Merit’s Early Childhood learning environment is playful, developmentally appropriate and musically rich. We incorporate song, chant, movement exercises and instrument play to develop a child’s imagination, musical awareness and expressiveness. Our programs support a child’s first steps in a lifetime journey of musical appreciation that inspires them to participate in our Instrumental Music program and eventually the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.
FREE TRIAL CLASS: Trying to decide if music is the right fit for your student? Contact Student Services to schedule one free trial class before enrolling in the full session.
REGISTER AT ANY TIME: Merit accepts late registrants into classes with open spots even after classes have begun for the session. Contact Student Services to join a class at any point with prorated tuition for your missed classes. Subject to class availability.
REFER-A-FRIEND DISCOUNT: Receive $20 off your student’s tuition for each friend you refer who enrolls in Merit Early Childhood classes. See Student Services for details.
SIBLING DISCOUNT: Receive $20 off your second or third child’s tuition when you enroll more than on student in Early Childhood classes. This discount does not apply to Ukulele & You! classes. See Student Services for details.
STUDENT SERVICES HOURS
Monday – Thursday 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed
To get in touch with Student Services, email email@example.com or call 312.786.9428 during office hours. Student Services will be closed during the week of September 24.
How does the automatic re-enrollment program work?
Students who join the automatic re-enrollment program will simply need to complete their formal registration once and then your spot in class is secured in perpetuity (or until you tell us you’d like to cancel). Your credit card will be charged at the start of each 10-week session and all future paperwork and registration hassle will be taken care of for you!
What are the benefits of automatic re-enrollment?
Students enrolled in the automatic re-enrollment program receive a 10% discount on class tuition!
Reserved/Priority spots in class
Students who participate in automatic re-enrollment will be enrolled in upcoming classes before registration opens to the general public. This means that your student will have “first dibs” on their preferred class time- no more losing a spot in your favorite class simply because someone else completed their registration before you!
Skip the paperwork
Once you join the automatic re-enrollment program, your job is done! Skip the paperwork and hassle of enrolling for classes every 10 weeks- we’ll take care of the work for you.
What if I want to move to a new class for the upcoming session?
You will be contacted by the Early Childhood Program administration a few weeks before the start of each upcoming session to confirm your student’s preferred class schedule. You will be welcome to change your class day and time if needed and will also be able to move into the next level class if your student will be graduating to the next age range.
I love the idea of this program- how do I join?
Beginning in Fall 2018, all registrations for Merit’s Early Childhood Program will default to the automatic re-enrollment program. Your credit card will be charged automatically at the start of each session for the registration fee (assessed once per academic year and once per summer) and class tuition (minus the 10% discount). You are responsible for letting Merit know if you wish to discontinue classes and automatic payments.
What happens if I fail to keep my credit card information current in my account?
You must keep a valid credit card number on file to participate in the automatic re-enrollment program. If your credit card number changes or expires and you fail to proactively update your account information at Merit, your student will be automatically withdrawn from the auto-enroll program and will no longer receive the priority registration benefits and tuition discounts associated with the program.
What happens if I choose to discontinue Early Childhood classes at Merit?
You must alert Merit’s Student Services Department in writing at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to discontinue your participation in the automatic re-enrollment program. Students who choose to discontinue within their first 7 or 10-week session of classes will have the 10% tuition discount billed back to their credit card. Students who have attended at least two full, consecutive 7 or 10-week class sessions will be able to keep their 10% tuition discount but will be held to the following refund schedule:
- Students withdrawing more than two days before the first class/lesson will receive a full tuition refund minus the registration fee.
- A pro-rated refund will be given to withdrawing students who have taken up to three (3) classes.
- If the student has taken 4 classes, a tuition refund of 50% will be given.
- If a student has taken 5 classes or more, no refund will be given.
- Registration fees are non-refundable.
- Please allow three to four weeks for processing of refunds
Students withdrawing from Early Childhood classes are subject to the rules and regulations outlined in Merit School of Music Enrollment Policies.
What if I don’t want to participate in the automatic re-enrollment program? What are my alternative registration options?
Merit also offers per-term registration. You are welcome to register for each 7 or 10-week session of Early Childhood classes individually however you will not be eligible for the automatic renewal tuition discounts and class spots will be subject to availability. You will need to complete a new class registration for every session in which your student participates.