Queen's Community Music Policy
1) Registration and Payments:
All registration will take place online.
A complete registration includes payment of all tuition and fees (or arrangement for payment plan), electronic acknowledgement of the Policy Agreement, Statement of Consent, and Photo Waiver.
Where a student is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian is required to complete the electronic agreements on behalf of the student.
Informing an instructor or the office of intent to register or attend classes does not constitute registration.
Students may begin lessons/classes only after registration is complete.
Instructors are committed to teaching students within the administrative framework of Queen's Community Music for the duration of the season that the student is registered in. Instructors may assign a substitute teacher at their discretion.
2) Payment Options:
Payments can be made online by debit, VISA, Master Card, or in person by cash, cheque or money order (made payable to Queen’s Community Music). Payment plans are available as follows, according to the length of instruction:
- Single Payment for the year: payable prior to the beginning of instruction. No service charge. Available for:
- All Group Classes
- Private Lessons – All plans
- 2 Term Installments: payable in August/September and January. $4 service charge applies to January payment. Available for:
- Private Lessons – Academic and Full Year Plans
- 2-Term Classes and Full Year Group Classes
- Monthly Installments: from August/September – April. $4 service charge applies to each payment after the first. Available for:
- Private Lessons – Flexible Plan (3 installments), Academic and Full Year Plans (8 installments)
- Full Year Group Classes
The first payment of any payment plan is required in full prior to commencement of instruction. Lesson extensions must also be paid in full at time of registration.
Registration fee (if applicable) is due with the first payment of any payment plan.
When paying by monthly or term installments, installments will be an equal division of the plan total, and are not representative of how many lessons are taken in any one month or term. Installments must be paid by credit card or post-dated cheques.
All monetary transactions must be made through the QCM office or the online payment system. Students may not give any payment to instructors.
3) NSF Payment: A $25 charge will be applied to a student account for each NSF cheque or declined credit card received by the QCM office. Instruction will be suspended until the account is brought up to date.
4) Overdue Accounts: Student accounts will accrue an interest charge of 2% monthly on accounts more than 30 days past due. In the case of an overdue or declined monthly payment, the student’s instructor will be given notice to cease instruction and disallow attendance immediately. Instruction missed by the student as a result of an overdue account cannot be made up under any circumstances.
Students with overdue accounts will not be permitted to perform in QCM recitals or apply for scholarships.
Students with overdue accounts from a previous year will be denied re-registration until their account is brought up to date. QCM reserves the right to request payment in full at the time of registration, from students who have repeatedly accrued overdue accounts (more than 2 instances in a previous QCM year).
5) Registration Fees: A registration fee is payable once annually per family*, and is valid August through July to coincide with our academic year. Registration Fees are non-refundable. However, for students enrolled in a group class only, if enrollment is not sufficient to form a class, the registration fee will be refunded.
*Family membership applies to a single household in which there is one financial contact person for spouses/partners and dependents taking classes through QCM.
6) Missed Private Lessons: Private lessons cancelled by the student will be made up when a minimum of 24 hours notice is received by the QCM office or Instructor, and the cancellation is due to illness or similar good cause. A maximum of 3 lesson cancellations (with proper notice) will be accepted per student per academic year. A make-up lesson cancelled by the student will not be rescheduled. Additional make-up lessons may be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.
Lessons that fall on a statutory holiday may be rescheduled at the discretion of the instructor. Any private lessons cancelled by the instructor will be made up.
Absences with less than 24 hours notice are considered unexcused and are not acceptable under any circumstances. They will not be made up and will not be refunded.
7) Missed Group Lessons: Missed group lessons will not be refunded unless QCM cancels the class. Homework assignments may be made available to students and parents for missed group lessons at the discretion of the instructor.
8) Termination of Private Lessons: It is understood and agreed that written notice for 3 consecutive lessons or classes is required to withdraw from instruction. This termination policy can be actioned by a student, instructor or QCM. Written notice must be submitted to the QCM office by letter or email. The 3-lesson period commences upon receipt of the letter. Tuition is payable for the duration of the 3-lesson period whether lessons are taken or not. Informing an instructor of intent to withdraw, or not attending classes, does not constitute withdrawal from lessons.
9) Termination of Group Classes (excluding Yamaha): As per clause 8) Termination of Private Lessons, but no refund will be issued after the 6th group class has taken place.
10) Termination of Yamaha Group Classes: As per clause 8) Termination of Private Lessons, until 1st May of the academic year the class is registered in. For classes scheduled after 1st May of the academic year the class is registered in, no refunds will be issued.
11) Refunds: All refunds must be requested in writing. It takes approximately 60 days for refunds to be processed. Failure to attend lessons or classes does not constitute cause for refund. Refunds are subject to a $20 administrative fee. Refunds will not be issued for 3 private lessons or fewer as per clause 8) Termination of Private Lessons. In the event that a lesson plan cannot be fulfilled by the instructor by the end of our academic year, a student's excused absence record will be considered when reconciling their account.
12) Suspension of Students: Queen's Community Music reserves the right to suspend students for non-payment of tuition, non-compliance with QCM policy or inappropriate conduct (including unexcused absences).
13) Cancellation of Instruction: Queen's Community Music reserves the right to withdraw any course or level of instruction, or to change a group class instructor at any time without notice or liability, other than to refund tuition fees received for lessons cancelled due to such withdrawal.
In the event that a private instructor needs to assign a substitute for a period of more than 1 calendar month, or is replaced by QCM, students of the former instructor will have the option of either 1) continuing instruction according to their current lesson plan with the new instructor, or 2) receiving a tuition refund for the balance of outstanding lessons.
Weather related closing: QCM will follow the Limestone District School Board for weather related closings. Instructors must notify QCM by email by 8:00 am if they intend to teach on a school snow day. In the event that the Limestone District School Board closing does not coincide with Queen’s University, students living on campus who have lessons scheduled with faculty instructors must check with their instructor directly to see if they are teaching.
Any instruction cancelled by QCM will be made up. Whenever possible, such cancellation will be announced by QCM and posted on the web site as soon as possible.
14) Lesson Start Date: Queen's Community Music reserves the right to determine the start date for all lessons. Start dates may be postponed if enrollment is not yet sufficient to form a class.
15) Unattended Minors: Queen's Community Music does not assume any responsibility for the well-being and safety of minors who are left unattended on QCM premises.
16) Personal Property: Queen's Community Music does not assume any responsibility for personal property (including, but not limited to musical instruments, clothing, cameras, cell phones, vehicles etc.) lost, damaged or left unattended on the premises of Queen's University.
17) Musical Instruments: All students are required to provide their own musical instrument (except pianists), and are responsible for its care and maintenance (including insurance), unless otherwise specified by Queen's Community Music. If a student is not able to provide their own instrument, an instrument loan from the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's may be considered at the instructor's discretion. Please consult the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's for rates. Students are responsible for insurance of rental instruments.
18) RCM Examinations: Queen's Community Music is not responsible for registering students for RCM Examinations.
19) Publicity: Queen's Community Music reserves the right to photograph, videotape and record all group instruction, private lessons and performances and use the pictures/sounds for marketing/publicity/educational purposes. Should you not wish that your/your child’s photo/image/sound clips be used in this way, please check the appropriate box in the Photo Waiver section of registration. Should you wish to amend your choice after it has been submitted, please contact the QCM office. Students/parents are not permitted to photograph or videotape group instruction or private lessons.