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General Information

HOW TO REGISTER

Register online or stop by the office to register in person.

There is a semesterly non-refundable registration fee of $20 per enrolled individual. Tuition for private instruction, all ensembles, and classes is listed with each course offering. Tuition does not cover the cost of music or books, although some instructional materials may be provided. You may register for private lessons at any time; deadlines, auditions and previous requirements may apply for some classes and ensembles.

PRIORITY REGISTRATION

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Fall semester, priority will be given to students wishing to re-enroll for their current day and time between May 15- June 1. Beginning on June 1 outside students will be able to register for open times, and Registration will begin processing change requests for current students who would like to make changes to their schedule. Students who pay in full by June 30 for the following academic year will receive 5% off their entire tuition.

FULL YEAR REGISTRATION

Continuing students may elect to register for the entire school year (Fall and Spring semesters) to secure their lesson time for the both semesters (provided their time is available). The 5% Priority Registration discount can be applied to the full annual tuition if full payment is received by June 30.

TRIAL LESSONS

Trial lessons are a great way for students to explore a new instrument or teaching style, and can be scheduled without committing to the semester of lessons. These 30 minute lessons are offered at a special price of $30. Please note a student may purchase multiple trial lessons, but not with the same teacher.

CONFIRMATION

By enrolling in any BSM offering, you acknowledge you have read the “Registration Policies” and agree to abide by them. You understand that you are registering for the time span indicated on your invoice and that you are responsible for the full amount of tuition of your chosen offering. You also hereby grant permission for Bloomingdale to take photos and videos of you and/or your family at classes and events, and to use the reproduction of such photo or video footage for school-related promotional material unless a request is submitted in writing to satinkpahoun@bsmny.org. Families who submit this request are responsible for notifying camera operator at time of events.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Tuition and fees must be paid before a student is admitted to a lesson, class, or ensemble. Tuition and fees for instruction are billed on a semesterly basis and may not be paid weekly. Payment in full may be made by cash, check, or credit card before a semester.

Students may also elect a payment plan, which allows them to make payments in installments during the semester. Students opting for the payment plan are responsible for the $20 registration fee and a payment plan fee of $20 per semester. For enrollments received before the start of the semester, tuition and fees will be divided into four even monthly payments per semester, with the first payment due before the first lesson can take place. For registrations completed after the start of a semester the number of payments will be reduced based on enrollment date. A payment plan will be automatically created for accounts that are not paid in full by the first day of classes. Note: First payment must be received before instruction can begin.

Bloomingdale reserves the right to suspend or terminate instruction for students who do not meet their financial obligations by these deadlines. Additionally, late payments will result in a $20 fee for each late payment. Students are liable for the full cost of instruction; tuition credit or make-up lessons will not be given as a result of lessons missed due to suspension.

DISCOUNTS

  • Siblings of enrolled students are eligible for a 10% discount off the lower priced item.
  • Students enrolled in a second private lesson are eligible for a 10% discount (Please note the sibling and second lesson discount cannot be combined for a single item).
  • Students who are transitioning from a group class to a private lesson are eligible for a one-time 10% discount on their first semester of private lessons.
  • New student discounts are often available during promotion periods.

PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS AND CLASS LENGTHS

Bloomingdale reserves the right to cancel classes with insufficient enrollment. In the event a course is cancelled, you will be notified and given the opportunity to transfer to another class. If you do not enroll in another class, you will receive a refund for the cancelled classes. In some cases Bloomingdale School of Music may shorten an hour-long group class to 45 minutes if it does not meet the minimum enrollment. In this case the class length will change, but tuition will not be adjusted as the class is now semi-private and students will benefit from more individualized instruction.

RETURNED CHECK CHARGE

There is a $35 charge for any check returned by the bank.

WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY

  • When a student registers they are committing to the entire semester or year.
  • All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to Director of Student Services, Lohengrin Velasquez, at lvelasquez@bsmny.org within the first two weeks of the semester.
  • 75% of tuition will be refunded (if the student has paid in full).
  • Fees are nonrefundable.
  • No refunds will be processed after the second week of the semester.

MISSED LESSONS AND CLASSES

Our lesson cancellation and make-up policy is designed to be fair to both teacher and student. If the instructor cancels a lesson or class, a make-up will be offered at a mutually convenient time. For private lesson students, a maximum of one make-up lesson per semester is allowed, for an excused absence.

Cancellations by students may be made up under the following conditions:

  • If the school is notified of the absence. Cancellations of lessons must be made by calling the school at 212–663–6021, or emailing registrar@bsmny.org. (Calling or emailing the instructor to cancel a lesson is not sufficient notice, please notify the school and Registration will communicate with faculty.)
  • If adequate notice is given. Cancellations must be made with adequate notice. Cancellations for general absences must be made by the day before the lesson to be considered an excused absence, or by 12:00pm noon the day of the lesson in case of illness.
  • If a mutually agreeable time can be found at the end of the term, during holiday periods, or during another student’s canceled lesson time

Please note:

  • Students should schedule a time for a make-up lesson directly with the instructor.
  • Student cancellation of an agreed upon make-up lesson will not be made up.
  • While only one makeup lesson is permitted per semester, as a courtesy, please let the instructor know ahead of time of any planned absences due to vacations, religious observance, etc.
  • There are no make-ups for student absence for group offerings, including: group classes, ensembles, early childhood, and chamber music, and music theory.

TARDINESS

Students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson length. Both faculty and students are asked to wait for one-third of the scheduled lesson time, at which point the lesson is considered to be cancelled (10 minutes for a 30 minute lesson/class, 15 minute for a 45 minute lesson/class, or 20 minutes for 60 minute lesson/class).

Frequently Asked Questions

All students are required to register prior to beginning lessons in the Fall semester. Students electing to enroll for the full year do not need to re-register in the Spring. Students registered only for the Fall semester must re-register for the Spring semester. All students must register separately for the Summer semester.

Yes. Bloomingdale offers rolling admissions, which allows students to register at any time during the year.

The Fall and Spring semesters each consist of 17 total lessons. When you register, you are committing to the remainder of the lessons in the current semester. The exception is a Bloomingdale Season Ticket, which allows adult students to purchase six one-hour lessons per semester. Season Ticket lessons are scheduled directly between the student and faculty member.

Early childhood classes at Bloomingdale prepare students for group and private instrument study. In these classes students learn musical concepts such as tempo, dynamics, rhythm, pitch, and use specially designed children’s percussion instruments. All the skills gained in Bloomingdale’s early childhood classes will help young children have a successful and smooth transition into instrumental study.

Parents should register their children for the class that is age-appropriate at the beginning of the semester. If a baby who is 15 months in September outgrows Baby’s and Toddler’s First Music Class, for example, faculty members will recommend that the student switch into Music and Movement. However, since the age ranges of all Bloomingdale’s early childhood classes are relatively small, children mature and develop together over the course of the semester and are generally well matched.

The age to begin private study differs from child to child. Children who are four may be ready to begin with a teacher trained in Suzuki method – we have violin, cello, piano and flute teachers with that training. Many five year olds are ready to start private lessons. In any event, the earlier your child is exposed to music the better! Children in early childhood music classes have an easier time learning music later on.

Bloomingdale does not offer semi-private lessons since we believe that private lessons allow teachers to focus their approach on the learning goals of an individual student. Group lessons for the beginner are available on select instruments.

In most cases, students need to have the instrument that they are studying in order to practice between lessons. Bloomingdale studios, all with pianos, are available free-of-charge for current students of the school, subject to availability.

Bloomingdale offers trial lessons for private instruction. Any student is welcome to take a trial lesson if he or she is unsure of committing to a particular instrument, or would like to consider different teachers before committing to a full semester of lessons. You can only take one trial lesson per teacher. To set a trial lesson up, please speak with someone at the registration office (212) 663-6021 or email: registrar@bsmny.org who can coordinate a teacher, time, and day. The cost for a 30-minute trial lesson is $25, and payment must be made in advance.

In many cases, an alternate class or lesson can be arranged and will improve a child’s learning experience. If it is necessary to withdraw from classes, a 75% refund will be given if withdrawal is within the first two lessons. No refunds will be given after two lessons.

Although Bloomingdale’s schedule is set to roughly correspond to the public school schedule, there are differences in the calendars. Please check our calendar for a complete listing of Bloomingdale’s closings.

Suzuki training is a method that emphasizes ear training and parent involvement with students. Originating in Japan, the Suzuki method allows students to learn an instrument at an early age through the recognition of sounds and rhythms rather than focusing on note-reading skills. At Bloomingdale School of Music, lessons with Suzuki-trained faculty are available for violin, cello, piano and flute. Parents of Suzuki students are expected to sit in on lessons and assist in the instruction between lessons.

While there is no definite answer to this question, some instruments do have certain physical requirements. Piano and string instruments are good choices for younger children. Children ages 10 and up can begin lessons on most instruments.

Auditions are never required for regular study at Bloomingdale School of Music. We believe that all people have musical ability and our doors are open to all who wish to study here.