Welcome to GMG Academy of the Arts! We are so excited that you’ve chosen us for your child’s music education! We plan on giving your child the best experience in their musical journey, but in this process not only are there responsibilities of our instructors, but there are responsibilities of the student as well as our GMG parents. We can’t do this alone, therefore we use a triangular approach to learning. It involves the Student, the Parents, and the Teacher in partnership.

Please carefully read through the following policies and procedures and feel free to ask any questions that you may have.

Our mission is to provide your child the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn through the arts in a challenging and nurturing environment! Our goal is to use music education as a doorway to learning and strengthening skills that they will use for the rest of their lives in school and beyond.

GMG Policies and Procedures

STAY CONNECTED 

There are several ways to contact us and stay connected to what is happening in GMG!

Stay Up to Date

Please ensure that your contact information remains updated at all times. This includes your address, phone number, and email.

Download these two Apps

  • Download the Learning Management System App. Simply search for NEO LMS in the Apple or Google Play Store and when it asks for the portal name type in GMG Academy and then select GMG Academy of the Arts. This will allow you to get home assignment notifications, stay up to date with what's happening, and easily contact us.

  • Text the message @gmgnow to the number 81010 to join us on the Remind.com app or by clicking here.

 

Follow our social media pages

 

Open Lines of Communication

Feel free to message your child's instructor or the Directors through this platform with any questions that you may have.

Text or Call Us

Save our number in your phone and feel free to call us anytime, you can even text the office phone.

INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS

When enrolling in GMG, it is required for students to have their own instruments for practice at home. Excellent instruments are available today at moderate prices. Beginning students may wish to purchase a “starter” instrument, although investing in an intermediate-level instrument may, in the long run, prove more economical as a student’s skill level and musical demands increase over time. Keyboard/piano students should not practice on badly maintained, out-of-tune pianos. Drum students are not required to start out with a drum set but will need a good-quality practice pad. The early years of musical study are very important for the development of an accurate “ear” and an out-of-tune instrument inhibits this learning. We will be happy to recommend an instrument for your child. Simply email your request to Mr. Gray at bgray@gmgacademyofthearts.com

STUDENT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The GMG Leadership Team is a group of students (ages 13+) who desire to be leaders among their peers and in their community. Our goal is to provide opportunities to train and develop your child with life skills through the vehicle of performing arts.

Under the guidance of the Directors and GMG Instructors – your child will be welcomed into an encouraging and safe atmosphere to grow and learn.

GMG Leadership Team participates in community service and volunteer opportunities. Community service hours are given for all volunteer hours. Participating students will receive special recognition during the Spring Recital. You must be currently enrolled in a GMG program to be eligible.

How to apply? The process is similar to that of a job interview. 
The student must request a recommendation from his/her instructor. Once the recommendation is approved, the student will be sent an
online application from the Director. If the student is selected for an interview-based upon their recommendation and application they along with their parent will be notified. 

Areas of Service Include:

  • Event Planning

  • Event Set-Up/Tear-Down

  • Sound & Lights Apprentice

  • SMA Concert Volunteer

  • Stage Hand

  • Back Stage Assistant

  • Mentorship

 

Skills Gained:

  • Teamwork

  • Dependability

  • Honesty & Integrity

  • Positive Attitude

  • Problem-Solving

  • Self-Confidence

  • Flexibility

  • Self-Reliance

  • Adaptability

Disruptive behavior, poor academic performance, or any other disturbing reports can prevent students from participating.

 

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

PRACTICE 

Parental involvement is essential to creating successful practice habits for your child.

Your child's instructor will assign weekly goals to be completed at home. The purpose of giving our students these goals is so that they can practice and apply what they are learning in the classroom. Younger students are going to need their parent's assistance in making sure that their home assignments are completed and sent to their instructor each week. Your child's assignments are listed in their class account in NEO, our Learning Management System.

If the student does not understand the goals for that week we recommend the student contact the instructor by messaging him/her in NEO or schedule a private lesson to keep them up with the class, preventing them from falling behind. The cost of a 30-minute private lesson is $25.00 or if a parent has unlimited private access he/she may request a private lesson without a charge. Private lessons can be requested 7 days in advance and with as little as 24-hour notice online in NEO LMS.

When a student misses a Home Assignment, the parent will be notified after their next class and via email. If the student neglects to submit the assigned Home Assignments with their weekly goals three times within a quarter (3 months), a meeting will be scheduled with the student, the parent, the instructor, and the Director to discuss what is keeping the student from completing his/her home assignments. If it continues to happen after this meeting, it will be grounds for dismissal from GMG.

 

CLASS MATERIALS

Students are not permitted to enter the classroom without their materials for both on-sight and online students. It is the student’s responsibility to keep materials provided by GMG, such as books, assignments, and handouts.

Parents are encouraged to check their emails and their GMG Learning Management Account regularly for updates and assignments. Students are encouraged to ask any questions they may have by emailing or calling the office.

 

LATE ARRIVAL

Time will not be taken from the lesson or class to accommodate late arrivals. For online students, we ask that you log in at least 5 minutes prior to the start of your class. It is asked that all parents arrive ten minutes prior to the end of the class so they can briefly discuss the progress of their child and to avoid picking up students late. Parents dropping off students at the lesson location and leaving do so at their own risk and GMG cannot be held responsible under any circumstances.

We ask that the parents of online students briefly meet with their child's instructor at the conclusion of the class.

 

STUDENT ABSENCE/NO SHOW

Please be courteous and notify the office when your child will be absent from class. You may do this by simply texting or calling the office number at 803-728-3399. If a parent fails to notify the office of an absence a $10 no-show charge will be assessed to the parent/guardian account within 24 hours. Absolutely No Exceptions.

If a student misses a class his/her class content and the lesson can be found in their GMG account. Please remember that our classes are strategically laid out for each quarter so students are still responsible for their lesson for the class missed. The student and/or parent may message the instructor with any questions about the lesson or request a private lesson for $25 for 30-minutes if needed.

QUARTER CLASS SYSTEM

GMG Classes are arranged to be completed in 12 weeks, however, some students may take longer to complete a course.

 

DIS ENROLLMENT

There is no long-term contract for enrollment in GMG Academy of the Arts. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from GMG, he/she must submit a 30-day written notice of withdrawal by email to info@gmgacademyofthearts.com by the 1st of the month preceding the month that you intend to end enrollment. The student may choose to remain enrolled during the dis enrollment period of their 30-day notice.

For example, if you plan to discontinue/suspend lessons in May, then we will need to receive your written notice prior to the first lesson in April. If no notice is given prior to the first lesson of the month, then the student/parent will be responsible for the next full month's tuition. Notice given to the instructor only (verbally or otherwise) and non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from lessons.

SCHOOL CLOSURES 

GMG has a week summer break around the 4th of July and follows Richland School District Two for student holidays and inclement weather closings.

If you are an online student you can find our calendar in your GMG account, we also send out notices of any closures via text and email.

GMG Closings Include (any additional closing will be listed on the Richland School District Two's Website):

  • Thanksgiving

  • Christmas

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Spring Break

  • Presidents Day

  • Labor Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Summer Break - July 4th week (Unless otherwise notified)

 

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Both online and on-sight students who demonstrate class participation, are in good standing by completing home assignments with their goals, and have good class attendance are eligible to apply to participate in upcoming performances. Students must pass his/her performance assessment for approval to participate in GMG and community performances. 

If the student does not pass his/her performance assessment they will have the opportunity to come and be a part of the audience of any GMG event or community performance that is open to the public. GMG holds two (2) concerts each year in addition to community events. Our Annual Music Celebration Concert is during the Spring and our Winter Music Celebration Concert is during the month of December. Online students will have virtual performance opportunities. 

At the conclusion of the Winter Music Celebration Concert, we have a Secret Santa Gift Exchange for all students, so even if your child is not performing we would love for them to participate as an audience member so that they will know what to expect when he/she performs and so they can participate in receiving a gift. Online students are welcome to participate.

PUBLICITY

Please note that GMG (as well as members of the media) may from time to time photograph or make audio or video recordings of students, student's families and friends, and other members of an audience in attendance at a performance for the purpose of advertising, promoting and increasing awareness of GMG (and reporting on events of local interest). By enrolling and signing up, parents hereby give their permission for GMG (as well as members of the media) to so photograph and make such audio and video recordings of their student(s). GMG will own the copyright of its photographs and audio and video recordings and as such may publish the same in any medium (and the media member will own the copyright of its photographs and audio and video recordings and may publish the same).

TUITION PAYMENT

GMG Academy of the Arts is tuition-based and therefore does not prorate for holidays and days out. The monthly tuition payment is drafted on the 1st of each month. The Annual Registration Fee is $50 per student or $80 for more than one sibling. The registration and material fee are non-refundable.

LATE PAYMENTS

If your automatic tuition payment is declined and your tuition payment is not paid by the 5th of the month, your account will be automatically charged a $25 late fee per student and $10 each additional week, no exceptions. Cash or checks are not accepted. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure we have been provided a valid credit/debit card. Anytime your payment information needs to be updated, you can do so by calling the office. GMG Academy of the Arts reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student whose parent is delinquent in fulfilling his/her financial obligations at any time.

SAFETY AND SUPERVISION

All students are required to sign in. Students under the age of 13 are required to have a parent or guardian be present upon arrival to and departure from each class. All students 13 and older may sign themselves in and out, but children under the age of 13 must be walked into the music school by a parent or guardian. 

EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION

We take the safety of our students seriously. Unless written notice is given to GMG Academy of the Arts, permission is granted to GMG and its operators to seek medical treatment for the participant in the event they are not able to reach a parent or guardian. Parent/Guardian must also submit written notice for any physical/mental problems, restrictions, or conditions.

Written notices can be sent to info@gmgacademyofthearts.com

LIABILITY RELEASE 

I, (the GMG parent and/or guardian), understand the possibility of injuries resulting from activities sponsored by GMG Academy of the Arts. I hereby acknowledge and accept all risks and hazards incidental to participate in such activities. I hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless GMG Academy of the Arts and its coordinators, volunteers and staff from any injury, of the participant or participants, resulting from such activities. In case of personal injury due to activities sponsored by GMG to the participant, I hereby waive any and all claims against any person who, on behalf GMG Academy of the Arts, is involved in the transportation of participants in connection with GMG Program activities. I hereby consent to the emergency medical treatment of participants to ensure prompt treatment and prevention of undue delay, and I understand that such treatment may be provided by either a licensed physician or trained emergency care technician.

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