Studio Policies


Revised March 2017

Tuition

There will be two ways that you may pay for classes.

  • Pay in full per session. Class cost is generally less expensive if you pay for the entire session up front. Sessions generally run no longer than 8 weeks long, except for the summer, which can run up to 12 weeks long. Payment is due on or before the first class of the session.
  • Weekly. Payment will be due on or before your first class in the lobby. Students will commit to a set payment for the number of weeks allotted per session. All payments will be automatically charged to a credit card or debit card. An automatic charge is the only way you may pay weekly.

Fees and Registration

  • New students pay a one-time registration fee of $20.00 for processing fees and to secure their spots in class.
  • There will be a $15.00 late fee added per week late to all payments that are given after the first class of the session.
  • There will be a $25.00 fee applied for all returned checks.
  • If you were a member of the studio, but have left the studio for over a year’s worth of time, you will need to pay your registration fee again when returning to the studio.

Cancellations

  • If a class is cancelled because of inclement weather or because the teacher needs to cancel class for personal reasons, a make up class and lesson will be issued. There will not be a make up class for make up classes.
  • The studio will post on our Facebook page by 3:00 p.m. if the studio is closed due to inclement weather. Please check before coming to class.
  • Consistent class participation is very important. If a student is sick for his/her lesson and cannot make it, he/she will be given ONE “sick credit” towards his/her next session. Credits will only be given due to sickness and ONLY ONE credit pass will be issued per session. In order to qualify for the “sick credit” the student (or parent of the student if under 18) must call and leave a message at the studio 570-714-ARTS by 2:30 p.m. or 9am if a Saturday class,
  • if the student will not be attending class that day due to sickness. No call – No credit.
  • Multiple missed classes: If a student misses more than one class per session because of sickness, no credit will be given for those classes additionally missed. If a student misses 3 or more classes per session, they will not be permitted to perform in the shows provided during that session.

Class Requirements:

  • EVERY VOCAL class, (solo and/or group) – ALL students should bring: a flash drive (to download group/solo songs), a binder, and a pencil for ages 6 and up.
  • Group Voice class only: Music should be memorized for “Mini-Master Class”
  • Every piano class should bring: a binder, pencil, and lesson books
  • Guitar students should bring: guitar and any lesson notes
  • Flute students should bring: flute and any lesson books
  • Drum students should bring: drum sticks and lesson materials
  • Violin and Viola students should bring: violin and viola and lesson materials
  • Dance class – Students should be dressed in dance attire wearing leotards and tights. Students should have all of their dance shoes in a bag and for the following classes should have: Pink ballet shoes for ballet, tap shoes for tap and black jazz shoes or jazz boots for jazz and hip hop. Hair should be secured and out of the face.
  • Theater class – Students should keep all of their material in a binder and bring that binder to class with them each week. They should also have some paper and a pen/pencil for taking notes.
  • Art Class – All materials are included for the art classes.  Personal sketch pads are optional.  Every once in awhile, the students may need to provide particular art materials such as canvases, specialty papers, etc. as directed by their teacher. The art teacher or program director will be in touch before the class of the session to let you know what is required.  Art students should always keep in mind works that they can be working on for upcoming art shows we have in December, June and August.

Studio Performances/Art Show

  • All members of the studio who are participating in art classes are expected and strongly encouraged to show 2-3 art pieces at our formal art shows.
  • All members of the studio are required to perform at studio events/performances.  Please let your instructor know as soon as possible if you cannot attend an event.
  • Students are responsible for their own costumes/attire.
  • There are generally 3 formal recitals/art shows  a year.   There are also several community type shows scheduled throughout the year as well.
  • Singing/Instrument Performance Dress Policy – Performance Professional No Jeans – No Shorts. I encourage all of you to go out now and buy yourselves appropriate performance attire for each season so you have at least one outfit to wear at performances. You will not be permitted onstage if you are not dressed appropriately.
  • For singing group members, we often try to agree on a common theme/color for the group members to wear so they look like a defined group.
  • Dance/Theater Performance Dress Policy – The teacher will let you know what will be required to wear at performances.

Song Purchases

  • If I need to download the song, there is a fee. Fees are due A.S.A.P. Here is a list of the fees:
    • $1/$2 – per download and transfer to flashdrive depending on song

Cell Phone Usage

  • Dance – Theater – Group Vocal Classes, Solo Instruments – The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited.
  • Solo Voice – cell phones may be used to look up lyrics and/or record lessons. Please turn off notifications of messages before class begins and if you aren’t using it for the above reason, please keep it put away.
  • Art Class – Students may listen to music using headphones, but it is also at the discretion of the teacher.

Food/Drink Policy

  • No food/drink (except water) will be allowed in the individual classrooms. Water containers must have a secure lid in place to bring them into the classrooms. Please keep all drinking and eating to the lobby and discard of your waste appropriately. We at the PHCA want to do our part in making the world a better place, and we encourage you to please use the recycling bins (please rinse first) and trash containers appropriately.
  • No Gum!!!

Miscellaneous

  • No street shoes are permitted on the dance floor as dirt, rainwater, grime, and winter salt can cause the Marley flooring to erode.
  • Children under the age of 8 should not be left unattended in the waiting area. Children should be picked-up promptly after their classes. If there is an emergency, contact the front desk at 570-714-ARTS If your child must wait for you, please let the receptionist or teacher know and provide your child with an activity and/or snack to ease your child’s anxiety.
  • Please use the garbage can provided in the waiting area for disposing food items. Please note we do recycle plastics, glass, cans and paper in separate receptacles.
  • If food is spilled, please use paper towels from the bathrooms or clean rags available at the front desk to help us reduce stains. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate create terrible stains. We spent countless hours making this place beautiful. Please help keep it that way.
  • Keeping an open communication with our PHCA families is very important to us. Each teacher should have his/her own way of communicating thoroughly with his/her students and families. Be sure to check the bulletin board in the lobby as well as the hallway often for studio updates and announcements.