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Frequenty Asked Questions

How Much Is Tuition?

Tuition may be paid in full, by semester, or monthly.

  • $950 for the full season
  • $500 per semester, due August and January.
  • 10 monthly payments of $105 due at the end of each month.

Siblings receive a 50 percent discount.

There are no registration or material fees.

Do You Offer Scholarships?

Yes, we believe no child should miss out on the opportunity and enrichment that music education provides. To be considered for a scholarship, families should submit a scholarship application prior to the deadline.   Click Here for more details.

How Many Students In A Class?

Ensembles have an average of seven students each.

What's The Class Schedule?

Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. The majority of classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Some classes may be held in the evenings during the week. Class schedules are not set until after the audition process.

What Is The Placement Process?

Placement is administered by faculty, and each student's audition is carefully reviewed. Students are placed in ensembles based on their ability demonstrated in the audition video.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate requests to be placed in a particular ensemble. The best way to get placed in higher-level ensembles is to practice!

How Many Classes Can I Miss?

In order to maintain the cohesiveness of each ensemble, and to be eligible to participate in external performance opportunities, students must not have more than two unexcused absences during the season. An absence is “excused” only as expressly determined by ensemble instructors. 

If a last-minute emergency arises, students should notify their ensemble leader at the earliest possible opportunity. All other excused absences should be presented to ensemble leaders at least one week ahead of time for approval. Examples of excused absences include: college preparatory testing, funeral, family emergency, and illness.

Can I Join Mid Year?

Yes, mid-year auditions are held every December for the upcoming spring semester. Keep an eye on the website for dates or email us at info@yljc.org, and we'll notify you when placement auditions are announced.

Do I Have To Know How To Read Music?

Yes, YLJC has minimum requirements for the audition process, and reading music is a necessary component. Please view our audition requirements to learn more.  

Do You Offer Big Band?

Yes, we have a big band! Members are hand picked by our Artistic Director, Gilbert Castellanos.  If you are chosen to participate there is no additional tuition fee.

Do You Teach Different Types Of Jazz?

Yes, our curriculum represents many styles of music including traditional jazz standards from the American songbook, Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba Music, Funk Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Bebop, Postmodern Bebop, and Modern Jazz just to name a few. Students are also encouraged to write music for their ensembles.  

How Can I Get Involved?

YLJC is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer board. We are always looking for help from community and parent volunteers. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact us at info@yljc.org. If you have any specific professional skills that you would like to share such as bookkeeping, business law, marketing, fundraising, photography or anything else, please let us know!

Can I Write Off My Donation?

YLJC is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. You should consult with your tax adviser or the IRS to determine whether a contribution is deductible.

What Type Of Payment Is Accepted?

We accept donations made by credit card, cash, or check. Details can be found on the "Support Us" page on our website.

Can I Mail A Check?

Yes! Checks can be made out to Young Lions Jazz Conservatory and mailed to 4454 Felton Street, San Diego, CA 92116. Students may also leave checks in the classroom drop box.

Do You Have An Office?

We have a wonderful rehearsal space but unfortunatly we don’t have an office. We have an all volunteer board that work remotely. If you need to talk with us, please email to: info@yljc.org. If it's a more urgent matter, please call 619.214.6436.

What Type Of Instruments Can Be Donated?

YLJC can accept most instruments in working order for a variety of purposes including student use, resale, and classroom use. If you have an instrument you are interested in donating, please see our Donate An Instrument page.

How Much To Hire A Combo?
All monies received from performances go directly to the organization. Cost is determined on a case-by-case basis and depends on travel time, duration of performance, numbers of students in the ensemble, and other considerations. Please contact us if your are interested in hiring one of our student ensembles.
Where Can I Get Merch?

If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt or hoodie, email us at info@yljc.org and we'll arrange payment and pick up.

Are Classes Open To Viewing?

Classes are closed sessions. This provides students with the necessary focus and lack of distraction required to support an optimal learning environment. However, the community is invited to attend our open houses offered twice-a-year as an opportunity to get an up-close view of what we do.

YLJC ensembles perform regularly at various locations in San Diego. See our calender for all dates.

Where Do Ensembles Play?

YLJC provides public performance opportunities for each ensemble, with some performing at San Diego’s most well-known and respected venues. The program prepares students to speak to an audience, develop a set list, and work collaboratively with the members of their ensemble. 

Each Wednesday one YLJC ensemble plays at The Young Lions Series at Panama 66 in Balboa Park (all ensembles are given the opportunity to perform here). Select ensembles will open for San Diego Symphony's Jazz @ The Jacobs series at Copley Symphony Hall, and a few concerts at Bayside Summer Nights at Embarcadero Marina Park, as well as other special events. In addition, there are two recitals per year in which all ensembles play.  

See our calender for all dates.

Do You Offer Adult Classes?

Not Yet. We are getting more and more inquiries about doing so and hope to offer adult classes in the future – stay tuned!

Do You Offer Private Instruction?

Private instruction is not part of our current programming but our instructors are some of the best in the area and offer private lessons. We also have a wide repertoire of musicians all over the county who offer private instruction on most instruments - just ask!

Do You Have A Summer Camp?

In 2020, we launched our first summer program. If you'd like more information, please click here.

Do You Take Younger Students?

Yes!  Although our guidelines say “between the ages of 10-18," if a student is able to meet the requirements, they will be accepted into the program and placed accordingly.