Registration Information

Registration
1.    Phone 810.238.1350 ext. 3
       MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted
2.    In Person:
       Visit the FSPA Office
3.    Mail. Send check to:
       Flint Institute of Music
      1025 E. Kearsley Street
       Flint, MI 48503
      (Returning students only)

New music lesson students: Call the FSPA office to request an instructor. 810.238.1350 ext. 3

Tuition and fees must be paid in full before classes are taken. 
It is assumed that students register for the entire year with payment due a minimum of three business days prior to the beginning of each term or semester, whichever is applicable. The FSPA Office mails a postcard prior to each new term or semester reminding students that tuition and fees are due.
 
BILLS ARE MAILED WHEN PAYMENT IS PAST DUE AND A LATE FEE IS ASSESSED.
Instructors are notified of student payment and will admit students when tuition is paid. Your cooperation is appreciated as private instructors are compensated when tuition is paid. See page 17 for information on applying for Tuition Assistance or Merit Scholarships. 
 
Registration fee  
The registration fee is $20, payable once each year. The maximum registration fee for families with two or more students enrolled is $40. THE REGISTRATION FEE IS NONREFUNDABLE, unless a class 
is canceled.
 
Late Fees  
A late fee of $20 will be charged to outstanding accounts after the fourth lesson or class. There will be a $20 charge for checks returned as a result of insufficient funds. 
 
Enrollment  
A minimum enrollment is required for all classes. If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, a full refund, including registration fee, will be made to those enrolled.

Student Withdrawal  
All tuition will be refunded if notification is given before the first lesson or class. Tuition refunds for cancellation after the opening of each term or semester will be made as follows:
 1.    Notification before second class: 75%
 2.    Notification before third class: 50% 
 3.    Notification before fourth class: 25% 
There will be no refund after the fourth lesson or class. There are no refunds for summer camps. 

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 an instructor, call the FSPA Office 
at 810.238.1350 ext. 3. The message will be 
forwarded to the instructor. Find your faculty member HERE.

If the student needs to miss a normally scheduled lesson due to a religious holiday, the student should notify the music 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.

Dance classes missed under extenuating circumstances may be made up within the 
current term.
 
Class Cancellations  
In the event a class day is canceled due to instructor illness or emergency, a sign will be posted on the door. 
If time permits, students will be called.
 
School Closings  
School closings may occur in the event of a snow emergency or other natural occurrence and will be announced on television, radio and on-line at FlintInstituteofMusic.org. The School will not automatically close when the Flint Community Schools close.

Materials  

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 policies.

Music 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, print, broadcast or online 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 Responsibility  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.
 
Student Services
Call Boxes  
For our families’ convenience, six yellow call boxes are located throughout the building. If help is needed to carry an instrument or from public safety personnel, please use these call boxes.
 
Student Lounge/Atrium
We offer a beautiful Atrium in which our families can wait, do homework, read a book or just relax. Wireless internet is available. Quiet lounge also often available in room 116; check sign on door.
 
Practice Rooms  
Music students may use the practice rooms during normal school hours when facilities are available, and when previous arrangements have been made with Public Safety by calling 810.237.3116.
 
Rental Instruments  
A limited number of instruments are available for rental by FSPA students. Call the FSPA Office for availability and rates.
 
Locker Policy  
Music and dance students may use hallway lockers by registering with the Public Safety Office.
Public Safety can be reached at 810.237.3116. Lockers in the dance dressing rooms are reserved for dancers and are issued according to Dance Department policy.
 
Parking  
Parking is available in the lot located north of the building. Entrance to this lot can be gained off Mathews Street and Hunt Lane. Additional parking is also available in the lot north of Sloan Museum. Manning Street may be used for handicapped-accessible parking and student drop-off and pick-up (use designated areas - please do not block crosswalks).
 
Evaluation  
Music class students receive instructor observation forms at the end of each semester.

Music lesson and ensemble students may request a written evaluation at any time.

Dance students enrolled in Ballet classes receive student outcome forms at the end of each eight-week term.

Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Elementary 
Ballet I, Modern and Pointe students receive student outcome forms at the end of the second and fourth terms only.
 
Parents are encouraged to observe dance classes the last week of each term.


Major funding for the Flint Institute of Music is provided by
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Learn more at Mott.org.