Music Lessons FAQ
GROUP: Music Makers (mixed age 0-4) do not need an 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. New England Music Academy has a rental program that is easy to start, easy to stop and can be rent to own.
To master skills learned in classes and lessons, it important to develop regular practice habits. Unlike other activities your 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.
PRE-BEGINNER, BEGINNER & OLDER BEGINNER GROUP: Yes! A grownup's 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, unregistered siblings should not be in class.
PRIVATE: It is important that you are involved in your child's music education. You are 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.
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.
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, provided there is a qualified teacher. No matter what 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.
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 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.
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
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.
GROUP: If you are absent from a group class, call the office as 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 New England Music Academy calendar for details.
When New England Music Academy cancels, one emergency cancellation per semester will be credited to your account if needed. Additional emergency cancellations beyond our control will not be made up or credited.