Tuition & Policies

JOY of MUSIC POLICIES  ~  2020 – 2021 Academic Year 

All lessons, classes and ensembles will be taught ONLINE through at least January 31, 2021. 

REGISTRATION FEE: A non-refundable registration fee of $35 will be charged per student for the academic year; $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.

FINANCIALAID: Full and partial assistance is available based on need.  Please fill out and submit the Financial Aid Application.  Call Rich Ardizzone at 508-856-9541 for more information.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Students taking private lessons enroll for the entire academic year of 38 weeks (September 8, 2020 through  June 11, 2021).  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 to the office 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. 

*PrivateLessonTuition Payment Options: Please let us know when we confirm your enrollment which payment option you prefer.  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.  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.    

1 hour

¾ hour

*½ hour

38 weeks ~ 9/8/20 - 6/11/21

$69 per lesson    

$53 per lesson    

$38 per lesson

Option 1 – Full Payment




First week of September

Option 2 – Two Payments




First week of September & January

Option 3 – Four Payments




1st week of Sept, Nov, Jan & March

Option 4 – Ten Payments


$264 in June


$205 in June


$148 in June

First week of every month

   * ½ hour lessons are recommended for young beginners and special circumstances – please call to discuss

   1½ hour lessons ($99) are available for advanced students with teacher agreement – please call to discuss.

*Student Absences: If a student is going to miss a lesson, please let us know as soon as possible.  Each student is entitled to two excused absences per academic year which are eligible for makeups or credit.  All other absences will be considered unexcused.  No makeup or credit will be given.

*Rescheduling Private Lessons: We are willing to try to arrange an alternative lesson time in special circumstances.  If you need to request rescheduling a lesson, please let us know as soon as possible.  If rescheduling the lesson is not possible and both excused absences have been used, the lesson is considered missed.  No makeup or credit will be given

*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 contact information 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 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.  Online students should be set up and ready to play by their lesson time. 

CLASSES AND ENSEMBLES: Policies for online classes and ensembles will be published as the classes are developed and offered – coming soon!

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.

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS (This policy doesn’t apply until we are able to open the building): 

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 send an email notifying parents if we are closed.   

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.