Frequently Asked Questions


Is my child old/experienced enough for the Laney Summer Music Program?

     The Laney Summer music program is open to all students with at least one year of group or private instruction on their instrument, or some group singing experience for choir. The Summer Music Program provides an opportunity for students of all levels of ability to learn and play music together.


My child plays the [trumpet] [violin] [saxophone] or is a singer. Which program is most appropriate?

     Basically, the Symphonic Band program is open to all wind instruments and percussion; the String Orchestra is open to all string instruments; the Summer Choir is open to all singers; and the Jazz Ensemble is open to all wind and string instruments, as well as piano, drum kit, electric and acoustic guitar, electric and string bass and vibraphone. No experience playing jazz music is required for enrollment in the Jazz Ensemble, however this program fills quickly, so early enrollment is vital to insure a spot. The choir is an exciting opportunity for all musicians. Wind instrument and percussion players would enjoy this experience as much as all vocalists.


Are meals provided? What arrangements should I make for lunch/snacks?

     Meals are not provided. Students should bring a lunch and snacks, or they can purchase lunch in the Laney College cafeteria. Adult supervision will be provided to all students at meal and break times, both in the cafeteria and in the music department.


The registration form asks that I include my child's Social Security number. Is this really necessary?

     The Peralta College District uses the student's Social Security number for identification purposes only. It is necessary to include this information on your application. The Peralta College District and the Laney Summer Music Program will not share this information with outside organizations or programs.


I don't see my question here. What should I do?

     If you don't see the answer to your question here, please don't hesitate to contact the director: