A non-refundable annual fee, renewing in September, of $50 per family paid at the time of registration holds the place in class, covers administrative and liability costs related to each account, and entitles each family to studio discounts on master classes and programs throughout the year. Students who register after the recital choreography has begun may be offered to a discount on this fee. Early registration discounts may also be offered. Membership fees are not required for summer camps, and will be removed from family accounts that are only registered for the summer.
Payment of Fees:
Tuition is paid by pre-authorized automatic checking account, debit, or automatic credit card payment on the 1st of months September-June. Tuition remains the same for months containing 2-5 lessons in the month. All charges appear on the bank or credit card statement as being from IPA Academy. IPA Academy does not prorate tuition for student vacations or illness. If a class must be cancelled due to a teacher emergency, a make-up class will be scheduled for that month.
A minimum attendance standard is required. The school reserves the right to have students who come late to class to sit out. Repeated tardiness may result in termination of lessons. If a student misses more than 4 classes without written notice, the studio reserves the right to terminate lessons with a $20 late drop penalty. Students missing more than 4 classes after January may not be permitted to participate in the annual recital, in festivals, or community events. As well, students are not to be left at the studio for excessive time periods before or after their classes. Please pick up your child upstairs, inside the studio when class ends.
In order to truly see growth in your dancer, and to ensure complete focus for both students and teachers, observation days are scheduled every other month. In our experience, students perform better when they have the least amount of distractions. All classes are closed until observation day. Scheduled observation days are announced in newsletters, online, and posted outside studio doors.
The annual music & dance recital is scheduled in June. There are two scheduled shows. Students perform in both shows. A dress rehearsal is scheduled the evening prior to opening night. Each dance class learns one dance routine that requires a dance costume. Costumes cost $70 for students ages 6 and up, and $60 for preschool classes ages 3-6. Costume payments are automatically deducted November 15th and are non-refundable or exchangeable. A $50 recital fee per family is automatically deducted March 1st, which includes TWO FREE tickets. Recital pictures are scheduled in April/May.
Parents, legal guardians of minors, students and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on studio property resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during, or after class time.
There is a two-month minimum for all lessons. 30 days written notice from the 1st of the month is required to discontinue any classes. Withdrawals must be done in person and will not be accepted over the phone. Withdrawals must be done at the studio office and not with the teacher. No withdrawals accepted after April 1. To withdraw from classes a parent or adult student must:
Inform studio administration in person, and
Complete and sign a withdrawal form provided by the studio office.
No refunds are given on costumes, shoes, or dance apparel. IPAA reserves the right to terminate lessons to any students without notice. Any account past due 30 days on which payment is unable to be collected will be considered an automatic withdrawal from any courses for all students associated with the payment account, and will may be subject to additional fees.
Responsibility to be Aware of Dates and Events:
It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all studio activities such as observation days, recitals, classes, and dates the studio is open or closed. The studio will post all such notices on the studio website and bulletin boards. It is the parent’s responsibility to regularly check these boards to ensure they are informed. Studio personnel use email as a quick and easy way to get information to parents. If you do not have an e-mail address, we suggest signing up for a free account online.
The studio is hereby granted permission to take photographs of the students to use in brochures, websites, posters, advertisements and other promotional materials the studio creates. Permission is also hereby granted for the school to copyright such photographs in its name.
Students need to purchase and bring their own instruments for lessons and to practice with at home. The studio provides keyboards for lessons. Each student needs to bring their teacher recommended instructional books, spiral notebook, and pencil to take notes. Vocal students will also need a tape recorder, blank CD, or USB port to record lessons.
Improving in music takes practice. Set up regularly scheduled practice times at home. Students are rewarded by teachers for consistently practicing at home. Read “A Parent’s Guide To Music Lessons” for more tips on practicing and to avoid the drudgery of practice time.