Private Lesson Policies

  • All lessons are held weekly, 52 weeks per year.  
  • All private lessons accounts require recurring payments to be set up with a valid Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Amex.
  • Individual instructors may adjust their teaching schedules with students with advance notice.
  • Private lessons can be started at any time throughout the year. 
  • There is a four (4) lesson minimum for new students.  
  • Payment for the initial 4 lessons must be pre-paid prior to the first lesson.
  • Online registration is encouraged as it is the quickest way to move the lesson process forward.  Payment by credit card is required during the registration process.
  • Lessons can be discontinued for any reason with a 30 day notice to the VMA administrator or VMA Program Director and private teacher.  Payment for lessons during this 30 day period is required.
  • Lessons are held weekly for 30, 45 or 60 minutes.  Longer lessons may be available upon request.
  • Lessons are billed monthly, approximately the third week of each month with payment due by the first of each month.
  • Months with 5 weeks will be billed for 5 lessons.
  • This will continue until VMA is notified that you no longer wish to continue with private lessons.
  • "Received Lessons" are defined as: (1) a student attended lesson, or (2) a student unexcused absence. 
  • "Student Unexcused Absences" are considered any student initiated absence without prior arrangement (15 day minimum) and approval of the teacher.   
  • "Student Excused Absences" are allowed with teacher approval and require advance notice of at least 15 calendar days with the teacher.  These absences should be pre-arranged directly with the teacher.
  • Pre-arranged student absences of more than two weeks in a row may result in the loss of the scheduled lesson time and may have to be rescheduled at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Teacher cancellations or cancellations due to inclement weather will not count as a "received lesson."
  • Rescheduling Lessons - In the event of a student excused absence, teachers may choose to reschedule a lesson to a different day or time rather than miss the lesson.  This policy varies by teacher.  Please discuss this with your teacher.
  • Students and Parents will be issued a login and password for the VMA student portal.  Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use this tool manage their account, record practice time, cancel lessons, communicate with faculty and staff and much more.  
  • All new students are required to have a credit card on file and authorize VMA to automatically charge for private lessons. Upon completion of 4 received lessons, an additional 4 lessons will automatically be charged.
  • Accounts with declined payments will be automatically suspended until account information is updated and payment is received.
  • Missed lessons during any suspension will be considered a “received” lesson and will not be made up, refunded or credited to the student’s account. 
  • Tuition is reasonably priced at least 25 percent below the market price for similar quality instructors.
  • Past due accounts will not receive instruction until the account is paid in full.   
  • VMA accepts PayPal and Visa, MC, DC, AX credit cards.

Additional Information

  • After registering for lessons, you will receive an email confirmation.
  • Once your lesson schedule has been confirmed, you will receive another email with lesson time confirmation.  If there are special circumstances regarding your schedule, a representative may contact you to work out any scheduling conflict by phone.
  • After registration is complete and lessons have begun, any scheduling changes can be made through the student portal and directly with the teacher.
  • You have full access to your account, billing, attendance and payment information online at the student portal.  All billing and payment inquiries should be directed to the VMA office only.  The teachers do not have access to your payment or account information.
  • As a non-profit organization, VMA sponsors a variety of fund raising activities each year.  Your support of these events, while not required for participation in VMA services, is greatly appreciated and helps to keep tuition affordable for all.
  • FINANCIAL AID is offered through scholarships from September through May. Applications are due the first Friday in August of each year. Click here to download an application