Private InstructionPrivate instruction consists of one 30 minute lesson per week (45 or 60 minute lessons for advanced students may be available). The Academy of Fine Arts stresses individual practice time. Students (and parents of young students) should be prepared to practice on their instrument several times each week for at least 15 minutes. More advanced students will require extra practice time. Our instructors do everything they can to make lessons a great experience, but there is no substitute for a student's preparation. Plan to practice, follow through, and you are set for a rewarding musical journey, the benefits of which will last a lifetime!
Academy of Fine Arts Additional Information
Student Handbook 2014-2015
Private Music InstructionPrivate music instruction consists of one 30-minute lesson per week (45 or 60 minute lessons for advanced students may be available).
Private instruction available:
- Bass Guitar
- Brass Instruments
- Stringed Instruments
- Woodwind Instruments
Attendance PolicyThere are no deductions or refunds for lessons missed by the student. A maximum of one lesson per semester (2 per year) may be made up for the following reasons:
- Medical Emergency
- Family Emergency
- Notifying the Academy office at least six hours in advance
Regular lesson attendance is expected of all students. If it is necessary for an instructor to miss a lesson, students will be notified as far in advance as possible and makeup lessons will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. The one per semester limit on makeup lessons does not apply to missed lessos caused by the instructor.
LocationAll lessons will be taught on the campus of First Baptist Church in secure areas. Church policy mandates that parents of students under the age of 18 are required to be present at each lesson and either sit in the classroom or just outside the door. Children are never to be left alone to wait for their ride or allowed to wander the campus without supervision. Some instructors require that a parent attend the lesson with his or her child. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but these policies are in place to protect children and instructors alike.
Dress CodeWe require all students to dress neatly and modestly for their lessons. Special dress codes may be required for recitals, worship services and special performances.
Recitals and Special ProgramsThere will be two recitals each year, one in December and the other in May. The actual dates will be determined by the individual studios. Opportunities may be available for performance in worship services or special programs.
Tuition and FeesThe Registration Fee is $25.00 (maximum of $40.00 per family) and is due each year at registration.
The fee structure for private lessons is as follows:
30 minutes $22.00 per lesson
45 minutes $33.00 per lesson
60 minutes $44.00 per lesson
Note: In some instances, voice students must pay for an accompanist to be at their lessons (arrangement will be made by the instructor).
Terms of PaymentThese payment options do not include the annual registration fee of $25.00 ($40.00 maximum per family) which is due upon enrollment and at the beginning of each subsequent year.
Please choose the payment plan that is most convenient for you. If your student enrolls after the Academy year has begun, please contact the music office at 940.723.2764 and we will be happy to assist you in determining the amount due based on the payment option you choose.
Plan A -- One Payment
30 minute lessons: Full payment of $748.00 due before lessons start. A discount of $25.00 will be given if the full payment option is chosen and payment is received before the first lesson.
45 minute lessons: Full payment of $1,122.00 due before lessons start. A discount of $25.00 will be given if the full payment option is chosen and payment is received before the first lesson.
Plan B -- Two Payments
30 minute lessons: First 1/2 payment of $374.00 is due before lessons start. Second 1/2 payment of $374.00 is due January 1st.
45 minute lessons: First 1/2 payment of $561.00 is due before lessons start. Second 1/2 payment of $561.00 is due January 1st.
Plan C -- Four Payments
30 minute lessons: Total tuition of $748.00 divided into 4 quarterly payments of $187.00. First installment is due before lessons start. Second installment is due November 1. Third installment is due January 1. Fourth installment is due March 1.
45 minute lessons: Total tuition of $1,122.00 divided into 4 quarterly payments of $280.50. First installment is due before lessons start. Second installment is due November 1. Third installment is due January 1. Fourth installment is due March 1.
Plan D -- Eight Payments
30 minute lessons: Total tuition of $748.00 divided into 8 equal monthly installments of $93.50. The first installment is due before lessons start. Second installment is due October 1, and then on the 1st of each month through April 1. No payment is due in May.
45 minute lessons: Total tuition of $1,122.00 divided into 8 equal monthly installments of $140.25. The first installment is due before lessons start. Second installment is due October 1, and then on the 1st of each month through April 1. No payment is due in May.
- The monthly installments are for your convenience and are not related to the number of lessons in a particular month.
- A monthly e-mail reminder is sent to all who furnish an e-mail address on their application and are falling behind in their payments in amounts exceeding $100. In order to keep operating costs at a minimum, we do not mail out bills or statements. Payment due dates are posted in the payment option sections above.
- Payment is due promptly on the 1st day of the month.
Refund PolicyNo adjustment of charges or refunds will be made in the case of withdrawal after lessons have begun. A student should not register for lessons if he/she believes that there may be a reason for withdrawal later in the semester. Inability to find time for practice, changing of one's mind or unexpected changes in the student's schedule are not acceptable reasons for withdrawal. Special circumstances such as medical emergencies or a permanent move from the area may be eligible for consideration by the Academy Board of Directors.
If the WFISD closes schools due to inclement weather, or if it would be unsafe to travel due to inclement weather, the Academy will not be open. Please use your best judgment in traveling to and from lessons. If the Academy is closed for inclement weather, refunds for missed lesso will be made at the end of the year, or make-up lessons will be scheduled with your instructor.