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COVID-19 & Music Notes Academy

Music Notes Academy wants to help any students without their school band or orchestra instrument. Rent for free while your daytime school is closed. Limited to in-stock inventory – saxophones, flutes, clarinets, violins, violas, cellos, upright bass and percussion kits. We also have acoustic, classical and electric guitars.

As a music school, we value the instructional time with our students. Online learning with a musical instrument does present some challenges. We are not resistant to adapting to online music learning, only considering the realities of using a smartphone or laptop for private music instruction with all instrument types. Additionally, wifi strength and latency, audio quality and other aspects such as being able to properly tune violins, violas, cellos and guitars for students (that do not know how to tune yet) – present immediate obstacles when we’re not in the same room together. We cannot minimize the importance of a teacher in the classroom, especially for younger students and beginner-level performers. We are considering some online options and discussing as a staff. We can see many schools are now doing this and some have mentioned experience these exact circumstances above. At this time, we are currently open as scheduled.

Thank you, to the parents and adult students who have been encouraging with regards to Music Notes remaining open. We are aiming to help students and families experience normalcy and continue their music education. Our facilities are always cleaned regularly, regardless of COVID-19.

With all this being said, as a parent myself, who will have two kids home on a laptop this coming week, I ask you to consider the following: Have your child practice more. Just like we recommend on a regular week, using our Learn Today, Play Tomorrow® Assignment Book as the guide. Double-up on the practice time. Some of my own students that were home from school on Thursday and Friday made some great strides in their own playing, simply having more time at home to practice in just one or two extra days. Students have the ability now – to put down their devices once their school day is complete – and really increase their musicianship while playing their musical instruments.

If you do feel comfortable staying home, we completely understand. Music Notes Academy is considered a small business, that our employee teachers are dependent on. I humbly ask you to consider the economic impact of this time, which everyone is facing together.

Because we value teaching music to students, and know it’s critical to a student’s success, we will be adding additional backbeat Make-Up Classes for May and June. Should it be a requirement to close the Academy, we will be extending the school year and adapting the Summer Semester schedules accordingly.

In the meantime, we are having a Practice Challenge for East Brunswick and Whitehouse Station students. We will either connect this to our Spring Recitals in June or have a separate event at our East Brunswick Academy towards the end of the school year. Details coming soon on the Practice Challenge.

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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