We want our policies to be fair and transparent. As such, they are laid out here so that we are on the same page at all times about how Blue Balloon operates.
You will still be charged for any lessons that are cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. Up to 3 advance-notice cancellations are allowed each semester for lessons that don't fall on school breaks or holidays. Our teachers are paid hourly, so these policies exist to ensure that they can can confidently commit to your time slot for months at a time. If your teacher has to miss a lesson, we will always do our best to offer you a substitute during your regular lesson time or as a makeup. If you wish to discontinue lessons, you must give at least 2-weeks advance notice via email.
All payment is done through the main office. Teachers are never to be paid directly. A 15% fee per month is added to any unpaid invoices more than 30 days past due. Most parents pay up front for each semester's lessons but we can also bill you at the beginning of each month for the month ahead. We reserve the right to cancel lessons due to delinquent payment.
A parent or guardian must be present at all lessons for any students 18 and under.
Social Media and Marketing Consent
Upon registration, parents are given the option to exclude their child from any Blue Balloon social media or marketing materials. The consent is copied below:
Parent and/or Student hereby consents to and authorizes Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People to capture and use video-audio recordings and photographic images of Student and Student’s musical performances and quoted statements in print, electronic, or online media, for educational and Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People promotional purposes only, without any compensation to Parent or Student. Parent and/or Student agrees to waive and release any and all claims Parent may have against Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People relating to the use of these recordings, images, or statements. This Consent is binding upon all heirs and future legal representatives. Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People will not personally identify a minor child by full name in connection with a video recording or photographic image of the child, unless Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People receives separate written signed consent from the Parent.
Upon registration, parents must release Blue Balloon from all liability. The release is copied below:
I hereby release Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People, its members, agents and volunteers of all liability. By signing this release, I understand that I am absolving and releasing others from liability from their own negligent acts, even if I am not at fault in any way. In consideration of my/my child’s participation in classes or other activities at or associated with Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People, I agree to assume full responsibility for them, their heirs, executors, and administrators, waive and release and forever discharge any and all rights and claims for damages which they may have or which occur to them, for all damages which may be sustained and suffered by them in connection with their association with or entry into Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People activities or which may arise out of their participation in these activities. I expressly assume all of the risks inherent in these activities.