Classes

Payment

Whom do I pay?

Your family must be active members of CHESS in order to take advantage of this special deal, and your $150 annual membership dues (or $75 for the Spring semester, if applicable) will be paid directly to CHESS.

Payment for these music classes will be made directly to Ovation Music & Studios.

When is payment due?

If you wish to receive your child's guitar in time for it to be a Christmas present, then Ovation Music & Studios must receive your full $180 per student by Monday, December 16th at the latest.

If you don't need to receive your child's guitar in time for it to be a Christmas present, then you may remit your full $180 per student directly to Ovation Music & Studios by Tuesday, January 7th at the latest.

New students must remit payment in full for the upcoming 12-week term at least one week prior to the first class.

To reserve your child's spot in the next term's classes, you will need to remit payment in full by the end of the last class of the current term.

You must be an active (paid) CHESS member prior to the start of each Ovation term. CHESS membership will be verified before the first class of each term.

Schedule

When do classes start?

The first class will be on Tuesday, January 14th at 11:00 A.M.

Classes will be held from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. every Tuesday.

Are these "drop-off" classes?

No, a parent must be on-site.

You can chat with the other parents while watching through the glass.

Tuesdays don't work for us. Is there any chance of another day?

With enough interest, Ovation Music & Studios may be able to add one or more classes on other days. Please tell your friends and get them on board!

Can my child start classes mid-term?

We're glad your child is so eager to start!

Unfortunately, on account of how the classes are structured, this would be unduly disruptive to the other students, so we encourage you to wait for the start of the next 12-week term.

Instrument

Guitar

What can you tell me about the acoustic guitar my child will receive?

This is no toy! These guitars retail for $230!!!

You're getting a guitar fit for a serious student at the cost of one that might be purchased by a parent wanting to test out a child's interest and ultimate commitment.

Children who start out on quality equipment like this are far more likely to enjoy the experience enough to keep going.

What if my child already owns a suitable acoustic guitar?

Students who bring their own guitar will pay just $60 per term every (12-week) term, for a total of just $240 for a full year.

Other

Will other instruments be offered?

With enough interest, Ovation Music & Studios may be able to add classes for other instruments in the future. Please tell your friends and get them on board!

More

Private lessons

Is there a discount if we want to add private lessons?

Of course!

Ovation's normal rate is $35 for a single half-hour one-on-one lesson, but...

  • If you purchase a block of four (4) private half-hour lessons, you'll pay just $125.
  • If you purchase a block of ten (10) private half-hour lessons, you'll pay just $285.

Getting started

I can't wait! How does my family join CHESS and choose a guitar?

You'll need to request a family interview with the CHESS Board. After your interview, we'll contact your references and send you an invitation to complete a mandatory background check. (Remember that membership in CHESS qualifies you for our enrichment classes and private events. We don't have a level of membership that doesn't require background checks.)

You can select the color of your guitar here.