Registration & Payment
How do I register myself or my child for class?
The easiest way to register is to download the form with a credit card through our website. You may also register by calling TRIAAC or registering in person. Registration can also be done at the beginning of a class.
I can no longer attend a class I registered for. What is your refund policy?
Refunds are only given for the following reasons: Injury. Illness. Change in residence that takes you out of the area. After the third class in each session, no refund will be given for any reason.
Is there a registration fee?
Yes. A one-time $10.00 registration fee is charged to take classes and workshops. A discount on classes is offered for students who are members.
When do I have to pay tuition?
Tuition is due at the time of registration. Students may determine whether or not to pay for a full semester or the duration of one cycle of a class at a time.
Are there scholarships or any tuition assistance available?
Yes. TRIAAC holds scholarship auditions for 9 spots each August. This will provide 13 students with one drumming workshop for both the fall and winter/spring semesters. Work-study options are available on a case by case basis. Please contact Agatha McCarley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is work/study?
Work-study allows for a limited number of individuals to pay for half of their or their child’s class and work half of the amount of hours the class takes. For instance: Winter/Spring semester is 18 classes for the Mandé Music School student 6–12 years-old, and costs $270. Through work-study a person would pay $135.00 and work 13.5 hours. Work-study is available on a case by case basis.
Are there any other fees other than the tuition to attend classes?
No. Unlike many organization, we don’t charge for the use of instruments or require merchandise purchased from parents or students.
How do I know which class/level is right for my child?
Students should choose a class based on their interest, age and experience. Please check our CLASS SCHEDULE for age and experience requirements for different classes.
Why don’t you offer Afrikan dance?
Afrikan dance classes are in our plans. We will offer an Afrikan dance workshop During the winter/spring semester.
Why can’t my child go immediately into the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble?
The Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble is a professional drumming ensemble limited to students with extensive experience with traditional Mandé drumming. Our Mandé Music School offers drumming classes in technique and introductory patterning to familiarize new students with the discipline required to drum in ensemble professionally. This way, their rhythmic vocabulary will be better developed, and they can move into the complexities of the music more easily.
What should I (or my child) wear for classes?
You want to wear something that is comfortable to move in. We don’t require our students to wear uniforms. Most classes require students to be barefoot in the studio. If this is a problem, let your instructor know.
If I or my child misses a class, can it be made-up on a different day?
Not at this time since only one section of each class or workshop is offered.
When do classes start and end?
Fall Semester: September 3, 2012-December 15, 2012
Winter/Spring Semester: January 7, 2013-May 31, 2013
Summer Camp Intensive: June 10, 2013-June 21, 2013 (Monday-Friday)
Where is TRIAAC?
We are located at 501 E. Brackenridge Street, at the corner of Clay and Brackenridge streets in downtown Fort Wayne. We are around the corner from the African African American History Museum on Douglas Street, and across the street from the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority. We have two entrances: the back of the building off our parking lot on Clay Street; and the front entrance on Brackenridge Street. We are on Clay two blocks south of Lewis Street, and one block east Lafayette Street on Brackenridge.
Where should I park?
Parking is always free in our gravel parking lot on the northeast corner TRIAAC on Clay Street. Parking on the street is free on Clay and on Brackenridge.
When should I drop off/pick up my child for/from class?
Children should arrive for class on time and must be picked up immediately after class. Students should be dropped off or picked up no more than 15 minutes prior to or after class.