SPARTA, NEW JERSEY -- It appears as though I'm not the only teacher who has yet to be paid for services rendered. They owe me over $500 for lessons I've taught.
If that isn't enough, two of my students, were billed multiple times AFTER they had already paid. One student discovered she'd been billed 3x the amount she'd purchased. Both did get the matter resolved but not without having to haggle with their credit card companies and financial institutions.
FYI UPDATE (6/27/09) --
I did more"digging" on google, and had found more phone numbers. Unfortunately, of the 5 numbers I located, 4 were disconnected and the 5th was a valid number..BUT....The problem with it was, it belonged to a private owner, whose English speaking ability was limited (at best).
However, she was very nice and revealed to me something I found interesting> Apparently, she'd received multiple calls from people asking for Amadeus Music within a 24 hr period.
She also explained that her wireless carrier made a mistake when they assigned her that number and was due to receive another number within 48 hrs. I apologized to her for the inconvenience and thanked her for her hospitality.
I made that call about a week ago so I'm certain that all 5 numbers I once had are no longer valid. The best advice I can render is to contact the New Jersey State Attorney General's office.
Here's an 'FYI', for all current teachers and students of Amedues Music: I discovered this on their former website when I attempted to log a couple of lessons Friday evening. This 'discovery' tells me that it could be a long wait for students to get a refund and teachers to get paid.
I copy/pasted what their website now reads below the dotted line. I've sent multiple emails to the address listed below, but have yet to receive a response from them. If by chance, anyone does hear something from them. please reply to me on this post.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- Never received lessons paid...since October 2007
I've paid over $500 dollars for what has been a headache plus one lesson that was iffy at best. When I did ask for a refund, all I got was "that is not our policy." From my experience, their policy is breaching contact, but still taking money from customers. I could see if I was unhappy with the instruction I was getting.
I wouldn't expect a refund at that point. I want to make sure that others are warned before paying that kind of money for poor service.
NEW JERSEY -- I paid 1,633 for a semester of violin lessons from Amadeus Home Music School. My classes were supposed to start in September 2008. The company kept calling me telling me that the teacher was still with another student and couldn't come to my house yet. This kept happening for 2 months until I decided to report this to my credit card as fraud and it was too late. I keep calling the company ever since and they don't answer their phones. Its just an answering machine. [snip] called me back twice after several calls and she just said they will take care of my refund. It is March of 2009 and I still don't hear anything. I keep leaving messages and they don't call back. I can see by other stories that this is happening not just to me. And its the same story!!
If someone can help me with this situation please email me at funSpanishforkids@yahoo.com. And please don't ever pay a penny to this company!!
NORTH CAROLINA -- I scheduled music lessons with Amadeus Home Music School and paid $880.00 on a credit card upfront. I was told a teacher would contact me within 1 week. NO ONE EVER CALLED. I called them every week for months. I would get a call back every couple weeks and was told the teacher was finishing up with another student. I was told they would contact me the following week. I was able to get a call back right up to the day I was no longer able to dispute the charges on my credit card. At that point I am unable to get a call back or a refund. This is a total scam. I would stay away from this company and spread the word!!
DO NOT get ripped off by this company!!!