Steel Magic Northwest Policies
For ALL parents and adult participants
Refunds: As a new organization, Steel Magic Northwest is not
in the position to be able to refund payments. We have worked to keep
the time commitment and tuition down so that as many participants as
possible can try out the program for a reasonable length of time to see
if they enjoy it.
It is necessary for Steel Magic Northwest to maintain public visibilty
and to publicize and promote the program throughout the community.
Therefore, photographic images, video, and audio taken from rehearsals
and performances may be made public in the effort to share what we are
all about. Parents of participants, and adult participants are asked to sign a photo/video/audio release form. You have our assurance that
names and other personal information about the participants will remain
confidential and not be publicized without authorization. If you wish yourself
or your child to not be shown in media, please let us know and we will
make every reasonable effort to filter content as needed.
Any successful musical ensemble depends on regular rehearsal and
concert attendance by its members. We understand that there are
occasional scheduling conflicts. However, regular attendance is
required in order to maintain a successful program. We ask that if you
not enroll if you anticipate your child’s attendance to be less than
75%. Attendance at pre-scheduled concerts is mandatory. By paying the
tuition, you agree to make every reasonable effort to see that your
child is at each rehearsal on time.
For parents of youth participants
Transportation and pick-up time:
We know that transporting your children to and from after school
acitivities can be time-consuming and burdensome, and we respect the time
and effort parents put forth to get their children where they need to
go on time.
Steel Magic Northwest does not provide transportation to and from its
classes. By paying the tuition, you agree to arrange for your
child's transportation to classes on time (as early as 30 minutes
before the class starts) , and you agree to arrange for the child to be
picked up before
the final pick-up time for each class (30 minutes after the class has
ended). Due to insurance limitations, Steel Magic Northwest cannot
coordinate carpools; but meeting other parents at the parent meeting is
a good way to build relationships that can result in future carpooling
class has a 15-minute pre-class open time for socializing, having a
snack, and individual practice, and a 15-minute after-class open time
additional practice or socializing. You may drop your child off as much
as 15 minutes prior to a class, or pick them as late as 15 minutes
after the class has ended. By paying tuition, you agree to pay an
additional fee to Steel Magic Northwest if you are late picking up your
child (requiring staff to remain past closing hours). Parents are
welcome to stay on premises during classes, but there may or may not be
a separate space available for you that is insulated from the sound of
the class. In our Edmonds prgram, younger siblings are welcome as long as they are supervised
and not a distraction to the class. We welcome not just students into
our program, but their familes as well!
Behavior/disciplinary: In addition to regular attendance, Steel Magic Northwest is based on RESPECT: respect for the instruments, respect for the instructor, respect for fellow students and parents and the value of their time. In the first class, we like to have students sign their own (non-legally binding) "contract," promising their respect in these areas in addition to regular attendance. This idea is based on former PTA-run steel band programs we have encountered, and it works well. Though not legally binding in any way, by signing this agreement, they have taken a formal action to enter a behavioral agreement, and feel a bit more invested in the group. Here is the text of that agreement:
In addition, our youth peforming ensemble program is 100% alcohol, tobacco, and drug free.
Magic Northwest reserves the right to deal with behavioral issues as
needed in each given situation. This may involve requesting a
conference with parents. In extreme cases, we reserve the right to
expel participants from our program without refund.
Steel Magic Northwest is an inclusive family-based organization, and
does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, or sexual
orientation or gender identity.