Music Lessons FAQ
Our Beginner Music Curricula are unlike any other. Firstly, using the keyboard as our primary instrument, our young students develop a solid foundation in music literacy through note reading, theory, composition, ear training, singing, and ensemble work. Secondly, our focus on note reading while developing the ear ensures your child will both learn to read and develop an ear for music, critical for music success. Thirdly, or focus on music theory as a whole ensures your child’s success with any instrument they may choose in the future. Our comprehensive approach in all Beginner Music Classes ensures that young students develop a deep understanding of how music works so they can excel in their study.
Music Makers age 8 months to 4 years. Babies 7 months and under come free!
Beginner Music Classes is for students who have never studied music. Ages 4-5 Very Young Beginners, ages 5-7 Beginner Music, ages 7-9 Older Beginners.
Accelerated Piano Program is for students in 2nd grade and older, for beginners through advanced students.
Beginner Orchestra and Beginner Band can begin in 3rd grade
The age to begin private study on an instrument really depends on the instrument. Call our front desk and they can give you information on the recommended ages to begin students on specific instruments.
All private lesson students are required to have a good quality instrument for at home practice. New England Music Academy has a rental program that is easy to start, easy to stop and can be rent to own.
Unlike other activities your student may be involved in, most learning will happen at home during practice, not in lessons. To master skills learned in classes and lessons, it's important to develop a regular, quality, goal oriented practice routine..
For Music Makers, Very Young Beginner, Beginner and Older Beginner classes yes! Your involvement in class and at home is 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, unregistered siblings should not be in class.
For band, orchestra, Accelerated Piano Program and private lessons you are always welcome to sit in on the lesson or wait outside.
Certainly! Students in group and private lessons are constantly sharing their music throughout the year in class, with our community and at special performances.
CLASSES: Our unique approach to student performances in our Beginner Music Classes results in prepared students are who are eager to share their music with others.
INSTRUMENTAL: STUDY: We have several formal and casual performance opportunities throughout our school year.
Yes! Studies show that elementary students learn best in a group setting provided there is a qualified teacher. Our Beginner Music Classes offer a comprehensive and academic foundation in music literacy, our young students have a head start for success in any instrument they may choose. Our Accelerated Piano Program, Beginner Orchestra and Beginner Band classes provide the perfect environment for developing music skills through fun, noncompetitive, classroom activities that naturally draw students into the learning process.
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, unregistered siblings should stay at home. 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.
Above all, every child should have access to quality music education. Therefore, 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 our group lessons, every child should be able to work cooperatively with teachers, peers and parents in class and at home.
Tuition is paid by personal check to; New England Music Academy, PO Box 707, Westborough MA, 01581
Priority Registration in May secures your student's preferred lesson day and time for the fall and ensures our best tuition rate. Consequently, in June, all time-slots not filled during May Pre-Registration will be offered to new students.
CLASSES: If you must miss a class, call the office as you may be able to attend your same class on a different day. Also, you can have the home assignment sent to you by email.
PRIVATE: If you must miss a class, call the front desk and let them know if you would like to attend by ZOOM or if you would like an assignment sent home.
Remote lessons will happen whit severe weather events. When New England Music Academy must cancel, lessons will be made up or credited to your account.