austin soundwaves

Advanced Skills & Mentoring program 

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What is it? 

The Austin Soundwaves Advanced Skills & Mentoring Program is intended to give student musicians in Austin valuable individual instruction, as well as to develop musicianship and build skills to help ensure success in graduation and beyond. In addition to private lessons and group studio classes, students receive assistance to prepare and apply for summer camps, advanced music programs, and college. Participants will also be involved in our Ambassador Ensemble, and act as mentors throughout their school music program, and community.

Who should apply?

Students with at least two years of experience in a school music program. Applying students should be motivated to learn and willing to adhere to a set schedule of lessons, concerts, and mentoring sessions. Students must be recommended by their school music teacher and complete a written application.The program is primarily intended for high school students, but students in middle school may still apply.

What does it cost?

We offer lessons at a rate of $45 per hour. Families who request financial aid may be eligible to receive lessons at a rate of $10 per hour or as a full scholarship (no cost). We will never decline an application due to financial reasons, including an inability to pay.

How to Apply 

You can fill out the application form by clicking below. There are questions for the applying student and his/her parent or legal guardian. Applications are accepted year round, however students are typically admitted to the program at the beginning of each semester (fall or spring) or at the beginning of summer (June). Please note: if you are requesting financial aid, you must fill out the financial aid form.

Participation Requirements 

To participate, students must: 

  • Remain in good standing in school music program

  • Remain in good academic standing subject to UIL and/or school music program guidelines.

  • Attend and complete lesson/practice objectives, as well as required jury, recital, auditions, and any additional performance requirements given by your teacher.

  • Practice a mandatory amount of time as agreed upon with private instructor, toward the achievement of defined goals.

  • Minimum Attendance: 15 lessons during Fall Semester and 15 lessons during Spring Semester.

  • Participate in monthly studio class as defined by your teacher.

  • Be a respectful representative for Austin Soundwaves and a mentor to peers.