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>  What makes NEMA so different?
>  How old should my child be?
>  Do I need to buy a piano?
>  How much should we practice?
>  Do I attend class with my child?
>  Do the children have performances?
>  Will my child learn more in private lessons?
>  Can I bring a sibling to class?
>  What if my child has special needs?
>  When can I enroll?
>  How does tuition work?
>  What if we miss a class?
>  What is your snow day or emergency cancellation policy?

What makes NEMA so different?

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. 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. Our young students develop a deep understanding of how music works.
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How old should my child be?

We have group lessons for all ages babies to adults.   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.

Different instruments have different recommended starting ages due to physical size and strength.  We recommend our academic, fast paced, and fun group lessons for students 8 and under.  Children are typically ready for private lessons when they can be focused with a teacher for 30 minutes.
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Do I need to buy an instrument?

Mixed Age Music Classes do not need instruments at home.  Pre-Beginner and Beginner Music Classes require a piano or keyboard with 61 standard sized keys for practicing weekly assignments.  All private lesson students should have a good quality instrument on which to play at home.  NEMA also 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?

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

Group Classes:  Yes! Parental involvement at home and in class 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 with your child and create music memories that will last a lifetime. It’s a wonderful way for parents to begin their own musical journey or re-connect with music.

Private Lessons:  We would love to have you involved in your child’s private lesson.  You are welcome to sit in on the lesson or wait outside.
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Do the children have performances?

Yes! Our unique approach to student performances creates students who are eager to share their music with others. Students in group and private lessons are constantly sharing their music throughout the year in class, with our community and at special performances.
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Will my young child learn more in group lessons?

Yes!  Studies show young beginners learn best in a group setting. The group provides the perfect environment for developing music skills through fun, noncompetitive, classroom activities that naturally draw children into the learning process. Private lessons are appropriate for older beginners, intermediate to advanced level students, and group lesson graduates.
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Can I bring a sibling to your group classes?

Because of our classroom setting, any continued disruption by one affects everyone in the classroom. Our teachers are dedicated to ensuring a high quality classroom experience for everyone, so 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?

We believe every child should have access to quality music education and we do our best to accommodate the needs of all children.  Our private lesson teachers are skilled at developing individual lessons suited to the learning styles of each student. For success in group lessons, every child should be able to work cooperatively with teachers, peers and parents in class and at home.
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When can I enroll?

You can enroll at any time. New group classes start in September and January.  Private lessons can start at any time.
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How does tuition and pre-registration work?

To ensure your New Student’s preferred lesson day and time, tuition is paid by cash or check with registration.  Reminders will be posted in the school when the next semester’s tuition is due.

Every May there is a pre-registration week for current students.  Pre-registration secures a student’s preferred lesson day and time for the fall.  In June, all unsecured time-slots will be offered to new students.
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What if we miss a group class or private lesson?

Group Classes:  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 lessons: The last week of the 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?

Private Lessons:  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