Admissions & Aid
All in-person Preparatory Center lessons and classes are held on the Brooklyn College campus. Classroom locations will be provided before the beginning of the semester. Scheduling is based on proper placement of each student and is determined by students’ experience and age. Any changes in schedules must be arranged through the office, not with the instructor.
On performance days, students receive a brief rehearsal or warm-up in lieu of a full lesson or class. All payments have to be up to date for the student to be allowed to take classes/lessons. When lessons or classes have been suspended for delinquent tuition payment, teachers are not required to give makeups, even after payment has been brought up to date.
Students must make every effort to be on time for all classes and lessons. In deference to subsequent lessons and classes, all activities will end at the scheduled time. Students with private music lessons must inform both their private teachers and the Preparatory Center office of any anticipated absences. Students with group classes should notify the Preparatory Center office of any anticipated absences. Notification does not, however, exempt the family from payment as contracted. Teachers are not required to make up these absences.
If a teacher is absent for a private lesson, there will be a substitute teacher or a makeup lesson will be arranged during the Makeup Week, or at a mutually convenient time. The teacher will offer up to two times for the makeup lesson. If the student misses the agreed upon makeup lesson, an additional makeup lesson will not be arranged. However, payment will be required as in a regular student absence. If a teacher is absent for a group class, only one makeup time will be offered. When lessons or classes have been suspended for delinquent tuition payment, teachers are not required to give makeups, even after payment has been brought up to date.
Withdrawal from the Preparatory Center must be made in writing to the director. Notifying the teacher is not considered notification of withdrawal. Absences do not constitute withdrawal from the class or lesson. The date on which the written withdrawal is received determines the amount charged. The registration fee is not refundable. Withdrawals must be made before the sixth week of class/lesson for the school-year enrollment, before the fourth week of class/lesson for the spring enrollment, and before the third week of class/lesson for the summer enrollment for the remaining tuition to be refunded. After each indicated deadline, you are responsible for the full tuition. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
Brooklyn College requires that all students and parents/guardians carry a Preparatory Center Pass for access to the campus, which can be acquired from the Preparatory Center Office. Each registered student and parent will receive a pass along with the student’s schedule and tuition payment plan. The Preparatory Center cannot accept responsibility for children when they are not in class. To ensure a child’s safety, parents with children under age seven must wait outside of the classroom while the class is in session. Parents with children ages eight and up must accompany the child to the classroom and be prepared to pick the child up promptly at the scheduled end of the class. Parents should notify the office if they are delayed in meeting their child. Preparatory Center staff are not permitted to escort children from one part of the campus to another.
By signing the contract/registration form, parents or students agree to the use of audio recordings, video recordings, and photographs of Preparatory Center students for archival and promotional purposes, waiving any rights or objections for such use, unless written notice is given to the director that such use may not be made.
Closing due to bad weather, illnesses, pandemic, natural disasters, and all other external circumstances is posted on the Brooklyn College website. The parent/guardian/student can also call the Security Office at 718.951.5511 for emergency closure information. Note that if the Preparatory Center is closed for external circumstances, an effort will be made to make up lessons/classes; however, makeup lessons/classes are not guaranteed. If the campus is closed, the Preparatory Center will be closed as well.