Frequently Asked Questions of The Concerned Parent


I see that in the schedule that the evening masterclasses end at 9.00pm.  What is my child to do after the masterclass?

After a long day of lessons, masterclasses, and practicing that generally begin at 9.00am in the morning, students have the two options. They can either continue to practice, and if they are under 18, will be chaperoned back to the dormitories afterwards. Alternatively, our wonderful student assistants organize nightly social events such as Ice Cream Socials, Games Nights, Movie Nights, and Pool Parties for the students. Although practicing is indubitably an important priority, students are encouraged to socialize with other members of the festivals. Friendships and discussions about music and life formed by socializing are often just as important in the development of a musician and artist.

Students are strongly encouraged to go to bed no later than 11.00pm for an early morning rise. (be more strict – chaperones will check that students are in bed by 11.00pm).



My child needs to practice. What is the practicing situation like?

An excellent question!

Firstly, we would like to state that students of the JPA Festival should come to the festival with their repertoire well prepared. Students will inevitably receive a much higher level of artistic development by studying already learned pieces with our guest artists and faculty.

Furthermore, because of the amazing artistry of our guest artists and faculty, students are often encouraged to sit in lessons of other students, attend masterclasses and lectures during the day. Of course, the evening masterclasses with John Perry are unquestionably mandatory.

Therefore, students can expect to practice approximately 4 hours a day on a grand piano. Students staying in the dormitories will be taken to the Music Building at 8.30am in the morning where they can expect to enjoy 2 hours in a practice room before lunch. We will then have Sign-Up Sheets for students to practice during the day and in the evening. Students are expected to keep to a 2 hour limit in signing up for practice. Despite this limit, should certain rooms be vacant and the nobody has signed up, naturally students will not be limited in that regard to practice some more.

Please bear in mind that practicing is by no means the sole source of enrichment for a pianist and musician. Hearing a teacher demonstrate during a masterclass, hearing other students interpret pieces, attending a lecture by our guest artists, and discussing music with fellow musicians can often be just as nourishing and stimulating.


What is the lecture series? Does my child need to go to this?

The lecture series, curated by our Director Mina Perry, is a mandatory one-hour lecture in the middle of the day featuring a range of topics designed to give the aspiring musician a holistic education. We have invited piano technicians, concertizing musicians, conductors, and improvisers to expand upon their profession. Students are also given the opportunity to ask questions and enquire further.


How much repertoire should my child prepare for the festival?

Your child is welcome to prepare as much repertoire as he or she would like. However, it is important to have a performance ready piece that is approximately 7 minutes that can be brought to teachers of the John Perry Academy.




My child loves to perform, and I love to watch them perform. What can I do to guarantee that they get to perform?

Each student must bring a piece of music, approximately 7 minutes in length, that is ready for performance. This will ensure that your child has a chance to perform at the student recitals.


My child would like/I would like my child to have extra lessons with a guest artist or faculty. How can this come about?

Another great question – extra lessons are definitely a possibility. Firstly, guest artists often do not stay for the duration of the festival. On top of teaching, giving masterclasses, and having to eat and rest, they are often also practicing for upcoming concerts and engagements. As a result, we have to consider that in offering extra lessons.

Students are required to inform both the student assistants and the teacher regarding the extra lessons, and upon paying a fee of $200 will be scheduled in for an extra 45 minute lesson. This does not apply for both directors. 




How do we decide which teacher my child will study with?

Variety of teachers – they receive 2 masterclasses and 3 lessons with a wide range of teachers. Should you wish to have an extra lesson, or have a lesson with one of the faculty or guest artists not included in your child’s schedule, that option is available as well.


I would prefer not to purchase the optional meal plan, what options does my child have in terms of breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

On the very first day of the festival, students are invited to join the student assistants to the local supermarket to purchase any food items and beverages they may desire to have for breakfast or snacks. The dormitories are furnished with a stove, fridge, and an oven.

For lunch and dinner, there are many excellent options within a 10 -15-minute walk from the Music Building. Student Assistants will chaperone all students under the age of 18 to several restaurants and establishments that are close by. Options that can be enjoyed include Chipotle, the Habit Burger, Pieology Pizzeria, Sharky’s Mexican Grill, Subway, California Chicken Café, Starbucks, Farmer Boys, Japanese and Thai Restaurants.  There are also restaurants and stores within campus which present themselves as options should students wish to grab a quick meal before a lesson, masterclass, or practice session.




I want my child to be as comfortable as possible during the festival. What are the dormitory situations like?

The dormitories are fully furnished. Upon arrival, the University Campus Management offers students bed linen, blankets, a pillow, sheets, and towels. These can be exchanged for new ones at any time during their stay. Students will be living in a suite that is designed for four people with two shared bedrooms.

Should your child require any special consideration, please let us know by emailing upon your application.

There is also large lounge area in the suite with a sofa, dining table, and chairs for students to socialize and be comfortable.


I am a commuting parent and I will need to park my car. How do I find parking?

Parking information can be found on this link from CSUN

Please note that the Daily Permit cost is $6 and Weekly Permits are $10. These can be purchased Police Services near the B3 Parking Lot. For easy access to the Music Building, you are encouraged to park at Parking Lot B1. For parking at the dormitories, please be sure to park at Parking Structure G9. There is also a pay station there.


I would like to stay in the dormitories with my child. Is this a possibility?

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