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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to my first lesson?
You'll simply need to bring your instrument (besides piano and drums) and any music books you might already have. If you have not completed the registration process, simply complete the enrollment form and make your registration and firth month's tuition payment online to hold your lesson slot and save you time at the studio! You can either email the form back to us here or print and bring it with you to your first lesson.
Will I need an instrument?
Yes! The only way to improve is to consistently play your instrument of choice at home.
  • Pianists can begin with a keyboard, just make sure the keys are standard width (not half the size of your finger like on a children's keyboard). Bonus - spend a little extra to buy a weighted or "touch responsive" keyboard to come close to the feel of a real piano. upgrade to a piano when you're ready.
  • Guitarists should go to a local music retail store such as George's Music (on Blanding Blvd. in the Best Buy parking lot). Their knowledgeable staff can direct you to the best gear based on the size of the student, budget, and personal preferences.
  • String students (violin, viola, cello) should visit Miguel's Violin Shop on Beach Blvd.They are truly the experts and offer rentals and instruments for sale. It is IMPERATIVE that the student go to the Violin Shop to rent an instrument as they will need to be measured to ensure a proper fit.
  • Drummers can begin their first lesson without a drum set at home. Consult with your instructor regarding the best item(s) for your investment.
  • Woodwind and Brass students can rent or buy their instrument at several local locations, including Music Time (Dunn Ave.).
  • Vocalists have it easy, but you'll still need to purchase music periodically when directed by your instructor.
Will I need music books?
For most instruments the answer is yes. Upon enrollment or after the first lesson, we'll let you know which books will best suit the student and direct you to the best place for purchasing these items.
What are your instructors like?
We have an awesome team here at North Florida Music Academy. Most of our instructors have been with us since our beginnings in 2004, and some of their students have been with them since then! Our instructors have years of teaching experience under their belts, most of them with music degrees. What's important to us is that our instructors understand that every student is different, and that they can adjust to their learning style so that students get the most of this experience. Meet them here.
Will there be opportunities to perform?
Absolutely! We host recitals at least two times each year, with our big recital being in the summer at the beautiful and historic Friday Musicale. Instructors may also host several group lessons each year where you'll get the opportunity to interact with other students as we perform and review music theory together.
Is there a long term commitment?
Learning an instrument is much like learning a language, which means it takes regular practice, instruction, and dedication to become "fluent". Every student learns differently and at their own pace and sets different goals, so there's no way to put a timeline on your musical journey. We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience with us which is why our initial commitment term to test the waters so to speak is only for three months. Should you wish to continue, you'll automatically be enrolled in our six month program.
How do I pay my monthly tuition?
Upon enrollment, simply provide your credit card information for our easy payment system. Your tuition will automatically be deducted from your account at the beginning of each month!

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Studio Policies

Tuition & Payment of Fees
  • Tuition secures a time slot specifically for each student. Tuition amount will vary depending on the number of lessons student(s) are enrolled in.
  • Tuition is due in full on the first of the month and will be charged to the credit card we have on file. If the card we have on file is declined, expired, or otherwise fails to process, the student/parent will be contacted so that the account can be settled.
  • Payments not received by the 10th of the month will be assessed a $15 late fee.
  • Accounts not paid by the 30th of the month in which it is due will be turned over to a collections agency. Student/parent will be responsible for all charges and fees related to the collection process.
  • No partial payments will be accepted and tuition is non-refundable.
  • Tuition will not be prorated for any absences, illness, or vacation (see policy below).
  • Additional fees may be incurred due to group lessons, recitals, music, etc.

It is important that students are consistent and timely with their attendance to get the most out of their music education. If it is necessary that a student miss a lesson due to illness or some other factor, please be courteous and provide 24-hours notice whenever possible so that instructors can adjust their schedule if necessary.

  • Students are expected to attend their scheduled lesson on the same day and time each week, unless otherwise arranged in advance with their instructor or management.
  • Make-Up lessons are already built into our program! Unlike other studios, we do not charge additional tuition when a fifth lesson falls within the month, which occurs several times each year. These additional free lessons account for absences due to cancellations by the student and holidays that may fall on their lesson day. Therefore, no additional make-up lessons will be scheduled.
  • If you need to change your lesson day and time temporarily or permanently, student must provide a full week’s notice of the request in order to prevent missing a lesson before the change can be arranged.
  • Instructors reserve the right to deny instruction for a class if a student’s illness or behavior interferes with instruction.
  • Lessons missed due to non-payment will not be made-up or rescheduled.
  • If an instructor is unable to provide a scheduled lesson, a substitute will be provided. In the event that a substitute cannot be provided, the student may choose from their regular instructor’s available time slots for a make-up lesson at a later date. If an instructor is running behind schedule, the instructor will either provide the student with the full lesson time by running over their scheduled time slot, or may choose to schedule make-up time if necessary.
  • Vacations that result in students missing three or more lessons may be credited only if written notice is provided more than two weeks in advance. However, the time slot cannot be held and the student will need to choose from the available times upon return. Student will be responsible for tuition starting from the return date listed on the vacation form.
Care of Students
North Florida Music Academy is not responsible for providing before or after lesson care for students. Parents with students under the age of eight are asked to remain in the music school during the lesson. Students are not to be left at the music studio for more than five (5) minutes before or after lessons.
Students are enrolled on a continual monthly basis for a total of three, six, or nine months according to their contract of choice. To discontinue lessons, request a withdrawal form from your instructor or management. It must be submitted by the first (1st) day of the last month and only at the last month of their contract term or after. Student will be responsible for the remainder of their contract term and the last month of tuition before being removed from our easy pay system.
Students are responsible for the purchase of their own books, instruments, and other materials needed for the lessons they are receiving. Instructors will assist in referring our students to where they can obtain these items, however they are not responsible for providing them personally.
Referral Program
We truly appreciate your kind words about North Florida Music Academy, and we want to reward you for sending new students our way. For each family you refer that registers and references your name on our enrollment form, you’ll receive $10 off your next month’s tuition! (Note that only one referral reward can be redeemed each month.)
Model Release
North Florida Music Academy, its instructors, agents, and other guests may photograph and or videotape students both at our place of business or off location such as at recitals. By enrolling in North Florida Music Academy, the parent/guardian/student agrees to release these images, video, and/or audio recordings which may be used for commercial and/or promotional purposes.
Release of Liability
As the legal parent/guardian, and or student (if not a minor), I release, indemnify and hold harmless North Florida Music Academy, its members, managers, employees, contractors and agents from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whosoever, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury that may be sustained by the student and/or the undersigned, while in or upon the premises or any premises under the control and supervision of any of the NFMA Parties en route to or from any said premises.

North Florida Music Academy reserves the right to update our policies at any time, in which case a revised copy will be posted in our waiting room. Download a PDF of our Studio Policies here

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