Variety Hour is a weekly performance lab that takes places every Friday afternoon and is mandatory for all students. Each student has the opportunity to perform several times throughout the semester. Instructors encourage students to perform “works in progress” from their private lessons and receive positive feedback & suggestions for improvement from staff, which are then integrated into their ongoing lessons. When not performing, students support their peers by being attentive and respectful audience members. Students also learn to further communicate with their audience through hosting and facilitating the performance hour. This performance arena is a rehearsal ground to practice the life skills and social skills necessary for greater independence and growth.