Spring session: January 9/11- April 24/26 2018
SOAR will take OFF
January 30/February 1 and March 13/15.


SOAR (School of Artistic Refinement) is a place to empower people to reach their fullest potential in the creative arts. SOAR is a training ground to help people grow, discover, and fulfill their unique purpose-creatively. 


At SOAR, our mission is to guide and develop the gifts of students through skilled training and one-to-one encouragement. We currently offer lessons in voice, drums, guitar, bass, and piano as well as ensembles.


Each student will have a 30 minute private lesson with a skilled instructor once a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays. 


All ensembles will be held at the Spring Lake Park Campus.


Choir is for ages 6-12 and will meet every Thursday from 6:00-7:00 at the Spring Lake Park Campus.

In this class, students will learn rhythms, harmonies, and some basic theory knowledge. They will also learn 1-2 songs that they will perform in the recitals. 


This group is for the students ages 12+. In this group students will learn proper voice technique, blending, harmonies, and will also learn 1-2 pieces to perform in the recital. Vocal Ensemble will meet every Tuesday from 6-7PM.


This is an elite group directed by JonCarlos Velez. This group will be audition only, and will be for the older students (12+). This is a great opportunity for advanced singers. This group will “tour” and do special events around the twin cities.

For more info and questions on auditioning please contact JonCarlos Velez at or Gabriella Velez at


Students have the option of going to the Collaboration Room where there are instructors and art mentors who are there to give musical advice as well as some basic music tutoring. There will be snacks for the students (and parents)! Students can come to the Collaboration Room as they are waiting for their lesson time, waiting to be picked up. This is a great place for our SOAR community to meet and spend time together. 


*If you choose to pay partial payment upon registering, your second payment is due MARCH 6TH. 

SPRING 2018 – January 9/11- April 24/26 (14 Lessons) 

Fourteen Private Lessons (½ hour each)

Bundle Package: 14 Private Lessons + Ensemble

Ensemble Only: Young Singers Workshop, Vocal Ensemble, Drum Ensemble


Each season our students have the opportunity to showcase their achievements in our Fall and Spring performances. 


There will be 2 makeup lessons for the spring semester. Student must give a 24-hour notice if they will be missing a lesson.
Instructor Absences: SOAR reserves the right to substitute or change instructors as needed. (No refunds or credits will be issued for classes or lessons where a substitute is provided.) If no substitute is provided, the instructor will make up the lesson.

FORMS OF PAYMENT: All payments are processed electronically through debit or credit on our online system. 

WITHDRAWALS: In order to receive a refund a WRITTEN NOTICE of cancellation (via email or letter) must be received no later than 5pm the first Friday of the start week (Jan 12) for the spring session. Following this date no refunds will be issued. 
Please notify for withdraw from program or for any other questions/concerns

PRORATED TUITION: For those who start lessons at a later date than the session start date tuition is prorated based on the remaining lesson days. 

WAITLIST: If there are no slots available please contact Gabriella Velez ( to be placed on a waitlist. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Please fill out this form to be considered for a scholarship: 


Spring Lake Park Campus:

  • Private Lessons every Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 (30 min time slots)
  • Private Lessons every Thursday from 3:30-6:30 (30 min time slots)
  • Choir every Thursday from 6:00-7:00
  • Vocal Ensemble every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00


Maple Grove Campus:

  • Private Lessons every Tuesday (times may vary)
  • All ensembles will be held at Spring Lake Park Campus 


Preschool Family Music Time

Age: 0-5 years old | Tuesdays from 10-10:45 am (January 9-February 6)

Activities will be geared more towards 2-5, but younger children are welcome. Instruments will be available for all ages. At least one parent/caregiver per family should attend and be prepared to participate in class activities with the children. We will explore music in ways that encourage development of motor coordination, following direction, cooperation, social engagement, letters/numbers/colors, parent-child bonding. The most important goal is to give children the opportunity to explore and learn about music through play.

In this class, we will explore group singing and movement with live accompaniment, percussion instruments, and recorded music. Both original and familiar children’s songs will be used during the class time. Activities each week will include a combination of music activities chosen to address specific development skills (motor coordination, following direction, cooperation, social engagement, letters or numbers, parent-child bonding).

Adaptive Piano Lessons

Adaptive lessons are ideal for students who have difficulty learning by traditional approaches because of learning challenges, or a cognitive/physical disability. Students who would benefit from an adapted approach may have difficulty maintaining focus, deficient memory, following directions and sequencing, difficulty with written notation, challenges with finger dexterity, or high anxiety (or anything else that prevents a student from learning.) In adaptive lessons, an instructor typically has additional education, experience, or training in working with these populations to accommodate a student’s learning style or to adapt to behavioral, social or cognitive issues. The student may benefit in many ways by learning an instrument, however, the instructor does not address treatment goals related to diagnoses.



Gabriella Velez
SOAR Coordinator