The Academic Year
The Academic Year is divided into (i) the Fall Semester, (ii) the Spring Semester and (iii) the Summer Program. The Fall Semester runs for 18 weeks—excluding the Thanksgiving vacation week. It begins the second full-week of August and runs through the third week of December. The Spring Semester runs for 18 weeks—excluding Spring Break vacation week. The Spring Semester begins from the first full-week after New Year’s Day and runs through the third week of May. The Summer Program includes private lessons and summer camps during the month of June and July.
Private lesson tuition is due monthly on the FIRST lesson of each month. Group lesson, theory class, sight-reading class and chamber music are due at or before the FIRST class of each semester. The academy accepts tuition payments by cash or check. The check should be made payable to William Pu Music Academy. A $20 late fee may be charged if the tuition payment is consistently not due on time. There is a $25 fee for all returned checks. Monthly tuition CANNOT be carried over to the following month. The cost for music materials and instrument are not included in the tuition. We reserve the right to stop lessons to students who have failed timely to meet their payment obligations. For more information about private lesson, Suzuki group lesson, theory class, sight-reading class or chamber music tuition, click here.
There is a yearly non-refundable registration fee of $65 per student. For families with more than one student, the yearly non-refundable registration fee is $80. The yearly registration fee is mandatory for both new and returning students. The returning students must fill out the registration form if the contact information has changed from the previous year or they are switching to a new teacher. For new students, the registration fee is due at the same time as the turning in the lesson registration form. We reserve the right to cancel the lessons of students who fail to pay the yearly registration fee.
All requests for withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Academy’s director, Mr. William Pu. Verbal requests to withdraw given to student’s instructor will not be considered. All requests for withdrawal must be submitted 30 days before the last lesson. No refund will be given if student withdrawal in the middle of the month.
Cancellation, Make-Up Lessons
Lesson times are scheduled by the teacher, not by the Academy staff. Due to the Academy’s teachers are active professional musicians, many of whom are members of the professional orchestras in Atlanta; it is inevitable that there will be scheduling conflicts. In the event of the Academy teachers need to cancel the lesson, the teachers shall make every effort to reschedule the missed lesson in the same week. If a rescheduled lesson cannot be arranged in the same week, an extra week immediately after end of the semester is arranged for make up such cancelled lessons. In some cases, the substitute teachers will be hired.
Although the Academy strongly encourage our students to keep their commitment to their weekly lesson for their own benefit, we recognize the extraordinary effort made from the parents of our students in order to keep that commitment. The Academy allows students to have ONE make-up lesson per semester due to sickness or other planned event, it is student’s responsibility to notify their teacher well ahead of time and reschedule the lesson as soon as possible.
In the event of snow days, the Academy will follow the guidelines of the North Fulton School District. All cancelled lessons will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Students must notify the instructor and the Academy 30 days in advance of withdrawal from the Academy. Please be on time for lessons. Be aware that if the student is late, the instructor cannot extend the lesson time, as there is usually another lesson immediately following. Please pick students up promptly after lessons. Parents are encouraged to attend the lesson if they can. Students are expected to practice at home. Skills are developed over time; therefore crash practicing severely limits a student’s advancement, and in turn can be a source of frustration to the student and instructor.
The Academy reserves the right to dismiss any students due to frequent absences, behavior issues, or overdue lesson payments. All overdue payments must be made prior to registering for the following year. A meeting will be arranged with the Director, the instructor, and the family if a dismissal is being considered.
All students are encouraged to participate in recitals as this helps to develop poise and self-confidence over time. We will offer two recitals opportunity every year. Recital dates will be determined by the Academy. Accompanist are scheduled and paid directly by the students.
The Academy places the highest importance on student safety. However, the Academy is not a day care center and does not assume responsibility for child supervision. In that regard, students under the age of 10 must be accompanied at all times by their parents or guardians while on the Academy property. As further detailed in the Academy Enrollment Agreement, the Academy is not responsible for any injuries to students arising from such neglected parental supervision.
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The Academy subscribes to the highest standard of conduct as is fitting for its mission, purpose, and goals. Parents, students and their guests are to respect the properties and the facilities of the Academy and are to be fully responsible to any damaged that’s caused them under any circumstances.
William Pu Music Academy admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, or other Academy-administered programs.
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