Tuition Payment

1. Families may pay tuition for the 2018-19 academic year in full for the year, by semester (2 payments) or by quarter (4 payments.)  Payment invoices will be emailed based on the payment schedule selected on the registration form. There will be a $50 late fee applied for all payments not received by the invoice due date.  Families are strongly encouraged to arrange an auto pay system through a personal bank account to ensure that a late fee is not applied. Please make all payments on time to ensure that instructors may be paid, and unnecessary late fees are not applied!

2. Online Registration is available at The online registration form includes only family and contact information and your lesson and class selections.  After completing your registration, you will receive an invoice with payment instructions from our Business Manager via email.  Please wait to make payments until you have received your invoice.  Tuition payments may be paid online through our secure site, or by cash or check. Checks may be delivered to SPCMS before your first lesson, or sent to:

Snow Pond Community Music School
8 Goldenrod Lane
Sidney, ME 04330

*  To complete your registration, your first payment must be paid in full.

**  All Financial Aid awards and sibling discounts will be applied to payments after the first payment.

The registration deadline for returning students is September 1, 2018.

3. Tuition fees will be pro-rated for new students who enroll after the semester has started.

4. SPCMS offers a 10% sibling discount for second and consecutive students enrolling in individual lessons.

Financial Aid

Snow Pond Community Music School aims to help all deserving young musicians who need financial assistance take advantage of our programs. We strive to distribute financial aid in an equitable manner, and all financial assistance is based primarily on taxable income. To be eligible for aid, we will need a copy of the first 2 pages of your most recent federal tax 1040 form (you can black out your SSNs) and a complete financial aid application, available online. Please complete all sections of the form, and attach the requested statements. Financial Aid applications for returning students are due by September 10th.  New students are asked to submit Financial Aid applications within one week of registration. Applicants will be notified of financial aid awards soon after.

Absence/Attendance Policies

1. Regular attendance is essential for effective music education. Please make every effort to attend all scheduled private lessons, ensembles and group classes.

2. If you cannot attend a lesson, ensemble rehearsal, or group class, please call or email your individual lesson or group class teacher at least 12 hours before the scheduled lesson time.

3. Teachers provide make up lessons for excused absences during specified make up lesson weeks. There is one make up week at the end of Semester 1 and there are two make up weeks at the end of Semester 2. Excused absences include snow days, lessons that the teacher must cancel, and when a student has notified a teacher that they will be unable to attend a lesson in advance for the following reasons: illness or family emergency.  If a student misses a lesson without notifying the teacher, that lesson in considered unexcused and will not be eligible for a make up lesson. If an emergency arises that requires you to miss a lesson without notifying your teacher, please speak with them directly about possible make up options.

4. If a teacher must cancel a lesson, they will contact you to reschedule a make up lesson at a mutually convenient time for both student and teacher during make up weeks.

5. Attendance at every rehearsal of a group or ensemble is essential for the enjoyment and learning experience of all members. If you need to miss a group rehearsal for some unavoidable conflict, please inform the director of the group as soon as possible. Make ups are not possible for individuals missing group rehearsals but there will be make ups for weather or the teacher’s absence. If more than two group rehearsals must be missed, students are asked to speak with the director of the group to ensure continuing commitment.

Inclement Weather Closings

In case of inclement weather, SPCMS follows the Messalonskee Public Schools snow day cancellation schedule, regardless of which district your child is in. If there are other reasons the district closes, such as facilities issues, SPCMS classes will continue as normal. If there is any question, please email your teacher. Lessons cancelled for snow days will be made up during make up weeks.

Lesson Etiquette for Students

1. Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your lesson time. Be sure all young students have clean hands and faces, and have time to use the restroom before their lesson begins.

2. Respectful, cooperative and appropriate behavior is necessary during all lessons, classes, workshops, concerts and recitals.

3. If the participating student has siblings, please check with your teacher before bringing them along. In many lessons, they are welcome to come and observe, providing they are not a disturbance to the learning environment.

Changing Teachers

If a student desires to change private lesson teachers, please contact the SPCMS Director.


If you wish to withdraw from lessons or group classes after the semester has begun, please contact the SPCMS Director. Refunds will be made on a case by case basis.

Full refunds will be made when group class/ensemble/workshop enrollment is not sufficient.

Snow Pond Community School has adopted these policies to ensure a joyful and successful experience for all students. Have a wonderfully musical year!

Snow Pond Center for the Arts