Music Lessons Offered At School
Students may take lessons from academy and university music faculty in voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion, and harp.
Piano lessons are provided in academy facilities by arrangement with Piano Central Studios.
Lessons in Voice and Band and Orchestral Instruments
Academy and university music faculty provide instruction in band and orchestral instruments as well as in voice. Lessons begin at a variety of grade levels: students may begin an orchestral instrument in grade 3, a band instrument in grade 4, and in voice in grade 9.
At the elementary level, students taking band and orchestral instrument lessons receive two days of class lessons as well as band or orchestra rehearsal each week. At the middle and high school levels, private lessons are offered; and students registered for lessons are required to also register for a music performance group. High school voice lessons may be private lessons or when available, class lessons.
Registration for elementary students is held shortly after school begins, and registration for middle and high school students is open during the regular spring registration period and by contacting a school office until the Friday before school begins. Lessons are generally 25 minutes and are taught by university and academy faculty, including some graduate assistants. Individual teachers determine recitals and other performance opportunities. Lessons are not graded and do not appear on report cards or transcripts. Progress reports are sent home four times during the school year.
Private lesson teachers generally schedule lessons after school, but lessons may also be taken during available times before or during the school day. Lessons missed by the teacher will be rescheduled; lessons missed by the student cannot be rescheduled. Music lesson tuition includes 26 lessons per year, with four monthly payments each semester. For current pricing, see our tuition and fees here. Some instruments are available for rental; see the band or orchestra teacher for details. Tuition for voice and band and orchestral instruments is on a semester basis and is nonrefundable after a student’s lessons begin.
Piano Central Studios provides piano instruction in academy facilities for students in grades 1 through 12. In addition to regular lessons, the PCS Piano Program at BJA features motivational studio contests, regular parent communication via email and the PCS assignment notebook, and PCS’s unique Music Skillmasters awards program. Students have opportunities for public performances—including a Christmas group performance at a local mall, small -group performances at local assisted living centers, and two recitals per year. Students also have opportunities for independent skill evaluation, including the annual PCS Music Fest and membership in the PCS National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Club with the option to participate in the NFMC Festival each spring. Progress reports are sent home twice during the school year.
Private lessons (30 or 45 minutes) are available for all students; and 30-minute semiprivate lessons as well as 45-minute beginning group piano lessons are offered for elementary students. The success of semiprivate and beginning group piano lessons depends on closely grouping students according to age and level. Therefore, semiprivate and group lessons are subject to availability. Private lessons are highly recommended for students with two or more years of experience. Lessons are scheduled before, during, and after school. Each student is allowed two makeup lessons during the school year. Lessons missed by the teacher will be rescheduled.
PCS tuition includes 34 lessons per year (26 lessons during the school year and eight lessons in the summer with an option to upgrade summer lessons). Summer lessons are available with a flexible scheduling and pricing package.