Policies

Enrollment

  • The online enrollment form must be submitted for every session in which the student wishes to participate. The OBU Music Preparatory Department offers three sessions: fall semester, spring semester, and summer session.
  • Please enroll at least two weeks before the session start date to guarantee studio/class space.
  • If you experience difficulty with the online enrollment form, please email or call the OBU Music Preparatory Department at prep@okbu.edu or 405-585-4329 and we will be happy to assist you.

Payment

  • Payment must be received before participation may occur. Monthly payments must be received by the due date before participation may occur.
  • If choosing monthly payments, you are still responsible for the full semester/full session amount, to be paid in four equal installments. Participants selecting monthly payments abide by the refund policy (below) which will be calculated based on the full semester/session amount. 
  • Payment may be made online at commerce.cashnet.com/okbuprep. Cash/check payments may be made in person at the Cashier Window in the lower level of Thurmond Hall on the OBU campus between 10am-3pm. Check payments may be mailed. Please make checks payable to Oklahoma Baptist University and include the student’s name on the memo line. Mail to:
    Oklahoma Baptist University
    Attn: OBU Prep
    500 W. University St., Box 61207
    Shawnee, OK 74804
  • If you experience difficulty with payment or have questions, please email or call the OBU Music Preparatory Department at prep@okbu.edu or 405-585-4329 and we will be happy to assist you.

Refunds

If a student must withdraw, the OBU Music Preparatory Department director must be notified immediately (not the instructor), and tuition refunds will be administered using the following guidelines:
  • Fall/Spring Semesters
    • From registration to the week before classes begin: Full refund minus $25 registration fee
    • Week 3: 75% refund
    • Week 6: 50% refund
    • After Week 6: no refund possible
  • Summer Session
    • From registration to the week before classes begin: Full refund minus $25 registration fee
    • Week 1: 75% refund
    • Week 2: 50% refund
    • After Week 2: no refund possible

Choir Auditions

  • The Shawnee Honor Choir (3rd-7th grade) and Concert Choir (8th-12th grade) require an audition prior to entry.
  • Audition dates are posted on the prep calendar and consist of pitch matching, rhythm games, and singing "Happy Birthday."
  • Auditions require a reservation. Please call 405-585-4329 or email prep@okbu.edu to reserve your audition slot.
  • For more information about Shawnee Honor Choir, contact Dr. Patty Nelson (patricia.nelson@okbu.edu).
  • For more information about Concert Choir, please contact Dr. Louima Lilite (louima.lilite@okbu.edu).

Missed Lessons

Make-up lessons can be offered only for the following reasons:
  • Student illness, if the teacher is notified by 10 a.m. the day of the lesson. Only one lesson per semester may be made up due to illness. 
  • Teacher absence
  • School closing due to inclement weather

Instruments

In private music lessons, the student will receive weekly assignments that require consistent practice. Becuase of this, the OBU Music Preparatory Department requires that the student owns, rents, or has consistent daily access to the instrument they are taking lessons on. If you need recommendations of where to buy or rent an instrument please call us or email us at 405-585-4329 or prep@okbu.edu and we will be happy to assist you. 

Behavioral Expectations

In consultation with the director, faculty reserve the right to discontinue services to a student or family on the basis of:

  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Perceived hostile or threatening behavior
  • Habitually inadequate preparation for lessons
  • Repeated absences
  • Any other circumstance that detracts from a positive learning environment

In such cases, tuition will not be refunded. By enrolling in the OBU Music Preparatory Department, you agree to abide by all decisions of the Department in these matters. 

Releases

  • Enrollees and their families agree to indemnify and hold Oklahoma Baptist University harmless from any liability incurred by the Preparatory Department, its employees, or persons on the premises.
  • By enrolling in the OBU Music Preparatory Department, you give permission to Oklahoma Baptist University, and to whomever it sends releases, to use the name and photographic likeness of enrollees in all forms and media for news releases and articles, website depictions, promotional materials, advertising, trade, and any other lawful purposes unless we receive express written notification to the contrary.

Communication

  • Parents/guardians and adult students must be able to be reached easily through the modes of communication that they provide on the enrollment form.
  • All communication between enrollees or their families and the OBU Music Preparatory Department faculty may be shared with department administration.