Tuition & Policies

JOY of MUSIC POLICIES  ~  2019 - 2020  

REGISTRATION FEE: A non-refundable registration fee of $35 will be charged per student; $25 for a second family member and $10 for a third.  No fee is charged for additional family members. Please include registration fee(s) in your first payment.

FINANCIAL AID is available based on need.  Please check the appropriate box on the registration form or call us at 508-856-9541 to receive a financial aid application.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Students taking private lessons enroll for the  entire academic year of 34 weeks (September 9 - June 1).  New students may enroll at any time during the year on a space-available basis.  Tuition will be prorated.  

*Withdrawal Policy: Four weeks’ written notice is required if a student withdraws for any reason.  Starting one week after the date of  notice, the next four lessons must be paid for whether taken or not.  Withdrawal on or after March 1, 2020  will require payment for the remainder of the academic year.  Students who withdraw at any time will forfeit credits for excused absences and snow days and will only receive credit for teacher absences.

*Private Lesson Tuition Payment Options: Please select one of the four options listed below.  If possible, we prefer full payment in advance (Option 1).  To make it easier for as many families as possible to pay the full tuition, we offer three additional payment options.  Most schools charge a fee for making smaller payments.  In return for not charging a fee, we ask you to please help keep our billing costs down by saving the schedule below as a reminder.  We reserve the right to discontinue lessons if payments are not made in a timely manner.  Please let us know if your  circumstances change and you are having difficulty keeping up with your payments.     

Option 1: One payment for the academic year (34 lessons) ~ due by first lesson:
                 3/4 hour lessons:  $1,802  ($53/lesson) 1 hour  lessons:  $2,346 ($69/lesson)

Option 2: Two payments per year (17 lessons each half) ~ due 9/1/19 and 1/2/20
                 3/4 hour lessons:  $901 (x2)                  1 hour lessons:   $1,173 (x2)    

Option 3: Four payments per year ~ due 9/1/19; 11/1/19; 1/2/20 & 3/1/20
                 3/4 hour lessons:  $450.50 (x4)             1 hour lessons:  $586.50 (x4)

Option 4: Full amount divided by ten monthly payments - September through June:
        Payment Due:                      3/4 hour                                 1 hour                                     
        Sept. 1                         $180 + registration fee       $235 + registration fee    
        Oct. 1 thru May 1         $180 per month                  $235 per month                               
        June 1(final payment)  $182 (minus credits)           $231 (minus credits)

1/2-hour lessons (34 lessons):     
        Option 1: $1,292 ($38/lesson)     
        Option 2: $646 (x2 payments)                     
        Option 3: $323 (x4)
        Option 4: $129 (x9; June $131- credits)

Mon. & Wed. (33 weeks); Sat. (31 weeks): Please check with the office in May for your final June payment amount.  

*Student Absences: Each student is entitled to one excused absence per academic year.  For a student to be officially excused and eligible for a make-up or credit, the cancellation must be reported directly to the office by noon on the day of the lesson for lessons occurring 3:00 p.m. or later and by 9:00 am for lessons scheduled before 3:00 p.m.  Informing only the teacher is not sufficient notification.   

*Rescheduling Private Lessons: We are willing to try to arrange an alternative lesson time. If it is not possible and you choose to miss the lesson, the teacher is not responsible for making up the lesson.  No credit will be given.  This policy also applies to private and public school vacations  different from JOMP’s.

*Sports and Other Conflicts: If a sport or school play temporarily takes priority over private lessons for a period of weeks, we can only hold your slot if you pay for all missed lessons.

*Teacher Absences: Teacher cancellations are made up or credited.  Include all phone numbers on your registration form so we can try to reach you if a teacher is sick.

*Makeup/Credit Policy: Excused absences and teacher absences will be made up over the course of the year, if  possible, or credited in June. If a student cancels or misses a make-up lesson that has been scheduled by the office and confirmed by the teacher and student, the lesson will not be rescheduled or credited.  The teacher is paid.

*Promptness:  Students who arrive late for their lesson lose that time.  Teachers need to stay on schedule in fairness to their other students.

CLASSES AND ENSEMBLES: Classes and ensembles are designed to meet for 33 weeks, unless otherwise indicated.  Late enrollment and prorating of tuition will be at the discretion of the instructor and the director, depending upon the group. All groups are run with a commitment to creating a supportive community. Hurtful or disrespectful behavior towards any individual is not acceptable. We reserve the right to terminate students unable or unwilling to abide by this policy.

*Tuition and Payment Options: Tuitions for classes and ensembles are listed with class descriptions.  Option 1 is payment for the academic year.  Option 2 (listed in parentheses) divides the year’s payment in half, with the second payment being due the week of January 2, 2020.  We reserve the right to cancel under-enrolled classes.

*Smaller Payments: Payments smaller than the 2 payment option for classes and  ensembles must be arranged with the Director.

*Withdrawal Policy: No refunds will be given once a class or ensemble has started unless the Director recommends that a student not continue.

*Student Absences: Because each student is an integral part of their class or ensemble, please call the office to report all absences, so we can let your (your child’s) teacher know not to expect you (your child).  Individual student absences from classes and ensembles are not made up or credited.

*Teacher Absences Make-up/Credit Policy:  Students will receive credit for teacher cancellations that can not be made up.  Please include relevant phone numbers on your registration form so we can try to reach you if a teacher is sick.

*Promptness when dropping off and picking up your child will be greatly appreciated.  It is difficult to set a relaxed and focused tone to a class if arrivals are staggered.

We often do not close when the public schools close because most of our lessons and classes take place in the afternoon and evening.  Our website ( is our   primary means of communicating weather cancellations.  If possible, we will also leave an outgoing phone message.  If we are open and have to close due to worsening conditions, we will call you and post it on our website by 1:00 pm.

One private lesson per year will be made up or credited for official JOMP weather cancellations.  Additional weather closings will not be made up or credited - the teacher is paid.  If JOMP is open, your child’s (your) teacher is  here, and you choose not to come because of the weather, the teacher will be paid and the lesson will not be made up or credited.  There are no weather closing credits or make-ups for classes or ensembles.

TEACHER/STUDENT/PARENT PARTNERSHIP: It is important to discuss problems or questions with your child’s teacher as soon as they arise.  If your child seems to be losing interest or you have other concerns, please let us know.    If your child resists attending lessons or classes for any reason, please notify us immediately.  We will try to work it out with the support of the teacher and the director(s).  Teachers will let you know if they have any concerns.  Conferences are gladly arranged if requested.

SAFETY AND COURTESY: Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times.  It is the school’s policy that staff and faculty are not responsible for students (or siblings) before or after their lessons or classes.  Do not allow children to wander off alone, run around in the hallways or play outside the building.  This is a safety factor as well as a courtesy to JOMP staff who are working,  teachers and students concentrating on their lessons, and to other people in the waiting areas who are studying or reading.  Also, please silence all electronic games and devices and do not talk on your cell phone in the lobby.  

TAKING CARE OF THE WAITING AREAS:  The lobby and hallways are not  appropriate or safe for active play. We have a good selection of books, puzzles, games, markers, etc. for your children to enjoy quietly.  We would appreciate it if you would help them take good care of anything they use and have them return things neatly to the shelf before you leave.  The library is a quiet space for reading and doing homework.

PARKING: In addition to the front lot, parking is available on the Lincoln Street side of the building and in the back.  Please park on the side or back rather than blocking the front walk or parking or standing behind cars already parked in the front.  This blocks emergency vehicles from gaining access and creates a dangerous situation for people going to and from their cars.  Please honor the two reserved handicapped spaces.

DROP OFF & PICK-UP:  Please escort younger children into the building and make sure they connect with their teacher.   As a  matter of safety, it is the responsibility of all parents to  come into the building to pick up your children.  It is not safe for students to wait in the parking area or to run out into the parking lot to meet you!