CSPA Policies

Session Dates

2018-19 Fall Session - Aug 27-Dec 14   15 weeks (no lessons week of Nov 19)
2018-19 Spring Session - January 28-May 17  15 weeks (no lessons week of Mar 11)
2018-19 Summer Session - May 20-July 26   up to 8 weeks of lessons during this time period. Summer lessons are optional.

Cancellations, Absences & Make-ups

CSPA does not offer credits or refunds for missed or canceled lessons.
  • If the instructor cancels a lesson a make-up lesson will be provided. 
  • If a student cancels a lesson a make-up lesson may be arranged at the instructor's discretion, but cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Students with past due accounts will not be scheduled for make-up lessons.
  • Students may request a leave of absence for serious illness or other family matter by contacting the instructor first and then Michele Ward, this would allow the account to be on hold until the student returns, however, CSPA cannot hold a student's lesson slot.

Request for Schedule Change

Once the session has begun, available lesson times are extremely limited. CSPA cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate a schedule change request. To request a schedule change, please contact your current teacher first and then contact Michele Ward at MAC 785-537-4420.

Code of Conduct

CSPA reserves the right to suspend or discontinue any student at any time due to a lack of interest, extreme absences, behavior problems, regular tardiness, failure to make payment, or noncompliance with CSPA policies.

Child Safety

Music lessons are often a family affair with parents attending to ensure better practice at home. If you must bring along siblings to a lesson or group class please be prepared to supervise children at all times. Please do not leave children unattended at MAC or K-State. 


By enrolling with Community School for the Performing Arts you agree to receive phone, email, and/or mail communications from Manhattan Arts Center, K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the CSPA registration software regarding your account, schedule, upcoming events, and other important information. Please notify MAC if you have a change in your contact information. 


CSPA offers students opportunities to perform once the student is ready to do so. Performance is part of becoming a well-rounded musician and participation is not required but is strongly encouraged. All CSPA recitals are free to participate and attend. Studio recitals are scheduled by the instructor. We apologize that we cannot accommodate everyone's individual schedules, but we do try to choose a time that is convenient for most families. 

Financial Information
Payment Plans

Two payment options.
1. Students can choose to pay for full tuition before the first day of class.
2. Students can pay 50% of semester tuition at the time of registration and remaining tuition 28 days into the semester. Students are not put on a class register until initial payment has been received. Summer lessons are optional.

Coaching Sessions must be paid in full at the time of registration.


We offer YES! Fund scholarships for school-age students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please be sure to let us know if this applies to you prior to registration.

Refund Policy

Students commit for the semester/session. If a student withdraws before the end of a semester/session, tuition refunds are granted under the following circumstances for students who pay full tuition before the first day of class:
  • Up to 2 weeks before the beginning of semester/session: 100% refund, less a $15 registration fee 
  • Between the beginning of the session and 28 days into the semester/session: 50% total tuition
  • After 28 days into the semester/session: 0% refund

For students who pay 50% at the time of registration:
  • Up to 2 weeks before the beginning of semester/session: 100% refund, less a $15 registration fee 
  • After 28 days into the semester/session: 0% refund

Student withdrawals for medical or family emergencies or other extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis in regards to the issuing of tuition refunds.