Base Academy of Music (BAM) is a non-profit music school that helps urban youth start to play an instrument.
Q: Does my student need to be a student at Academy for Integrated Arts to take lessons at BAM?
A: NO, any student of any school is eligible to take lessons at BAM.
Q: I don't know if my family qualifies for the Federal Free / Reduced Lunch status. How do we find out?
A: Visit the federal guideline website and find your annual income HERE
Q: We don't have an instrument. Can BAM help us find an instrument?
A:Yes, most of the time BAM is able to assist a family in the rental or purchase of an instrument. However we cannot guarantee that we will be able to locate an instrument for every student.
Q: I signed up for lessons, but we haven't been scheduled yet. Why not?
A: Lesson space is LIMITED and BAM is constantly fundraising to open more lesson spots at the Reduced Lesson Rate. If you are interested in helping us raise more funds to offer more lessons, we would love your help.
Q: How do I pay for lessons?
A: BAM accepts cash, check and credit cards at the lesson location. Families can also pay online by clicking on the link in your lesson invoice.
Q: What happens if we miss a lesson?
A: If BAM receives notice of your absence 24 hours in advance of your lesson time, you will not be asked to pay for the lesson. You can notify BAM you will be absent by phone call, text message or email. However, if you do not notify BAM in advance, you will be responsible to pay for the lesson.
Q: What is BAMs inclement weather policy?
A: In the event of inclement weather, BAM will follow the KCMO school district; when classes or after school activities are cancelled we will also cancel lessons.
Q: What instruments do you offer?
A: Everything! Piano, drums, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass. And if we don't know how to play it we can learn and teach you how.
Q: What age can my child start taking lessons?
A: It varies from child to child, but when a child can sit for a 30 minute lesson and they will be able to spend at least 10 minutes a day during the week playing their instrument. We find 6 or 7 is a great age to start on piano, drums and strings for most students, and 8 or 9 is a good age for guitar, brass and woodwind instruments.