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  • What is GCHFA?
    Gulf Coast Homeschool Fine Arts (GCHFA) is a music education program that offers a variety of music classes for homeschool students on Florida's Gulf Coast. Our mission is to provide excellent music education and instruction for students to develop their talents and maximize their potential in order to bring glory to God and minister to others. We offer ensemble classes, such as choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz band, where students can learn to play in a group setting and perform in concerts for our community. In addition, we offer non-performing classes as well, such as theory and Music & Motion (you can learn about that here). Our experienced and highly qualified instructors work with students of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to advanced musicians. We also host workshops, masterclasses, and summer camps to enhance our students' musical skills and knowledge. At GCHFA, we believe that music education is essential for a well-rounded education and personal growth. We strive to create a positive and inspiring learning environment where our students can develop their musical abilities and passion for music.
  • What will my child learn from GCHFA?
    How to play an instrument or sing Ear training Performance abilities Discipline Time management Confidence Teamwork Problem solving Organizational skills Responsibility Communication Leadership skills Heightened learning abilities Attentiveness How to capitalize on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses That they are capable of accomplishing so much more than they could imagine And SO much more!
  • I'm new to GCHFA; how how do I enroll?
    If you're a new family looking to enroll with GCHFA, follow these easy steps: Go to GCHFA.org and click on the "Enroll" tab located on the homepage. Click on the “Register” button to fill out the required information. Please ensure that you fill in all of the required details marked with an asterisk before clicking Submit. For information about signing up for classes, click here.
  • I'm new to GCHFA; how do I sign up for classes?
    If you're a new family, follow the instructions below to update your child's information and enroll them in classes. Enroll in GCHFA. If you have not done that yet, learn how to do so here. Classes can only be chosen after enrollment completion. Choose your child's classes. Please ensure chosen class times do not conflict. Choose Family Enrollment Fee for however many students you're enrolling. Only choose Non-Volunteer Fee if you're not volunteering during our weekly classes. The Family Enrollment Fee will be charged upon enrollment. Go to Cart to pay. You can pay for the Family Enrollment Fee through the portal at this time, or our staff will charge your account once we receive confirmation of your enrollment. You can also pay partially or in full for your classes and other fees at this time; otherwise, the information you have on file will be charged on the first day of classes according to the Membership Type you choose (2-Pay Plan or Pay in Full).
  • I'm a returning family; how do I enroll?
    If you're a returning family, follow the instructions below to update your child's information and enroll them in classes. Log in to your GCHFA Parent Portal and update your child's information under Account. Be sure to update their general information as well as their, school, medical, and additional info, and then click the "Save" button before exiting. You'll notice that their picture has been added. Check that your billing information is correct. Please include a credit card or bank account to make payments easier. We'll charge the enrollment fee once you register for classes. Click the "Save" button. Choose your child's classes. Choose Family Enrollment Fee for however many students you're enrolling. Only choose Non-Volunteer Fee if you're not volunteering during our weekly classes. The Family Enrollment Fee will be charged upon enrollment. Go to Cart to pay. You can pay for the Family Enrollment Fee through the portal at this time, or our staff will charge your account once we receive confirmation of your enrollment. You can also pay partially or in full for your classes and other fees at this time; otherwise, the information you have on file will be charged on the first day of classes according to the Membership Type you choose (2-Pay Plan or Pay in Full).
  • What is the cost of GCHFA classes?
    Cost varies from class to class! Click on the following category to view individual class costs (each fee listed is the annual price per class): Band Orchestra Choir Recorder Theory Music & Motion In addition to tuition, it is important to be aware of other associated costs. Learn about them here.
  • What are the other costs or fees for GCHFA?
    When enrolling in classes, it's important to consider additional costs beyond tuition fees. Here are some extra expenses to keep in mind: A non-refundable Family Enrollment fee is charged annually per student. This fee varies depending on what time of year families enroll, and covers all administrative expenses associated with enrollment. If you opt not to help fill a position needed during the GCHFA season, a Non-Volunteer Fee of $150/year will be charged. Learn more about volunteer positions here. A 2-Pay Plan Fee of $10 is required on the first day of classes if you choose to break up your tuition into two installments. Add this to half of your class fees to be paid on the first day of classes, with the balance of your class fees due on the first day of the second semester. Instruments, whether rented or purchased, will likely be one of the largest expenses. For online and local store options, click here.
  • What payment plans are offered?
    At GCHFA, we have multiple payment plans available to you: One-time payment - due on the first day of classes Two-installments - 50% of the Class Fees are due by the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the class fees are due at the start of the 2nd semester. Monthly payment plan - an option specifically for those with financial hardship or other needs; tuition is due on the first Monday of every month from September through March. A Late Fee of $5 per month will be charged for Class Fees not paid by the scheduled due dates. In the event of a returned check for insufficient funds, a $35 returned check fee will be incurred and payment for all future balances will be paid by cash, credit card or money order.
  • The prices listed for each class are pretty low; is that really the annual cost?
    Yes! Our mission is to provide affordable music education for homeschoolers; each class would cost about 3x the listed price; however, thanks to our generous donors, we are able to offer our classes at the prices listed on our website!
  • Do I have to pay full tuition even if I drop out?
    Yes; the GCHFA season runs from September through April and we urge you to carefully consider whether your child(ren) should participate in it each year. At GCHFA, we believe that music education is as valuable and important as academic subjects and sports programs. Thus, we hope that you will give this program the serious commitment it deserves. We understand that there may be special circumstances that could prevent your students from participating and will make a few exceptions to this policy: Serious illness in the immediate family Death or unemployment of a parent Moving more than 50 miles from GCHFA. However, please note that we cannot make exceptions for students who lose interest, re-enroll in school, or refuse to practice.
  • What is the policy for students who miss rehearsals leading up to a performance at GCHFA
    At GCHFA, we understand the importance of consistent participation and dedication to the rehearsal process for a successful performance. Therefore, students who miss the two rehearsals leading up to a performance may become ineligible to participate. However, we recognize that extenuating circumstances may arise, and any exceptions for those who miss these rehearsals will be at the discretion of the instructor. Our goal is to maintain a high standard of performance and create an environment that fosters commitment and growth for all our students.
  • How do I know what classes are right for my child?
    Choosing the right music class for your child can be a daunting task, but there are a few things to consider that can help you make an informed decision. First, think about your child's age and skill level. If your child is just starting out, a beginner's class with students of a similar age may be the best option. If your child has some experience, a more advanced class may be appropriate. Next, consider the type of music your child is interested in. If your child has a specific genre or instrument in mind, look for classes that cater to those interests. Finally, take into account practical considerations such as location and schedule. Look for classes that are conveniently located and fit within your family's schedule. It's also a good idea to read reviews or ask for recommendations from other parents or music teachers.
  • Does GCHFA offer a piano class?
    At this time, GCHFA does not offer a piano class. Those who have had previous experience on piano may audition for Jazz Lab or our top jazz band, Fusion.
  • Does GCHFA offer a guitar class?
    At this time, GCHFA does not offer a guitar class. Those who have had previous experience on guitar may audition for Jazz Lab or our top jazz band, Fusion.
  • Can I have a "trial day" to see if my child likes the class?
    GCHFA hosts Open House events once per semester! Those who are interested in classes may attend by signing up for free on our website, at GCHFA.org. Besides that, GCHFA does not offer "trial classes". All students participating in classes must be enrolled ahead of time.
  • What is GCHFA's Class Schedule?
    The schedule for classes at GCHFA is currently under development due to our recent move to our new location. We are working diligently to ensure that the schedule will be as conducive as possible for families, instructors, and space. We understand the importance of having this information as you are making plans for the upcoming school year, and we assure you that the schedule will be released soon. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to provide you with the best possible class offerings at GCHFA.
  • My child is between 0 - 5 years old; what classes can he/she take?
    Your child is eligible for the following classes (click on any to view): 0 - 5: Music & Motion
  • My child is between 6 - 9 years old; what classes can he/she take?
    Your child is eligible for the following classes (click on any to view): 6 - 9: Elementary Choir 7 - 10: Recorder Karate 7 - 9: Applied Violin & Viola 7+: Applied Cello & Bass 9+: Music Theory I (Included with Applied String classes)
  • My child is between 10 - 13 years old; what classes can he/she take?
    Your child may be eligible for the following classes (click on any to view): Concert Band 10+: Beginning Band 11+: Intermediate Band (Requires at least 1 year of Beginning Band or an audition) 11+: Advanced Band (Admittance by audition only) Jazz Band 11+: Jazz Lab (Requires at least 1 year of Beginning Band or an audition) 11+: Fusion (Admittance by audition only) Orchestra 10+: Applied Violin & Viola 7+: Applied Cello & Bass 8+: Beginning Orchestra (Requires at least 1 year of Applied Strings or an audition) 9+: Intermediate Orchestra (Admittance by audition only) 11+: Advanced Orchestra (Admittance by audition only) Other 10 - 13: Junior Choir 7 - 10: Recorder Karate 9+: Music Theory I (Included with Applied String or Beginning Band classes)
  • My child is 14+ years old; what classes can he/she take?
    Your child may be eligible for the following classes (click on any to view): Concert Band 10+: Beginning Band 11+: Intermediate Band (Requires at least 1 year of Beginning Band or an audition) 11+: Advanced Band (Admittance by audition only) Jazz Band 11+: Jazz Lab (Requires at least 1 year of Beginning Band or an audition) 11+: Fusion (Admittance by audition only) Orchestra 10+: Applied Violin & Viola 7+: Applied Cello & Bass 8+: Beginning Orchestra (Requires at least 1 year of Applied Strings or an audition) 9+: Intermediate Orchestra (Admittance by audition only) 11+: Advanced Orchestra (Admittance by audition only) Other 14+: Senior Choir 9+: Music Theory I (Included with Applied String or Beginning Band classes) 10+: Music Theory II (Music Theory I or equivalent is required to take this class)
  • My child is new to music; what classes should he/she take?
    Depending on the age range, your child is eligible for the following classes (click on any to view): Ages 0 - 5 0 - 5: Music & Motion Ages 6 - 10 6 - 9: Elementary Choir 10 - 13: Junior Choir 7 - 10: Recorder Karate 7 - 10: Nuvo Instruments (pre-band) 7 - 9: Applied Violin & Viola 7+: Applied Cello & Bass 10+: Beginning Band 9+: Music Theory I (Included with Applied String or Beginning Band classes) Ages 11+ 10 - 13: Junior Choir 14+: Senior Choir 10+: Beginning Band 10+: Applied Violin & Viola 7+: Applied Cello & Bass 9+: Music Theory I (Included with Applied String or Beginning Band classes)
  • Do I have to volunteer? And what is the time commitment?
    It takes many hands to make an organization like GCHFA run smoothly. Due to the number of students involved, we need every family to be involved in the operation of GCHFA. Approximately 1-1½ hours each week is needed per family to help things run in an efficient manner, along with help for concerts and instrument fittings. There are many jobs to do that will be posted on SignUp.com such as classroom helpers or monitors, set up and clean up duties, concessions coordinator, fundraising, etc. If you feel that you are too busy to volunteer, you just need some “me” time, or your child is old enough to drive themselves, you can opt-out of volunteering by adding our $150 "Non-volunteer" fee to your tuition.
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