Frequently Asked Questions
How are the classes scheduled and how many classes can I take?
The classes run Monday-Friday and are held at the same time each day. Each day there are two morning classes for your major instrument. Non-beginner fiddle students will rotate through several fiddle instructors over the course of the week. Most other majors work with one instructor each morning. In the afternoon, workshops are held in which students are encouraged to sample from the many different instrument and dance offerings. Over the course of the week, approximately 150 workshops are offered with focus on many different styles, instruments, and dance options.
How long are the classes?
Classes are usually an hour and 15 minutes and run between 9:00 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon.
How large are the classes? Do you have waiting lists?
Classes limits are typically 15, but may vary with class. Once a class fills, we begin a waiting list based on a first-come, first-served policy. Once a student makes a class change or cancels their registration, we offer their slot to the next person on the waitlist. We recommend registering early.
Are there age limits for class participants?
We welcome and encourage students of ALL AGES to attend our classes. We do not have an age limit for class participants and just ask that the student be sincerely interested in the subject and not a distraction to others. Each class listing has a basic qualification recommendation for participation.
How/where can/do I register for classes?
Anyone can register for classes from our website (select the HOW TO ATTEND menu item and click REGISTER). A $100 deposit will hold your place (see DEPOSITS below). We are unable to take registrations over the phone.
How do I know which skill level to register for?
We trust you to decide where you fit in. Here are some guidelines: Beginner refers to those with no experience at all, or those who play some but are not yet comfortable with the basics. Intermediate students should have mastered basic skills, and be able to tune their instruments, keep time, play the principal chords and/or scales cleanly, and know how to play a few tunes with confidence. Advanced students should be very comfortable with their instruments and able to focus on style, arrangement and ornamentation. They typically have experience playing at dances and ensembles. Master students are typically professionals.
Deposits, Payment & Cancellations
Is there a deposit required for registration?
You can pay in full or leave just a $100 non refundable deposit. Non-students can pay $100 non-refundable deposit to share a room with a friend who is taking a class (contact us for info about non-student accomodations). FULL PAYMENT FOR ROOMS MUST BE RECIEVED BY MARCH 31. If full payment for your room is not received by this date, we will open that room up for someone on the waiting list. FULL PAYMENT FOR CLASS REGISTRATION IS BY APRIL 30.
Can I get a discount on tuition?
We cannot give discounts, but we do have some need-based scholarship funds available. Check out our Scholarship Program for more information.
Are there work study/volunteer positions available?
Yes – but email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I may have to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?
The deposits are required for registration and are non-refundable. Should an enrolled student need to cancel, we can refund registration fees collected (other than deposits), minus 10%, if notified by April 30. Room fees are refundable (minus 10% and deposit) if we are notified in writing by March 31. If a room is cancelled after March 31, a refund will be provided as above if the room can be filled by another student. Refunds for weekly meal plan can be made until June 1, but are also subject to 10% refund fee.
Housing & Meals
Is it possible to camp on the campus? Are there alternatives to staying in the residence halls?
Camping is not allowed on campus, but there are campsites nearby. Check our Campus page for more information.
Can you tell me about the meal plans?
Anyone choosing to live on campus is given a full meal plan as part of his or her housing fee. Those living off-campus can choose to either purchase the “Lunch Only” or the full meal plan.
I have special dietary requirements, can you accommodate them?
The College is catered by Take-A Break, and low-sodium, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request. Please let us know in writing what your diet consists of and we will communicate with the kitchen staff before your arrival. For more about meals check out the COA dining web site.
I can find a cheaper flight if I arrive Saturday instead of Sunday, can I check in a day early?
Due to the rapid turnover of the residence halls each week, we do not allow early arrivals. Check the list of off-campus housing for suggestions on where to stay for one night. If you’re having trouble deciding or making a reservation, contact us at email@example.com.