TUITION CHANGES Q & A
- Why are you raising rates?
- How do these rates compare to other music schools in the area?
- I just got started (or restarted) in the last 3-6 months, and my rate is changing again. Why has this happened, and what can be done about it?
- How often do you raise rates?
- Why might my rate change be more than $10.00/month?
- What are intern teachers, and how is the tuition change process different for them?
- What if this change causes us financial difficulty?
- Are you offering any new discounts?
|Why are you raising rates?
|We can no longer absorb the increased
expenses for facilities, utilities, materials, and credit card services without severely
limiting the way in which we care for our students and their families. We want to continue to offer free trial classes, great recitals, flexible scheduling & vacation credits, free personal
assessments and placement counseling, coordination of make-ups or substitutes, customized curriculum
development, scholarships, great teachers, and much more.
|How do your rates compare
to other music schools in the area?
|In November 2013, we
researched published tuition from local music schools and found our
average rate was 23% lower than 90% of the comparable schools in the
area. With the 2014 increase our rates are still 11%-15% lower than
almost all local schools. See list of local
music school rates.
I just got started (or restarted) within the last
3-6 months and my rate is changing again. Why did this happen, and what can be done about it?
We are sorry that you enrolled while our rates were under their annual evaluation, and that we did not have this information ready to give to you. If your rate changed within the last 6 months and is more than $3.00/month, you may request a 6 month extension of your most recent rate by signing up for automatic tuition deductions through which we can adjust your rates at the end of the 6 month extension.
How often do you raise rates?
|Except for Intern teachers whose rates change as teaching hours accrue, we review rates annually, but do not necessarily raise them. Usually we raise rates for new enrollments/students and wait 6-24 months to raise them for continuing students.|
|Why might my rate change be more than $10.00/month?|
|There are three possible reasons that a tuition change might exceed $10.00 per month:
What are intern teachers, and how is the tuition change process different for them?
are young teachers who are trained and certified to teach at The Music
Place, but whose rates are discounted because they have not yet
completed their education and/or have not taught more than 50 hours
before joining our faculty.
Unlike some schools, we do not believe families should pay the same for teachers who have less than 1000 hours teaching experience, but also as a teachers' experience grows, the discounts should decrease. For this reason, monthly intern rates are raised $2.00-$5.00 for every 50-100 hours of teaching completed (up to the minimum tenured teacher rates or 1000 hours--whichever comes first.)
For teachers with fuller loads, this may occur every 2-3 months--but may only effect continuing students once every 1-2 years.
What if this change causes us financial difficulty?
|PLEASE contact us if this change causes
you financial difficulty. We want every child who wants music
instruction to be able to have it! OPTIONS INCLUDE:
Are you offering any NEW DISCOUNTS?
|YES! We are offering two new discounts:
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Actual Customer Testimonials:
"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents
"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .
I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family