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The Music Notes Difference

What is the Music Notes difference? A parent signing up for school year ’20-’21 pointed something out to me, that should be obvious to me at this point. We, the Music Notes teachers, have been continuing to uphold our standards and expectations throughout Covid-19 while teaching music online.

While understanding the situation, adapting and continuing our students’ music education, we enabled students to continue the with the musical arts and showed students, and parents, that music can continue.

A parent of one of our guitar students, said on the phone there is absolutely no hesitation in continuing music learning and classes online, because the education and teacher expectations have not lessened or diminished while online. This is true.

We’ve always had high standards and expectations for our students and from the teachers. This is a great reason why we have a small and dedicated teaching staff. It’s difficult to find great, dedicated teachers of music that can pass all the checkpoints in order to become a staff teacher with Music Notes.

This might be also the reason some students leave Music Notes after a semester or school year and go to another other local music school, that likely has no standards for anything. Time and again, students that have left Music Notes, return years later. After trying all the rest, they’re back.

While Covid-19 has changed everything for everyone suddenly, one thing that remains the same for Music Notes is what we expect from our students. This is the Music Notes difference. The difference is and always has been that we are actually teaching the musical arts. We want students to learn music comprehensively and become self sufficient players of music. Reading music. Understanding music theory. Being able to perform as soloists and with other musicians.

For prospective adult students and parents that don’t know us and are not able to walk-in to our East Brunswick Academy, meet with us and see the Academy – know that the Music Notes difference is us, the teachers and we’re doing. What we’re doing is teaching music. This is what parents should want, teachers of music teaching music.

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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