— FAQ —
frequently asked questions
Is there a performance opportunity for students?
Yes. At the end of the semester we put on a day of student performances at Shapeshifter Lab, a beautiful jazz venue in Gowanus/Park Slope.
Why a 16 week commitment?
A student needs regular lessons (and regular practice between lessons) to improve at an instrument. Dedication is the key to progress. We are able to attract such a high level of faculty talent because we guarantee teachers a full semester of reliable work, where they can devote their time to developing relationships with specific students. Both students and faculty benefit from the consistency and it’s a rewarding semester for everyone.
What if I decide I want lessons after the start of the semester?
Students may begin lessons at any point in the semester if space is available. The fee is pro-rated to reflect the number of lessons remaining.
What is your cancellation and make up policy?
A student’s regular weekly lesson slot is reserved exclusively for them, meaning that this time slot will never be used for any other bookings by Acme during the semester. Therefore, there are no refunds for lessons missed due to student absence or cancellation. Due to scheduling considerations, Acme does not require instructors to make up lessons missed by students. However, instructors may make up lessons at their discretion. Make up lessons occur during the predetermined Make Up Week at the end of the semester or at other times, space permitting. A lesson cancelled less than 24 hours in advance cannot be rescheduled.
Do I need to buy an instrument?
Having daily access to your instrument is central to regular practice. Drummers may work at home with pads if volume is an issue. Rentals are a possibility and we are happy to connect you with a good music store that rents instruments.