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Information and Policies

How to Enroll

Submit a completed registration form to Crowden (1475 Rose Street, Berkeley CA 94702) or via email to info@crowden.org.

Payment details for each program are listed below:

Private Lessons

For new students, submit a completed registration form along with a non-refundable $15 registration fee by August 24 (fall semester) or January 4 (spring semester). Crowden will contact registrants to schedule a brief placement interview. Interviews for the Fall 2015 semester will take place by appointment on August 26, 27, and 29. Interviews for Spring 2016 will take place on January 7, 8, and 9. Following the interview, each student is matched with a teacher, taking into account playing level, personality, and schedule. Full payment for the semester is due prior to the first lesson.

Returning students not requiring teacher placement, need only to submit the registration form and payment by the deadline.

Suzuki Strings

To reserve a place in the free Introduction to Suzuki class on September 12, 2015, or January 9, 2016, contact Crowden at least one week in advance to provide your name and contact information. To register for the four-week Introduction to Suzuki class, submit a completed registration form along with full payment of tuition and a non-refundable $15 registration fee.

Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly for Kids, Beginning Piano, and Children’s Chorus

Only forms accompanied by full payment of tuition and fees will be accepted and processed. The deadlines for registration are September 1 for the fall semester, January 19 for the spring semester.

Music Skills

For new students, submit a completed registration form along with a non-refundable $15 registration fee by September 1 (fall) or January 19 (spring). Crowden will contact registrants to schedule a brief placement test. The test for the Fall 2015 semester will be given by appointment on August 26, 27, and 29. The test for the Spring semester will be given by appointment on January 7, 8, and 9, 2016. Based on the results of the test, students will placed into the appropriate level of the music skills class. Full payment for the semester is due prior to the first class.

Returning students need only to submit the registration form and payment by the deadline.

Crowden Chamber Singers

For new students, submit a completed registration form along with a non-refundable $15 registration fee by September 1 (fall) or January 19 (spring). Auditions will take place on the first day of class; prospective singers should come to the Chorus rehearsal at 9:30 on that day, to learn the repertoire for their audition. For students accepted into the class, full payment for the semester is due prior to the second class meeting.

Returning students need only to submit the registration form and payment by the deadline.

Ensembles

For new students, submit a completed registration form along with a non-refundable $15 registration fee by August 24 (fall) or January 4 (spring). Crowden will contact participants to schedule audition appointments when registration is received. Auditions for the Fall 2015 semester will take place by appointment on August 26, 27, and 29. Auditions for Spring 2016 will take place by appointment on January 7, 8, and 9.

For auditions, applicants should be prepared to play two pieces in contrasting style and to sight-read a short excerpt. Upon review of auditions, Crowden will contact students regarding acceptance into the programs for which they have applied. Full tuition will be due within ten days of notification of acceptance into the program. Enrollment cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Returning students need only to submit the registration form and payment by the deadline.

Adult Chamber Music

For new students, submit a completed registration form along with a non-refundable $15 registration fee at least one month before the start of each session. Crowden will contact participants to schedule audition appointments when registration is received.

For auditions, applicants should be prepared to play two pieces in contrasting style and to sight-read a short excerpt. Upon review of auditions, Crowden will contact students regarding acceptance into the programs for which they have applied. Full tuition will be due within ten days of notification of acceptance into the program. Enrollment cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Returning students need only to submit the registration form and payment at least one month before the start of the session.

John Adams Young Composers

For new students, submit a completed registration form along with a non-refundable $15 registration fee by August 24 (fall) or January 4 (spring). Crowden will contact participants to schedule admissions interviews when registration is received. Interviews for the Fall 2015 semester will take place by appointment on August 26, 27, and 29. Interviews for Spring 2016 will take place by appointment on January 7, 8, and 9.

Applicants should submit a recent fully-notated score with registration and, if available, a recording. Applicants who are new to the program will be scheduled for a placement interview upon receipt of application. Upon review of submitted compositions, Crowden will contact students regarding acceptance into the program. Full tuition will be due within ten days of notification of acceptance into the program. Enrollment cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Returning students need only to submit the registration form and payment by the deadline.

Tuition and Fees

All fees and tuition must be paid by the registration deadline. Payment may be made in two installments if paid by credit card; otherwise full payment is due with registration. If partial financial aid is awarded, payment for the remaining tuition and fees must be made by the deadline stated in the financial aid award announcement.

Payment may be made by cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or check made payable to Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose Street, Berkeley CA 94702. A non-refundable registration fee must be added to all tuition payments. Crowden reserves the right to refuse reenrollment to students whose accounts are not in good standing.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded based on merit, commitment, and demonstrated financial need. Awards for the academic year are assigned by September 1; limited financial aid may be offered after the deadline depending upon availability. The deadline for Financial Aid applications is August 1, 2015.

Financial Aid applications are available for download here or at the Crowden front desk, and must be accompanied by a copy of your most recent Federal tax return, including all schedules. If you do not file a tax return, you must submit other documents (e.g., ADFC, SSI, current unemployment benefit statement) that substantiate your statement of annual/monthly income. Aid applications must also be accompanied by the required registration fee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Attendance and Make-Ups

Crowden does not provide make-ups for classes or lessons missed by students. No refunds are granted for absence from lessons. If an instructor cancels a class or lesson, the instructor must schedule a make-up session during the semester.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Intention to withdraw from lessons or classes must be submitted in writing to Crowden. Informing an instructor of a decision to withdraw from a class, stopping or withholding payment, or not attending classes, does not constitute withdrawal. Students who withdraw from lessons may not reenroll for lessons until the following academic year. Refunds will be issued according the following schedule:

  1. Lessons: Students must submit a written statement to Crowden two weeks prior to the intended date of withdrawal. Tuition for the remaining lessons after the two-week period will be refunded. If a student wishes to withdraw immediately, the cost of two lessons will be deducted from the refund amount.
  2. Classes: Students who submit notice in writing by the second class meeting will receive a refund less the registration fee and the cost of one class. No refunds will be made after the second class meeting.

Class Cancellations

All Crowden courses offered are subject to minimum enrollment requirements. Courses may be canceled at Crowden's discretion if enrollment is deemed insufficient.

Questions? Call us at 510.559.2941, or send us an email!

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