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Frequently Asked Questions

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Ask Questions

Adult students and parents should ask questions. We want our parents to be informed, committed to their child’s music education and know what it takes to succeed in playing a musical instrument. Learning music is unlike other school or extracurricular activities. Learning music takes tremendous time, effort and hard work.

When should my child start music?

A child can start one-to-one private music lessons when he or she can comfortably focus in a class with a teacher for 30-minutes in length. For young children this can often be difficult. We can certainly start with a Trial Lesson or schedule lessons in our FineTune option. On average, five years old is a great age to start piano lessons. We have successfully taught students as young as three years old.

Does the student need an instrument?

Yes. Music students need an instrument to practice with at home, in between scheduled music lessons and classes. We can help with this. We sell, rent and repair musical instruments for adult students and parents regularly.

Do parents need to make a commitment?

Yes, absolutely. Parents have to commit to their child’s music education. Just like with daytime school, there is homework or practicing required, learning objectives and goals for the student. It’s the same with music, at least with us. We want our students to learn music, play music and enjoy music. A real music education requires a commitment from parents to help us, which helps students succeed.

We’ve also always recommended students and parents make a commitment. Making a school year commitment is wise. It shows the student what it really means to pursue the musical arts. If a student ends up loving music, then wonderful. If not, this is okay. At least you’ll know (and the student knows) what a music education entails and what a comprehensive music education consists of.

What are the enrollment options?

We’ve always had several enrollment options for adult students and parents.

  • Trial Lesson = 1 Lesson commitment
  • FineTune = 2 Lesson commitment
  • Semester = Between 12 to 16 weeks of a commitment (September to December, January to March, April to June)
  • School Year = September to June (or whenever starting in a school year, then until June)
  • Summer = July and August (or a customized schedule created by the adult student or parent)

How does Online work?

We began Music Notes’ Online on 3/23/20, because of Covid-19. We partnered with Google’s Educational Suite for its optimal flexibility and consistent stability. Many daytime schools also utilize the same platform. It’s easy to setup. It’s easy to monitor. Learning music online can be accomplished – with us – with any web browser, any device and any email address. We will contact – or call – the student or parent at the start time of class.

backStage Pass

Since ’09, backStage Pass is our referral incentive savings. Refer a prospective student to Music Notes. If the prospective student enrolls, the enrolled adult student or parent saves 10% on upcoming tuition. The newly enrolled student receives a free music book.

About Music Notes

Music Notes Academy is a 2012 award-winning NJSBDC community music school. Music lessons and instruction – available for young children, adolescents and adults – are tailored towards each student within our music curriculum.

Music Notes’ curricular approach to teaching includes music reading and theory, musicianship skills, performance techniques, repertoire and songs. Students receive comprehensive music instruction from degreed and experienced music teachers. We offer structure and flexibility for our students which offers a great balance in music education.

Music Notes Academy is committed to the musical growth and development of each student. With the encouragement and support from teachers and parents, students can expand and improve their musical appreciation, comprehension of musical knowledge and performance skills while being challenged to reach their fullest potential.

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Music Notes through the years

Music Notes students have performed in concerts, recitals, music festivals, assessments and exams. Students have continued collegiately, attending universities with scholarships.

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