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School Policies


During office hours, we encourage you to call 212 501 3360 or visit the school for the most up-to-date information about class availability and to register. Our staff is available Monday–Thursday, 9 am–7 pm; Sunday & Friday, 9 am–5:30 pm. During July and August, the office is open Monday through Friday 9 am–5:30 pm.

You can use the registration form in the back of the catalog or download a registration form from our website, KaufmanMusicCenter.org/lms, that can be mailed, faxed or emailed as an attachment to the Registrar at the addresses listed below. Online registration is not currently available, but a new online registration system will be on our website in the future.

Once you have registered, please allow three to four weeks to receive your class schedule. The heavy volume of registrations received after August 1 slows down the processing. If registration has not been confirmed, please call or e-mail Lucy Moses School before the first day of class or first lesson.

Group classes
Course enrollments are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly recommend registering well before August 1 for the best availability, as many courses and sections close quickly. While we will do our best to accommodate preferences, we cannot guarantee that your specific request can always be met and will advise you on your options should your preferred class not be available. Late registration for classes is permitted only with the permission of the instructor. Mid-year enrollments are possible for selected classes; please check with the registrar or visit our website. Lucy Moses School reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.

Private lessons
Students interested in private lessons may begin at any time during the year. New students have the opportunity to meet with the Young People’s and Adult Division Managers for consultation and placement. Returning students continuing with the same teacher should specify preferred days and times on the registration form. Requests for a specific teacher are granted on a space available basis.

Important Registration Dates

March 15 – Early Registration: Returning students may register for the 2016-17 school year. New and returning students may also register for the summer session.

May 1 – New students may begin registering for the 2016-17 school year. Financial aid applications are due for returning Young People’s Division students.

June 15 – Financial aid applications are due for new Young People’s Division students.

September – Once the new school year begins, current students may continue to add additional classes, including spring semester classes.

December 1 – New students may register for spring semester classes. Returning Summer Musical Theater Workshop students may register until February 1. Interested new students can be placed on a waiting list.

February 1 – Students on the Summer Musical Theater Workshop waiting list will be contacted about availability and registration.

Payment, payment plans and financial aid
We accept payments by check, money order, credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express) or cash. Credit card payments may also be made by telephone. Tuition and fees per person of $915 or less are due in full upon registration. If total fees are more than $915 and you are registering prior to August 1 for the full year, you may pay a deposit of $310 plus the registration fee. If you would like to pay in two installments we offer this convenience free of charge (for totals above $915). The first payment is due on September 1 and the second payment is due on January 4. The first tuition payment must be made by September 1 in order to retain the student’s lesson request and/or class space. Invoices are sent one month before payments are due.

We also offer the Extended Payment Plan to Young People’s Division students and families, which allows payment in four bi-monthly installments during the school year. There is a $25 fee for this. Please request the plan when registering.

Late tuition payments without arrangement for extended payment will be charged a late fee of 2% per month. Students’ lessons and classes will be interrupted if accounts fall behind in payment.

Financial aid
Families are eligible to apply for financial aid awards that can cover a portion of the total tuition. Applicant families must submit a detailed financial application by specific deadlines (May 1 for returning students and June 15 for new students). Interested families should contact Lucy Moses School for information and application materials, or download the application from our website.

Withdrawals and refunds
All requests for withdrawal must be received in writing by Lucy Moses School before any student will be considered withdrawn. Written request, either by letter or e-mail, should be directed to the Registrar of Lucy Moses School at lucymosesschool@ kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Verbal requests or notification of intention to withdraw does not fulfill this requirement. Notifying the teacher does not constitute notice of withdrawal. Students receiving financial aid or scholarship forfeit their award upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal from a group class—Young People’s Division, Fall, Spring or School Year classes:
Students withdrawing more than two days before the first class/ lesson will receive a full tuition refund. A pro-rated tuition refund will be given for students withdrawing after the first, second or third class session. If the student withdraws after the fourth class session, a tuition refund of 50% will be given. No refunds will be given after the 5th class session. The annual registration fee is not refundable. The effective date of withdrawal is the date that the written notice is received, not the last date of class attended.

Withdrawal from a group class—Young People’s Division, Summer classes: Students withdrawing more than two days before the first class/lesson will receive a full tuition refund minus the registration fee. A pro-rated tuition refund will be given for students withdrawing less than 2 days before classes begin or after the first class session. No refunds will be given after the second class session.

Withdrawal from a group class—Adult Division classes: Students withdrawing more than two days before the first class/lesson will receive a full tuition refund minus the registration fee.  A pro-rated tuition refund will be given for students withdrawing after the first class session. No refunds will be given after the second class session.

Withdrawal from Summer Musical Theater Workshop and Summer String Fest: Students withdrawing from these programs before June 1 in writing will receive a full tuition refund minus the registration fee. No refunds will be given after June 1.

Withdrawal from Private Lessons
Students must notify the office and teacher two weeks in advance in writing of the intent to withdraw. Refunds for unused lessons will be made minus a $75 withdrawal fee. The annual registration fee is not refundable.

Withdrawal from the Suzuki Program
Students must notify the Education office, teacher and head of the Suzuki program two weeks in advance, in writing, of their intent to withdraw. While unused private lessons can be refunded, the Suzuki group class tuition will be credited or refunded according to group class policy. The annual registration fee is not refundable.

Please note:
Allow three to four weeks for the processing of refunds. Because of our flexible refund policy, we do not offer trial lessons. Registration fees are not refundable.

• Children enrolled in Dalcroze classes receive a 10% discount on any Dance classes.

• Children enrolled in Dance classes receive a discount for multiple dance classes: 15% if two classes per week are taken, 20% if more than two dance classes are taken.

• Children enrolled in private lessons are eligible for a tuition reduction for ensembles and most music classes.

• Participants in the Music Certificate Program receive a 2% tuition reduction (not including fees) at registration.

• We do not offer discounts for siblings. A registration fee and full tuition applies to each child.

• LMS students receive a 50% discount on studio rental rates. This discount applies only when all who are rehearsing during the period of rental are currently registered LMS students. Otherwise, the full rental rate applies. Studios can be rented through the Front Desk; please call 212 501 3308 for availability and rates.

• Senior citizens receive a 10% discount on all group classes (not private lessons).

• Adults enrolled in private lessons receive a discount on group classes in our jazz program.

• Adults enrolled in Sight-Singing and Nashir! receive a 20% discount on Music Theory classes.

Photo/Recording Consent
By enrolling in Lucy Moses School, the student or parent/guardian (for students under 18) authorizes the making and use of any photos, videos or sound recordings during his/her participation in Lucy Moses School classes or events for any purpose Lucy Moses School may make or authorize without compensation to the student or parent/guardian.

Absences and Make-ups

Group classes
In case of student illness or other need to be absent, we do not offer make-up classes. Students enrolled in a class with multiple sections, with the permission of the instructor, may attend another section of the class. If the instructor misses a class, a make-up will be scheduled or a refund will be issued.

Private lessons
If you are going to be absent from a private lesson, students/ parents should contact the teacher directly by phone. One excused absence is allowed per year with 24-hour advance notification. In that case, a make-up lesson may be scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient.

Students who are routinely late, unprepared or demonstrate inappropriate behavior may have their registration cancelled and, if receiving financial aid, their award cancelled.

Snow days
Lucy Moses School normally closes for snow when the New York City public schools do. We announce snow closings on our website and our 212 501 3360 voicemail. You may also visit www.nyc.gov or listen to WCBS (880 AM) for snow closing information.

Credits and Degrees
Contact your high school guidance counselor or Music Department Chair to determine your school’s policy.

Lucy Moses School Adult Division awards the Certificate and License in Dalcroze, and Hunter College graduate students may take Dalcroze classes to fulfill their elective credits.

Lucy Moses School

Tel: 212 501 3360
Fax: 212 874 7865
Download a registration form.

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