You will be asked to read and sign an online waiver with the following policies when you register for any of our lessons/classes/summer camps:

On the Off Beat School Policies


Trial and Summer Lessons are offered in various lesson packages and must be paid for upon registration. Trial and summer lessons are scheduled in advance and are not made up if they are cancelled or missed. Upon completion of these lessons students may then choose to continue with regular term lessons.  Please contact the office to book in regular term lessons once your trial or summer lessons are complete. Trial and summer lessons must be booked within the allotted time of the purchase option and are dependant upon teacher/studio availability. 

Trial and Summer Lesson costs for 2019/20

30 minute private lesson = $36.50

45 minute private lesson = $54.75

60 minute private lesson = 73.00


Lessons are a weekly commitment from time of registration until June 26th, 2020. Sudents must sign up for a membership upon registration and are entitled to make up lessons as per the policies below. 


Biweekly lessons are offered for adult students only and are limited to specific times during the day (before 3:30pm or at 8:00pm on weekdays). Students must sign up for a membership upon registration and are entitled to make up lessons as per the policies below. Lessons are a biweekly commitment from time of registration until June 26th, 2020. 


  • If less than 24-hours notice is provided for cancellation the student will be marked absent and charged; no make-up lessons will be offered, and there are no refunds or credits for missed lessons.
  • If the teacher receives more than 24-hours notice of cancellation, the student will be eligible to receive a make up lesson subject to make-up policy below.

Make Up Lesson Policy for Regular Term Weekly and Biweekly Lessons

  • “Make-up lessons” are lessons offered outside of regularly scheduled lessons to make up for a cancelled lesson. These make-up lessons are to be arranged between teacher and student at a mutually agreed-upon time and are to be held at On the Off Beat Music School
  • Students are entitled to a maximum of 4 make-up lessons per year, at a maximum of 2 make-up lessons per term (Terms are September – December, January – March, April – June)
  • Students who cancel more than 2 lessons per term or more than 4 per year will forfeit fees for those additionally cancelled lessons regardless of the amount of notice given.
  • Make-up lessons may be carried over from term to term but must be used up by the end of the spring term or will be forfeited.
  • Students on trial lessons are not eligible for make-up lessons
  • There are “no make-ups for make-ups”: once a make-up lesson is booked between teacher and student it cannot be rescheduled by the student. If a student misses a scheduled make-up lesson, it is forfeited regardless of notice given. 


Periodically, teachers will need to cancel and reschedule lessons due to their performance schedule. At “On the Off Beat” we hire teachers that are also professional musicians – we believe it is imperative to a student’s musical education to study with a teacher who is a practicing performer as well as a highly trained teacher. In the case of a scheduled teacher absence with 24 hrs notice (ex. for a performance gig), a make-up lesson will always be scheduled with the student.

In the case of a last-minute cancelled lesson (teacher’s illness or emergency the day of), the lesson will be cancelled and the client’s account will be credited to the total cost of the lesson. This is the only time lesson credits will be offered.


Private Lesson costs for 2019/20

30 minute private lesson = $36.50

45 minute private lesson = $54.75

60 minute private lesson = 73.00

Admin Fees

$35 per individual

$50 per family

William Lewans’ Master Class Annual Fee

$40 per student

School Closures/Holidays 2019/20

Thanksgiving – Monday, October 14th

Winter Break – Saturday, December 21st – Friday, January 3rd

Family Day – Monday, February 17th

March Break – Sunday, March 15th – Saturday, March 21st

Easter Weekend – Friday, April 10th

May Long Weekend – Saturday, May 16th – Monday, May 18th

Last day of lessons is Friday, June 26th, 2020

All make up lessons need to be completed by the end of June, 2020. 

Pre-authorized Payment Memberships

Students can sign up for a membership through the office. The amount for the full year (September 3rd, 2019 – June 26th, 2020) will be divided into 10 equal payments which will be automatically withdrawn from your credit card or bank account on the 1st of each month. If students sign up mid-year the amounts will be pro-rated until the end of the year. 

Monthly Payment Memberships

Families who do not wish to sign up for a pre-authorized credit or debit payment are able to provide us with post-dated cheques (dated for the 1st of each month) for the year. The amount for the full year (September 3rd, 2019 – June 26th, 2020) will be divided into 10 equal payments.  If students sign up mid-year the amounts will be pro-rated until the end of the year. 

Fall Registration 

Students must commit until the end of June, 2019 to register for the fall 2019/20.  If a student quits lessons during the spring 2019 they cannot register for the fall until June 17th.

For students who sign up for the fall session prior to September, 2019 $100 of your payment plus any admin fees will be non-refundable should you decide to not commit to the lessons. 


Students wishing to end their regular music lessons must inform OTOB staff of the cancellation in writing (a quick email will do) at least four weeks in advance of the final lesson day. Students will be billed for the four weeks of lessons after notice is given whether those lessons are attended or not. All outstanding make-up lessons must be used within that four-week time or will be forfeited.

CLASSES (Little Beats/Ukulele and Hand Drumming)

Classes are paid for in full upon registration. If you miss a class, there will be NO makeup or credit given. If a student decides to stop coming to classes there will be NO makeup or credit given. 

Ending Theory/Little Beats/Ukulele Classes

There are no refunds for classes – student who decide to discontinue classes during a session will forfeit the remaining classes if they do not attend.

Trial Classes

We offer trial classes only during the summer months. If you’d like to come check it out first you are welcome to come to the music school during a class and observe from the hallway. We do have windowed doors so you can observe the class from outside. 

Class Prices/Fees

30 minute class = $20 each plus a $10  fee per session

45 minute class = $25 each plus a $10 fee per session


The OTOB Code of Conduct sets out expectations of behavior for everyone at OTOB, including both students and staff. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner as would credit themselves, their schools, their communities, and their families. Bullying, harassment and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.

Our Faculty is made up of professional musicians who are excited to share their knowledge with OTOB students. In some cases, disciplinary action may be required for the safety and education of fellow students. Our Faculty will operate with the utmost discernment in handling individuals and situations.

Where action may be required by the course instructor, a Warning System will be in effect:

1st Warning – the disruptive student will receive a warning regarding specific behavior(s).

2nd Warning – the disruptive student will receive a second warning regarding specific behavior(s), and the parent will be called and informed of the disruptive behavior the student has displayed. The parent will be notified that this is the student’s second warning; any further warning will require the student’s removal from OTOB.

3rd Warning – should the student continue the behavior after the 1st two warnings, the student will be dismissed from lessons, classes or camps and sent home immediately at their own expense. For those requiring parent supervision or transportation, the parent will be called to come to OTOB and pick up the student immediately. The student will not be allowed to return to classes and will forfeit all fees of their program.


On the Off Beat Music School remains open during the winter despite weather conditions. The only time On the Off Beat Music School will close and credit students for lessons is if there is a TDSB closure due to extreme weather conditions. Parents will be notified in this circumstance of the school’s closure. 


OTOB staff are not responsible for unsupervised students outside of their lesson times. Please ensure parents or caregivers pick up and drop off children on time.