REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Musical theater camp students practicingQ: What kind of safety measures are you taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: We have worked under advisement with Tampa General Hospital to implement a number of safety and hygiene measures. We are proud to have received TGH’s Infection Prevention seal of approval. You can find more information about this program, visit TGH.org/TPRO. Please review our School-year Handbook Addendum for details of our current protocols.

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register online at https://patelconservatory.asapconnected.com/, by calling 813-222-1040 or by emailing admissions@strazcenter.org. Tuition may be paid in full for the year or by the month (school-year only). Monthly tuition must be paid by pre-authorized debit from a bank account or credit card at time of registration.

Q: Where are classes held?
A: Most classes are held here at the Conservatory. Many classes are currently being held virtually as well. Check the class descriptions on our website for details.

Q: Can I try a class prior to registering?
A: Under our current safety protocols, we are only able to allow fully enrolled students on campus. 

Q: What happens if a class is full?
Each class is assigned a maximum capacity to ensure quality instruction and safe distancing. Once the class is full, a waiting list may be started. Some classes have a virtual option which will be noted on our website. Occasionally we may open another section but are limited by available classroom space. It is best to register early.

Q: What do I need before the first class?
A: You need to have all release forms completed. If registering online, you will be prompted to sign digitally. Confirm with Admissions if you are unsure. You will need to arrive no earlier than 15 mins prior to your scheduled class with a minimum 2-ply disposable or re-usable mask which covers nose and mouth. Neck gaiters are not permitted as a substitute for a proper facemask. You may want to bring spares. You will also need to have a mobile device to show proof of your completed COVID-19 checklist before each class day or have a printout of your confirmation with the current date. Your instructor or department will communicate any other specifics, i.e. shoes required, color of leotard, materials to bring to class.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
A: Please visit our financial aid page for complete details.

Q: If I apply for financial aid for the fall, do I have to reapply for the spring or summer?
A: You are only required to submit an application fee once per family, per calendar year or if your financial situation changes. You will need to notify the Admissions office of the classes for which you are requesting financial aid for each session (school-year or summer) and each additional class will need to be approved by the scholarship committee.

Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: We offer payment plans for school year tuition only. The tuition balance is spread evenly over the remaining months and is automatically withdrawn from a bank account or charged to a credit card on the 20th of each month. We do not offer payment plans for summer camps or fees. All tuition and fees are non-refundable. 

Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: There is a required $30 registration fee per student, which is due at the time of registration along with the first tuition payment. The registration fee is waived for all Straz Center annual donors of $100 or more.
 
Q: What does “ongoing enrollment” mean?
A:   We accept new students throughout the year. Instructor approval may be required to join mid-session. Students joining mid-session should be aware that they are joining classes in-progress. 

Q: How do I drop a class?
A: To drop a class, you will need to complete a drop form. Once this form is submitted, a student will be dropped from a class and their monthly withdrawals will be stopped. These forms are due by the 10th of the month in order to ensure that you will not get charged the next month's tuition. (For example, November’s tuition would be deducted on Oct. 20, so the drop form would be due by Oct. 10.)

Q: What number do I call if I need to get a message to my child during class?
A: Call the Patel Conservatory security desk at 813.222.1270 or the Straz Center security desk at 813.222.1070 and ask for a Conservatory staff member.

Q: Where do I pick up and drop off my child?
A: There is a pick-up and drop-off lane in front of the Conservatory. This is a pick-up and drop-off lane only, not a parking area, and is subject to ticketing fines by the City of Tampa. When you drop off your child, they will enter through the Patel Lobby (treble clef) doors. Your child will exit through TECO Lobby doors. This allows us to maintain a one-way flow of traffic.

Q: Where are you located?
A: For directions on reaching Patel Conservatory click here
 
Q: Where should I park?
A: For information on the best current parking options click here.
 
Q: Where can I find pricing information on classes?
A: More details for each class, including cost, are available here.
 
Q: Which classes require an audition?
A: Classes requiring an audition or placement will be noted with an asterisk in the course catalog and on the class web page. Dance audition information is available here. Music audition information is available here. Theater audition information is available here.
 
Q: Can I go into my child’s class or watch from outside the door?
A: Only staff and registered students are permitted inside the Patel Conservatory. Parents and siblings are not permitted.

Q: How do I know which door to use?
A: The Patel Lobby entrance (with the treble clef doors).
 
Q: When is the Admissions Office open?
A: The Admissions office, normally located in the Chairmen’s Library is closed until further notice. Admissions remote office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Q: Where can I find something to eat?
A: We encourage students to have a healthy meal before arriving. All vending machines and water fountains will be inaccessible until further notice and students are not permitted to eat or remove their mask indoors. If they wish to have a snack or take a meal break, they will need to exit through the TECO lobby and re-enter through the Patel Lobby. 

Operating Hours

Admissions Staff Is Available

Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
800.955.1045 (Toll Free)
813.222.1040

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