All music lessons at Faith Baptist Church are required to be registered through the Faith Music Academy, by registering online at faithmusicacademy.com or by registering in person at the Faith Music office by calling Ryker Dillard at 901-531-6829. At this point the family will be issued an account with our online registration service, Studio Helper, and will be sent an invoice for the lessons that semester.
Students are expected to be at all lessons; however there may be instances where a student needs to reschedule a lesson. Make-up lessons should only be made due to important matters. If the need for a student to cancel a lesson arises for an excused reason, please cancel lessons at least 24 hours ahead of time so the teacher can make other arrangements for the day. At the end of the semester each student should have a total of 18 lessons. You are limited to 1 excused absence. Make-ups for teacher absences will either be made up at another time in the current week, or in the weeks following the semester. If time does not allow, any teacher absences that have not been made up may be used as credits the next semester. Parents should be at all lessons to see the progress their child is making as well as to help reinforce the lesson/assigned work at home. We love our parents to be involved!
We ask that our student do not attend a lesson unless they have been free from the following for 24 hours prior to the lesson:
1. Fever 4. Stomach Virus 2. Diarrhea or vomiting 5. Any contagious illness 3. Eye Infection
Calendar/ Inclement Weather Policy
FMA follows the Shelby County School calendar for Spring Break only, as we do not close for other school closings. Faith Music Academy will be closed in the event Shelby County Schools close for bad weather. We will also close in the event of a tornado warning or other severe weather event. All lessons missed due to bad weather will be made up or credited.
All students of Faith Music Academy are required to acquire and study a music theory book. Your private lesson teacher will determine the theory book of their choosing. Teachers will check theory work bi-weekly with a theory test given at the end of the semester.
FMA Ministry fund
Faith Music Academy holds 1 major fundraising event per year. Typically this occurs in the spring semester. Monies raised at our fundraising events are to fund the expense of our online billing and scheduling server, purchase of music and equipment, and various administrative tools. Approximately 50% of the Ministry Fund is used to fund need based financial aid for hard working deserving students. We also ask that all our parents participate in the Kroger Fundraising program. All proceeds go to help the ministry fund.
Purchase of an Instrument
If you do not own your instrument, please let your teacher assist you in the selection of a suitable instrument. It is wise to get an instrument of economic value, but also one that is well functioning, and not frustrating to play.
Registration Fee: $10.00 per semester Private Lessons: (Payments are based on 18 lessons) 15 Minute Lesson: $180.00 ($10 per lesson) 30 Minute Lesson: $360.00 ($20 per lesson) 45 Minute Lesson: $540.00 ($30 per lesson) 60 Minute Lesson: $720.00 ($40 per lesson) Ministry Ensembles (16 Lessons): $80.00 or $68.00 if enrolled in private lessons Late Fees: $10.00 per month a family is late on their fees
All lesson fees are to be paid to the Faith Music Academy and placed in the Faith Music Academy mailbox outside Room 232. Tuition must be paid prior to the end of the semester. Payments can be paid in full at the semester parent/teacher meeting or by their first lesson, which will result in a 10% discount, or in incremental payments with the final payment being made at the end of the semester. In the event you have an unusual circumstance where you are unable to make a payment, please inform your teacher of this ASAP to work out a plan.
Each year we prepare for our biggest event of the entire year, the FMA Spotlight. This concert is held in the early spring and is a big fundraiser for the FMA Ministry Fund, as well as a time to reward and acknowledge the hard work of our students. As tradition, some students of FMA will be given the honor of playing/singing on selections at Spotlight based off their hard work and musical success. Teachers will use a portion of lesson time to prepare these with the students but as always, practice will make a great performance!
Every FMA teacher is required to host a student recital in the spring. This is an excellent opportunity to affirm the student’s hard work. This may be the only time during the year that you the parents will be able to see what you have been paying for. All family members are encouraged to attend and show their support of the hard work of these students. Dress for recitals is the dressiest thing the student owns. Recitals will be scheduled through the FMA Office. We will make recital accompaniment available to studios needing it. The dates for the recitals will be published by January each year.
Register Online Here:
(please click "yes" and add parent information, under the question "Do you want to add parent information?", unless you are an adult student) Returning students are not to re-register! Only new students! The following registration is non-binding until a lesson time has been agreed upon: