We are delighted to have you as a part of the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina (MAEC) family. As a nonprofit community music school, MAEC provides education and involvement in music for people of all ages and abilities based on quality instruction in a variety of musical styles fostering lifelong values and an appreciation of the arts.
How to Register
Complete the registration form (click on the Register Online for new students in the left column) or request the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina to assist you with completing this information. Registration includes a credit card number, check or money order. Classes and lessons are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may enroll and start lessons at any time throughout the semester; tuition is pro-rated for the remainder of the term. Upon completion of this form, the Music Academy will contact you for scheduling lessons with an instructor. Please feel free to call the Music Academy, 252.353.6232, and discuss registration and enrollment. No fees are charged until lessons begin.
Enrollment is for an entire semester and continuous from Fall to Spring Semester. Spring Semester schedules stay the same as Fall Semester, unless the instructor needs to change. Students may change lesson times if the teacher has the availability. If discontinuing lessons, students must notify the MAEC Registrar in writing prior to the last lesson.
Fees and Discounts
As a nonprofit community music school, our fees are set at the minimum allowance for classes and lessons; we cannot offer other discounts. Tuition covers only 70% of all expenses, MAEC depends upon fundraising, grants and contributions for the remainder of costs. MAEC also depends upon your support and assistance for continual growth in serving our community.
Tuition for lessons is the same for all instruments/voice and all skill levels and is based on the length of the lesson. A semester of lessons includes 16 private lessons (inlcuding private make-up lessons with your instructor), scheduled at a the same time each week. Fall Semester is late August through Mid-January. Spring Semester is late January through early June. Each semester has make-up weeks built in to accomodate personal needs. Make-up lessons are scheduled with your private instructor. A semester of 30 minute lessons is $448 (equalling $28 per lesson); longer lessons are available for additional fees. No additional fees are charged for recital participation. Summer lessons are also available. Tuition rates are the same throughout the year. Summer term is a flex-schedule term, allowing you to schedule lessons to meet your travel and summer plans. The Music Academy offers scholarship and financial aid assistance. If you are in need, please inquire with us. When you enroll after a semester has begun, we simply pro-rate the number of lessons remaining in that term. You may enroll for lessons at any time during the year.
To Our New Private Lesson Students
We match our new students with faculty very carefully, considering age, ability, personality, and schedule. The placement process includes:
- Complete the online registration form and payment information. Lesson times cannot be guaranteed without payments.
- A representative from MAEC will call you to discuss faculty and schedules.
Students may earn a $20 tuition credit for referrals. A $20 tuition credit (no cash will be paid) will be awarded for each referral that results in a new student enrolling for private lessons or an Early Childhood class. New students must indicate the referral's name on their registration form. We enjoy awarding these credits!
Tuition is due prior to the start of lessons and classes each term. Payment plans may be discussed with the office; however, a multiple payment plan does not invalidate the obligation to pay for an entire semester. A non-refundable registration fee of $15 per student/$25 maximum per family is payable annually. Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. We do not charge additional fees for paying with a credit card, nor do we require auto-draft tuition payments.
Previous account balances must be paid in full before continuing for a new term or registering for new lessons and classes. If a payment is returned due to insufficient funds, there will be an automatic $30 NSF fee charged to the account on file.
Once enrolled, students are expected to attend all lessons. Make-up lessons are private lesson times with your instructor, the same as with your regularly scheduled private lesson. We do not use group lessons in lieu of the private instruction time with your teacher. The relationship with your instructor is of utmost importance. In an effort to make this manageable in the teacher's studio, make-up lessons for student absences are limited to 2 per semester. Your instructor will work with you to schedule make-up lessons. Generally, these are planned during the make-up weeks designated in the calendar each semester. Other times can also be arranged with you on a case by case basis. Certainly, when life bring an extended absence (such as a broken arm or an extended illness), we will work with this on an individual basis as needed.
Please communicate with your teacher if you have known schedule conflicts such as family travel or school trips. If you or your child is sick, please notify as soon as possible. If a student goes home sick from school, they are mostly likely too sick to attend their after-school activities. We prefer you take care of your health!
If a lesson is canceled due to teacher absence, the teacher will reschedule the lesson. Our teachers are active professional musicians and have concerts to perform. They may need to reschedule on occasion. Also, if our teacher is sick, their lessons will be canceled. The teacher will be in contact for your make-up lessons. Most likely, they will discuss this at your next regularly scheduled lesson time. We prefer everyone stays healthy!
If you must miss a lesson, please call MAEC prior to your lesson time and notify your instructor. Unexcused absences are paid lessons for the instructor and must be paid for by the student.
MAEC provides need-based financial assistance to students based on the availability of funds. Funding varies by semester, and students must re-apply for financial assistance each year. Application forms are available at the Music Academy.
Registration Fees are non-refundable.
For private lessons: A partial refund, less a 20% service charge, is available for private lessons if the student has given written notice to withdraw before the third lesson. After the third lesson week, no refunds are given.
For group classes: Refunds are not available once a class begins. If MAEC cancels a class, refunds are offered or you may choose to credit the tuition for future use.
In the event of a weather emergency, MAEC will cancel morning classes and lessons when Pitt County Schools are closed or delayed. If you are enrolled in a Pitt Community College Continuing Education class with the Music Academy, these classes will cancel when the college is closed. Other cancellations may be made when an instructor is unable to travel safely to the Music Academy, as some of our instructors travel into Greenville. Decisions are made throughout the day regarding all other classes and lessons. Please check the local television and radio stations to determine whether MAEC is open or closed. Lessons or classes canceled due to weather will be made up at a later date.
As a nonprofit community music school, we rely on community giving and support. Tuition alone covers only 70% of the annual expenses. All students are required to participate in at least one fundraiser of their choice. Students who have not participated in fundraising during the year will be billed $50 in April 2016.
1. ECU Football Concession Stand Join us at the ECU home football games -- be a part of the PIRATE PRIDE! MAEC manages a concession stand under Sections 15-17. Sign up for games in the reception room.
2. Madrigal Dinner - (April 29, 2017) - Madrigal Dinners are a Renaissance music and dining festive event. Step back in time and enjoy fun and fellowship, while being entertained with music from the Middle Ages. Purchase at least 5 tickets for your fundraising participation!
3. PERFORMATHON & Musical Petting Zoo (April 1, 2017) THe PERFORMATHON is an annual recital marathon day where all funds raised benefit the MAEC Scholarship and Financial Aid program. Recital participants raise funds to perform during the day. The Musical Petting Zoo is a fully interactive and hands on experience with many music instruments, the "animals" of the zoo!
4. April Fool's Concert: Musical Comedy & Fun! & (April 1): What could be better than an evening of musical parody and raising funds for MAEC? You do not have to be a musician to understand this comedy! It's fun for the whole family! Items are needed for Silent Auctions as well. Purchase at least 5 tickets ($10 each) for your fundraising participation!
5. Annual Fund: An appeal for funding opportunities for the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina.
6. Yankee Candle Fundraising:(ongoing) You may sell a minimum of $300 of merchandise before the end of April 2017. Fundraising packets are available at the Music Academy. This fundraising opportunity is ongoing and you may order products throughout the year.
Other opportunities may be available during the year, please ask at the reception desk!
As a nonprofit community music school, we rely on the support of individuals and businesses in our community; tuition alone does not cover our expenses. Opportunities are available for donations, business support, board and committee participation. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of supporting our vision to provide quality music programs in our community.