Frequently Asked Questions

 What classes do you offer?

Studio Classes: Conservatory, Homeschool Arts Program (HAP), Camps, Private Lessons After School Arts Programs (ASAP): ASAP Music and ASAP Theater Mainstage  – Productions Girl Scout Theater Badge

When do classes occur?

Studio courses (Conservatory and HAP) occur each season Fall, Winter, and Spring for 8-10 weeks. Conservatory classes are 1 hour on Tuesdays. HAP is 1.5 hours on Fridays. Camps occur during Summer, Winter and Spring. Summer camps are either 1 week or 2 weeks long from 9a-12p or 1p-3p. Winter and Spring Camps are 4 days long usually with two-sessions offered per camp. Check our camps page for full schedule. ASAP Music classes occur at your school! Typically lasting for a full academic year, once or twice a week. Check our School Districts page to see if your school is listed! ASAP Theater class schedules vary by school. Productions are either 8-10 weeks for a musical workshop or longer for a fully staged musical. Want to have a production at your school? Contact info@artsandlearning.org to bring Arts & Learning to your school!

What if my child is 8 and has acting experience? What class should they take?

Unless they would like to audition for a production (age specific), they will participate in the class of their age. Why? We base placement on developmental learning. We advocate children learning naturally with their peers and not pushing them to learn with older students until they are developmentally ready.

How many students are there in each class?

Classes with students ages 5-8 years old have minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 students. Classes with students ages 9-15 years old have minimum of 8 and a maximum of 35 students. All classes with 15 or more students will have a teaching assistant(s).

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Procedure

For all of our on-site programs, classes, and camps, a parent/caregiver over 18 signs your child in and out each day.  Parents are not allowed to wait in their car and have their child come to them.  They must sign the child in before class and out after class. If your student is attending more than one class or camp following the first, they must be signed in for both classes when they arrive and signed out for both when they are picked up.

Productions

Audition Information

All students who enroll in our productions will receive a role in the show. The first day of production is our Audition day. This will follow typical audition format. Students are auditioned in several ways:

  • Reading of lines in small groups or individually.
  • Theater games (see if child follows direction well or see what they are comfortable doing)
  • We may describe a scene or read off lines and have them repeat back acting it out within their own creative way.
  • If the production is a musical we will have them sing a short passage that they have prepared.
  • For musicals, there will also be a dance portion. Choreography will be taught the day of the audition. No preparation needed.

Workshops

 We offer an “audition workshop” before each of our productions to learn how to be prepared for your A&L audition and for general audition techniques.

What should my child do to prepare for the audition process/first day of production?

Please refer to each production’s page to see available audition materials. All those enrolled in our production MUST bring in a headshot to “audition day”. This may be a school photo or just a nice picture taken from your phone. However, this must be a physical headshot/photograph. See Audition FAQ’s for more information. Other forms you will need to complete for the first day/audition include: A) Actor contract: download, complete, bring with you to your audition. B) Audition Form: online submission

Want to be more prepared for your Audition? Attend our audition workshop! (typically, a week or more before the audition date)

General Questions

Do you offer Art?

Visual Arts is coming! Check our website regularly to see when these classes become available.

Do you have classes for ages 3&4 years old?

We are launching a special T-K camp this summer for ages 3-4 years old. See our camp page for more information.

Are your teachers fingerprinted?

Yes, all staff are fingerprinted, CPR trained, and TB tested.

Are your staff experienced?

Yes, they all have either BA’s, MA’s and or 10-15+ years of experience teaching. They know “how” to work with children. You may find our current teaching artists on our website.

Do shy children do well in class?

Yes, our classes are fun and a safe place for all children. The quietest child has the space to be heard and have fun, while building their confidence.

Do out-going children do well in the classes?

Yes, Theater and music are the perfect outlet for children as it directs and focuses students with lots of energy using it creatively.

Does the parent who drops off need to be the same one to pick up?

No, however if another parent/guardian other than those listed during registration will be dropping off/picking up and/or carpooling, you will need to sign a consent for in advance listing the names of those who are allowed to pick up your child.

Can my child take private lessons and what do you offer?

We currently offer private lessons in the following areas:

  • Stringed-cello, violin, viola, bass
  • Wind Instruments-Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Sax
  • Voice lessons
  • Acting Lessons
  • Piano
  • Guitar/Ukulele/Mandolin

Payments, Fees, and other Policies

General

Recurring/Automatic/Multiple payments –  $10 per additional payment. Square – $5 per transaction

Instructors and Substitutes

 For all Arts & Learning programs (ASAP Music/Theater, conservatory, HAP, camps, etc.) Arts & Learning will provide a professional instructor. If for any reason an instructor is absent, a qualified substitute will be provided.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Procedure

For all of our on-site programs, classes, and camps, a parent/caregiver over 18 signs your child in and out each day.  Parents are not allowed to wait in their car and have their child come to them.  They must sign the child in before class and out after class. If your student is attending more than one class or camp following the first, they must be signed in for both classes when they arrive and signed out for both when they are picked up.

Refund Policy

Refunds less $50 service charge per child, per class/camp/production/lesson are available up until seven days prior to the start of class/camp/production/lesson, after which no refund is given. If Arts & Learning must cancel a class or camp due to insufficient enrollment, any tuition paid will be refunded in full. Note: Once a child has auditioned for a play, there are no refunds or tuition credit granted. Makeups are not held for individual students that miss class. If for any reason A&L needs to cancel an entire class, a makeup class will be held on a date determined by the instructor.

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions are required for participation in any of A&L’s programs.

Refund Policy Refunds less $50 service charge per child, per class/camp/production/lesson are available up until seven days prior to the start of class/camp/production/lesson, after which no refund is given. If Arts & Learning must cancel a class or camp due to insufficient enrollment, any tuition paid will be refunded in full. Note: Once a child has auditioned for a play, there are no refunds or tuition credit granted. Makeups are not held for individual students that miss class. If for any reason A&L needs to cancel an entire class, a makeup class will be held on a date determined by the instructor.

Media Release By registering for this class you are permitting A&L to use pictures and video of you and those in your party as program participants in promotional materials. PLEASE inform us immediately if you do not wish your child to appear in any content. *Please also note that our performances are filmed by a videographer, and made available for purchase on DVD.

Waiver & Assumption of Risk I, the undersigned Participant of any educational event organized or authorized by Arts & Learning Conservatory (herein referred to as A&L), do voluntarily sign this waiver and assumption of risk in favor of the following business, A&L in consideration for any and all of the following: The opportunity to use facilities, owned, leased, or operated by the business and/or The opportunity to receive instruction in an activity from the business employees and/or volunteers, and/or the opportunity to engage in the activities sponsored or conducted by the business. Agree to hold harmless A&L, any employees and/or volunteers from any conduct or content which may be injurious, damaging or insulting to myself or others with me whether intentional or unintentional from the performers. I fully assume the risks and dangers involved as acceptable to me, and I agree to use my best judgment in undertaking these activities, and I agree to follow all safety instructions. I waive, release, covenant not to sue and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the business of A&L from any claims, actions, suits, costs, expenses, damage or liabilities, including attorney fees or personal injury, property damage, accidents, illness, death, or any incidental damages that may arise from my use of the facilities, equipment or from my participation in the activities or receipt of instructions.

Our Address

Arts & Learning Conservatory

151 Kalmus Drive, Suite G-3
Costa Mesa, CA. 92626

Mon.-Thurs. 9am-6pm 
Friday  9am-5pm
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