If you have questions or concerns not answered by this FAQ section please feel free to Contact Us. We will return your call as soon as possible.
Can I watch my child during class time?
If your child is participating in private lessons you can make pre-arrangements with your child’s instructor to sit in on their lesson. If your child is participating in group lessons you will be able to view your child’s lesson through our secure viewing app.
Can I withdraw my child from classes after they begin?
Withdrawal will only be accepted on the following two dates: October 1 and January 30. All withdrawals must be done in writing by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the withdrawal link. Your withdrawal will not be official until we receive this form back. We do not take withdrawals from 8, 10 or 12 week programs.
If you decide to withdraw from the studio your Year End Recital Costume, as well as attire are non refundable. If you withdraw from the studio after costumes have been ordered you may receive a different costume than was shown to you.
No refunds will be given for dance lessons. Summit School of Dance and Music reserves the right to terminate lessons to any student without notice. In such a case a refund for unused lessons will be given.
Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
No you do not need a full drum set to start drum lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a small dinner plate sized pad that costs $20-$30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.
Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.
How do I pay for my child’s classes?
Tuition: Tuition covers a guaranteed 40 weekly classes per year (July – June). Your tuition payment will be the same every month regardless of how many classes you receive that month. Tuition is a fee based on the number of hours per week that your child studies with us. The annual fee is divided into 12 equal payments. Tuition must be paid by credit card payment or automatic withdrawals from your bank account on the 25th of every month. Tuition is non-refundable. Tuition and registration fees do not include dancewear, recital costumes, recital tickets, exam fees, exam music, exam extra classes, exam wear, competition entry fees, competition costumes, competition extra classes, Summit wear, track suits. These are extra costs to the student when applicable and are NON-REFUNDABLE.
How long does it take to learn an instrument?
There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
I don’t have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
Is it true you run year round?
We run our classes year round giving our students the opportunity to receive 8 more weeks of lessons on average then other studios in the city. As music and dance classes are very progressive we have seen that our students retain and gain skills at a faster rate due to these extra weeks. Our new schedule will start on July 10 2017. Registration will start on April 22, 2017.
What if my child misses a lesson/class? Are there make up lessons available?
No make up lessons will be given for missed lessons unless absence is due to serious illness and 24 hour notice is given to the school office. Make up lessons will be limited to 2 per teaching year and will require a Doctors note. No refunds are given for missed lessons. There are no make up lessons for group music or dance classes.
When do we start classes?
Right away! As soon as you have received your confirmation email you are free to start your class on the next appropriate day.