Our policies are designed to create a positive teaching environment and keep students motivated and engaged. Continuity is key to success, which is why we have a well-structured yet flexible set of policies that will make sure that students progress steadily.
Students are encouraged to attend lessons regularly, once or twice per week, over the 36 weeks of the academic calendar (according to the Board of Education’s calendar for the Montgomery County, the 2018/19 school year includes 182 days of instruction). For students enrolled in schools that do not adhere to this calendar, we shall adjust the lesson plan shall accordingly. Lessons will vary in duration from student to student (30–90 minutes), depending on age and level. By registering, we reserve a specific time slot just for you, giving you the certainty that lessons will recur regularly throughout the year.
We offer in-home lessons and serve the greater DC area.
Lessons are paid for in advance. Invoices are sent out the 20th of every month and payments are due on the 3rd (or first workday) of the following month. Instructors reserve the right to refuse service if the balance is not settled prior to the first lesson of any given month. Please be advised that a late fee of $50 will be applied to the next invoice if the payment is not received by the due date and a $35 returned check fee for each of the returned checks. A $50 Processing Fee (one per family) will be charged each school year.
Invoices can be paid either by check or through the PayPal system, which accepts all major credit cards (please note that a 3% processing will be applied). Please make checks payable to Chevy Chase Music, LLC.
Behavior and Conduct
While we strive to create a relaxed and happy lesson setting, we expect students to conduct themselves in a manner that is commensurate with a creative, yet disciplined academic environment. It is up to the teacher or administration to determine what constitutes inappropriate behavior. The teacher or the administration reserve the right of removing any student whose behavior should be deemed disruptive, disrespectful, or otherwise inappropriate.
Important Dates for the 2018/2019 School Year
- Tuesday, September 4: First day of school
- Thursday, November 22 – 23: Thanksgiving Break, no lessons
- Monday, December 24, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018: Winter Break, no lessons
- Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King Day, no lessons
- Monday, February 18: Presidents Day, no lessons
- Monday, April 17 – Monday, April 22: Spring Break, no lessons
- Monday, May 27: Memorial Day, no lessons
- Thursday, June 13: Last day of school
Cancellations and Make-Ups
A 24-hour notice is required for all cancellations, which are limited to illness and family emergencies. Our teachers are very active, not just as teachers, but also as performing musicians and scholars, which is why finding a suitable date to reschedule a missed lesson may not always be possible. However, we realize that sometimes missing a lesson is inevitable. In order to allow for these lessons to be made up and avoid scheduling conflicts, two make-up sessions will be built into our school calendar, one at the close of the winter semester and one at the end of the spring semester. For example, if Sarah comes down with the flu and has to stay home for an entire week in October (missing her violin lesson), she will simply be issued a make-up credit and make her lesson up during the designated day in December. Make-up credits expire at the end of the current school year.
Permanent Lesson Cancellation
We understand that sometimes circumstances will require you to cancel lessons permanently. In such case, we will require a one-month’s notice in order to avoid billing you for the following month (for example, in order to cancel lessons effective April, a notice is due March 1). Note that upon cancelling lessons, we cannot guarantee that your time slot will be still available should you decide to resume them.
Lesson Time Changes
We realize that sometimes engagements and schedules change mid-year. In such case, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our absolute best to find an alternative solution.
Continuity is key to success and while summer sessions are primarily intended to unwind after a busy academic year, scheduling a few lessons or planning on attending a summer festival prevents spending the first few months of the fall semester refreshing students’ memories. Fortunately, we offer both. Lessons can be scheduled through July 6, 2018 and again from August 6, 2018. The studio will be closed for summer break July 7–August 5, 2018. There is no fixed lesson schedule during the summer. However, in order to secure a preferential spot on the roster for the following fall semester a minimum of 4 lessons (June – August, observing the studio holidays) or attending the Masterclasses Haliaeti Summer Academy is required (information can be found on our website). Alternatively, a preferential slot can be saved by paying a non-refundable fee of $100.
We believe in the importance of public performances and encourage our students to take part in at least one recital every school year. A $35 recital fee covers all recital-related costs, such as venue rental, tuning, and prizes that will be handed out to validate the achievement.
- All payments are non-refundable.
- Chevy Chase Music School may photograph and/or record recitals, lessons, and other events (video and/or audio) for archival and promotional purposes.