Where do the lessons happen?

All lessons will take place on Bayside’s Granite Bay campus, in the classrooms of the Thrive Kids building.

What's expected of the parents?

Your involvement as a parent will determine what your student can achieve in the program more than any other factor. At the Academy, we’ll ask you to partner with your child’s instructor, helping guide practice time at home and joining younger students (through elementary school age) in their weekly lessons. We realize that this is a unique approach, but we strongly believe that this is the single best way to encourage your student’s success.

Who are the instructors?

Lessons are taught by trained and trusted musicians from Bayside’s large volunteer base, specific partner instructors with a proven track record, and advanced students from our Thrive School of Worship. Every instructor has been through our background check process and has been trained in our custom curriculum.

Will students need to own their own instrument?

Yes. Every student will need their own instrument that they can practice with at home. We’ll provide Drum and Piano students with instruments in the classrooms for their lessons - no need to lug that gear around. Guitar and Bass students will need to bring their own instrument to every lesson, but we’ll provide amps in the classrooms.

How much does it cost?

Tuition for the Thrive Arts Academy is $140 per month. This covers weekly lessons for one student, on one instrument, and the costs for both of our program’s recitals. We are also offering a family discount (this same discounted rate applies whether multiple siblings are taking lessons, or one student is taking lessons for more than one instrument, or a combination of those situations). For 2 students or 2 instruments (or more), tuition for each is reduced to $120 per month.

Are there any scholarship opportunities?

Yes, there will be. We’re working to secure the number of available student scholarships. If you need help with the program cost, there will be an opportunity to request a scholarship during the application process.

What's the schedule like?

The program runs concurrently with the school year - September to May - with scheduled breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The lessons will happen on the same day, at the same time, each week. The specific class slots available will be presented to you during the application process, in a one-on-one Personal Consultation with our Academy staff. If you've joined the Waiting List, you'll be automatically invited to schedule a Personal Consultation as soon as there's an opening for your student.

What's the make-up policy?

We want to make sure that the lesson schedule works great for both the students and the instructors. Each student will get one make-up lesson opportunity per trimester - every three months - and these do not carry over. If you need to miss a lesson, just let the Academy staff know at least 24 hours in advance. Your student's instructor will have a make-up day during each trimester that your student can take this missed lesson for no charge. In the event that the instructor must cancel, you can either add a make-up lesson to their make-up day (this doesn't count against the student's one make-up) or, pending instructor availability, take the lesson in your normal time with a different instructor.

What can I expect in the application process?

If you'd like to move forward with lessons, the next steps are very important. Because of the HUGE response, and the set number of students we’re able to accept into the program, the next step is to join the Waiting List. This is the first commitment step, and out of respect for all of the interested families, we ask that before you add your information to the List you read through the program’s details on this page and fully intend to join the Academy. You can find the List in the site's navigation in the top corner of this page or you can click here.

Each year, we will have a set number of openings - for example, a certain instrument might have 60 spots available. The first 60 on the waiting list that have requested that instrument will be invited to a 15 minute Personal Consultation with some of our Arts Academy staff, where we’ll to get to know you and your student and answer any more questions you have. Details about these Personal Consultations will be sent out to those on the waiting list above that instrument’s cutoff - in this example, the first 60 people - who will then receive details on setting up an appointment. We want as many students as possible to be able to join the Academy, and we're working hard to make that happen!

We’re working as hard as we can to get everyone who's currently waiting a lesson slot as soon as possible. We have an awesome group of instructors and are adding more students as fast as we can!