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Academic Status for Software Pricing
By Kyle Ware
8/18/2010 4:09:00 PM

If you are thinking about ordering software and were wondering what the difference is between Academic/Educational pricing and Professional or Retail pricing, you have come to the right place.

If the software says it is an Academic/Educational version or price, most likely it is the same program that you are looking for, but at a reduced price for educators, students or churches. In order to qualify for this price, you must supply us with proof of your Academic status.  For more information, I have provided a chart of what you need to give us in order for you to purchase this software.

If the software says it is a Professional or Retail version/price, this is the full price and does not need any qualifications for purchase.  Most of the time this is the same version as the Academic/Educational version.

I keep saying most of the time, because software is constantly changing and there are titles out there that do have different versions. 

If you are unsure of what titles this applies to, please give us a call at 1-800-397-9378 or email service@westmusic.com for more information. You will also see a blurb on the product pages here at westmusic.com that will tell you we need proof of Academic status.



You must be


You must provide






College or University  


Fully accredited, non-profit, with music degree program


Institutional purchase order or institutional check






Pre-College K-12


Fully accredited & non-profit


Institutional PO or check






College Student or High School Student


Currently enrolled as a full time student in a degree program at a college or university as defined above


A current school photo ID and a current school fee statement






Music Educator


Currently teaching at a College/University or pre-college K-12 as described above


A letter verifying current employment on original school letterhead from the school administration






Public or Private Music Teacher


A current member of: MTNA, MENC, or a MENC allied association (listed below)


Proof of current association membership (current membership card or letter of acceptance)






Church, Synagogue, Music Minister, or Music Ministry Representative


Non-profit with a separate house of worship, or currently employed by a church or other religious institution in their music dept.


Proof of non-profit status and tax exempt number and a letter on official letterhead defining the buyer as the church's official music ministry representative

MENC Allied Organizations:
American Choral Directors Assn., American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, American Music Center, American Organists Guild, American String Teachers Assn., Chamber Music America, College Band Directors Assn., National Black Music Caucus, National School Orchestra Assn., International Assn. Of Jazz Educators, Kappa Kappa PSI, Tau Beta Sigma, National Assn. of College Wind & Percussion Instructors, National Assn. of Pastoral Musicians, National Band Assn., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

In Canada: Canadian Band Assn., Canadian Music Educators Assn. or their respective Provincial organizations.

Limits on Purchase

  • Individuals may purchase only one (1) Educational/Academic Edition for their own use
  • Institutions may purchase more than one copy for internal use and may also purchase multi-packs in 5 unit quantities with site license included.
  • This product is intended for the use of the original purchaser only & may not be transferred.

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