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Policies and Procedures

This page outlines our most-asked-about policies. For the most in-depth information, read through The Music Institute's Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Music Institute, as part of Howard Community College, complies with all laws prohibiting discrimination in the conduct of its operations and programs. TMI admits students of any religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies or other school administered programs.

School Closings – Inclement Weather

The Music Institute follows the school closing policies of Howard Community College.

HCC’s weather emergency closings are aired on Baltimore and Washington television stations affiliated with the major networks and on area radio stations between 6 and 9 am.

If HCC classes are canceled any time after the college opens, announcements are aired in the same manner.

A recorded message is also placed on the college’s main telephone number, 443-518-1000 and a message is posted on the college website,

Photo and Recording Policy

TMI reserves the right, and may give permission to appropriate staff or outside media, to photograph and record (video or audio) classes, programs, and participants in all our facilities. Please be aware that these photos or recordings are for promotional purposes and may be used in future print or electronic publications and media communications. By participating in TMI programs, you consent to the video or audio recording or taking of photographs for these purposes. For more information on our photo and recording policy, or to discuss unique circumstances or concerns about this policy, please contact the Program Manager, James Bailey.

Insufficient Class Enrollment/Cancellation

If any class or ensemble has insufficient enrollment, The Music Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the class offering. If a class is cancelled, the tuition will be refunded in full (please note, fees are non-refundable). There are no refunds for classes, ensembles, or individualized coaching sessions that are in progress.


The Music Institute reserves the right to dismiss any student due to frequent absences, disciplinary problems, overdue tuition payments, and/or parental noncompliance with TMI policies.

Delinquent Accounts

The Music Institute reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student who is delinquent in fulfilling his/her financial obligations at any time during a semester.

Refund Payments

Refund checks will be issued by the HCC business office within 21 business days after the written request is received. For new students, this policy will be effective after the four week trial period. Note: no refunds will be issued for classes, ensembles, or individualized coaching sessions that are in progress. Fees are non-refundable.


Notice of withdrawal from instruction and all requests for refunds must be made to the TMI Program Manager in writing (email is accepted). Verbal notice or requests from students, parents, or faculty will not be accepted. Registration and materials fees are not refundable.

A 4-week notice of desire to change instructor or withdraw from lessons altogether is required. Early withdrawal from contracted lessons may incur a four lesson penalty.


A weekly attendance report will be maintained by the teacher and student, detailing lesson times, lengths, and any other pertinent details. It is imperative that both the teacher and student maintain good records using the Lesson Attendance Chart. In the case of any disputes about the number or length of lessons given and received, the Lesson Chart (which should have identical information) will be the accepted reference document rather than personal schedule books.


Tardy students cannot be guaranteed full lesson time. Teachers must stay on schedule for subsequent students.

Missed Lessons and Classes

Regular attendance is very important for students to fully develop their musical abilities. Students are charged for all lessons or classes for which they register, including those missed due to student absence. As a courtesy, students are expected to directly notify their teachers of any impending absence from lessons. Instructors are not required to make up lessons missed by students.

Lessons canceled by the teacher will be rescheduled, as are lessons canceled due to weather or other emergency or school closure. The Music Institute follows the school closing policies of Howard Community College.

Child Safety

To ensure your child’s safety, please be sure to pick him/her up promptly after class/lesson time. TMI faculty and staff do not supervise children waiting in HCC’s hallways before and/or after classes/lessons. Children are under supervision during their instruction time only. Neither instructors nor administrators are responsible for supervising children outside of teaching time.

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