Admission to private and class instruction begins with completion of a new student registration form and submission of the non-refundable registration fee. Students registered for fall lessons/classes are automatically renewed for second semester. Any changes (including withdrawal) must be communicated in writing prior to the start of second semester (csa@wheaton.edu). Once second semester begins, all regular attendance/withdrawal policies are in effect. The annual non-refundable re-registration fee for continuing students is $20.

Changes in enrollment

Notification of any student withdrawal must be submitted to the office in writing (csa@wheaton.edu). A $35 cancellation fee will be assessed for students who enroll and subsequently withdraw prior to the first class. A student who withdraws during the first four weeks of the semester will be charged for the weeks prior to withdrawal, plus 50% of the semester’s remaining tuition. For a withdrawal after week four of the semester there is no tuition refund except in the case of serious illness or relocation, the final determination of which shall be made by CSA. 

Change in Lesson Length
Any changes in the duration of lessons are at the discretion of the teacher.

Suzuki/Prep Groups

Group classes are assigned according to the student's level and experience. Once a group assignment is made, it is not our policy to accommodate changes. If a family chooses not to participate in group class, there will be no tuition adjustment.

Tuition and payments

Tuition for private and group instruction is billed by semester. Partial payments are accepted. Full balance must be paid by the close of the current semester to avoid a 7% late fee.  A $50 fee will be assessed for any returned checks.

Past Due Accounts

Delinquent accounts will be charged a 7% fee following each semester/summer. CSA reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student with a past due account. 


Students are expected to be present for all lessons and classes.

Private Instruction

If a student cancels a lesson, the teacher is not obligated to make up the lesson, nor will tuition be adjusted. If the teacher cancels the lesson, it will be made up. Parents are encouraged to trade lessons when conflicts arise. It is the student’s responsibility to verify time/location of a traded lesson. Please notify the teacher of a cancellation or trade prior to the lesson.

Group Instruction

Class absences may not be made up. When a teacher is absent the class will be made up if a substitute is not available.

Tuition assistance

Thanks to the generous support of our Annual Campaign contributors, limited tuition assistance is available for students with demonstrated need. Aid is awarded based on documented tax returns, family size, and is subject to availability of funds as well as facility and program capacity.

Applications are reviewed twice a year and strict deadlines are as follows:

  • July 1—Fall semester
  • November 1—Spring Semester

Health policy

Providing a healthy environment for all participants in CSA is a priority to the organization. Therefore, CSA and Wheaton College reserve the right to limit attendance at lessons/classes to teachers and students, determined at our discretion, not to be a health risk to others. Participants suffering from infectious diseases, open wounds, persistent coughs or colds or other potentially transmissible health conditions are to cancel lessons. The effect on tuition of such changes will be in accordance with the Attendance/Make-up Policy.

Teacher conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are held in January for all private lesson students. A specific lesson will be designated as a conference time.

Student photographs

Photographs and video footage of students engaged in class, lessons, or performance activities may be used for publicity purposes.

Weather cancellations

CSA does not necessarily follow public school cancellations. When weather conditions are questionable, cancellation notification will be as follows: Classes—check CSA website at csa.wheaton.edu. Private Lessons—teachers will notify students.

Equal opportunity

CSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, nationality, sex, ethnic origin, or religious belief in its admission, financial aid or other educational policies.


We communicate many important details via e-mail. Please add csa@wheaton.edu to your contacts.


Sometimes it's easier to talk - please call CSA at 630.752.5567