Frequently Asked Questions

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We want our parents and adult students to be informed. Commitment to child’s music education and understanding what it takes to succeed in playing a musical instrument is important. Learning music is unlike other school or extracurricular activities. Learning music takes tremendous time, effort and hard work. 

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frequently asked questions

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 music program. 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. Scheduling options can be limited, based upon the time of year. As an example, Summertime usually has more options for fineTune.

Yes. Music students need an instrument to practice with at home. Practicing is required between scheduled music lessons and classes. Ask us about instrument recommendations.

Yes, absolutely. Parents have to make a commitment to their child’s music education. Just like with daytime school, there is homework or practicing required, learning objectives and goals for the student. We want our students to learn, play and enjoy music. Literally, Learn Today, Play Tomorrow®. A comprehensive music education requires a commitment from parents to help us, which helps students succeed.

We’ve 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, wonderful. If not, that’s okay too. At least you’ll know – and the student knows – what a music education entails and what a comprehensive music education consists of.

We offer 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 January, February to June or July & August)
  • 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)

We began Music Notes Online in March 2020 due to Covid-19. We partnered with Google’s Educational Suite for its optimal flexibility and consistency. Many daytime schools also utilized the same educational platform. It’s easy to setup and monitor. Learning music online can be accomplished with any web browser, device and email address.

One of the most frequently asked questions lately… Yes, we regularly teach students from other music schools and private teachers. Your child would be considered a transfer student to us. This is a smooth process. We assess, evaluate and take a few classes (sometimes more) to easily transition the student into our curricular approach. We then introduce new learning materials and set goals and objectives for the short and long-term. 

We encourage and sometimes require students and parents to meet together first before enrolling. Parents are welcome to observe the classes and lessons. We want to ensure our transfer students understand the Music Notes difference. Like, our teachers are de-greed and certified teachers of music. This is not high school students teaching students. Or, musicians with no formal training, education or experience teaching the musical arts.

Yes! It’s never too late to begin music lessons. We welcome adult students. Register using our adult student registration page. Interestingly enough, we’ve enjoyed the additional adult students that joined us during Covid and to this day. Many adults have begun or returned to the musical arts.

Yes. Books and learning materials are required and we stock everything you’ll need. Parents and adult students can expect to spend between $60-$85 per school year on music books, sheet music, and instrument accessories.

As of 3/7/22, masks are optional for students, teachers, parents and visitors inside the Academy.

BackStage Pass

BackStage Pass is our referral incentive savings. Since ’09. Refer a prospective student to Music Notes Academy. If your prospective student enrolls you will save 10% towards upcoming tuition. The newly enrolled student receives a free music book.

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