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What Sets Music Notes @ Whitehouse Prep Apart?

By Stephen Agnew, B.A., M.A.T.

Music Notes Academy launched its second Academy location for private music lessons within Whitehouse Preparatory School. Conveniently located on Route 22 East in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and nearby Readington, North Branch and Lebanon, we currently offer piano and guitar lessons for young children, adolescents and adults. Additional instruments and programs are offered at our East Brunswick Academy and will be incorporated into Whitehouse Station in the near future. So what sets Music Notes Academy apart from other in-home music lessons providers and other music schools or stores?

Comprehensive Music Instruction | The instructional approach is tailored to the needs of each student, yet providing a well-rounded music education. Our music curriculum includes music theory, techniques, musicianship skill building, repertoire and songs from Classical, Jazz and Popular genres.

Performance Opportunities | We offer several exciting opportunities for students to perform. From our Winter Concerts and Spring Recitals to our more intimate Saturday Concert Series and Summer Concerts, we encourage students of all levels to perform throughout the year.

Ensemble Programs | Music Notes Academy encourages students to perform in music ensembles led by our teachers. Our ensembles include Rock Band, String Quartet, Musical Theater and Percussion Ensemble. We also encourage students to work together to learn and perform as duets in our TiedNotes program.

backbeat Music Festival | Our backbeat Music Festival is our music assessments/evaluations and competitions event. Students receive honest critiques from knowledgeable and experienced adjudicators, which encourages students to achieve at their highest potential. backbeat Music Festival is offered in December and June of each school year.

backbeat Music Publishing | Music Notes Academy launched a separate music publishing company in February of 2015. The first publication, appropriately titled, “Learn Today, Play Tomorrow” is our comprehensive music lesson assignment book. Other books are currently in production, such as a volume of music theory books for children through adults.

LittleNotes Early Childhood Classes | This is our program that I designed and teach currently at Whitehouse Prep, and have been teaching since the 2012-2013 School Year. This exciting program teaches young children the musical readiness skills that will be needed to be successful once they are old enough to begin instrumental instruction.

backbeat Make-Up Classes | Music Notes Academy offers unlimited make-up classes at our East Brunswick Academy. Our backbeat Make-Up Classes combine topics such as music theory, musicianship skills, rhythm, music history, performance, song writing and sometimes group music performance. Yes, it will be about a 45-minute drive from the Whitehouse Station area, but it’s nice to know that no matter how many lessons your son or daughter may miss and no matter what the reason, you will always have the opportunity to make-up your missed lessons in our group classes during the school year.

Music Notes Academy is an award-winning New Jersey school. Our Founder started teaching drums and percussion, traveling to the student’s home, in 2000, in the Whitehouse Station area, teaching students in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge and North Branch. We are really excited to be back, with Whitehouse Prep being our second Academy location.


Brandon Kurzawa

Founder of Music Notes Academy, a '12 NJSBDC award-winning community music school in East Brunswick, NJ. A teacher of music since '00, with degrees in music and education, specializing in curriculum and instruction.

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