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Get the most out of your lessons and programs at Bloomingdale School of Music.
Get the most out of your lessons and programs at Bloomingdale School of Music.
Bloomingdale School of Music is committed to creating an environment for students, parents, faculty, staff, and volunteers that is supportive, nurturing, and empowering. These policies are created to be fair to both students and faculty and are put in place to ensure a positive learning atmosphere which allows our students to reap the life-long benefits of studying music. Bloomingdale School of Music reserves the right to revise its policies at any time. Updates will be posted on the School’s website and emailed directly to families. Students and parents/guardians are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these policies and regularly reviewing the school website for any changes and updates.
Bloomingdale offers registration for private lessons in all major instruments as well as a variety of group classes and ensembles throughout the year for students of all ages and abilities. Enrollment is based on three main semesters as outlined below. For a copy of the current semester’s academic calendar, please visit bsmny.org/about-us/school-calendar/
Registration Fees (non refundable, per enrolled individual)
Tuition for private instruction, group classes, and ensembles is listed with each course offering and varies by offering and scheduling options. Tuition does not cover the cost of music books and/or other study materials. Private lesson students must supply their own instruments; however Bloomingdale has a limited supply of rental instruments with availability on a first-come, first-served basis for enrolled students.
Private lessons enroll on a rolling basis throughout the semester and can begin at any point within the year; deadlines, auditions, and previous requirements may apply for some classes and ensembles. When registering after the first week of the semester, tuition prices will be prorated based on the week of enrollment.
Students are eligible to receive tuition discounts in the case of any of the following:
In addition to these year-round discounts, promotional discounts are offered during priority registration periods.
Please note: Tuition discounts are not combinable with Financial Aid
Bloomingdale offers need-based financial aid to students of any age and ability level, from early childhood to adult learners. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, however awards are not guaranteed and generally do not exceed 70% of the total tuition.
To apply for general financial aid, parents or adult students are required to review financial aid guidelines and complete and submit an application form. Applications must be received prior to the deadline of the desired semester by submitting an online application. Every application is reviewed on its own merits and awards are granted at the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee through a confidential review process.
For more information on Financial Aid guidelines and application process, please visit https://www.bsmny.org/music-programs/financial-aid/
Paying Your Tuition:
Students have the option to elect a payment plan, which allows them to make payments in monthly installments during the semester. Students opting for the payment plan are responsible for the $20 registration fee as well as 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 within the semester. For enrollments received during the semester, the number of monthly payments will be reduced based on enrollment date.
Bloomingdale reserves the right to suspend or terminate instruction for students who miss tuition deadlines and are delinquent in fulfilling their financial obligation at any time during a semester. Students with delinquent accounts may not register for the next semester or summer programs until the account is paid in full.
Consistent weekly lessons and classes are important for the development and progress of musical learning. As such, Bloomingdale School of Music expects both students and faculty to work together to ensure weekly attendance is met.
Group Classes, including Early Childhood, Ensembles, Music Theory, and Lecture Classes
Make-ups for group classes will be offered only in the event of teacher cancellation or emergency school closing, including inclement weather closings. Unless specified otherwise, makeup classes for group classes will be held during the scheduled Make-Up Week at the end of the semester. Due to the nature of group instruction, individual student absences will not be eligible for a class makeup.
By registering for private lessons, students commit to a consistent schedule with their instructor. Subsequently, students are expected to attend all scheduled lessons and to give as much notice as possible when a cancellation is necessary.
Technical Difficulties (Remote Lessons/Classes Only)
If a technical difficulty prevents a remote lesson, group class, or ensemble rehearsal from being given, the lesson/class will be made up at a mutually convenient time during the school year or during the scheduled Make-Up Week at the end of the semester.
If a student arrives late, instructors are only obligated to teach until the lesson’s scheduled endpoint. If 15 minutes of the lesson has passed the teacher is not obligated to stay for the remainder of the time. If an instructor is late by 10 minutes or more, they will be obligated to make up the lesson at a later date. Missed lesson time due to faculty tardiness will be credited or made up at a mutually convenient time.
Bloomingdale reserves the right to cancel or postpone classes due to low enrollment. In most cases, we require at least three students to run a course. In the event a course is cancelled, families will be notified and given the opportunity to transfer to another class, space permitting. Students not able to join another class will be offered a refund for the cancelled class or a credit towards another offering in the future.
In some cases Bloomingdale School of Music may shorten a group class to 45 or 30 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.
In cases of extenuating circumstances, BSM reserves the right to modify the delivery of course content including, but not limited to, a change in teacher, room assignation, curriculum, or medium of delivery (e.g. in-person, technology-enabled remote teaching, etc.
Social Distancing due to Pandemic Risk
If the school closes for more than one consecutive week in order to comply with social distancing protocols and/or recommendations, remote lessons and classes/ensembles will be offered and school policies regarding make-ups, student absences, and teacher cancellations remain in effect. Credits/refunds will not be issued if students choose to not take advantage of remote lessons while the school is closed for social distancing.
Weather or Emergency
At times, emergencies such as severe weather, and/or other acts of God, fires, power failures, can disrupt School operations. In extreme cases, these circumstances may require the closing of the school facility. In case of inclement weather or emergencies, BSM makes its own determination as to holding school. Generally, BSM will follow the decisions made by the New York City Department of Education in determining the School’s closings. Notice of School closing will be communicated by email and listed on BSM website and social media platforms. Families may also call the school’s main telephone number (212-663-6021, ext. 0) to hear a recorded message regarding closings.
By participating in BSM programs, you consent to the taking of photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, and/or other digital images or recordings during rehearsals, performances, and/or at other events by staff, volunteers, or outside media. Bloomingdale may use, edit, alter, copy, publish, and/or distribute those photos and recordings in any and all of its publications, including social media and web-based publications, and/or for any other lawful purpose, without payment, compensation, royalties, or other consideration. BSM bears no responsibility for any unauthorized use of images or recordings by a third party.
If you do not wish to have your or your child’s photo used for marketing purposes, you must submit a request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Families who submit this request are responsible for notifying the camera operator at time of events.
Please Note: If the student is a member of a performing ensemble, it may not be possible to honor this request.
Bloomingdale School of Music takes family privacy seriously and will take all measures to protect personal information. Any personal information received will only be used to process your registration. Bloomingdale will not sell or redistribute family information to anyone.
Bloomingdale School of Music welcomes children, families, and employees of any age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital or relationship status, or disability. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital or relationship status, or disability in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, or other school administered programs.