School Policies



As of July 1, 2015

Returned Checks There is a $50 fee for all returned checks.

Late Payment Areté Music Academy reserves the right to suspend or terminate instruction for students who do not comply with its payment policies.

Withdrawals All requests for withdrawal and tuition refund must be submitted, in writing, to the Director. Verbal requests of intention to withdraw do not fulfill this requirement. Informing the teacher of intent to withdraw also is not considered notice of withdrawal. The effective date of withdrawal is the date that the written notice is received, not the last date of lesson or class. Please allow two to three weeks for the processing of refunds.

Withdrawal made before the first session will receive a full tuition refund minus a 5% credit card fee (if applicable)

A pro-rated tuition refund, minus a 5% credit card fee of applicable, will be given to students withdrawing from the first 4 private lessons or the first 2 group classes. Otherwise student will receive school credits for the unused lessons.

Missed Lessons Areté has scheduled one week at the end of each semester during which teachers will make up any lessons they may have missed during the semester. If you must cancel or reschedule a lesson, please follow our 24-hour cancellation policy. To be qualified for a make-up session, please read our Make-up Policies for more information. 

Class Changes and Cancellations Areté Music Academy reserves the right to change instructors or formats, or cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. In the event a class is cancelled, you will be notified and given the opportunityto transfer to another class. If you do not enroll in another class, you will receive a full refund.

Tardiness Students are expected to attend and be punctual to all classes. Students who are routinely late, unprepared, or demonstrate inappropriate behavior may have their enrollment terminated. Students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their lesson time.

Photography and Recording Release By enrolling in lessons/classes at Areté, or by attending any Areté event, parents and stu- dents, and other adults accompanying the students, grant permission for photographs and recordings of him/herself – or of his or her child – to be used by Areté Music Academy for publicity purposes. These photographs will not be distributed, sold, or used beyond Areté’s promotional or in-school curriculum and professional development activities.

Injuries Parents, legal guardians of minor students and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal lesson activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during or after lesson time.

Child Safety To ensure your child’s safety, please pick him/her up promptly at the classroom. Areté Music Academy does not as- sume responsibility of students’ security and safety when parents choose to leave them unattended at the school. Students under the age of 10 must be supervised by parents or guardians while they are waiting for classes and/or lessons to begin.

Substitute Instructors All of the instructors at Areté Music Academy are active professional musicians currently performing in the tri-state area as well as abroad. Although our teachers try their best to avoid possible conflicts, the school does not guarantee that teachers will not miss any lesson. A qualified substitute teacher will be provided if an instructor is ill or otherwise unable to attend a lesson/class. If a substitute teacher cannot be arranged, a make-up session will be scheduled during the last week of the semester or at a mutually convenient time.

Snow Days Areté Music Academy is closed for snow when the local public schools close or have early closings. Please call 201.205.1121 or check our website for the most up-to-date information regarding closings. The School will arrange make-up days for unscheduled closings.