General Information

Please read below for Third Street's registration policies. Feel free to contact Student Services if you are in need of clarification or assistance.

Attendance & Make-Up

Regular attendance is important to music and/or dance learning at Third Street. As a courtesy to instructors, students are asked to call the School and leave a message for their instructor if they expect to be absent.

The School may discontinue enrollment for any student with three (3) consecutive absences, a pattern of absences or consistent tardiness, without notification.

Lessons missed due to teacher absence are rescheduled at the earliest date possible. If the instructor is not able to give the lesson missed by the end of the term, the School will issue a credit to a family’s account. Due to space and scheduling considerations, Third Street does not require instructors to make up lessons due to student absences or cancellations. There are no refunds for lessons or classes missed due to student absence; however, lessons missed by students may be made up at the instructor’s discretion.

Withdrawal & Refund

Individual/Partner Lessons

Withdrawals must be delivered to Student Services, in writing, by hand, postal mail or e-mail, two weeks prior to the effective date. Verbal notification or not attending a class is not an acceptable form of notification of intent to withdraw. A withdrawal fee, equal to two weeks of tuition plus $75, is assessed when a student withdraws from individual/partner lessons.

Refunds are issued for unused lessons beyond the withdrawal period; however, the registration fee is not refundable. Students may attend lessons during the two-week withdrawal period. If a partner withdraws from a lesson and is not immediately replaced, both the School and the family will have a period of 4 weeks to find a suitable partner for the remaining student. After this period, the student will be transitioned to individual lessons.

Group Lessons

Withdrawals must be delivered to Student Services, in writing, by hand, postal mail or e-mail, two weeks prior to the effective date. Verbal notification or not attending a class is not an acceptable form of notification of intent to withdraw.

To receive a refund, students must withdraw from group instruction prior to the start of the third week of the class. A withdrawal fee, equal to two weeks of tuition, is assessed when a student withdraws from group instruction. To withdraw and receive a refund for the second half of the year, written notice to Student Services must be received by January 15 of the school year.

Preschool Program

Written notice of withdrawal must be received by May 1 of the school year. After this date, parents or guardians are responsible for the full year’s tuition. There are no refunds for the Preschool program after May 1. The deposit is not refundable or transferable.

Summer Policies

Tuition and registration fees for group and individual lessons are non-refundable and non-transferable, with two exception: 1) for individual lessons that an instructor is unable to give; and 2) for a class that is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

Tuition and fees for all classes and lessons (except Third Street Summer Camp), must be paid in full at the time of registration. No student or family with an outstanding tuition balance is permitted to register until the balance has been paid.

Course Cancelation

While the cancelation of courses rarely happens, it does occur occasionally, usually due to insufficient enrollment. Students or parents of students will be notified immediately of any cancellation. The School will make every effort to reschedule the student for another session of the same course, if one is available, at a convenient time. If no such course is available, the School will issue a refund.

School Closings

In cases of inclement weather, Third Street closes when the New York City public schools close. All school closings are broadcast on radio stations WINS (1010 AM) and WOR (710 AM). Third Street will also send an e-mail notice and updates will be posted to the home page of the School’s website. Students can also call the School’s main telephone number, 212-777-3240, to hear a recorded message regarding closings. Missed lessons and classes will be rescheduled at the earliest date possible.

Instrumental Rental

Third Street Music School provides rental of some woodwind, brass and string instruments to students, subject to availability. Students should consult with their instructor if they wish to rent an instrument. If an instrument is available from the School, Student Services will notify the student when it is ready to pick up. A refundable deposit, equal to the annual rental fee, is required. The School also partners with several retail establishments that provide rental instruments.

Studio Availability

All music students are encouraged to practice every day. During times of decreased building use— Monday through Friday before 3:00 p.m. or after 7:00 p.m.—students may sign out a practice room at the Reception Desk.

Student Safety & Building Rules

Third Street seeks to be an oasis of arts learning for all who enter. While on the premises, adults are expected to model behavior that is conducive to learning and artistic exploration. Parents and/or caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior and must supervise children when they are not inside a classroom or studio.

Still have a question? E-mail us at [email protected], or call Student Services at (212) 777-3240, ext. 17.