Frequently Asked Questions

What programs do SOUNDS Academy offer?

SOUNDS Academy offers 3 programs.

1) Our Musical Access Program exposes children to musical experiences and opportunities through interactive sessions with musicians and music professionals along with our Instrument Petting Zoos.

2) Our Community Program teaches the fundamentals of instrumental music playing in a group setting. These groups rehearse weekly in schools or community centers.

3) Our Strings Program mentors students through weekly instruction in a one-on-one setting.

All programs teach the character values of creativity, leadership, perseverance, resilience, and teamwork.

What are the cost of your programs?

The Strings Program is $60 per month. The Community Program is $10 per child per class. Scholarships are available for all programs to families in financial need.

Do you provide only private lessons?

No. Although private lessons are provided through our Strings Program, students in the Strings Program are required to be in a group and attend concerts.

Where are you located?

We currently have locations from Avondale to Mesa. Students take lessons and classes at Gangplank Avondale and Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School in Avondale, The Fine Arts Academy in Tolleson, The Family School in Phoenix, and Buchanan Music in Mesa.

We continue to work with schools and community centers to create more opportunities for kids.

How many schools do you currently work with?

We work with three schools to provide weekly classes for their communities.

How many students are in your programs?

There are currently 150 students in the Community and Strings program that take classes 1-2 times a week.

How many teachers do you have?

We currently have seven teachers that teach classes and lessons with SOUNDS Academy.

How do I register my child for SOUNDS Academy?

Children can be registered by going to our website, hovering over “How to Apply” and clicking “Registration Form”. On this page, you will be able to access our registration form as well as our scholarship form.

What Program Is Best For Me?

Programs Musical Access Community Strings
Musical Interest I want to be exposed to musical instruments, meet musicians, and learn about other professions in the field of music. I want to learn the fundamentals of music (rhythm, note reading, playing simple songs) while playing with other students in my community or school. I want to learn how to play a string instrument, play songs in concerts, and play with other students at my skill level. I may also want to audition for a youth orchestra or a college to receive a degree in music one day.
Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, & Double Bass Violin, Viola, Cello, & Double Bass Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, & Guitar
Playing Experience I have never played an instrument before. I have never played an instrument before. I have been playing for at least 1 year.
Grade I am in school (K-12). I am in the 3rd – 6th grade. I am in school (K-12).

What you get

Programs Musical Access Community Strings
Services Provided Instrument Petting Zoo, Group/School Performance Group Classes Group Classes, Orchestra Rehearsals, Private Lessons (30-60 mins/week)
Benefits Exposure to Instruments and Musicians Instrument Provided, Musical Access, Scholarships Instrument Provided, Musical Access, Scholarships (for camps, orchestras, & seminars), Traveling
Costs** $5-$10 per child $150 per semester (year commitment) $60 per month (year commitment)