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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ or frequently asked questions. Learn about Music Notes Academy by asking questions.

Online Learning

Learn music online with your smartphone, tablet or computer. From the comfort of your home, learn music with a Music Notes degreed music teacher. We’ll connect you to our online music lessons platform.

In-Person Learning

Learn music in-person at our Academy with a degreed music teacher. In-Studio music lessons include upright and baby grand pianos, acoustic drum sets, xylophone, guitar amplifiers and pro-audio equipment. We even have an upright string bass.

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. Here are some FAQs or frequently asked questions.

FAQ: When can 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.

  • What is fineTune? fineTune is our private music lesson commitment of two scheduled lessons. Adult students and parents can schedule and pay tuition for two classes at a time. The commitment is two classes, versus a semester or school year commitment. 

FAQ: 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.

FAQ: 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.

My child is currently at another music school. Can we join Music Notes?

Yes, we teach students regularly from other music schools and private teachers. Your son or daughter would be considered a transfer student to us, which is a smooth process. We assess, evaluate and take a few classes (sometimes more) to easily transition the student into our curricular approach, introduce new learning materials and set goals and objectives for the short-term and long-term. Parents are welcome to observe classes and lessons.

  • Due to Covid-19, our Academy classrooms are limited to the teacher and student only. Our waiting room is closed. Parents are required to wait outside the building. Parents can observe online lessons and classes through a separately signed-in device or listen nearby.

Do I need to purchase books or an instrument?

Yes, for books and learning materials we stock everything we like to teach with. Parents and adult students can expect to spend between $50 and $75 per school year on music books, sheet music and instrument accessories.

  • Due to Covid-19, we can special order and ship items to your house. Items can also be picked-up by an appointment to avoid shipping costs. 

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

Est. 2000

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.

We encourage student performances, recitals and events like MAMTG’s Student Music Festival.

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.

FAQs

Do students have to read music?

Yes. We teach students how to read sheet music. We may incorporate tablature for guitar students.

What about drum students?

What about drummers? 😉 Yes, our drum students learn how to read music. We also teach rudiments, classical snare drum, drum set and technique. We really enjoy play-along tracks and exploring students to different styles of drumming.

Do I need a piano for piano lessons?

Yes. At least a touch-sensitive keyboard. A toy keyboard will not work. We have upright and baby grand pianos at our Academy. For home practice, students need an instrument.

Can I rent an instrument?

Sure. If you’d like to rent with Music Notes, let us know. We have short-term, long-term, rent-to-own and rent forever options.

Do you require practicing?

Yes. Students need to practice their instrument in order to understand, appreciate and perform a musical instrument.

Can I have a free trial class?

No. Our Trial Lessons or Trial Classes are $59.

Do you require student performances?

No. We like to see our students perform. However, we do not require student performances.

Music Notes through the years

Music Notes students have performed in concerts, recitals, assessments and exams. Students have won 1st Place at Festivals. Students have continued their musical journey collegiately, attending colleges and universities with scholarships.

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