Frequently Asked Questions 

Please read through these frequently asked questions to get a better idea of the Aloha Music Academy experience. If you don't find the answers you're looking for, please contact us!


What does a day at the Academy look like?

 On the first day of the Academy, registration begins at 9:30am.  Each day at 10:00am, we'll begin with a fun group activity - usually a sing-a-long, dance or jam.  Parents and friends are welcome to sit in on these activities. Next we'll begin instrument and band classes, and we'll finish the day with another fun group activity - usually a jam, dance, open mic, art activity, or an outside game of tag. ​

For full-day workshops, the schedule looks like this:

9:30am – Registration
10:00 – 10:30am – Morning Activity
10:30 – 11:15am – First Class
11:15 – 11:30am – Snack
11:30 – 12:15pm – Second Class
12:30 – 1:15pm – Lunch
1:15 – 2:00pm – Third Class
2:00 – 3:00pm – Band
3:00 – 3:30pm – Afternoon Activity
3:30pm – Done for the Day!

For after-school programs, the schedule looks like this:

3:00 – 3:20pm – Afternoon Activity (jam, singalong, dance)
3:30 – 4:15pm – First Class
4:25 – 5:10pm – Second Class
5:15 – 6:00pm – Evening activity (dance, jam, band class)

6:00pm – Done for the Day!​


Who provides lunch and snacks?

Students must bring their own sack lunch, but the Aloha Music Academy provides healthy snacks. Be sure to let us know if your child has any food allergies - we do not serve peanuts.


Can friends and family members attend the workshops?

Friends and family of participants are welcome to sit in on morning and afternoon activities, and more than encouraged to attend the end-of-camp concert!  We ask that children under six be supervised at all times.


How do I know which classes to sign up for?

Read our Class Descriptions page, and don't be afraid if you've never heard of any of the instruments!  Most students are beginners or intermediate, and we'll have you playing by then end of the week. Even if you're an advanced player, our staff will find challenging and fun new material for you to work on.


What kind of experience does the staff have?

Our staff are all professional teachers as well as musicians. Many have been teaching in the Hawaiian Islands for 3-8 years, and all have been teaching on the mainland for up to 10 years. Read more about the faculty here.


I don't own an instrument. Can I borrow one?

Yes. We provide all of the instruments for which we offer classes.  But, if you have an instrument, we ask that you bring it so that we can use the limited camp instruments for other children.


Where can I hear the faculty perform?

The faculty members of the Aloha Music Academy comprise the Aloha Bluegrass Band, and will be performing several times around the islands this spring!  Please visit our Performances page for dates.  The Aloha Bluegrass Band is also happy to perform in-home concerts at your house - please contact us if you are interested in hosting a house concert! 


How can I apply for a scholarship?

We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available due to the generous support of Christ Church in Kealakekua and St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Honolulu.  If you would like to apply, please send an email to alohamusicacademy at gmail dot com, and tell us 1) your musical history, 2) why you want to come to the Academy, and 3) what you hope to learn or gain by coming to the workshop. ​


I would like to volunteer. What kinds of jobs are available?

Thank you!!  We need help 1) preparing and serving the morning snack; 2) preparing and serving teachers' lunches; 3) setting up for the camp concert on the last day of camp; 4) cleaning up after the camp concert.  Please check the volunteer box on the registration form and we will contact you to see which best fits your schedule.