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Gao Music Academy School Policies

  • Tuition must be paid by on the 1st day of each month. If you enroll mid-month, your tuition will be prorated for that month only.

  • A $25 late fee will be charged for payments received after the 10th of each month for non auto-pay members.

  • A $25 fee will be charged for each returned check.

  • Consultation fees should be paid prior to the consultation to avoid cancellation of the scheduled time. Impromptu consultations, which are defined as all outside-of-class consultations related to the student’s piano studies, should be paid promptly after the consultation.

  • There is a three-month minimum for enrollment in the studio.

  • After the initial three-month period ends, lessons will continue on a month-by-month basis.

  • After the original three-month enrollment period, one-month notice is required to discontinue any lessons.

  • Withdrawal must occur within the first 7 days of the month.

  • All charges will stop after the one-month notice period. Gao Music Academy reserves the right to terminate lessons for any students without notice. In such a case, a refund for unused lessons will be given.

  1.  Inform the school administration by email, phone, or in person; and 

  2.  Complete and sign a withdrawal form provided by the school office.


  • 48 lessons are given over a one-year period of instruction (January 1 – December 31), with approximately four lessons given each month (which exact amount will vary month to month).  The teacher’s vacation schedule will be made available online at and will also be announced via email and via notification in the waiting room one-month in advance.

  • No refunds are given for missed lessons. Make-up lessons will be limited to 3 per calendar year, are reserved for emergencies and medical illnesses, and require 24-hours advance notice unless due to a force majeure. (Any other activities such as school or family activities/programs, vacations, trips, etc. do not qualify for make-up lessons.)

  • If the teacher is ill or otherwise unable to hold class (other than due to a force majeure or scheduled vacation), any missed classes will be made up. If class cancellation is primarily due to a force majeure, however, the teacher will in good faith attempt to reschedule classes, when feasible, but is not obligated to hold make-up classes.

  • Once scheduled, make-up lessons cannot be rescheduled. In other words, a make-up lesson will not be given for a missed make-up lesson.

  • Students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their lesson time. Late student’s classes will end promptly at the original-scheduled time regardless of when the student arrives.


     It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school activities, such as viewing days, recitals, extra classes, and dates the school is open or closed. It is the responsibility of the parents or adult students to inform the school of any address or telephone number change.


Please review our yearly calendar to determine which specified off dates are set for the school. 

During the summer, you may exceptionally request a “Summer Hold” for up to one month with a 14-day advanced email notice before the 1st of the month. The month off must be a whole month and cannot cross months.

The school is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Students are not to be left at the school before or after classes.  

You assume all risk of injury or harm to the child(ren) or adult(s) associated with participation in this musical activity at the Gao Music Academy and by enrolling in our program parents agree to release, indemnify, defend and forever discharge the Gao Music Academy and its staff from all liability, claims, demands, damages, costs, and expenses in the unlikely event of injury sustained by your child(ren) or adult student during the course or as a result of this musical activity. The term musical activity includes all modes of transportation, including walking to and from associated events. Parents are responsible for supervising and safeguarding their children and/or invitees at all times while on the premises of Gao Music Academy.

By enrolling, parents grant the school permission to take photographs/videos of the students to use in brochures, web sites, posters, advertisements, and other promotional materials the school creates. Permission is also granted for the school to copyright such photographs and videos in its name.

Payment of Fees: 

Withdrawal and Refunds: 

To withdraw from lessons, a parent or adult student must:

Classes and Attendance: 

Summer Holidays:

Care of Students:


Photo/Video Release: 

It is the Parent's Responsibility to be Aware of Dates and Events:

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