Calhoun, BMC Private Lesson Coordinator.
TERMINATION OF LESSONS:
o The parent or teacher may terminate lessons at any time.
o Habitually late tuition payments are grounds for termination of lessons.
o If no tuition is received for a month, the student may not begin the next month’s lessons until the previous and current month’s tuition has been paid.
o 14 days’ notice is to be given by either party.
o Any tuition money paid for lessons that did not occur will be refunded.
o Bethany Music Center is a ministry of Bethany Lane Baptist Church, which is a non-profit organization 501(c)3. However, private lesson tuition is not tax deductible as private lessons are considered services rendered.