Frequently Asked Questions
We've tried to cover a variety of questions commonly asked by parents and new students. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.
What is your response to COVID-19 pandemic?
Following official closure and social distancing guidelines, our Springs session was stopped in the second week and we've offered our customers an opportunity to make up the credit in an online platform, Zoom, with one on one sessions. After two months of having successfully done this online, we are now confident this can be done further until the situation clears and it is safe to return to the classroom as a group class. For us to better inform you, please signup for our mailing list and you will be the first to hear about any upcoming re-openings.
With Orange County moving out of the Purple tier in mid-March and the general population being on track for vaccination, we have decided to go back to holding limited-capacity group classes at our Tustin location. We are still enforcing strict PPE and social distancing guidelines in order to ensure our staff and students' healthy and safety.
Do you have a waiting list?
We try to place private and group class students as schedules and seating permits on a first-come-first-served basis. However, that may not always be possible due to variety of reasons. In the event that you are not placed right away, we can put you on a waiting list for the first available spot.
Why is your site not mobile friendly?
The best way to experience the services and products offered by our business is via web-browser on your laptop or desktop. However, we do understand that most of us do things while on mobile devices. In order to experience our vision to the fullest while on iOS or Android mobile devices, we strongly recommend accessing our site with Wix Mobile App which can be downloaded here: http://wix.to/zMDABek -- it provides all service functionality, while not attempting to compact a full blown website on a small screen. We hope you enjoy it!
Why should my child study jazz?
According to the United States Congress, among other things, "Jazz makes evident to the world an outstanding artistic model of individual expression and democratic cooperation within the creative process, thus fulfilling the highest ideals and aspirations of our republic." By participating in our programs, students are exposed to collegiality on the bandstand, learn the historical significance of jazz as an art form, get exposure to complex music theory concepts through performance of engaging arrangements, and start developing a strong lyrical voice by performing in front of a live audience.
What makes you different than other schools?
The fundamental technique that is taught when learning an instrument is similar in a variety of programs and approaches to music education. However, when the same instrument is taught by an experienced jazz educator, the teacher positions the student toward a successful path of being able to utilize all the technical knowledge in order to master the art of improvisation, acquire important repertoire vocabulary, learn the stylistic nuances of a variety of genres, and last, but not the least, find one's lyrical voice on that particular instrument.
How much do the lessons cost?
Our rates are are based on providing quality educational services while also providing industry competitive wages to our teachers and being able to utilize highest standard of facilities available. Please contact us for the most recent rates!
What is your billing frequency?
Private in-person lesson billing frequency is based on a 2 months billing period:
Group classes are billed per session as per below. Please check Academic Calendar for current session offerings and recital dates:
Winter I & II
Online lessons can be booked on an ad hoc or monthly basis by signing up through a monthly payment plan (10% discount).
Do you charge registration fee?
Beginning November 1, 2021, we assess one-time non-refundable $50 registration fee per new student applicable only to in-person private lessons. Excludes online 1-on-1 and group classes.
I missed the signup period. Can I still sign up?
We do not recommend starting a group class session past the mid-point, but do understand that scheduling can be complicated. At the discretion of the Director, we can pro-rate the tuition. In other cases, we will put you on a waiting list for the next session.