Monday-Sunday     8:00am-10:00pm



Monday-Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm

          Friday             11:00am-5:00pm

        Saturday          10:00am-3:00pm

         Sunday            By Appointment


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7320 Carroll Ave. Takoma Park, MD. 20912  


Tel: 301-660-4455  Fax: 301-660-4262

Your donation is greatly appreciated! Your donations will be used for instruments and scholarships!

© 2019 by Richardson School of Music. 



  • Payment must be received to ensure a place in class.

  • RSM admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.


  • Registration fees, registration form submissions, and tuition fees are due 3 days prior to your first scheduled lesson/class.  Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable. Tuition is prorated for students entering after the session has started. 

  • For continuing students. Payments are due by or before the Session payment due date. Please refer to Session payment due date calendar. 

  • RSM reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, all unused tuition fees will be refunded. 

  • A $15 late fee will be added to any late payments. Please note: There is a 3.5% processing fee for all credit and debit card transactions.

Missed Lessons

  • The school office must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of any absence. Informing a teacher of intent to cancel or make-up a lesson does not constitute notice to RSM.

  • "Day of" cancellations for any reason are not subject to receive a make-up lesson and will be charged.

  • Richardson School of Music is not obligated to make-up lessons or classes due to inclement weather, student non-attendance, illness, vacation, etc.

  • Credits or refunds are not issued for missed lessons.

Make-up Lessons

  • Each student is allotted ONE make-up lesson per session (the office must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of your absence in order to use your one allotted make-up lesson for the session).

  • A sub is provided for teacher absences. If we are unable to provide a sub for your lesson, the office will contact you to schedule a make-up lesson.

  • If your make-up availability does not match your instructor's schedule, additional lesson time may be added to your lesson(s)/classes in order to make-up the missed lesson/class. You may also be scheduled for a make-up lesson with another instructor that matches your make-up availability.  

  • The Richardson School of Music reserves the right to substitute faculty when necessary.

  • In the event you miss a group class, you may attend a comparable class (please ask the office for assistance if you're interested in this make-up option) or you may attend the designated session make-up day. If your instructor is absent and a sub is not available, additional class time may be added to several classes in order to make-up the class time missed. 

  • All make-up lessons and classes are held the Session they are missed.

  • Credits or refunds are not issued for missed lessons.

Change of Instructor

  • RSM assigns private instructors in order to make the best possible match before studies begin. If a change is desired please contact or call office at 301-660-4455

  • Richardson School of Music reserves the right to substitute faculty when necessary.


  • Two-weeks' notice must be given for withdrawal of a student.

  • Cancellation/withdrawal must be made in writing.

  • There is a withdrawal fee equal to two weeks of tuition. If a student has given RSM the proper notification and all tuition payments are up-to-date, the School will issue a refund for any lessons remaining beyond the 2-week notification period.

  • Registration and material fees are not refundable.

Inclement Weather/

School Closings

  • In the event of inclement weather, The Richardson School of Music makes decisions regarding closures independently of local school districts.

  • RSM reserves the right to cancel classes due to inclement weather and holidays.

  • RSM is not obligated to make-up lessons or classes due to inclement weather.

  • School Closing Announcement: An official announcement will be placed on RSM’s voicemail greeting at 301-660-4455 and on our website by 7:00 AM for morning lessons and classes, and by 1:00 PM for afternoon lessons and classes. If inclement weather conditions occur later in the day, RSM  reserves the right to make a decision at a later time.

  • Sunday events: An official announcement will be placed on RSM’s  voicemail greeting by 12:00 PM.

Child Safety

  • To ensure your child’s safety, please be sure to pick him/her up promptly after each class/lesson time.

  • Faculty and staff do not supervise children waiting before or after classes.

  • Children are under supervision during their instruction time only. Neither instructors or administrators are responsible for supervising children outside of teaching time.

  • Students are not allowed in classrooms other than instruction or scheduled lab time.


Release Policy

  • Photographs and video of students may be taken for Richardson School of Music publications and/or news releases.

  • No compensation is provided to individuals who appear in the publications.

  • If you do not wish for you or your child to appear in our publications, please e-mail us directly to let us know of your preference or write your preference in the comment section below.


  • No food or drinks are permitted in RSM. Please be respectful of others at all times.


Acceptance of


  • Payment of class fees/Beginning lessons implies acceptance of all policies stated.


*Please note that policies are subject to change. Official announcements will be made if such changes occur.*