FAQ's

Private Music Lessons

1Can I discontinue my lessons at any time?
Yes, students can discontinue lessons at any time. Withdrawal prior to the start of lessons will receive a refund for the amount paid minus the annual administrative fee. Students who withdraw after the start of lessons are required to make two installment payments beyond the termination date. Students who have paid in full will be given a refund minus lessons received, plus two months of lessons and the 5% discount for year-round students.
2Can we switch instructors at any point should we feel a change is needed?
The instructor/student relationship is very important for positive learning to take place. If a parent or student feels that a change is necessary, we first encourage a dialogue between student and instructor to discuss the situation. Generally a new plan can be worked out that will assist in moving forward in a positive fashion. If after discussion, a student still feels that a change is required, we are happy to assist with transferring to an alternative instructor.
3What is your make-up lesson policy?
Students receive one make-up lesson for an excused absence between Sept-Jan and one for Feb-June 15th. The office must be notified by noon prior to the lesson in order for lessons to be excused. Make-up lessons will not be given for lessons missed during the last two weeks of the partial-year contract period. Make-up lessons will be scheduled during enrichment class weeks or at a mutually agreed time between the student and instructor. Make-up lessons are not guaranteed during the summer.
4Do I need to own my own instrument to take lessons?
Yes, all music students should have an instrument to continue practice at home. Piano students are encouraged to have an acoustic piano that is tuned twice annually, though electronic instruments are acceptable with limitations. String and guitar students should discuss instrument purchase with a notable retailer or the instructor to ensure proper sizing. A list of local instrument retailers is available upon request at the PMA office.
5What is the next step should we choose to enroll?
Administrators are available to assist with those interested in registering for any PMA program. Registration can be completed through the online links on each program page. Once a registration is received, a PMA representative will follow-up to schedule a private lesson time or to confirm group class participation.
6What type of payment plans and contracts do you offer?
PMA offers a variety of payment plans. Private lessons are divided into short-term or year-round plans. Group program payments are required in full prior to the start of class.
7Do you offer Financial Aid?
If you believe you qualify for financial assistance for private lessons, you may print an application from our Music page and submit it to our main office prior to August 1st. Students who are eligible for the student lunch program are likely qualified for financial aid.

Early Childhood/Musikgarten

1Why did you choose Musikgarten as your curriculum?
Musikgarten is a holistic approach based on sound educational principles. The founders emphasize a developmental approach that meets the specific needs of each developmental stage and balances quality music education while also offering opportunities that enhance the young child's social, motor, and verbal skills.
2What are the educational and social benefits of early childhood music education?
Each Musikgarten class targets the unique needs of the young child. Unlike other programs, our classes are divided into babies, toddlers, and pre-school age children and are sequenced to grow with the child. Activities lay a strong musical foundation and provide readiness for future instrumental lessons. The group approach also offers a safe and positive learning environment that develops the body and mind and prepares children for school-age learning.
3Can my siblings enroll in the same class?
Siblings 5 months and younger may attend Cycles and Music Makers classes at no charge. Siblings 6 months of age or older will be charged full tuition minus the cost of materials. Children over 6 months must register to attend a class. Family Music classes include infant specific activities and all siblings will therefore be charged full tuition. All siblings who are enrolled in another PMA program may attend classes as a “sibling guest.” As they are also participants in the class and benefiting from the education provided, all sibling guests will be charged a $3.00 per class drop-in charge. Siblings who are not enrolled in another PMA program must register and pay full tuition if attending as a weekly Musikgarten participant.
4Why are materials required for classes?
Materials provide opportunities for families to continue music making at home between each class. Daily exposure allows children to gain the most benefit from the curriculum, while also creating a home environment that fosters musical learning.
5Do we receive a refund should we miss a class?
Refunds cannot be offered for missed classes.

Group Programs (Music, Art, Drama)

1What are the withdrawal policies for group classes?
Students can withdraw from a group class at any time. A complete tuition refund, minus the annual administrative fee, will be given if a student withdraws prior to the start of a session. Once a session begins, tuition will not be refunded.
2Can we enroll mid session?
Absolutely! New students are welcome to join a group program at a prorated cost, though depending on the program, deadline limitations may apply. New students should always check with the office prior to registering for a group program past the start date to ensure that registration is still possible.