Private Lessons

Recitals will be given twice per year: one in the Fall Term and one in the Spring Term. One makeup lesson per term will be granted to each student when 24-hour notice is given by email or phone call. Any lessons missed and rescheduled, excluding the one allotted makeup lesson, will be at the discretion of the teacher.

It is important that students be on time for lessons. Students who are 10 minutes (or more) late for their lesson will be considered to have forfeited their lesson. This will be considered an unexcused absence and the instructor is under no obligation to make it up. If running close to lesson time, please call the Academy for the Arts Office at 828.254.7841 while in transit. Communication is of the utmost importance.

If a student wishes to discontinue lessons, a 30-day written notice will be required. The student will be financially responsible for the lessons that occur during those 30 days from the date notice is given whether or not the student chooses to attend the lessons. A refund will be given for the remainder of lessons that occur after the 30 days if previously paid for. The Program Fee is non-refundable.

Group Lessons/Ensembles
These classes consist of a fixed schedule of classes per term for which the student pays in advance. Because of the nature of the group class environment, we will not be able to issue refunds or reimbursements for missed lessons (excused or unexcused). We are not able to schedule makeup lessons for individuals who miss group lessons for any reason.

If the teacher is to be absent, without a substitute, on any given class day, the class will be notified ahead of time. This class will then be rescheduled at no additional cost to the student.

If the Academy has to close due to weather or church-wide closure event, the class will be rescheduled at no additional cost to the student. See our Inclement Weather page for more information on these policies.

Holidays and Semester Breaks
The Academy for the Arts is closed for the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day and Friday after
  • Christmas Week (week between Christmas and New Year’s)

If your lesson/class falls on any of these days, it will be rescheduled.