Fees & Policies

Our tuition system of payment is based on the following rates per lesson:
30 minute lesson = $26
45 minute lesson = $37.50
60 minute lesson = $50

Cello students of Sera Smolen – Click here for tuition information

WINTER/SPRING term 2017 (23 week period of time – 20 lessons in term)
Monday, January 9 – Saturday, June 17

30 minute lessons ($26) x 20 + Activity Fee = $535 or $89 per month
45 minute lessons ($37.50) x 20 + Activity Fee  = $765 or $127.50 per month
60 minute lessons ($50) x 20 + Activity Fee = $1015 or $169 per month
Payment for the term (or monthly fee) is due at the first lesson.

Above rates include a $15 Activity fee for the term, which covers all recitals and many Opus Ithaca activities.

A registration fee of $25 per student ($40 per family) will be charged for all first time students, ONE time only.

COLLEGE STUDENTS:  Please see information and rates on the “College Student” header to the left of this page, reflecting a shorter term from late January- early May.

How our payment system works:

At Opus Ithaca, students enroll in a full term of weekly lessons.

Students can enroll in lessons at any time of the term- depending on availability for each teacher.

Tuition is a prepayment of lessons at the beginning of the term- based on an estimation of how many lessons the student will have in the term. We charge for 3 fewer lessons than there are weeks of the term, and adjustments are made at the end of the term based on the actual number of lessons the student had. Sometimes the student will attend all of the lessons of the term, and therefore owe more than the tuition estimation. Sometimes a student will need to be credited or refunded at the end of a term- if a student has missed more than 3 “excused” lessons (which is how many weeks are left unpaid in each term). Excused missed lessons are explained below.

Payment for Winter/Spring term (dates shown above) includes 20 lessons in a 23 week period of time.

Lessons must be paid in full at the beginning of the term OR you may choose to pay in equal monthly payments at the beginning of each month of the term. (The monthly payment amount is the total tuition cost divided by the number of months in the term, not the amount of lessons that occur each month). Fall term has 4 months, Winter/ Spring has 6 months.

Any extra lessons (more than the number of lessons covered in the tuition) at the end of the term can be paid for “a la carte”.

Any student starting a term late will be pro-rated. Lessons can begin at any time! We adjust your payment schedule.

Because of our flexibility in allowing for a few missed lessons (reasonable excused lessons), not all missed lessons require make-ups. Each teacher has a different policy on make up lessons based on their schedules and availability. Please check with individual teachers regarding their policy.

Missed lessons:
If a student misses a lesson: It is up to the discretion of the private teacher to determine if the circumstances of the missed lesson warrants a make-up lesson, or if the missed lesson can be counted as an excused lesson.

It is Opus Ithaca’s policy that any last minute cancellations (within hours), or simply “forgotten” lessons will be charged (extraordinary circumstances may be considered).
If the teacher misses a lesson: If a student was not able to make all of the prepaid lessons in the term and the cancellation of the lesson was made by the teacher, there are three possible options for the student.
1) a make-up lesson will be given,
2) a credit will be given to the student toward the next term, or
3) money for the remaining lesson(s) will be reimbursed to you.
Please note: Opus Ithaca does not follow the ICSD schedule for our lessons. If there is no school because of Superintendent’s days or minor holidays, we are usually still holding our private lessons. Each individual teacher is responsible for canceling lessons. If you are uncertain about lessons on a day there is no school, always contact your teacher to find out if lessons are still being held. Contact individual private teachers for cancellations due to weather.