New students are accepted at any time during the year.
Since KMI offers such generous discounts, it is necessary to restrict flexibility in enrollment, payment and refund options in order to make the rates financially feasible for us. Students may enroll for lessons in four different ways:
1) 6-Lesson Introduction. All new students are required to pay for 6 initial lessons. This is a new student trial period to establish that the student is interested in continued musical study, is compatible with the assigned faculty and is able to comply with the KMI policies. Payment in full is required prior to beginning lessons, and is non-refundable. New students may enroll at any time, but the 6 lessons must be completed before the end of the current term. Upon completion of the introductory period the student may then enroll for Floating Lessons or for Full Term of Lessons to complete the term (9 more lessons), and the tuition will be applied to the Full Term Tuition.
Students enrolling for 6 Weekly Lessons may pay the 6-Week Introductory tuition and the regular lesson time may be any time in the calendar where an opening is available. No weekly lessons may be skipped except for reason of holiday or faculty conflict, in which case the lesson can be scheduled for another time during the same week, made-up by additional time at other lessons or taken at the end of the Introductory Period.
Students wishing to have lessons less frequently than once a week must pay the Floating Lesson Rate, must also enroll for 6 lessons, must also complete all 6 lessons before the end of the current term, and must schedule lessons outside of the prime time period.
The student and faculty will determine a mutually acceptable regular weekly (or biweekly) lesson day and time. All 6 Lessons will be scheduled before the Introductory Period begins. All lessons must be scheduled according to the agreed frequency (weekly, biweekly, etc.) and conflicts in the student’s schedule can be resolved only by rescheduling the lesson for another time in the same week or adding time to other lessons.
If the student elects to squeeze in the 6-Week Introduction toward the end of the term, the lessons may be compressed into 4 or 3 by adding additional time (e.g. six 30 min. lessons may be divided into 4 weekly lessons of 45 min. or 3 weekly lessons of 60 min.). This option is available only if there are fewer than 6 weeks remaining in the term.
If the 6 initial lessons are completed before the end of the term the tuition may be applied to the Full Term tuition should the student decide to enroll and complete the term (9 more lessons). The student will be responsible only for the difference between the full term tuition and 6-Week Introductory tuition, payable in full before completing the 6-Week Introductory Period.
There are no make-ups for missed lessons or lessons cancelled at the last minute during the Introductory Period and once the Introductory Period begins the student is limited to one rescheduled lesson providing at least 48 hours notice is given.
2) Full Term of Lessons. All continuing students are expected to enroll for 15 weeks total (15 or 30 lessons) to begin and end according to KMI’s academic calendar year. New students may enroll for a full term if they choose, with the same payment arrangement policies as for continuing students still applying. Returning students who have withdrawn from KMI may enroll at any time for either a Full Term of Lessons, or for a specific number of Floating Lessons (see below).
3) Supplementary Lessons. Students may extend or augment their term with additional lessons (within the semester, or across breaks to maintain continuity) at an additional per-lesson non-refundable fee payable in advance. The rate is fixed as follows, with no discounts for time or volume: Core Curriculum and Music Appreciation Programs: $35/hour, Young Artist Program Levels 5-6: $40/hour and Young Artist Program Levels 7-12: $45/hour. No make ups are allowed for any missed Supplementary Lessons, regardless of the reason, but all lessons may be rescheduled with a minimum of 48 hours notice. Supplementary Lessons are scheduled on an ad-hoc basis according to calendar availability, and will only be scheduled at the instructor’s convenience. This generally means the student will have to take time slots that do not affect the regular schedule. Supplementary Lessons are intended to be in addition to the regular Full Term Lessons so tuition paid for Supplementary Lessons cannot be applied to Full Term Tuition and the Supplementary Lessons must be completed before the end of the term. Students not enrolled for the Full Term should enroll for Floating Lessons (see below).
4) Floating Lessons. Students who do not wish to enroll in a specific program, and do not want to be restricted by the policies regarding cancellations and maintaining a regular weekly lesson time may enroll for Floating Lessons by paying a non-refundable higher rate in groups of at least 6 lessons in advance, as defined by Supplementary Lessons (above). Floating Lessons also follow all the other rules as for Supplementary Lessons.
Floating Lessons will be scheduled only after payment is made, and payment for the next 6 lessons will be expected by the last lesson of the group, or can be mailed prior to scheduling. Lessons may be scheduled in advance if the time slot is not a prime lesson time (See Scheduling), or may be scheduled at the last minute to fill gaps created by cancellations. For subcontracted teachers, floating lessons must be either the first or last lesson of the teacher’s scheduled block. The faculty reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any Floating Lesson for any reason, and if possible will give the student at least 48 hours notice. No make ups are allowed for any Floating Lessons that are missed or cancelled by the student with less than 48 hours notice regardless of the reason, but there is no limit on rescheduling lessons with a minimum of 48 hours notice and students must complete the 6 lessons within one calendar year of the date the tuition is paid, or unused lessons will be forfeited (see Inactive Accounts Policy).
Special classes usually offered outside of the private lessons for students at certain levels are not available to students who have not also enrolled for the Full Term and tuition paid for Floating Lessons cannot be applied to Full Term Tuition.