A Commitment to our Community
The School for Strings’ commitment to community service is expressed through its Start Up program, which offers an opportunity for introductory study in violin, cello or piano at a nominal cost.
The Program includes lessons, group classes and performance opportunities for students as well as instruction for parents to help them better oversee home practice.
This program is part of The School for Strings Teacher Training Program. All lessons and classes are taught by teachers in training under the supervision of senior faculty.
The Start Up Program is designed as a three-year course at the end of which students who have shown commitment to their instrumental study are invited to join the School’s Regular Program with necessary financial assistance when required.
- Tuition in the Start Up Program is $500.00 per year. Families for whom this fee presents a hardship are eligible for financial aid.
ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
PAYMENT OF TUITION
In all the programs offered at The School for Strings, the tuition and fees are charged in September, at Registration, for the full school year. First year students must pay the entire year’s charges at Registration in the fall.
Returning students in the Suzuki and Advanced programs may arrange, if necessary, to make their payments in two installments without a surcharge, or up to six installments with a bookkeeping fee of 5% of tuition. Payment of the year’s charges must be completed by April 1. If the installment payment is not received on time, the School will charge a late payment fee. Instruction may be withheld until the installment is paid.
In The Start Up Program tuition may be paid weekly. Families, however, assume the obligation to pay the entire year’s tuition by the end of the school year. If families do not keep up with the weekly payment schedule, the School will charge a late payment fee.
Members of the Suzuki Teacher -Training Program may arrange to make their payments in two installments without a surcharge, or up to six installments with a bookkeeping fee of 5% of tuition.
REFUNDS & WITHDRAWALS
Students register in the fall for the full year of instruction. If within the first three weeks of the school year a family encounters an emergency which requires withdrawing the child form the School, the School will make a tuition refund on a pro-rate basis.
AFTER THE THIRD WEEK OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THERE CAN BE NO TUITION REFUNDS.
If a payment check “bounces” the check must be replaced. The school also requires reimbursement of the bank fee charged against the school’s checking account and the payment of a bookkeeping fee, for a total of $50.00.