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Program Policies

Registration And Tuition:

A registration form and a non-refundable $40 registration fee (per family) is due annually (academic calendar) upon registration. The completed online registration form, registration fee and first payment of tuition are necessary to secure the lesson time slot for the semester. After initial registration, student/parent may re-enroll for the remaining semester/s within the academic calendar year by notifying student services by phone, email or completing an online returning student registration form. All student balances must be paid in full to re-register. There is a $20 fee for returned checks and any other insufficient fund payments.

Tuition Assistance:

Completed registration form (per semester) and a completed tuition assistance application (per calendar year) are required to be eligible for an award. Please contact Student Services about application deadlines and for more information about tuition assistance before applying.

Absences/ Make-up Lessons:

Students are charged for all lessons for which they register within a semester, including lessons missed due to student absence. In order to be EXCUSED from a lesson, students must notify their instructor or Student Services at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson. Students are only allowed one make-up lesson per semester for an EXCUSED absence. UNEXCUSED student absences do not merit a credit, refund or make-up lesson.

Faculty Cancellations:

In the event an instructor must cancel a lesson, Student Services will contact the student and arrange for a make-up lesson or a substitute teacher. If neither can be arranged, a credit for the missed lesson can be applied to the student’s account.

Refunds/ Withdrawal:

A student may decide to withdraw from lessons before the 4th week of lessons and receive a refund for the remaining lessons either by credit or check. If a student decides to withdraw from lessons after the 4th week or does not show up for two consecutive weeks without communication with the Academy, the student will still be responsible for the tuition for the full semester of lessons.

Ensemble Policies:

Makeups or credits will not be offered for student absences. If practice is canceled, a makeup will be scheduled or a credit will be given. Ensembles are performance oriented and students are expected to attend all performances. Advanced groups are expected to compete in jazz festivals.

Media Release:

Walker|West occasionally captures photos, and other media content of its programming to utilize in promotional materials and on its website and social media accounts which include photos of students, faculty and/or family members. Walker|West will omit use of any student media content at the request of the family. If you need to request the removal of any media content, please contact Student Services at 651-224-2929 or

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