What's *NEW* with Blue Balloon this year?:
We've expanded! Lauren Balthrop has been teaching with us for 5 years and she's now continued her amazing work with Blue Balloon as the director of Blue Balloon Songwriting School Nashville! Have friends in Nashville? Tell them about us! We love you all and would love to grow the Blue Balloon community from within. Spreading the word is the best way to do it. Find out more about our expansion here!
Blue Balloon has grown so much over the past year and we're not stopping there!:
Thank you so much to all of you for the friends and family you've sent our way. Your recommendations mean so much to us and we can't thank you enough! Please keep spreading the word! We have some new amazing teachers this year with some additional slots available for new students. We'd love to teach your friends' kids! Show them our instagram page and tell them to reach out!
Some changes with billing:
We are no longer offering a monthly payment option to new families. For those that have been with us a while, the monthly payments are still an option but we would strongly prefer to move to semester payments in advance. If this is something that can work for your family, please let us know! We'd really appreciate it.
Can you remind me of the cancellation policy?
Sure! We require 48 hours' notice if you need to reschedule a lesson. Each student is allowed 3 cancellations (that don't fall on holidays) which will be applied as a credit towards future classes if makeups are unable to be scheduled. Our teachers are paid hourly, so these policies exist to ensure that they can can confidently commit to your time slot for months at a time. If your teacher has to miss a lesson, we will always do our best to offer you a makeup lesson or a substitute during your regular lesson time. Please click here to read more about our policies!
Who do I contact with any scheduling issues (not last minute)?
Please continue to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any scheduling issues that are not within an hour of the lesson. New this year: we have some new people joining the Blue Balloon team who will be working with teachers and families on scheduling! For now, please continue to email with me as usual, but some of you may be introduced to a new contact person this semester who will be your own personal Blue Balloon point of contact. Stay tuned on that!
We're running late for our lesson, (etc.) who do I contact?
Please text us at (917) 608 - 2433 so we can be sure your teacher knows what's happening!
Do you have any tips to help my child establish a better practice routine?
Sure, click HERE for some of our tips! If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us anytime!
When is the showcase this year?
As you know, students perform their own original songs at an annual “Spring Songwriting Showcase” held at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on June 3rd (and at the Bluebird Café in Nashville on May 20th!). We're hoping to give your kids more opportunities to perform throughout the year. Can anyone say winter showcase? Maybe in 2018!
We would like to upgrade our instrument but aren't sure what to get. Can you help?
Yes! Click HERE for a list of instruments we frequently recommend. Email us anytime if you need any specific recommendations for your family or you have any questions!
Reach out to us anytime with questions! We are so excited for the new semester!