We are delighted that you are a part of the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina (MAEC) family. As a nonprofit, 501(c)3, community music school, MAEC provides education and involvement in music for people of all ages and abilities based on quality instruction in a variety of musical styles fostering lifelong values and an appreciation of the arts.
The Music Academy's mission is to open the door to your personal creative journey, inspire people of all ages and abilities, and nurture a lifelong love of music and the arts.
Provides a fun place,
Creates shared experiences,
Offers intergenerational activities,
Ensures longevity of arts programs in our community!
MAEC envisions a community where people of all ages and abilities come together to enjoy the arts. MAEC nurtures a sense of belonging and brings people of all socio-economic, educational and cultural backgrounds together for a share purpose.
To register: Complete the registration form and payment information online or request the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina to assist you with completing this information. Registration includes the registration fee payment with a credit card number, check or money order. You may pay this online or at the Music Academy. Classes and lessons are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may enroll anytime throughout the year; the Music Academy pro-rates tuition for registered once terms have begun. Please note: The computer program may not accurately charge your initial lessons correctly. Music Academy personnel will check the accounts and correct them as needed.
Enrollment is continuous through Fall, Winter and Spring Terms. Schedules remain the same throughout the year, unless the instructor needs to change. Students may change lesson times if the teacher has the availability. During the summer, we hope you continue your music study. Lessons are scheduled on a flexible scheduling basis, allowing for both your family and the teacher's vacations and summer needs. For Summer Term, you are charged for the number of lessons agreed upon with your instructor. If discontinuing lessons, students must notify MAEC in writing prior to the last lesson.
As a nonprofit, 501(c)3, community music school, we rely on community giving and support. Tuition alone covers only 70% of the annual expenses. All students are required to participate in at least one fundraiser of their choice. Please see our Calendar, available in the reception room, or our website, www.musicacademyec.org, for more information on fundraising events. Students who have not participated in fundraising during the year are billed $50 in April.
Annual Registration Fees are non-refundable.
For private lessons: A partial refund, less a 20% service charge, is available for private lessons if the student has given written notice to withdraw before the third lesson week. After the third lesson week, no refunds will be given.
For group classes: Refunds are not available once a class begins. If MAEC cancels a class, tuition may be refunded, credited to your account or given as a donation to MAEC. Please let us know how you want this handled, if a class must be canceled.
Once enrolled, students are expected to attend all lessons. Make-up lessons are private lesson times with your instructor, often during the scheduled make-up weeks and the same time as with your regularly scheduled private lesson. Make-up lessons are lesson times arranged with your instructor, the same as with your regularly scheduled private lesson. Your instructor may have an occasional group masterclass as a make-up lesson. Your instructor will work with you to schedule make-up lessons. Generally, these are planned during the make-up weeks designated in the MAEC calendar. Other times can also be arranged with you on a case by case basis. Certainly, when life brings an extended absence (such as a broken arm or an extended illness), we will work with this on an individual basis as needed.
Please communicate with your teacher if you have known schedule conflicts such as family travel or school trips. If you or your child is sick, please notify us as soon as possible. If a student goes home sick from school, mostly likely they are too sick to attend their after-school activities. We prefer you take care of your health!
If a lesson is canceled due to teacher absence, the teacher will reschedule the lesson. Our teachers are active professional musicians and have concerts to perform and continuing education requirements. They may need to reschedule on occasion. If your teacher is sick, their lessons will be canceled; we will not have an unannounced substitute instructor. The teacher will be in contact for your make-up lessons. Most likely, they will discuss this at your next regularly scheduled lesson time. We prefer everyone stays healthy!
If you must miss a lesson, please call MAEC prior to your lesson time so we may notify your instructor. Our teachers are professional musicians and their work at the Music Academy is their profession. Unexcused absences are paid lessons for the instructor and must be paid for by the student.
In the event of a weather emergency, MAEC will cancel all morning classes and lessons when Pitt County Schools are closed or during the time schools are delayed. If you are enrolled in a Pitt Community College Continuing Education class with the Music Academy, these classes will cancel when the college is closed. Other cancellations may be made when an instructor is unable to travel safely to the Music Academy, as some of our instructors travel into Greenville. Decisions are made throughout the day regarding all other classes and lessons. If we are open and you are unable to travel safely, please let us know -- we will honor a make-up lesson for this! Please check the local television and radio stations to determine whether MAEC is open or closed. Lessons or classes canceled due to weather will be made up at a later date. All other teaching holidays are announced on the calendar. Please see our website: www.musicacademyec.org.
I have read the school policies (also available on the website www.musicacademyec.org) and agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the school.
Tuition is due prior to the start of each term. Fall Term = week of August 26, Winter Term = week of November 18, Spring Term = week of March 9 and Summer Term = week of June 15. Tuition will be posted on the your online account and statements are emailed to you if you do not have other payment arrangements.
Payment plans (paying monthly, weekly or other needs) may be discussed with the office. However, a payment plan does not invalidate the obligation to pay for your term. A non-refundable registration fee of $15 per student/$25 maximum per family is payable annually. Payment is accepted by check, money order or credit card. We do not charge additional fees for paying with a credit card nor require auto-draft tuition payments. You may make your payments directly online, mailed to the Music Academy, bring them to the Music Academy or phone us with a credit card.
Please note: This computer program will not auto draft your payment for future payments. You will need to make these payments each term.
Previous account balances are to be paid in full before continuing a new term or registering for new lessons and classes. If circumstances arise, please communicate with us for special arrangements. If a payment is returned due to insufficient funds, there will be an automatic $30 NSF fee charged to the account on file. If you are aware of an NSF return, please contact the office and make arrangements for your account as soon as possible. We often are unaware of an NSF deposit item for several days after you are notified. We thank you for your quick attention if this should occur.
Students may earn a $20 tuition credit for referrals. A $20 tuition credit (no cash will be paid) will be awarded for each referral that results in a new student enrolling at MAEC. New students must indicate the referral's name on their registration form. We enjoy awarding these credits! If you made a referral and do not see a credit on your account, please inquire! Often, referral names are not completed on the Registration Forms. We want to help you with your credits. We appreciate your help spreading the news about the programs offered at the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina. Feel free to pick up flyers and brochures in the Reception Room! Thank you in advance for helping us spread the good word about the Music Academy!