The Academic Year
William Pu Music Academy is open for the entire calendar year and offers lessons year round. WPMA has two academic semesters during the school year. The semesters are Spring (January 1 – May 31) and Fall (August 1 – December 31); they are comprised of 18 private lessons to be completed within the 21 calendar weeks that make up each semester. Group classes are scheduled and billed for on a customized basis. During the months of June and July, WPMA offers Summer Camps including the Atlanta Festival Academy, and private lessons can be purchased in small packages.
Tuition can be made in full, 2 half-tuition installments, or in 5 monthly installments. WPMA accepts e-payments via Zelle, checks, and cash.
If paying with Zelle, please use recipient info firstname.lastname@example.org to make your payment.
Group lesson, music theory class, sight-reading class and chamber music are due at or before the FIRST class of each semester. The academy accepts tuition payments by cash, check, and Zelle. Checks should be made payable to William Pu Music Academy or WPMA. A $20 late fee may be charged if the tuition payment is consistently not paid on time. There is a $25 fee for all returned checks. The costs for music materials and instruments are not included in the tuition. WPMA reserves the right to stop lessons for students who do not consistently meet their payment obligations.
There will be no yearly registration fee from August 2019.
All requests for withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Academy’s director, Mr. William Pu. Verbal requests to withdraw given to student’s instructor will not be considered. All requests for withdrawal must be submitted 30 days before the last lesson. No refund will be given if student withdrawal in the middle of the month.
Cancellation, Make-Up Lessons
Lesson times are scheduled by the teacher, not by Academy staff.
Each private lesson student may receive one make-up lesson per semester, to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of student and teacher. Any additional missed sessions will be made up only at the teacher’s discretion.
Due to the fact that the Academy’s teachers are sought-after, active professional musicians in the greater Atlanta region, it is inevitable that there will be scheduling conflicts. In the event an Academy teachers needs to cancel a lesson, the teacher will make every effort to reschedule the missed lesson at the earliest available time. In some cases, the substitute teachers will be hired.
WPMA strongly encourage our students to keep their commitment to their weekly lesson for their own benefit.
In the event of snow days, the Academy may decide to close its operation for the safety of our students and teachers. All cancelled lessons will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Please be on time for lessons. Be aware that if the student is late, the instructor cannot extend the lesson time, as there is usually another lesson immediately following. Please pick students up promptly after lessons. Parents are encouraged to attend the lesson if they can.
Students are expected to practice at home. Skills are developed over time; therefore last-minute practicing severely limits a student’s advancement, and in turn can be a source of frustration to the student and instructor.
The Academy reserves the right to dismiss any students due to frequent absences, behavior issues, or overdue lesson payments. All overdue payments must be made prior to registering for a new school year. A meeting will be arranged with the Director, the instructor, and the family if a dismissal is being considered.
All students are encouraged to participate in recitals as this helps to develop poise and self-confidence over time. WPMA will offer monthly recitals opportunity except June and July. Additional performance opportunities are also regularly sought out for WPMA students. All performing dates will be determined by the Academy. Students are responsible for their own piano accompanist fees.
The Academy places the highest importance on student safety. However, the Academy is not a day care center and does not assume responsibility for child supervision. In that regard, students under the age of 10 must be accompanied at all times by their parents/guardians while on Academy property. As further detailed in the Academy Enrollment Agreement, the Academy is not responsible for any injuries to students or siblings arising from neglectful parental supervision.
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The Academy subscribes to the highest standard of conduct as is fitting for its mission, purpose, and goals. Parents, students, and guests are to respect the properties and the facilities of the Academy and will be held responsible for any damage caused under any circumstances.
William Pu Music Academy admits students of any race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, or other Academy-administered programs.