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Village Productions is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Since 1993, our mission at Village Productions has been to advance the positive power of music by providing affordable and high-quality music education through instructional clinics, special events, and concerts.
ARE PRIVATE LESSONS AVAILABLE?
Yes. Outside of class time, you can schedule a private lesson with the instructor of your choice. You negotiate the timing and cost with the instructor.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO CLASS SIZE?
Not yet, though that could change. Our classes range from a few to upwards of fourteen students. We offer a variety of options. That helps people scatter.
AM I LOCKED IN TO THE LEVEL OF TEACHING I REGISTER UNDER?
No. Students are free to change classes at any time.
CAN I CHANGE INSTRUMENTS?
Absolutely. Students are free to change levels of instruction and/ or instruments at any time.
WHAT IS THE POLICY ON REFUNDS?
Due to the commitment required of us in providing full accommodations, we have had to include a refund policy. Up to a certain date, if you pay and cannot attend, we will refund your money in full (short of any credit card fees.) Otherwise, check the clinic you are interested in to learn more about specific refund and date parameters.
I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN A PARTICULAR TUNE. HOW CAN THAT BE ARRANGED?
Email your request to us as early as you can. We'll work with staff to see if the tune can be integrated into a Song Study. Tunes have to be pertinent and popular, interesting enough to learn, and useful enough to play with others in a jam session.
CAN I SELL AN INSTRUMENT AT THE CLINIC?
Why not? Somebody may want it! By all means - Yes.
MY FAMILY INTENDS TO VISIT MANHATTAN WHILE I ATTNED METRO BANJO. WILL TRANSPORTATION BE AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO & FROM ST. JOHN'S TO THE SUBWAY STATION?
While it's a short walk from the university to the subway station, taxis/Ubers are available.
I WOULD LIKE TO SIT IN AS AN OBSERVER. IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THIS?
Yes, there is. Charges vary per clinic and observers cannot attend classes with an instrument. Swapping of instruments between paid registrants and observers is also not permitted.
DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
We offer a limited number of tuition-only scholarships. Granting scholarships is dependent on receiving tax-free contributions for that purpose. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and such contributions are tax deductible. Please consider giving. Use the clinic-specific registration page for donating.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS?
Yes we do!
All major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
DO YOU ACCEPT MONEY ORDERS?
Yes, along with checks and cash.
IF I UPGRADE LATER TO ATTEND MORE CLINIC DAYS, DO I HAVE TO PAY SINGLE-DAY RATES?
No. We will get you in the cheapest way possible, within the advertised rates, according to date purchased.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY FOR MINORS?
Minors (students under 18) staying the night must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must pay the observer rate as advertised. Commuter students fourteen through seventeen years of age may attend without day-time supervision, however we require written parental consent, a signed waiver, and students must be picked up promptly prior to dinner, each class day.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
There's plenty of free parking at the Blue Ridge Center. Paid parking is also available in Brooklyn.
I AM TAKING A TUG BOAT TO METRO BANJO BUT I AM PULLING A BARGE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
This problem is more common than people realize. I'd get out of the shipping lanes and cut it loose. Then nudge it into some secluded bay and drop anchor, or rent it out as a swimming platform. People living on Long Island Sound may pay handsomely to have it hauled to their beach for a wedding or summer gathering.
I'LL BE JAMMING GEARS ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS TO REACH YA'ALL IN THIS 18-WHEELER. GOT ME A BUNK AND BANJO. YOU GOT A PLACE TO PARK THIS BEAUTY?
Got lots of options for your traveling motel. Just lay off the jake while snaking jimmy through downtown. Might be able to arrange a pinstripe job while you're at the show. Call beforehand.
THIS BANJO CLINIC THING'S GOT ME CONFUSED. SURE, I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE 5, BUT FRANKLY I'M LEERY ABOUT WHAT I MAY BE GETTING INTO. LIKE, IS THIS A CAMP OR A CLINIC? WILL THERE BE ANY DIAGNOSING AND TREATING OF OUTPATIENTS GOING ON? DON'T WANT NONE OF THAT. THANKS BO.
Hey BO. Thanks for your email. I've been asked this question more times than I can remember. Here at the clinic, we aren't throwing curveballs or trying to draw people into health care. Rest assured, there isn't a needle or Neti Pot in the place. Not even a dressing unless it comes with salad. Just good folk drinking coffee, learning banjo and making friends. Between us though, personally, I know that a nurse usually handles the registration desk, but don't tell anybody. Could blow our cover. See you in November!