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.

General

Students are encouraged to attend lessons regularly, once or twice per week, over the 38 weeks of the academic calendar (Chevy Chase Music follows the Board of Education’s calendar for the Montgomery County). For students enrolled in schools that do not adhere to this calendar, we shall adjust the lesson plan shall accordingly and instructors may choose to teach during holidays and breaks per agreement with students/families. 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.

Location

We offer in-home lessons and serve the greater DC area.

Billing

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.

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 in June. 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 during the summer. 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.

Recitals

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.

Disclaimers

  • 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.