Welcome! MCMA is a community music school committed to helping students of all ages and skill levels unlock their creative potential and express themselves through music. We are devoted to promoting public appreciation of music through instruction, community programs, and performances. Our vision is a self-sustaining organization that provides quality experiences for students, remains accessible to all community members, and creates professional opportunities for Maine musicians.
Your cooperation with the following policies will help us operate efficiently and continue to serve our students and community to the best of our ability. Please review the policies below, and we look forward to making music with you!
As a contemporary music school, lessons at MCMA are designed around the interest of the student and their specific learning goals. Whether it’s rock, pop, classical, or folk, we believe students should play what they love and love what they play! We further support students’ creativity by encouraging students to compose their own songs, practice improvisation, and personalize every piece of music they study. We also believe music is one of the most universal languages, and we value the opportunity to teach all students how to speak and read that language. To that end, we weave the fundamentals of music -- theory, notation, and ear training -- into all of our offerings. This balance of fun and theory is at the heart of everything we do.
MCMA offers three different options for music instruction:
Private Lessons: One on one instruction either 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length.
Labs: A small group of 2-4 students of approximately the same skill level studying the same instrument. Labs are 45 minutes in length.
Groups/Ensembles: A 60 minute class of 4+ students. Groups will study on the same instrument, and ensembles will study different instruments to create a band experience.
Introductory Lessons & Enrollment
Prospective students are welcome to schedule a one time introductory lesson to determine if the lesson will be a good fit for both the student and instructor. Introductory lessons include a tour of our facilities, a lesson to get acquainted with a student’s prospective instructor, and a discussion of student goals and interests. Intro lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes with payment due after lesson completion; intro lessons are billed at $30, $45, and $60 accordingly.
Students may sign up at any point during the year, and we will be happy to prorate tuition based on start date. Every effort will be made to accommodate student requests for scheduling. Age requirements for group classes will be determined by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. Enrollment is open to students of all abilities ages 5 years old and above, and includes perks like participation in our annual recitals, community events, and open mics; end of semester master classes; and access to studio facilities for individual practice and band rehearsals.
We ask that students commit to the full semester of study; however, if there are extenuating circumstances that prohibit completing the full semester, the following disenrollment policies will be observed:
Students must notify the studio in writing of their desire to discontinue lessons; and
Students must provide a minimum of two weeks notice to allow for scheduling adjustments.
To officially enroll and reserve a weekly time slot, please complete a registration form and select from one of two payment options listed below.
Payment Options & Tuition
After an introductory lesson, students who enroll have two payment options to reserve their time slot for the 18-week semester:
Full Semester Tuition Payment: If students elect to pay for the full semester upfront, payments may be made by cash, check, debit, or credit card.
Installment Payment Plan: Students may also register for a payment plan to be billed in installments. Please note that for your convenience and ours, all semester payment plans are billed through auto-debit of a credit card or debit card. Students electing to enroll in a payment plan will be a charged a one-time processing fee of $15 per semester.
Individual Private Lessons: $30, $45, $60/session
Once weekly 30-minute private lesson: Semester tuition: $540 / Payment plan: Five automated debits of $108
Once weekly 45-minute private lesson: Semester tuition: $810 / Payment plan: Five automated debits of $162
Once weekly 60-minute private lesson: Semester tuition: $1,080 / Payment plan: Five automated debits of $216
Once weekly 45-minute Lab: Semester tuition: $540 / Payment plan: Five automated debits of $108
Groups: $25/session or $20/session with private lesson discount
Once weekly 60-minute Group/Ensemble: Semester tuition: $450 / Payment plan: Five automated debits of $90
Discounts: Students also studying privately will receive a 20% discount on the group rate, and MCMA also offers a family member discount of 10% for each additional student enrolled in private lessons.
MCMA enforces the following policies to protect our instructors’ time and to also ensure the continuity of our students’ educational experience.
Make Up Week:
The make up week will now be exclusively dedicated to group classes on a variety of topics with age appropriate suggestions.
Students may attend ANY group class, regardless of instructor/instrument and are encouraged to do so in order to expand their musical vocabulary, meet fellow students, and absorb new information.
There will be a total of 20 hours of dedicated class opportunities for students to enjoy; please think of lesson costs as a semester package which includes a weekly slot for lessons, opportunities for performance through open mics and recitals, and an additional 20 hours of instruction available
If you must miss a lesson, please notify your instructor directly as a courtesy
There will no longer be a 24 hour excused policy. This has proven difficult to track, adhere to, and ultimately logistically impossible to make up every private lesson due to the growth of MCMA. All missed lessons will be made up during the make up week of classes.
Lessons that are cancelled by instructors will be made up at a mutually agreed upon time throughout the semester. Instructors will handle all private make-ups that they have missed through sign up sheets and direct communication.
Lessons that are cancelled due to inclement weather will be made up at the end of the semester through group offerings during the makeup week. Please note that these classes are an excellent opportunity for students to explore new avenues, and amount to over 20 hours of free lesson experiences for students.
Federal holidays and school vacations:
MCMA observes all federal holidays and school vacation weeks; all students will be provided with an annual calendar, which is aligned to the local school district schedule. Please note that all holidays have been calculated in our calendar, and students are not paying for lessons that fall on these days!
In the event of an extended absence:
Students must notify the office with at least two weeks notice;
Students may either continue to pay in order to reserve their time slot or choose to dis-enroll and forego their time slot.
Out of respect for our instructors’ time and families on our waitlist, we cannot hold time slots without payment.
We are passionate about music education and would like to give all prospective students the opportunity to study and enjoy music! Our founding philosophy states that we will not turn away any student of any level if they are committed to the pursuit of music education. Please contact our Operations Manager to schedule an informational meeting if you are interested in discussing our tuition assistance for a dedicated student who may not be able to enroll in individual instruction on a regular basis due to financial constraints. Tuition assistance and scholarships are offered in 10%, 25%, 50% and 75% increments; in extenuating circumstances, Midcoast Music Academy will offer a full tuition award.
At MCMA we love to keep music education fun, but we also take our commitment to music very seriously! Students are expected to:
Be well prepared and have all necessary materials, including a score book for collecting lesson information and possible practice work;
Obtain any specific books that MCMA instructors recommend; and
Maintain a regular time for practice! Please work with your instructor to develop a practice routine that works for you in order to get the most out of your studies.
We welcome family or friends to wait at MCMA during the lesson, and offer water, wifi and of course live music! However, please keep noise to a minimum and children must remain in the care of parents or guardians at all times, including use of the restroom facilities.
Midcoast Music Academy admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.