How Do I Start?
As a new parent to the world of the performing Arts I am sure you have a lot of questions. Maybe you are really unsure what class to put your child in or maybe you don’t know which class would be best to meet your student’s needs. This is why MPAA starts each student out with an assessment.
Students will schedule a 20 minute one-on-one assessment with Creative Director, Noah Scott. During this time you and your student will be able to ask questions, receive detailed information on classes, teachers and what can be expected for all parties involved. This time can also be used to develop your student’s educational plan. Students will be assessed and tested on ear and pitch for singing as well as current dancing technique and acting ability. We do this to be able to monitor student’s growth to ensure their individual success. Students and parents may also use this time to discuss any goals or expectations that you may have. This open communication is a key component in our educational program. If teachers are aware of the student’s goals and needs then we can make sure that your student is placed in the class with the RIGHT teacher to meet those needs. As a non-profit our goal is not to capitalize on students but to educate them. Our goal is to cultivate and inspire your student through hard work and education using our booked curriculum.
What is a booked-curriculum?
At MPAA we have developed a class curriculum for each area of the performing arts. In order to make sure that students have a thorough understanding of their art, we have developed foundational lessons that are not time sensitive but thorough. Students will continue in their lessons until the knowledge is understood not just discussed. We consistently change and re-develop our curriculum in order to meet the changing needs of our students and each session will have a different approach to the curriculum or completely different content.
How does scheduling work?
Students are assessed and placed in the program based on abilities, not age. These classes are scheduled to the best of our ability in time blocks. Each session lasts a certain amount of weeks. Within that allotted time students may fulfill their purpose in classes or change during the session to ensure your student is constantly moving in the right direction. A schedule of weekly classes is available in PDF form.
Cost of classes?
Our billing works monthly. You will be given a session price which will map out your total price for the classes you have enrolled in. That session price will then be broken up into monthly amounts. Student bills are due by the 5th of each month. If a bill is unpaid by the 5th at closing a $40 late fee will be added to your bill.
- Dance Classes……….$50 a month per class
- Young Actor’s Workshop……….$65 per month
- Singing Classes……….$50 a month per class
- Music Theatre Program……….$ 150 a month
- Musical Theatre Workshop……….$75 per month
Did you know?
Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy was started nearly 3 years ago as a non-profit organization with the mission of enriching our community by providing performing theatre arts education and community theatre to SW Washington. It is managed by a completely volunteer board of directors and parent staff who work together to make the lives of our children fuller and richer through performing arts. In addition to costs for instructors, sheet music, and show rights, every time we have a class, rehearsal or performance, we need to rent the facility and custodians from the school district. Your tuition, admission, and concession donations help us make this happen. Thank you for your support!!