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Private lessons: Tuition for the semester is due by the first lesson or an installment plan of four payments is available at for a $25 additional fee. You can start any time and students entering after the start of a semester will be charged on a pro-rated basis for the duration of the semester. Tuition and registration fee are due at time of registration.
Students wishing to be considered for financial assistance should contact the School Director
Withdrawals and Refunds
Requests to withdraw from classes or lessons must be made in writing to the Amherst Red Barn Music School. Verbal requests will not be honored. In extreme cases involving serious illness, death, or moving, arrangements for credit or refund can be made at the discretion of the School Director. Prorated refunds for private lessons may be requested only within the first four weeks of lessons. 25% of full tuition is non-refundable. There will be no refunds after the first four lessons.
No refunds are given for classes or ensembles, which are held based on minimum enrollment. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, full tuition and registration fee (if applicable) will be refunded.
Missed Lessons, Classes and Ensembles
Private lesson students are charged for all lessons or classes for which they register, including those missed through student absence. Please directly notify the instructor within 24 hours of any impending absence and we will try to make-up the lessons or during make-ups at the end of the semester. If a faculty member is absent for a lesson, ensemble or group class, a make-up will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time, or a substitute instructor may teach the lesson.
Private lesson make-ups are given at the end of each semester, limit of two.
There are no make-ups for student absence from group/ensemble instruction.
Make-ups for weather or emergency cancellations are given at the end of the semester.
Missed make-up sessions will not be rescheduled or carried over to the next semester.
Weather and Emergency Cancellations
The Amherst Red Barn Music School does not always follow the Amherst Public Schools cancellation decisions. In case of inclement weather or emergency, please contact your teacher.
Make-ups due to weather or emergency cancellation are limited to one day per year, and are held in June. Students who withdraw prior to the June make up-period will forfeit the weather make-up date. Please try to make up lessons before the end of the semester.