An enrolment becomes valid and lessons can commence upon confirmation of lesson placement by the Music Programs Coordinator or Northern Rivers Conservatorium (NRC) Administration.
Enrolment is continuing for the whole calendar year until notice of withdrawal (see Student Withdrawal).
Term dates for Community Music are as published by the NSW Department of Education, with Music in Schools term dates advised by your participating school.
Music in School schedules of lessons are available online at our website and it is the responsibility of parents, carers, and students to ensure that they have the latest timetable.
In those cases where a student is undecided/unsure about commencing study in a particular instrument, a 30-minute casual lesson can be arranged with an appropriate tutor to discuss the student’s needs and aspirations. This is charged at the casual lesson rate.
A Registration fee is payable once a year by every student enrolled.
An invoice for fees will be raised at the beginning of each term for all enrolled students.
Fees are on a term basis and payable within seven days of the date of invoice, unless admin has agreed to weekly payment arrangements.
In the event of financial hardship, please contact the office to discuss payment plans and/or apply for fee assistance through our bursary programme.
Any student with outstanding fees from a previous term will be automatically withdrawn. Students may only re-enrol if accounts are paid in full or an approved payment schedule implemented; in this case it may not be possible to provide the student with the same lesson time, day or teacher.
Delivery of Lessons
Lessons begin and end promptly at the designated time.
It is the student's responsibility to attend their lessons on time. For Music In Schools students: while many of our tutors help by sending runners, and our schools often help by putting up schedules, our families are asked to please check the schedules prior to their child’s day and remind their child prior to leaving home.
Missed Lessons / Refunds
NRC must be informed of all absences, with 24 hours' notice where possible, by phone (6621 2266), SMS (0448 026 211), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Credits or refunds are not given for missed lessons, unless due to tutor absence.
Tutors can supply makeup lessons only if they have available time and have received more than 24 hours' notice
of the absence (see allowances below). However we do offer one of the following options per term:
Community Music: one make-up lesson per term, if possible as above.
Community Music & Music in Schools: one free attendance to one of the holiday make-up workshops
offered each year that is equivalent to two hours of music education activity.
Community Music & Music in Schools: one free ticket to NRC visiting artists concert/workshop events.
Change of Teacher
NRC reserves the right to supply a substitute tutor if the original tutor is unavailable.
Two weeks’ notification is required for any withdrawal and must be given in writing to the NRC office.
NRC reserves the right to review and implement changes to fees at any time.
Our tutors reserve the right to discontinue lessons where student behavior or attitude is deemed inappropriate.