Music Policies

Music Policies

Information concerning missed classes, school closing, class withdrawal, classes changes, emergency information and media releases.

Missed Lessons and Classes
Students are charged for all lessons and classes for which they register, including those missed through student absence.

Music Lessons
Missed by the student will not be rescheduled. The instructor, at registration, reserves a segment of time each week for the student. As a courtesy, students who must miss a lesson should notify the instructor as far in advance as possible.

To contact your instructor, call the FSPA Office at 810.238.1350 ext. 3. Your message will be forwarded to the instructor. Faculty extensions are also listed in Faculty Directory.

If the student needs to miss a normally scheduled lesson due to a religious holiday, the student should notify the music lesson instructor at least two weeks in advance or at the beginning of the term. The instructor will make every effort to reschedule that lesson.

Music classes
Missed by the student will not be rescheduled. If a class is canceled due to instructor absence a makeup class may be scheduled. There will be no refund for rescheduled classes missed by the student.

Student Withdrawal
All tuition will be refunded if notification is given before the first lesson or class. Refunds for cancellation after the opening of each term or semester will be made as follows:

  1. Refund if notice is received before the second lesson or class: 75% of the tuition charged.
  2. Refund if notice is received before the third lesson or class: 50% of the tuition charged.
  3. Refund if notice is received before the fourth lesson or class: 25% of the tuition charged.

There will be no refund after the fourth lesson or class. There are no refunds for summer camps.

Class Cancellations
In the event a class day is canceled due to teacher illness or emergency, a sign will be posted on the door. If time permits, students will be called.

The FSPA will credit, refund or reschedule only if a class is cancelled due to instructor absence.

FSPA Closing & Make-up Policy

Are there make ups for:Labor Day (M) Building ClosedHalloweenMLK (M) Holiday Building ClosedPresidents DayGood FridayMemorial Day (M) Building ClosedIndependence DayOfficial Closing for Inclement Weather
Private LessonsYES MakeupsFSPA is openYES MakeupFSPA is openFSPA is open, unless it falls during spring break.YES MakeupsYES makeups, Building closedYES makeups
Music Classes, EnsemblesNot applicableFSPA is open for classes. It is teacher's desicion to cancel. If canceled, Yes, will be made-up.NO MakeupFSPA is openFSPA is open, unless it falls during spring break.Not applicableNot applicable
NO, until 2 classes missed per year.

YES beginning with the 3rd classmissed. If class meets 2 days per week makeups begin with the 3rd class missed for each day.

School Closings
School closings will occur in the event of a snow emergency or other natural occurrences and will be announced on television, radio, on-line at and text alert. The School will not automatically close when the Flint Community Schools close.

Students must provide their own instruments, music, supplies and dance attire. Costumes for Flint Youth Ballet and Nutcracker performances are provided by the FSPA. For specific dance attire requirements, see Dance Classes.

Private Lessons - Instructor Changes
FSPA teaching artists have reached a high level of excellence as professional performers and educators. They maintain their own schedules and have their own unique teaching styles. Likewise, students have their own expectations and learn in their own unique ways. We make every effort to match student and instructor, but sometimes learning methods may not coincide. If this occurs, office staff and department chairs will help in facilitating changes.

Media Releases
Registration of students at the FSPA also allows the FSPA and Flint Institute of Music to use photos of that student in any promotional, printed or broadcast material. Those wishing not to have their photos used by the FSPA must notify the FSPA Office in writing prior to the start of class.

Parental Responsilbility
Parents are responsible for students before and after class. It is required that parents arrive on time for pick up.

Emergency Cards
Emergency cards are kept in the Public Safety Office. Although it is not required, we encourage you to fill one out for each student. You can pick up an emergency card in the Public Safety or FSPA Office.