CSPA Policies

Session Dates

2019-20 Fall Session - Aug 26-Dec 20   15 weeks (no lessons week of Nov 25)
2019-20 Spring Session - January 27-May 15  15 weeks (no lessons week of Mar 9)
2019-20 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.
  • Prearranged make-up lessons must be completed by Dec 20 for fall semester or May 22 for spring semester.
  • Make-up lessons do not carry over into the next semester.

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. 


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. 


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. 

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.

CSPA Coaching
  • Each session is 45 min
  • Tuition per session is $42 regardless of instructor
  • Must enroll for a minimum of 3 sessions
  • Students cannot enroll for more than 6 sessions
  • Must be paid in full at time of registration
  • Maximum scholarship is 25% of tuition – regardless of need level

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.


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. These policies will be in effect with your enrollment beginning Fall 2019.

CSPA Scholarship Policies

  • Scholarships are offered at these percentages: 60% of tuition for Free Lunch, 35% of tuition for Reduced Lunch, as long as funds are available.
  • Deadline for the maximum scholarship in your qualifying category is Friday, Sep 6 for Fall registration; and, Friday, January 10 for Spring registration. After these dates we cannot guarantee maximum scholarships.
  • The award is for a percentage discount off tuition.
  • The student’s family is responsible for paying the balance of the tuition at the time of enrollment (families also have the option of making a partial payment of $100 at enrollment with the balance paid after the first month of lessons/class).
  • The award is for the full academic year (i.e. fall and spring semesters).
  • No scholarships are given with less than 4 weeks remaining in the semester.
  • Acceptance of a scholarship creates an obligation on the part of the student and the parent. Lessons/classes must be attended regularly and an appropriate amount of effort should be evident.
  • We reserve the right to withdraw the award if the student has an unexcused absence for 2 consecutive lessons/classes or 20% of lessons/classes.
  • Only 30-minute and 45-minute lessons are eligible for scholarships. Students may enroll in 60-minute lessons but must pay the difference in tuition from a 45-minute lesson.
  • Full award amount is offered on the student’s first enrollment each semester. Additional enrollments will be awarded at a maximum of 25% discount. (For example: Your enrollment for private violin lessons would be at 60% scholarship and your enrollment for piano lessons would be at 25% scholarship.)
  • Eligible CSPA sessions include: private lessons, classes, workshops, and camps
  • We cannot guarantee awards for programs in summer; this will depend on the availability of funds.
  • Awards are not automatically renewed from one year to the next.   
  • Recipients of scholarships must inform the office of any changes which might affect eligibility or continuation of financial assistance.
  • Please speak with the Manhattan Arts Center staff about concerns or questions.