Policies 2018-2019

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Thank you for enrolling at Brookline Music School. We are glad that you are part of our community! Please review the policies for the 2018-2019 school year below and contact the office staff if you have any questions.

617-277-4593 | info@bmsmusic.org

Student Absences


Students taking private lessons are permitted one excused absence per term. For lessons scheduled at or after 2:00pm, an absence is excused if the teacher or office is notified no later than 10:00am on the day of the missed lesson. For lessons scheduled before 2:00pm, the teacher must be directly notified of the absence by 9:00pm the previous night. Excused student absences will be made up at the end of the term. All private lesson teacher absences will be made up or a refund will be issued. In addition, one snow day per term will be made up for private lesson students. Missed makeup lessons will not be made up.


For group classes, shared lessons, and ensembles, students should notify the teacher or office as soon as possible if they will be absent. Missed sessions will not be made up unless due to teacher absences. If a teacher absence cannot be made up, a refund will be issued. In addition, one snow day per term will be made up for group classes, shared lessons, and ensembles. Missed makeup classes will not be made up.

In all cases, if a student withdraws prior to the end of the term, he/she forfeits any makeups owed.

Prolonged Illness or Injury

Please notify the office immediately of any prolonged illness or injury, which might affect lessons. Partial credit may be issued in cases of prolonged illness or injury. If a credit balance is issued, it is valid for one year from date of issue.


Because of the faculty members’ full schedules, students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Faculty will wait ten minutes for a student, after which it becomes an unexcused absence.

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Withdrawals and Refunds


For the fall term (Term I), private lessons for new and continuing students may be terminated for any reason before the fourth scheduled lesson and receive a prorated refund less registration and payment plan fees, which are non-refundable. Absence after the third scheduled lesson with or without notification does not release students from the obligation to pay for the term.


Students may withdraw two weeks prior to the class start date and receive a 100% refund less registration and payment plan fees, which are non-refundable. Students may receive a 50% refund less the non-refundable registration and payment plan fees if withdrawing less than two weeks before the scheduled start date. There are no refunds or switching classes once a term begins.

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Other Policies

Term II Enrollment

Students registered for private lessons, shared lessons, group classes, and ensembles in Term I are automatically enrolled in Term II (spring). The withdrawal deadline for the spring term FOR STUDENTS CONTINUING FROM TERM I is January 5, 2019. Please note that a student’s spot will not be held if payment is not received by the deadline. New students starting private lessons in Term II, as well as continuing students changing teacher or instrument, may withdraw for any reason before the fourth scheduled lesson and receive a prorated refund.

Discount Policy

Only one discount will be given. Discounts apply to the less expensive course.

Fall and Spring Terms

  • Multiple Lesson Discount: If there are 2 or more full-term private lesson enrollments in the same term, a discount of 10% will be applied to the less expensive registration.
  • Family Discount: For additional family members enrolled in any private lesson or two-term class in the same term, a discount of 10% will be applied. Discounts apply to the less expensive course. Full term enrollment required.
  • Senior Citizen Discount: For students 65 years and older, a discount of 10% will be given for any private lesson, class or ensemble.

Discounts for Early Childhood Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms

  • Sibling Discount: For siblings enrolled in a different class of early childhood program during the same term, a discount of 10% will be applied. Full term enrollment required.
  • Early Childhood Bring a Sibling Discount: Under 7 Months: Free; 7 Months and Older: 25% off class fee. Both Siblings must attend the same class. Limited space available, teacher approval and full term enrollment required.

Discounts for Summer Programs
Discounts are not applicable to summer programs.

Delinquent Accounts

Brookline Music School reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student who is delinquent in fulfilling financial obligations. An additional billing charge of $20 will be added to overdue accounts. Delinquent accounts referred for collection will be liable for all collection fees and costs. There is a fee of $20 for any returned checks.

Cancellation of Group Classes/Ensembles

Brookline Music School reserves the right to cancel any group classes or ensembles due to insufficient enrollment.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Brookline Music School does not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, disability, pregnancy or conditions related to the pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected genetic information, veteran status, military service or other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws.

Brookline Music School Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously and will take all measures to protect your personal information. Any personal information received will only be used to process your registration. We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.

Photo/Video Policy

Brookline Music School may photograph/videotape lessons, group classes or events for educational purposes and for online and print media. If you do not wish your child or yourself to be photographed or videotaped, please circle on the registration form.


Parking is not allowed in the Lincoln School traffic circle during public school hours (8:00am-3:30pm). Street parking is available on Kennard Road, all adjacent streets and during non-school hours behind Lincoln School via Hedge Rd. Parking is NOT allowed in the spaces behind the brick wall next to Kennard House or on the inner circle at Lincoln School.

Snow Policy

School Closure: If there is a school-wide closing or an event cancellation, information will be posted on the website (BMSmusic.org), on BMS social media, and on TV Channels 5, 7, and 25. You may also call the school and listen to our automated message which will be updated in the event of a school closing.

Storms during office hours

Please call the office for information or check the website. Storms after the office has closed: Your teacher will contact you directly regarding lesson status.

Snow day makeups

ONE snow day per student, per semester will be made up. If a group class or ensemble is canceled due to snow, one makeup group class or ensemble will be offered at the end of the term. Snow day makeups are only offered for days when BMS has officially closed or canceled lessons or classes due to inclement weather

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Updated 5/20/18