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Registration is not complete or guaranteed until SAM has received payment. Payment for annual private lessons (September – June) may be paid in full or as a monthly payment plan. Term payment plans are available for annual group classes. Payment plans must be set up in advance for the full teaching year with a valid form of payment (Visa, MasterCard, direct debit, or post-dated cheques).
Failed payments will result in a service fee of $25.00, payable to SAM immediately, along with the balance owing and a new or updated form of payment. Unpaid balances owing past 30 days could result in SAM canceling the student’s lessons and/or classes.
Student absences will not be refunded. However, up to 1 lesson per term will be rescheduled if notice is provided 10 days in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 days notice is required to reschedule any lesson and a no-show will result in the loss of the lesson.
Annual rates for student teachers accounts for 4 cancelled classes per academic year. In the case of up to four lesson cancellations due to teacher illness, bad weather, student absence, etc. the lesson will not be rescheduled. In the case that further lessons are cancelled, lessons will be rescheduled or comparable service will be provided.
All teacher absences will be rescheduled, or a suitable substitute teacher will be provided.
Group Class Cancellation
Group classes and day camps may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment up to one week prior to the start date. A full refund will be issued in the case of program cancellation. There is no refund, credit, or reschedule provided for missed group classes or day camps. Security deposits are non-refundable unless SAM cancels the program.
Group class pricing accounts for 1 cancelled class per academic year. In the case of single class cancellation due to teacher illness, bad weather, etc. the class will not be rescheduled. In the case that further classes are cancelled, classes will be rescheduled or comparable service will be provided.
Student Early Withdrawal
Students may withdraw from a group class or day camp up to one week prior to the start date and receive a refund of 85% of registration fee. No refund will be issued after one week prior to the start date.
Once registration fee and post-dated payments are received, registration is confirmed. Students may withdraw from scheduled private lessons 1 month prior to the start date in September with no charge. Less than 1 month notice will result in a one-month charge.
Withdrawal from annual private lessons (Annual payment or monthly payment) will result in a cancellation fee equivalent to one month’s payment due when notice of cancellation is received. Notice of cancellation must be emailed to email@example.com.
Drop-in lessons and 8 week lesson sets are non-refundable and non-reschedulable.
All borrowed materials must be returned by the following lesson or students may be charged a replacement fee.
Lesson fees do not include the cost of an accompanist for recitals, festivals and other performance opportunities. Please see SAM accompaniment fees here.
It is important to Squamish Academy of Music to make music education accessible to everyone. Please contact us regarding assistance if you have financial need. SAM partners with Community Access Music Project to provide low-barrier programming and needs based bursaries.
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