Please include ALL days & times you would be available & willing to accept lessons. (Earliest start time possible-latest end time possible on each day)
MMS Policies & Important Information *
Please read thoroughly, registration for Fall Semester includes agreeing to the policies below. You will receive a copy of these policies with your confirmation email.
FALL SEMESTER 2019
16 Weekly Lessons, Monday, August 19th - Saturday, December 14th
CLOSED Monday, Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day
CLOSED *Tuesday, November 26th-Saturday, November, 30th for Thanksgiving
*We are open and lessons will take place as scheduled on Monday, November 25th.
MAKE-UP WEEK: Monday, December 16th - Saturday, December 21st
Children’s Master Class: Sunday, December 1st, Time & Location TBD
Adult Winter Recital: Friday, December 13th 7-10pm at Noe Valley Ministry
Your tuition includes:
*16 weekly private lessons with your teacher
*One makeup lesson during our makeup week
*Invitation to participate in several exciting collaborative and performance events throughout the year including an open mic/jam session(*adults only) with other MMS students and led by the MMS staff, a master class where students play for each other and receive feedback and support (Children's Winter Master Class, Adult Spring Master Class) and a formal recital once per year. (Adult Winter Recital, Children's Spring Recital)
(*hourly rate varies by teacher from $100-$120/hour for semester lessons)
MMS Lower Haight, 320 Fillmore St
MMS Mission, 3280 22nd St.
FOR SAFETY & SECURITY: Children under the age of 16 MAY NOT be left unattended in the lobby. While we have security measures in place (locked doors with codes for only current students), we cannot be responsible for your children when they are not in a lesson with their teacher. Our teachers are committed to focusing on their students and are not responsible for other children (siblings, friends, etc). All lessons at MMS are private lessons. Siblings and friends are not permitted to sit in on lessons. If you have siblings/friends in lessons back to back, it is your responsibility to care for the child that is not in the lesson by either staying with them in the lobby or picking them up and coming back at the end of the full hour. Thank you for your help in keeping our students and our property secure and safe!
Payment can be made in full or in 3 installments.
If you chose to pay in installments: invoices & reminders will be sent via PayPal. The invoice allows you to pay with PayPal OR checkout as a guest and pay with a debit or credit card.
Tuition Installment Due Dates:
Installment # 1 due to register
Installment # 2 due by September 9th
Installment # 3 due by October 14th
**Any student with outstanding tuition will be charged a $25 late fee on Tuesday, September 17th for the 2nd installment or Tuesday, October 22nd for the 3rd installment. If payment has not been made by Monday, September 23rd for the 2nd installment or Monday, October 28th for the 3rd installment a 2nd $25 late fee will be charged. Please make every effort to send payment on or before each installment due date to avoid late fees. Thank you.
Please note: Installments are offered as a courtesy to help break up the tuition payment. It is not an opportunity to de-enroll midway through the semester. Any student registered for the semester will be liable to complete payment for the entire semester even if they wish to discontinue lessons
ABSENCES AND MAKEUPS:
We offer one makeup lesson per semester to be scheduled during our makeup week, Monday, December 16th - Saturday, December 21st. There is no credit, reimbursement, or make-up for more than one missed lesson during the semester.** If you plan to miss a lesson for any reason, please let us know as a courtesy to your teacher and so we can be sure to schedule your makeup. Please send scheduling inquiries to email@example.com
**In the event that you need to miss more than 1 lesson, please reach out ASAP and we will do out best to arrange for an additional make-up if possible. NO SHOWS, meaning missing your lesson without any prior communication, will not be eligible for an additional make-up.
SAME DAY NOTIFICATIONS:
If you need to cancel or let your teacher know that you are running late or unable to attend for a SAME DAY lesson, please call or text the number to be provided in your welcome email, & your teacher will receive the message. Naomi will not always be available to relay same day messages so texting or calling this number as a courtesy to your teacher is greatly appreciated! If you are more than 20 minutes late for a 30 minute lesson, or 30 minutes late for a 60 minute lesson, your teacher will be excused to leave.
No Show Policy: Out of respect for our teachers' time, if you miss 3 lessons without notifying us ahead of time, we reserve the right to remove you from our schedule in order to open up your slot to another student. We will notify you via email prior to this happening and offer you the opportunity to continue your lessons by letting us know you'd like to keep your slot. If you are removed from our schedule due to lack of communication on your end, no refunds will be given.
Teachers make every effort to be at each lesson of the semester. However, MMS makes exceptions for teacher performances and gigs. All of our teachers are very active in the performing world and when a gig arises, we encourage them to take it! If this happens, we will provide a substitute teacher for that lesson. We urge you to be open and see this as a rare opportunity to work with another excellent teacher. We will not give refunds for lessons at which a substitute is provided. All teachers are trained with Ciara and the MMS curriculum and each offer different skill sets. Variety with your teacher can provide a new fresh insight and re-inspire your lesson experience!
MMS is a music school, and much like school, students should expect to have a different teacher from year to year. While continuing with the same teacher may occur, please understand that it is not guaranteed. Working with a different teacher each year provides students with a vast set of musical understanding which is incredibly valuable in the life of a musician. MMS recruits far and wide to find only best music teachers in the bay area -- this is our guarantee!
If after the first lesson you are not satisfied, we can discuss either scheduling you with a different teacher, or if you wish to de-enroll, you may receive a full refund minus the first lesson’s tuition. If you wish to discontinue lessons anytime after 24 hours before the second scheduled lesson, we will not be able to offer a refund for the semester. After you have registered and paid for the semester, should you decide prior to your start date not proceed with lessons, we will refund you in full minus the first lesson’s tuition.
PHOTO & VIDEO RELEASE POLICY:
MMS occasionally photographs and videotapes students for promotional use in both print and online publications and those of its partner organizations. Compensation will not be provided. All MMS students hereby agree to such use. If a student does not wish to give MMS permission to use photos & videos, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to comply.