Mission

About – Nusku Arts provide quality and affordable after-school programs – Creative Arts and Music classes – for preschool, elementary, and middle schools students who would not otherwise have access to creative education.

Approach

It is proven that young people who do not have access to music and art education, fall behind their peers with respect to self-esteem, academic learning, and cognitive capabilities. By providing students with affordable and accessible classes, Nusku Arts powerfully improves their creative expression, personal growth and academic performance.

Core Values

Through Arts activities, we believe that Students can :

  • Allow themselves full expression in their creativity.
  • Be open to new experiences.
  • Get inspired! And Lead by example.
  • Have a great time while learning.
  • Make it Fun! Laugh and Play!
  • Strive to be the best they can be in everything they take on.
  • Commit to integrity and be accountable.
  • Achieve goals by working together and including others.

Vision for the Future

We envision a world in which all children, regardless of their financial situation, can confidently express their creativity. We encourage children to feel comfortable and confident in their own creative expression. Our goal is to support and strengthen their artistic aspiration.

FAQ

CLASS SET UP

I am a parent | coordinator and I would like your program(s) in my school, what is the process?

The best way (and the quickest) is to contact us HERE. For more info, you can also simply give us a call : (510)834-1010 and we will set up the desired class(es) in no time.

CLASSES DETAILS

How many weeks are in a session?

The typical sessions range between 8 and 12 weeks, depending upon the school’s individual after-school enrichment calendar. Some schools have semesters instead, so the session can be longer and reach 18 weeks (Inquire with your school for that matter).

How many students are there in each class?

8 -12 students for Guitar classes – 8-15 students for singing class – 8-15 students for Percussion Classes – 8-12 Students for Preschool Programs – 8-15 Students for the Comic Book Classes.

What is the length and frequency of the classes?

Each class is 1 hour and is held once or twice a week. The curriculum accommodates an entire year. For K-1 programs, some schools sometimes request 45mn time (Club Jam and Ukulele)

Where are the classes held?

At your school or in several available locations in Oakland, Berkeley, or San Francisco.

Are Nusku Arts classes for all levels or only beginners?

The Nusku Arts classes are formatted for beginning and intermediate students. Every song taught have easy and difficult parts for students to play, depending on their level. In addition, the class is often broken up into small groups based on skill level, allowing students to move at their own pace.

I missed the first session, is it okay to join the class for the winter session, and if so, how will my child catch up with the group?

Your child may join the class at any new sessions beginning. Older kids can often catch up if they put in the necessary practice time. Younger kids may have a harder time, and if need be, we can send an assistant to the class to help the newer students get caught up.

What do open classes or camp mean?

Open classes or camp are available outside a school in a specific area – Usually, it is classes or camp located in a community center within a city Parks and Recreation Department.

Can I have more details about the Comic Book class?

The classes are geared towards a collaborative comic book based on a comic book story the students choose. Story templates are provided with dialogues but no drawings and a scripted story for each panel. The kids in teams work to pencil and then ink characters to fit the story.
During the process of creating these books, students get a glimpse about the different process and jobs (writers, letterers, pencilers, inkers, colorists) of comic book artists, drawing techniques with pencils, and inking techniques. Students learn from handouts and demos the teacher does in class. Every teacher brings his/her own perspective, training, and interests to the classroom.

REGISTRATION and PAYMENTS

My child is a returning student, do I have to go through the process to register for a class?

If it is the beginning of the school year (Fall session) Yes, we only keep Family information for one school year. If it is during the school year (Winter session, Spring Session, Summer) No. You just have to log in HERE and choose your child’s class.

My credit card expiration date is not valid anymore, where do I go to make the change?

You just have to log in HERE, then in your dashboard go to the “Billing Info” tab and make the changes accordingly.

I did register my child in a class, do I get charged if the class does not go?

When parents register their child in a class, the class fee is posted to their account (but the Credit Card is not charged).
When the class has reached the minimum of students (Usually 8 students), the credit card is charged within one week prior the class starts

I want to register my child for a class but the session has already started.

We are flexible in term of registration, you can join a class while it has already started, we will then prorate your tuition fee for the class missed. (Note that your school might ask you to pay a late fee)

The class is full, and I register in a waiting list, is my card charged?

When the class is full, parents have the ability to register in a waiting list. No fee is posted and no charge occurs.
If the student is transferred to an existing class, the class fee is posted and a charge is initiated.

My child is on a waiting list, what happens next?

When your child is on a waiting list, we will notify you by email if they are new openings in the same class (a student dropped out for instance), we will also email you about open classes available in your area, and we will keep your information to contact you later during the session, to let you know about new classes in your school, or in your area (next session openings).
We also strongly suggest you make arrangements for other activities for your child as there is no guarantee that you will get a spot in the existing class.

SCHOLARSHIP

Do you have scholarships available?

We do, please inquire with your school to start the process (the sooner, the better).

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Is private instruction available?

The instructors are definitely qualified to offer private lessons, available in your home, contact your teacher for rates and availability.

INSTRUMENTS

We do not own an instrument, do you provide it?

Yes, we do provide Guitars (rental Fees: $25) and Ukuleles (Rental Fees:$15) to bring back home for practice. We offer this service for the duration of the session, the instruments have to be brought back to your teacher at the end of EACH session (unless communicated otherwise or re-enrolling for the next session) Winter and Spring sessions.

What happens if I break or lose a guitar or a ukulele?

You pay our cost which is:
$75 for a guitar.
$35 for a ukulele.

Can my child use his/her own instrument?

Yes, definitely, however, the instructor will inspect it and confirm that it is of a decent quality.

My child has a nice guitar (or ukulele) that we don’t want him/her to bring to school. Can the teacher bring an extra instrument for him/her every week to use only in class?

If you do not rent an instrument, It is the student responsibility to bring his/her instrument to class every week.

MATERIALS

Does my child have to bring extra materials for the class?

Materials such as Books (Curriculum), Sketchbook, Pics, Pens, Markers etc … are included in the class budget. A supplemental curriculum is given to the students during the session. The instructors will also be happy to help you choose which materials are best suited for practice.

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Scholarships in 8 years

Benefits of Arts and Music

Cognitive

  • Discover sequential order
  • Learn music symbols and notations

Social and Emotional

  • Self esteem and confidence
  • Ideas sharing
  • Belong to a group
  • Sense of pride and accomplishment

Motor Skills

  • Write Musice
  • Move to the beatg
  • Draw and trace item
  • Strum on a guitar or ukulele

Language and Literacy

  • EXpand vocal range
  • Language development
  • Verbal Communication
  • imitate melody and match pitch

Musical Development

  • Enjoy ensemble experience
  • Language development
  • Verbal Communication
  • Learn to read, write and compose music