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FAQ

>  What makes NEMA’s Beginner Music Classes so different?
>  How old should my child be?
>  Do I need to buy an instrument?
>  How much should we practice?
>  Do I attend group classes or lessons with my child?
>  Do NEMA students have performances?
>  Will my young child learn more in private lessons?
>  Can I bring a sibling to Pre Beginner or Beginner Music Classes?
>  What if my child has special needs?
>  How can I register?
>  How does tuition payment and pre-registration work?
>  What if we miss a lesson?
>  What is your snow day or emergency cancellation policy?

What makes NEMA’s Beginner Music Classes so different?

Firstly, using the keyboard as our primary instrument, our young students develop a solid foundation in music literacy through theory, composition, ear training, singing, and ensemble work. Secondly, our focus on music literacy and developing the ear in a sequential, fun, age appropriate way ensures your child’s success with any instrument they may choose in the future. Therefore, our young students develop a deep understanding of how music works.
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How old should my child be?

GROUP:  We have group lessons for all ages.   The age at which your child begins group lessons with us determines which group lesson is right for you. Each age appropriate curriculum has it’s own path to graduation.

PRIVATE:  Because instruments have different recommended starting ages, typically due to physical size and strength, we recommend private lessons when students can be singularly focused with a teacher for 30 minutes.
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Do I need to buy an instrument?

GROUP:  Music Makers (mixed age 0-5) do not need a instrument for at home practice. However, Pre-Beginner and Beginner Music Classes do require a piano or keyboard with 61 standard sized keys for practicing weekly assignments.

PRIVATE:  All private lesson students should have a good quality instrument for at home practice.  NEMA has a rental program that is easy to start, easy to stop and can be rent to own.
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How much should we practice?

Because at home practice is essential for mastering skills learned in classes and lessons, it’s an important key to success in music.  Unlike other activities you child may be involved in, most of your child’s learning will happen at home during practice, not in the classroom. Even recreational musicians should prioritize practice and make time each day for quality, goal focused practice.
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Do I attend group classes or lessons with my child?

GROUP:  Yes! Parental involvement in class and at home is a cornerstone of our academy philosophy and a key to your child’s success.  Attending class together and sharing practice time is a wonderful way to connect.  Because of the tendency for distractions, un-enrolled siblings should not be in class.

PRIVATE:  It is most important that you are involved in your child’s private lesson.  You are welcome to sit in on the lesson or wait outside.
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DO NEMA students have performances?

Certainly!  Students in group and private lessons are constantly sharing their music throughout the year in class, with our community and at special performances.

GROUP:  We have a unique approach to student performances in our Beginner Group Classes.  As a result, students are eager to share their music with others.

PRIVATE:  Further, for our private students, we have 6 performance opportunities a year, 2 formal and 4 informal.
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Will my young child learn more in group lessons?

Yes!  Because our Beginner Music Classes offer an academic foundation in music literacy, our young students have a head start for success in any instrument they may choose.  In addition, studies show young beginners learn best in a group setting. No matter what your age, our group music lessons provide the perfect environment for developing music skills through fun, noncompetitive, classroom activities that naturally draw students into the learning process.
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Can I bring a sibling to Pre-Beginner or Beginner Music Classes?

Our teachers are dedicated to ensuring a high quality classroom experience for everyone. Because of our classroom setting, any disruption by one affects everyone in the classroom.  Therefore, unenrolled siblings should not be in the classroom or studio.  If there is an unexpected situation where a sibling must attend class, call the office and have your child sit quietly with you in the classroom.

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What if my child has special needs?

Above all, every child should have access to quality music education.  Therefore, we do our best to accommodate the needs of all children.  For instance, our private lesson teachers are skilled at developing individual lessons suited to the learning styles of each student. On the other hand, for success in our group lessons, every child should be able to work cooperatively with teachers, peers and parents in class and at home.
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How can I register?

Firstly, call or stop by so you can be placed in the appropriate class.  Secondly, if you’d like to visit a class or have a complementary lesson with one of our private lessons teachers call or stop by.   To sum up, new group classes start in September and January and private lessons can start at any time.
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How does tuition payment and pre-registration work?

Tuition is paid by cash or check with registration and is paid by semester and reminders are posted in the school when the next semester’s tuition is due.

In addition, each May we hold pre-registration.  Most importantly pre-registration secures a student’s preferred lesson day and time for the fall and ensures our best tuition rate.  Consequently, all unsecured time-slots will be offered to new students in June.
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What if we miss a lesson?

GROUP:  If you are absent from a group class, call the office, you may be able to attend your same lesson on a different day.  Also you can have the home assignment sent to you by email.

PRIVATE: The last week of each semester is a make up week if you missed classes or a bonus week if you attended all your lessons. See the NEMA calendar for details.

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What is your snow day or emergency cancellation policy?

GROUP:  If more than two emergency cancellations occur in one semester, one snow day or emergency cancellation will be added to the end of the school year.

PRIVATE:  One snow day or emergency cancellation will be added to the end of the school year.
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"What a journey! We watched out little preschooler learn so much music. He learned not only theory, but also he tried his hand at his own compositions and learned how to play different instruments too."
NEMA Graduate 2015
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