The goal of the Sharon Music Academy is to create a welcoming environment to learn, explore, and enjoy music in many different forms. The following Policies are in place to help all members of the SMA community (students, faculty, families, and administration) achieve this goal and provide a productive teaching and learning environment. While we know that unexpected events may arise that necessitate an exception to these rules, the administration of the Sharon Music Academy reserves the right to determine if and when to grant any such exception.
Private Lessons.Enrolling a student in private instruction during the Fall or Spring semester entitles a student to receive 20 weekly private lessons each semester. For students enrolling after the start of the semester, the number of lessons and tuition fees will be prorated accordingly. Students can choose the number of weekly private lessons in the summer semester.
There is an annual non-refundable registration fee per student. Families with more than one student are eligible for a multi-sibling family discount. This fee is due at registration with a completed registration form for each new and returning student.
1. Payment in full for a semester
We accept cash, checks, PayPal payments, or Zelle transfers. For students starting in the middle of the semester, the tuition fee will be prorated.
2. Semester Installment Plan
For the convenience of our students, SMA provides an option to pay tuition for a semester in four equal monthly installments. Each installment is equal to one-quarter of the total payment for the semester and is due on or before the first day of the month. For students, starting in the middle of the semester, the number of installments and the installment amounts will be prorated. The installment plan option incurs additional fees ( see Tuition Fees ).
A. Post-Dated Checks Installment plan
For Fall Semester, the 1st check must be dated September 1st, the 2nd check must be dated October 1st, the 3rd check must be dated November 1st, and the 4th check must be dated December 1st. For Spring Semester, the 1st check must be dated February 1st, the 2nd check must be dated March 1st, the 3rd check must be dated April 1st, and the 4th check must be dated May 1st. Each check will be deposited on or after the date posted on the check. Payment in full or all four checks for the Installment Payment Plan for a semester must be received at least two weeks before the start date of the semester to guarantee the time slot. Fees for additional lessons over 20 regular lessons per semester will be billed separately.
B. Electronic monthly funds transfer
Installments paid electronically must be received before the first day of the month these installments become due. Payments over ten days late will incur a $25 late fee. SMA reserves the right to revoke this payment option and request full payment for the semester if an installment is more than ten days late. this payment plan has $25 payment plan fee that should be paid with the first installment.
Payment for private instructions in the Summer semester should be made in full one week before the first lesson of the semester.
Tuition fees for a group course, program, or ensemble must be paid in full five days before the start of the course or the program.
Incidental fees, such as accompaniment fees or course materials, will be billed separately and must be paid in full within 10 days of receiving the billing statement.