What to Expect
I have never taken classes before – I’m a beginner.
WELCOME! We’re so excited that you want to explore the Arts with us. While some of our students enroll to continue experiencing the joy of arts education, many are brand new to the process. There are no pre-requisites or expectations as far as skill level, regardless of age or physical ability. Our teaching artists are gifted educators who excel at creating positive learning experiences for all. All we ask is that you bring an open mind and an open heart.
What to expect from your class
SPAC SOTA is committed to artistic discovery and arts education. Our classes favor the creative process rather than a final recital or performance. While we do offer a final share, this is not the main focus or goal of our classes. It is an opportunity to invite family and friends in for a brief look into the learning that has taken place during the semester. Shares are meant to be informal, low-pressure, fun, and celebratory! Our mission is to guide students to empower themselves through artistic discovery and arts education in an inclusive and joyful environment, without the pressure of producing a performance piece.
What should I wear?
Clothing for classes should be as non-restrictive as possible to allow students to move freely. Traditional dance wear is not required for dance classes unless otherwise specified by the class instructor. We want our students to feel comfortable and safe so that they can focus on finding the joy in artistic discovery.
Tap shoes are required for all tap classes. Please let us know if you need assistance finding or purchasing a pair of shoes.
Do I need to provide my own instrument?
Ukulele students will be given the opportunity to borrow one of our ukuleles for the duration of the course – to use during class AND for at home practice. An instrument lending agreement must be filled out before the instrument is taken home.
Piano students will use either a school piano or keyboard for classes. No keyboards will be provided for at home practice.
Can I try out a class before I commit to a full semester?
Yes! We understand that trying new things can feel uncomfortable. We encourage you to schedule a trial class by contacting us.
Do you offer any financial assistance?
We are committed to making the arts accessible to everyone. Need-based scholarships are available through the application provided here. We also have paper forms available in our administrator’s office.