SSMA Policies

In order to ensure stability for our students and our school, we have to uphold consistent policies as well as expectations for payment. 

Like every great team (Shout-out to Pats fans!), each member of our school has an important role to play in order to achieve our highest potential. 

01

Rates

SSMA offers private lessons, and based on interest and availability, we also offer semi-private lessons, band classes, and group classes. Rates vary, depending on teaching format and instructor.  See below for approximate rates and payment plans for private and semi-private lessons.

There is a one-time fee upon registering for lessons or a class. In addition, for any materials bought through the school, payment is due at the time of purchase.

02

Attendance

Because scheduling a lesson has an impact on many others, it’s important that students attend all lessons or classes at the assigned times. If you are going to be absent, please let our office know in advance during our regular business hours. Our instructors are not obligated to provide make-up lessons or classes, unless an instructor is unable to attend a scheduled lesson. If an instructor is unable to schedule a make-up lesson, a credit will be issued by the school to the student’s account. Students with ongoing absences are still obligated to pay for the remainder of the semester; no refunds or credits will be issued for missed lessons or classes. For weather or other emergencies, we will schedule make-up sessions.

Should an extreme circumstance arise, please contact the school administration.

03

Withdrawal

Students who wish to withdraw from lessons or a class must submit a written Notice of Withdrawal to the Steeple Street Music Academy administration. SSMA will issue a full refund, minus the registration fee, to students withdrawing at least five (5) business days prior to the first lesson or class of the semester.  No refunds will be issued to students withdrawing after a lesson or class begins. In that case, the office will send students a letter confirming a tax-deductible donation equal to the amount of unused tuition. 

04

Payment

Upon registering for lessons or a class, you sign a contract committing to a payment plans. The “Pay While You Play” Monthly Payment Plan offers students and families the opportunity to pay on a monthly basis. The second option is to pay by semester, which is incentive-based and offers families the opportunity to save money! The third option is to pay by academic year, which follows the semester incentive-based plan. See the chart below for details.

Summer programming typically incorporates camps and classes in addition to regular lessons. Payment for the Summer Session may either be paid in full prior to the start or the “Pay While You Play” plan may still apply.

 


 

Payment Plans

 


 

Tuition varies by instructor, so the following rates for private and semi-private lessons are approximate.

Please inquire about specific group and class rates.

“Pay While You Play”


Private: $40/week

Semi-Private: $28.75/week

  • Sign a contract upon registration
  • Payment is due prior to start of each month
  • 30-minute lesson standard rate
  • Private and semi-private formats 

Pay by Semester


Private: $37.50/week

Semi-Private: $26.25/week

  • Incentive-based pricing
  • Sign a contract upon registration 
  • Payment is due prior to start of each semester
  • 30-minute lesson incentive rate
  • Private and semi-private formats

Academic Year


Private: $1,650

Semi-Private: $1,155

  • Follows semester incentive-based pricing
  • Sign a contract upon registration
  • Payment is due prior to the start of academic year
  • 30-minute lesson incentive rate
  • Private and semi-private formats
  • Approximate length per semester is 22 weeks

Summer Session


Private: $300

Semi-Private: $210

  • Follows semester incentive-based pricing
  • Sign a contract upon registration
  • Payment is due prior to the start of summer session
  • 30-minute lesson incentive rate
  • Private and semi-private formats
  • Approximate length per summer session is 8 weeks