Ocean Opus Music Academy Policies
Updated January, 2021
Please click here to review Ocean Opus' current Covid-19 Policies.
Tuition for the 2019 - 2020 fiscal year (September - August) are as follows:
30 Minutes: $24.00
45 Minutes: $36
1 Hour: $48.00
Subsidies - Ocean Opus practices on the belief that music education is a right, not a privilege and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their economic background. We are proud to offer tuition discounts for those who can demonstrate financial need.
Please contact Ocean Opus' Director, Marissa Kitson at if you wish to apply.
Complimentary Lesson - Please feel free to schedule a complimentary lesson. This is an excellent opportunity to see if you are a good fit with your prospective teacher. There is no obligation to enrol in lessons after you have received your complimentary lesson. * The lesson is half an hour long and is available to any student enrolling in Ocean Opus for the first time.
Enrolment Fees / Membership Card - An annual Enrolment Fee of $40 for the first family member enrolled and $20 for every additional family member is due at the time of registration and is valid until the end of Ocean Opus' Fiscal Year (September - August). Enrolees will either receive a student notebook with reference materials or a Practice Incentive Program. A membership card will also be issued and will grant free admission to select Opus events throughout the year.
*No enrolment fees are required when registering for Clinics, Jams, Summer lessons or Camps.
Registration Paperwork - Although much of the registration process can be completed online, a person is not fully enrolled until they have completed their paperwork and pending fees are paid in full. Your lesson time will not be reserved for you before your enrolment is complete.
Individual Lessons - Students may enrol in private lessons at any time of the year. Fees are prorated for the semester.
Group Lessons & Ensembles - Registration for group classes and ensembles must be completed at least one week before participation begins.
Group lessons require a minimum number of participants; the class will be cancelled if the minimum enrolment is not met. In this instance, enrollees will be notified one week in advance and will receive a full refund.
A student still may be permitted to enrol in a group class past the enrolment deadline if space is still available and is approved by the teacher.
Individual Lessons - Fees are calculated for the school year (September - June) and will fluctuate depending on the length and number of lessons. You are not billed for lessons missed during Winter Vacation and Spring Break or any stat holiday; these lessons are not included in the number of lessons in the semester.
The following payment options are available:
Option 1 - Students may choose to pay by semester with Cash, Cheque, e-Transfer, Visa and Mastercard. Fees are due September 8th, 2020, for Fall Semester and February 1st, 2021, for Spring Semester.
Option 2 - Tuition can be divided into monthly instalments and are due no later than the 7th of every month.
Single Semester Ensembles and Group Lessons - Fees are due when you register for the course. Fees are calculated by the number and length of classes per semester. A fee for lesson materials may also be included in the price. Click here for more information.
NSF Cheques - In the event of a declined preauthorized payment or Cheque, a $25 late fee will be charged to your account. Your lessons will be put on hold until your account is up-to-date.
Attendance and Missed Lessons:
Individual Lessons - Your lesson time, which will be mutually agreed upon during the registration process, will be yours unless another agreement is made. This lesson time is yours only, and you will be responsible for the attendance of this time slot.
In the case of Teacher Absence, a substitute instructor will be provided, or the lesson will be rescheduled.
If you are not able to attend your lesson, the following options are available:
Online Lesson - Any student may attend their lessons online.
* Click here to review information to prepare for your first online lesson.
Make-up lesson - You may try to reschedule your lesson with 24-hours written notice. There is no guarantee that you will be able to receive a make-up lesson, as it is dependent on your teacher's schedule and studio availability. Make-up lessons are valid for 30 days.
*Please note that cash credits are not issued for missed lessons.
** Students are to cancel and reschedule their lessons through the Student Portal.
Group Lessons - In the case of Teacher Absence, a substitute instructor will be provided.
Inclement Weather - In the event Academy Closure due to inclement weather, students may attend their lesson online from their homes during their regularly scheduled lesson time.
Information on Academy closures will be posted in your Student Portal and on our Website and Social Media and email.
Ocean Opus is closed for Winter Vacation, Spring Break and all Statutory Holiday days.
*Students are not billed for these dates.
Individual Lessons - One month (30 calendar days) written notification of withdrawal is required. Tuition fees for the remainder of the semester will be refunded.
Group Lessons and Ensembles - Single semester classes and clinics - A 80% refund will be given if registration is cancelled two weeks before the start of the session. No refund will be given if cancelled less than two weeks before the start of the class.
Registration - Registration is complete once a student has completed all applicable paperwork and has paid in full. All summer programs have minimum enrollment requirements which must be met for the program to take place. If you have registered for a program that does not meet its minimum enrollment, you will be notified two weeks before the program is to start. In this event, any fees paid will be fully refunded.
Withdrawals - All summer programs require a minimum number of participants, and the class will be cancelled if the minimum registration is not met. In this instance, participants will be notified two weeks in advance and will receive a full refund.
An 80% refund will be given if the participant chooses to withdraw two weeks before the start of the session. No refund will be given if cancelled less than two weeks before the start of the class.
By participating in classes it is understood that photos of the registrant may be used in marketing or social media materials at any time. If the student prefers NOT to be photographed a request in writing must be submitted to Marissa Kitson .