FAQ

Classes

Youth Music Project teaches group and private music lessons for piano, drums, guitar, bass, ukulele, violin, and voice.  We also offer early childhood classes, ensemble classes like Tools of Rock, Rock Band, and Glee Club, and custom-built classes.

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We offer four 10-week terms per year, with most classes and lessons taking place between 2:15 – 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Our 2016/2017 Program Calendar can be found here.

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Group Class sessions are 50 minutes long, and Private Lessons are 30 minutes long.

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Most group classes are $120 per term. Pre-k classes are $180 per term. Private Lessons are $225 per term.

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At this time, we do not.

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Our core program serves students who 18 years old or younger. We also offer private lessons to adults. Most of our classes are divided into the following age groups: 1–4; 5; 6–7; 8–12; 13–18.

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We have found that classes are most effective when students are grouped with their peers. However, if your child’s birthday is before the midpoint of the upcoming term, and they will be moving up into the next age bracket, we can make an exception. In this case, please contact our front desk for assistance.

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There are major benefits to either one. Group Classes are great for learning the basics and playing with others in a class setting. Private Lessons are great for those who want individualized attention or more focused study.

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Our classes are offered by instrument, experience, and age. If your student has never played an instrument before or is very new to it, sign up for a Roots class. If your child has some experience on the instrument, you may have the student assessed to see if they would be a good fit for a Rockers class (the level after Roots). On week seven of each term, each student will receive a recommendation for class level for the following term.

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Our class sequence is structured by a benchmark system. Instructors use various materials and techniques to help students reach the benchmarks associated with each level.

To learn about our benchmarks hover over the Enroll tab and select the instrument you are interested in. 

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Registering

You can register online through our website, or you can call us and we will help you over the phone. If neither of these options work, you can always come in person and our front desk associates will get you set up.

Learn how to create an account with us here.

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Full refunds or school credits are available until 24 hours before your first class session begins. Prorated refunds are available if you withdraw at least 24 hours before your third class session begins. If your class has met three times, or there are fewer than 24 hours before the start of your third class session, no school credit or refund will be given.

Learn more about our policies here.

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Priority registration is offered two weeks before general registration opens, and is for current private-lesson students renewing their lessons at their current day and time for the following term. Current students may also make requests for day and time changes or instructor changes. If you are a current student and miss priority registration, you can still register when general registration opens, but you will not be guaranteed the same lesson schedule you currently have.

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Waitlists for any activity (group class or private lesson) apply only to the term the activity is associated with. In other words, waitlists do not roll over from term to term.

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Unfortunately, due to schedule constraints, Youth Music Project is unable to reschedule lessons or offer make-ups. For Private Lesson students, Youth Music Project will credit the prorated fee for one excused absence per term with at least 24 hours’ notice.

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Classes must meet minimum student enrollment. Classes that do not reach the minimum threshold before term begins will be canceled and students will receive a full refund.

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Tuition Assistance

Because we believe that the gift of music shouldn’t depend on someone’s income, Youth Music Project will offer instruction at no cost to students whose families qualify for Tuition Assistance.

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To qualify for Tuition Assistance, submit one of the following types of documentation:

  1. A current free or reduced lunch award letter
  2. A current SNAP benefits award letter
  3. The most-recent tax return (must show income and size of household)
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You can apply by doing any of the following:

1)   Scan the letter and send it via email to: tuitionassistance@youthmusicproject.org.

2)   Make a copy of the letter and mail it to:

Youth Music Project, c/o Tuition Assistance,

2015 8th Avenue, West Linn, OR 97068.

3)   Bring a copy of the letter to Youth Music Project and give it to one of our front desk

associates.

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Instrument Rentals

Yes! We rent keyboards, guitars, ukuleles, basses, violins, and drum practice pads.

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In addition to a one-time refundable deposit of $50, we rent instruments for $50 per term. The deposit will be refunded upon return of the instrument in an unharmed condition. Students receiving Tuition Assistance pay only the $50 refundable deposit.

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Student Concerts

Student concerts are held the 11th week of each term. Each concert week, we host a total of 25 concerts. Monday through Thursday, concerts are held at 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, concerts are held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

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Students are not required to perform, but it’s encouraged! Nearly all of our group classes participate in a scheduled concert. If private-lesson students wish to perform, they must sign up for a concert time in advance. This is highly recommended — remember, performing is just like any other skill; you have to keep using it!

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Group classes are assigned a concert time (the performance schedule will be announced on the fourth week of term), while private-lesson students must sign up with one of our front-desk associates. Concert signups for private lessons are open from the fourth to the ninth week of the term.

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