FAQS Frequently Asked Questions
We piled together some of the questions we get from our Conservatory family, but if you have any other questions, please email us.
HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST? HOW DO I PAY?
We offer 4-lesson trials for just $99.00 plus material costs to start!
After that, lessons range from $57.00 to $70.00 per hour, depending on the teacher and instrument that best fits your child’s needs and level. Lessons are available at 30 minute, 45 minute, or 1 hour, with 30 minutes to start typically.
We accept payment in monthly installments or in full for the year (44 lessons, September to July, with August for make-ups/extras) and both Pre-Authorized Debit and Credit Card are as available payment methods.”
AT WHAT AGE CAN MY CHILD START MUSIC LESSONS?
We recommend starting private piano lessons at age 4 or older. For violin, guitar, ukulele, voice and drum lessons, it will depend on the individual child’s motor skills and focus, but we recommend a student be at least 5 years old before trying these instruments. Our four-lesson trial package is a good way to give an instrument a try and find out if your child is ready!
For students ages 3-4 we also offer Mini Melody Makers Class as a starting point before they are old enough for private piano lessons.
Piano: 4+ years old
Violin/Ukulele: 5+ years old
Guitar/Drums/Voice: 8+ years old
WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST STARTING POINT FOR MY CHILD WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC?
For students ages 3-5, our Mini Melody Makers Group Class is a great starting point for an introduction to music! Otherwise, for older students, we offer 4 lesson private music trials in the instrument of their choice so they can see if the lessons and teacher are a good fit.
DO YOU OFFER TRIAL LESSONS?
Yes, we offer a 4 lesson trial for a flat rate of $99.00 plus any necessary material fees, depending on the instrument. Lessons are 30 minutes each, one-on-one with a teacher. We recommend having 4 lessons so that students and parents can get an accurate feel for the commitment, lesson structure, and instructor.
WHAT PIANO TEACHING METHODS DO YOU OFFER AT THE ARTS CONSERVATORY?
All our piano teachers who teach beginner students are certified Kelly Kirby Method teachers. We start all of our beginner students with the Kelly Kirby method in an effort to lay down a strong foundation of music where there is an emphasis on teaching sight-reading and ear training alongside technical piano skills and pieces. For more information on Kelly Kirby, you can visit their website.
After graduating from the book 4 Kelly Kirby program, or if the student enrolls in lessons having already had previous experience, we continue their piano education with other methods such as RCM and Faber & Faber. Our teachers will best be able to determine the best method for your child as they progress through lessons.
Methods for other instruments vary depending on the student’s age and goals. Our teachers are able to work with both parents and students to find the best fit for their needs.
DO YOU HOST EVENTS?
We run two recitals per year for all students and two Masterclasses per year for piano and violin students. Occasionally we have other performing opportunities as well!
WHAT SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE FOR MUSIC LESSONS?
Please contact our School of Music Manager directly to find out our current time and teacher availability, as our schedule changes throughout the year.
How do I register?
Complete the form on our Registration Page or give us a call at 604-241-0141 ext. 231.
Our School of Music Manager will then be in contact with you about which time slots and teachers are currently available for your desired instrument. Once confirmed, we will send you an online link to register for your class and set up payment.
When do your programs run?
Visual art department programs run for Short Term, Semester and Yearlong.
This way, registration rounds are reduced to 2-3 per year, giving you more time to plan ahead and enjoy the classes.
Registration starts June 2023.
WHAT AGE GROUP DO YOU OFFER VISUAL ARTS CLASSES FOR?
We offer classes for children ages 3-5 years, 5-7 years, and 8-12 years.
CAN WE DO A TRIAL CLASS OR DROP IN?
We offer new students the opportunity to attend a free trial class, subject to availability and at the teacher’s discretion. This allows the student to experience the class and ensure it is a good fit prior to registration. Contact our Admissions Coordinator for more information.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE ART LESSONS?
Yes, we offer private and semi-private art lessons for children ages 5 years and up.
Private lessons are designed to give your child the extra confidence to push their drawing skills to the next level. Private lesson times will be arranged with the instructor at a mutually convenient time and according to studio availability.
DO THE TUITION FEES INCLUDE ART MATERIALS?
Yes, all visual arts materials are included in the tuition fees and provided in the studio.
Does my child have to be dressed in a certain way?
Your child should be comfortable in their clothes. The children are always provided with aprons if activities include paint and other staining materials.
Is it okay if my child has never done an art class before?
Absolutely. All of our instructors are trained to help your child with foundational skills and understanding before they build on that knowledge base.
Does the Visual Arts Programs require a membership fee?
All yearlong programs require a membership fee. Semester-based programs do not require membership fees.
If we miss a class, can we do a make-up class?
No, we do not offer make-up classes for missed art classes.
My child has no dance experience, which class would be suitable for her/him?
We offer a wide range of classes in many different styles and base enrollment on age as well as experience/skill level. If your child is under the age of 7, we can likely find a class suitable for them based on their birthdate. However, if your child is 8 years or older, we may ask to arrange an assessment or trial lesson in order to ensure we find the right fit before you register.
What equipment do I need to purchase for dance?
All dance disciplines have a dress code and require the parents to purchase these items. All students are required to purchase the appropriate footwear based on their dance discipline. They can purchase the majority of these items with us. This includes for example leotards, slippers, and mandatory jackets for competitive students as they are required to purchase a team jacket from the arts conservatory. Ballet Students are required to purchase an exercise ball.
Can my child do a drop-in or trial lesson?
Yes – we offer new students the opportunity to attend a free trial class, subject to availability and at the teacher’s discretion. Only one trial class is allowed (per style). This allows the student to experience the class and ensure it is a good fit prior to registration. If you are registering before the dance season begins, we may be able to arrange a private assessment instead. Contact our Admissions Coordinator for more information.
My child has a few years of experience in ballet, which level should they take?
This will depend on their age and where they’ve been training. If your child is 5 years old and has been taking ballet from the age of 3, we can confidently recommend placing them with the 5-year-old class. If your child is 8 years old or older, we will need to know more about their previous training before recommending a level. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and while there is a general recommendation for average age per grade, there are some circumstances where we may put a dancer with students older or younger than they are in order to give them the best-suited level of training possible.
Is the year-end performance mandatory for the student to participate in?
Yes! This performance is a highlight of our student’s year and we have all of our full-year students participate in the performance.