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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is unique about your studio?
First of all, what is unique about Bellas Artes is our focus on training our students to play both “by sight” (with sheet music) and “by ear” (without sheet music) - what we call “breathing with two lungs!” We want our students to be able to play the classics and the pop hits, the standards and their own compositions. And we believe that this approach will embark students upon a life-long journey with music.
Secondly, what is special about Bellas Artes is the family ethos - familia. We believe we are a family and a community, and that musicality is best nurtured in community. Consequently, our recitals are truly a celebration, never a drudgery.
Lastly, what is most important about Bellas Artes is that we believe “art is given to us so that we can give it away.” We want each of our students to understand that their musical gift is given to them for their joy, and that that joy finds its fullest expression when it is given away and shared with others.
2. How do I register for lessons?
New students begin the registration process by requesting our online registration form, which we will send in an email to you. Once a time slot has been found that works with their schedule, that slot is reserved and an invoice will be sent out by email to confirm your registration. Invoices are usually sent out 2-3 weeks prior to the first lesson.
3. Do you have a monthly payment plan?
Tuition is due in full at the beginning of each semester, however, we do have a monthly payment option that is explained in detail in the invoice. Tuition is always due at the first lesson.
4. What is your policy about missed lessons?
If you know you will have to miss a lesson, we have a Swap System that allows you to swap lesson times with another student in your instructor’s studio. This way, if you plan in advance, no one misses a lesson they have paid for.
Music lessons are a scheduled activity just like any other. Your tuition pays not only for the actual music instruction, but also studio overhead costs and the instructor's time. Therefore, lessons missed due to illness, inclement weather, student’s other activities, or vacations not shared with the studio will not be made up or refunded. Lessons missed by a teacher at any time for any reason will be made up (either within the semester or tacked on to the end of the semester) or tuition refunded. If the student fails to attend a make up lesson that has been agreed upon, this lesson can no longer be made up.
5. Do you schedule trial lessons?
If you are concerned about whether or not Bellas Artes will be a good fit for you, we encourage at least a 4-lesson trial period as opposed to single trial lessons, as this gives the student and the instructor a decent chance to get to know one another.
6. What about discontinuing lessons?
For new students, the semester tuition is non-refundable after the first 4 lessons. For current students (and new students, after the trial period) no refunds will be given if they withdraw during the semester. We want students and parents to be committed and give the instrument a concerted effort for the long haul. In the event the teacher must terminate the lessons, a refund will be given for the remaining lessons or post-dated checks will be returned.
7. Do you hold recitals?
We do! At the end of each semester (usually around Dec 15 and June 10). They are held right here in downtown Glen Ellyn at a lovely venue with a beautiful Steinway grand piano.
8. What can you tell me about your instructors?
All of our instructors are professionally trained musicians and have either completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in performance/education, or are currently enrolled in a Conservatory. As the the founders and owners of Bellas Artes School of Music, Justin and Victoria Jacobson are committed to hiring instructors whom they trust and respect, and who share similar pedagogical and philosophical views about music education, while at the same time bringing their own unique strengths to the studio. All of us here at Bellas Artes view our role as teachers as a calling to mentorship, and our relationship with parents as a partnership in that endeavor.