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  • How do I register?

    Registering online is a convenient way to secure your spot this semester. However, if you have questions or would prefer to discuss your registration, please call us at (615) 324-6285.

    Also, tuition payments can be made in a number of ways, so you are not required to pay any fees while registering online. For your convenience, however, we do offer online payment of tuition or other fees.

    Can children and adults enroll?

    Both adults and children are welcome to enroll. Many adults are already enrolled in the program. Also, both beginners and more advanced students will find attentive help to develop as an artist.

     
    What is the minimum age requirement for music lessons?

    Voice
    Age 12 and up

    Piano
    Age 5 and up (ability to read is helpful)

    Woodwinds - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
    Age 10 and up (all permanent teeth in place)

    Brass -Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
    Age 10 and up

    Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
    Age 5 and up

    Harp
    Age 8 and up

    Drums/Percussion
    Age 7 and up

    Guitars - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar
    Age 10 and up (unless previous music lessons)

    Do students have to be church members?

    Enrollment is open to the public and not reserved to church members.

    How much are lessons? How does it compare to other music studios?

    Private music lessons are $30 per half-hour lesson and taught by qualified musicians from within our congregation. In a study of several other fine art schools, most were charging $30 per half-hour lesson. While you may be able to find an occasional teacher or studio that charges less, there are definitely advantages to enrolling. Just a few of which are: convenient locations, safety of children, Christian instructors, great variety of performance opportunities, multiple areas of study and getting connected to a larger community of musicians and artists.

    Has tuition increased?

    The tuition at BWAC has changed only twice since we began in January of 2005. Our current tuition amounts to $30 per half-hour lesson.

    What does change each semester is the number of lessons/classes in a semester, due to the number of weeks involved. Typically, spring and fall semesters will last 14 weeks and summer semesters will last 6 weeks.

    When is my payment due?

    If paying in full for the semester, payment is due by the first lesson.  If paying in monthly payments, the first payment is due by the first lesson and subsequesnt payments are due on the 1st of each month.

    How are lessons scheduled?

    After a student is registered, an Instructor will contact you to determine a mutually acceptable day and time for your lesson. Please note: Students that register after the deadline may find an instructor’s schedule already full or that there are no openings at the student’s preferred times.

  • My child is younger than the minimum age requirement. Can s/he still take lessons?

    The recommended ages are general guidelines. If the student is younger than those recommendations, but very interested in learning, a conversation or meeting with the Instructor may be needed to assess the student’s maturity.

    Are there discounts for multiple children from the same family participating?

    At this time we cannot offer discounts for multiple students, except that the registration fee is per family, not per student. However, if needed you may apply for a partial scholarship.

    Are there scholarships available?

    A very small number of scholarships are now available. The number and dollar amount of scholarships may vary from one semester to another. Scholarships will not carry over from one semester to another. Scholarships are granted on a “first come first served” basis.

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    How can I make a donation – for scholarship or general fund?

    Scholarship donations or general donations are always welcome.

    Scholarship Donations: Each semester there are students who would like to have music lessons, but can’t due to financial constraints. YOU could help one of these students to develop their skills and allow a new generation to be trained in the worshiping arts. This is also an excellent way to honor a loved one (living or deceased) by starting a scholarship in their name. (for example, the “John W. Doe” Music Scholarship).

    General Donations: The Worship and Arts Center is always in need of additional music equipment, advertising, computers, and administration resources. If you would like to contribute to this ministry to ensure that a new generation of worshippers is trained in the arts, we would love to help you with that.

    Call us at (615) 324-6285.

    Can I donate an instrument?

    If you have instruments that you would like to donate to our church, please contact Mike Lawrence at (615) 324-6139. We will refurbish them and allow students to use them.

    What are the requirements to instruct?

    Requirements for instructors are as follows:

    • They must profess to be a Christian.
    • They must consent to background checks. (Criminal, credit, and driving records are checked.)
    • They must be active in the Brentwood Baptist Worship Ministry (choir, orchestra, dance team, etc.)
    • They must agree to obey the policies.

    Instructors are all qualified artists from within our own congregation. While there is presently no requirement for a degree in a particular area, Instructors are compensated based on their education and prior teaching experience.