A+ Educational Centers FAQ
At A+ Educational Centers, we offer private subject tutoring, SAT, ISEE and other standardized test preparation, voice, instrument, as well as specialized classes in introductory singing for children, music theory, composition, songwriting, theater, acting and programs for adults.
Our teachers have college degrees in the field that they are teaching. Many are both educators and active performers, and have memberships in professional teacher’s organizations such as MTAC and NATS. We take pride in providing excellent and individual guidance for students of all ages and abilities, and as an educational center, we strive to place you with the teacher best suited for your needs. We maintain strong ties within our professional community, and if we can’t help you, we will be happy to refer you to another teacher who can.
1. How do I choose the right teacher for myself or my child?
2. Can I meet with a teacher before deciding whether or not to take lessons?
3. What do we do at the Complimentary Consultation?
4. Where do lessons take place – at a studio, or in my home?
5. When do lessons take place?
6. How much do lessons cost and is there an annual registration fee?
7. When do I pay tuition and may I use a credit card?
8. What happens if I miss a lesson?
9. Do I have to pay tuition for lessons that fall on holidays?
10. Are lessons held in the summer?
11. Do you teach any group classes or lessons?
12. Do you take beginners?
13. Do you teach children?
14. Do you take adult students?
15. How long will I need to take lessons?
16. I’m ready to start lessons, what should I do next?
24. Do you have recitals?
25. Do I have to participate in recitals?
26. Do you offer Certificate of Merit?
27. What is Certificate of Merit?
28. Why is studying piano so important?
29. What will I learn in piano lessons?
30. What will I learn in voice lessons?
31. What will I learn in dance lessons?
32. What will I learn in acting lessons?
33. What will I learn in Cotillion?
34. Do I need to have a piano at home?
35. Where can I buy a piano or a keyboard?
36. How much do I have to spend on a piano or a keyboard?
37. Can I rent a piano?
38. How much do I have to practice?
39. How old is the oldest person you’ve worked with?
40. What will I learn in your Ballroom classes?
41. Can I come without a partner?
42. What will I learn in your Personal Improvement classes?
43. How reliable is your company?
There are many things you can do, and questions you can ask, to find out if a new teacher is a good fit. To start, most instructors offer a complimentary consultation or lesson. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with a prospective teacher, and for the teacher to see if you or your child would do well in lessons. The most important things to consider when selecting a teacher to meet with, are qualifications of the teacher, length and area(s) of experience and if it’s a match for what you or your child is looking for, and teaching style/personality. The best teachers have years of education and experience, most likely (but not necessarily) one or more college degree in the field they are teaching, professional instructor experience, and most importantly, are open and honest about what they do best and how they approach the study of their subject area. Cost, location, and availability are, of course, factors in choosing a teacher, but you should never choose, or rule out, a teacher based on these factors alone. Finding a good fit is worth the extra time and/or tuition. A bad fit can mean time and money wasted.
Yes. All new students at A+ Educational Centers receive a Complimentary Consultation, if you request one.
The teacher you are meeting with will work with you (or your child) for a few minutes to assess your current and potential skill, as well as your learning style and personality. The teacher will also spend some time talking with you to find out what your goals and expectations are from lessons. Finally, your teacher will give you his or her recommendation as to the most appropriate course of study, and will let you know whether your goals and expectations match what they believe you will gain in lessons.
Our instructors teach all academic subjects and test preparation at our A+ Educational Centers, in-home or in libraries. Our Performing Arts and Adult Programs are taught at our A+ Canoga Park Center. We may also be able to send academic, music, voice and acting coaches to your home or work place. We believe in the professionalism and sense of community that is fostered by an environment found at an educational center, and have found that students are usually more focused in an academic environment. The best, most experienced music and vocal teachers, for example, usually teach at a studio (many keep studios in their home), rather than drive to students’ homes.
Please click here for our tri-mester schedule of our group classes. Our group lessons are scheduled on a bi-weekly basis. In most situations, you will take private lessons once a week, on a day and time that is reserved for you. Lesson times are available most days of the week, including Saturdays, and may take place in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Availability depends on your specific needs, as well as the specific schedule of each instructor.
Group lessons start as low as $12.35 a lesson. See our Trimester schedule and visit our Discounts pages. Private lessons rates for our instructors range from $40-$125 per lesson. To find out what length lesson and instructional level is appropriate for you or your child, and what it will cost, you should request a Free Consultation or call to discuss your particular situation with a teacher. You can also call to find out what family rates are available if you intend to enroll more than one child.
For best savings, tuition is due at the beginning of our Trimester schedule or the first lesson of each calendar month. You may register on-line at any time and your lesson costs will be automatically prorated depending on when you register. Can I use a credit card to pay tuition? Absolutely! We accept Visa and Mastercard.
There are no make-ups for group lessons as they are priced very inexpensively and we count on a group of students to be there for a group class to pay instructor’s wages. For private lessons, you are eligible for a make-up lesson as long as you give sufficient notice – usually 24 hrs. in advance. There are some restrictions on make-up lessons, so please refer to the Centers’ Policy. Tuition is still due for all regularly scheduled lessons
Standard holidays include: Two weeks over the Christmas/New Year holiday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Wednesday-Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Lessons are not held on these holidays, and tuition is not due. It’s always a good idea to check the Center calendar for specific dates.
Yes, we prefer for students to continue study in the summer to prevent gaps of instruction and loss of learning time. Please see our tri-mester schedule.
Yes, check out our group schedule.
This is a very difficult question to answer, but one that many students ask. For example, music, voice or dance is something we can study for a lifetime and still have much to learn, but a lot can also be gained by studying for a short period of time. If you need to study for a Math test, this could be a short tutorial. Preparing for the SAT or ISEE exams may also be a short-term, 6 week workshop. The important thing to remember is that in order to progress, you must make a commitment to take your lessons each week, and practice each day. If you do this, and stay with a teacher that is right for you for a period of time that is appropriate for your goals (you can discuss this with your teacher), then you should see marked improvement. If you only want to take a few lessons, you should wait until you are ready to make a longer commitment.
We try to accommodate all K-12 Academic Subjects. We also tutor in College courses. Please Contact us for more info.
It’s not a must, but packages do offer you savings. Please see our Price List.
Yes. Please visit our Test Prep page for a listing of many of the tests we specialize in.
Yes. Please visit our Test Prep page for more information.
Yes. Please visit our Test Prep page for more information.
Yes. Please see our current schedule of performances.
Maybe. You can make this decision with your teacher. He or she will know whether or not a particular performance is right for you.
Yes. Please click here for more info.
It is an evaluation program for private music and voice students offered through the Music Teacher’s Association of California. There are approximately ten levels of advancement in the program, for which students receive certificates of completion, along with opportunities for honors and performance. Check out Certificate of Merit and talk with your teacher for more information.
28. I’ve heard that studying music, particularly piano, is beneficial to my child’s academic development. Why is studying piano so important?
The study of music, and in particular the piano, has been shown to increase IQ and improve academic performance, along with many other benefits. Contact us to discuss any specific benefits you'd like to learn more about.
For more information, see our “Piano Lessons” page.
For more information, see our “Voice Lessons” page.
For more information, see our “Dance Lessons” page.
For more information, see our “Acting Lessons” page.
For more information, see our “Cotillion” page.
If you are studying piano, you must have a piano or keyboard at home. Before renting, or making a purchase, be sure to talk with your teacher. If you are taking voice lessons, it’s strongly recommended, but not required, that you have a piano or keyboard at home. Click here for Parent Resources to help you with your decision.
There are several options, and you should check with your teacher to see what he or she recommends. Parent Resource page is a good place to start.
That varies widely, but there are many options available to make owning or renting a piano or keyboard more affordable. Click here for Parent Resources for more information.
Yes. This can be a great way to have a piano in your home at a lower cost. There are also some excellent rent-to-own programs available. Click here for Parent Resources to help you with your decision.
It’s important to practice each day. A day or two off each week is ok, but consistent, daily practice, even if for a short time, is key to success. Your teacher will discuss with you how much time should be spent each day, and how to practice most effectively.
You will learn poise, flexibility, lots of cool dance moves, meet other singles and couples and have a great time. Check out our Ballroom programs.
Singles are welcome in our classes. However, most of our students do come as a couple. We exchange partners throughout the class, on a voluntary basis, so you will be able to dance with a partner. If you do not want to exchange partners you are not required to do so.
You will learn how to dress better, look better and feel better. You will meet others and have a great time. Check out our Personal Improvement programs.
We have been successfully serving California students since 1985. We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau since 09/25/2006. We have the highest, A+ BBB rating in the industry. Please check our record: http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/A-Educational-Centers-100040032