Register any time of the year!
We are always happy to welcome new students to our PCS family! You may start lessons at any time of the year, and pause enrollment as needed. We’ll gladly pro-rate tuition or schedule makeup classes if you start lessons or Kindermusik® classes partway through the month.
Once enrolled, we’ll keep you enrolled until you tell us you need to pause or withdraw. No need to constantly fill out forms to re-enroll. We want to keep things easy and convenient for you.
If you need to make a scheduling change, class change, or teacher change, just let us know via our web form, or by calling our office at 864-232-5010. We’re always glad to help.
Cancellation and Withdrawal
If you need to pause or cancel your enrollment, please send us written notice prior to the 1st of the month. (If notice is received after the 1st of the month, the tuition for the current month will still be charged.)
You may send your written notice via:
- Our online form
- An email to Info@PianoCentralStudios.com
Music Lesson Practice
Regular practice is key to your musical success. The more you practice, the more progress you will make!
Practice requirements and goals will vary according to teacher assignments and student levels. Students taking instrumental lessons need an instrument in the home.
Parental support is also crucial to the success of each student. To keep parents informed, we regularly communicate via email or flyers. Students in vocal or instrumental lessons also have an assignment notebook to facilitate communication between studio and home.
Absences and Missed Lessons
Regular attendance at lessons and classes is an essential part of each student’s progress, motivation, and learning. We encourage you to be as consistent in attendance, just as we encourage consistency in your daily practice.
Because your enrollment reserves a specific spot in your teacher’s schedule, we do not give credits or adjust the monthly tuition when a lesson or class is missed.
Please note that much as we’d like to do so, lesson time cannot be extended if the student shows up late.
Of course, if a class or lesson is cancelled because of snow or a teacher absence, we will arrange makeup lessons without counting against your limit. In case of inclement weather, it is an option for your teacher to make up a lesson with you online via Skype, Zoom, or Facetime.
As a courtesy to our private lesson students, PCS allows a limited number of makeup lessons. Makeup lessons may be scheduled for any reason, but the number of makeups is limited out of consideration and respect for the teacher’s time and teaching schedule.
Private lesson students at our studio locations may receive up to two makeup lessons during the school year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Private lesson students at our school programs may receive up to three makeup lessons during the school year – one in the fall, one in the spring, and one to be used as needed for a school-required absence. We do not offer makeup lessons in the summer due to the flexibility of summer lesson scheduling.
Any time a private lesson student misses a lesson, our teachers will use the student’s regular lesson time as planning and assignment time so that the student still benefits from the lesson time even though they are not present.
For the sake of the student and the teacher, makeup lessons must be scheduled by the end of the next month after the original absence. Any missed lesson not made up by the end of the next month expires and counts as one of the makeups allowed for the school year.
If you miss your scheduled makeup lesson, we regret that we cannot make up a makeup lesson.
Students must be enrolled and their account in good standing in order to schedule makeup lessons.
Due to the nature of group lessons, regular weekly group lessons are not made up except in the case of teacher absence or inclement weather.
Makeup classes for Kindermusik® students: To make up a Kindermusik® class, you may simply attend another class with extra space. Please call the office at 864-232-5010 to schedule in advance. Unlimited Kindermusik® makeup classes are allowed for as long as you are enrolled.
Late Pick-Up Policy
Providing for our students’ safety and being respectful of our teachers’ time is of utmost priority to us here at PCS. When your student’s lesson or class ends, our teachers are either moving on to teach the next lesson or heading home to their families or other responsibilities.
For these reasons, students must be picked up from their lesson or class promptly. If you are dropping your child off, please plan to be back on site at least 5 minutes before the end of their class or lesson.
If one of our teachers has to wait with your child because your child is the last student to leave for the day, there will be a late pick-up fee charged to your account in order to compensate the teacher for their time and inconvenience in waiting with your child. Repeated late pick-ups will require rescheduling of lesson or class times.
Late pick-up fees will be billed as follows:
- From 5 to 15 minutes late for pick-up: A $25 fee will be charged to your account
- From 15 to 30 minutes late for pick-up: A $40 fee will be charged to your account
- From 30 to 60 minutes late for pick-up: A $60 fee will be charged to your account
If you know you are going to be late and your child has a cell phone, please text your child. This will put their mind at ease. It also means they can let the teacher know that you are on your way.
Please note that if a student is not picked up within 60 minutes after their lesson/class has ended and we cannot reach you or another contact, we will assume an emergency exists and contact local law enforcement.
Summer Music Lessons
Our simple summer music packages make it easy and convenient for you to start lessons as a new PCS student or to continue to make great progress as a current student. For ease and consistency, summer packages are billed monthly, no matter how your lessons are scheduled throughout the summer.
Based on your scheduling request, your teacher will reserve a spot for you in her schedule for the weeks that you choose. Should you need to make a change or reschedule a lesson, all we require is 24 hours’ advance notice. Rescheduling is subject to availability in your teacher’s schedule.
Cancellations made within less than 24 hours or no-shows cannot be rescheduled or made up. Credit cannot be given for missed or unscheduled lessons.
Communication with PCS
As always, we welcome your feedback and your questions. Your teacher will provide you with her phone number and email address, and you are encouraged to contact her regarding scheduling, student progress, or weekly assignments.
To contact our office, call 232-5010 or use our email form.