NCAC's Virtual Lesson Program

And yes, virtual lessons are worth the money-don’t let COVID-19 delay your child’s musical experience!

Your child’s musical training is essential. In addition to gaining the joyful skill of creating beautiful music, the study of music develops the brain, training it to work on many level simultaneously, and engages both hemispheres of the brain, developing those electrical connections needed for fuller thought processing.

 

Virtual lessons are successful! Surprisingly so! Though we all miss the one-on-one experiences, our teachers have found their students study their music with more focus with our online lessons. We have pivoted and adjusted our teaching methods to highlight the online experience. In addition to their individual lessons, our students gather virtually each month to perform for one another and to participate in music appreciation experiences and music theory games (Kahoot, Pictionary, Jeopardy). These experiences introduce, explain, and reinforce music concepts crucial to reading music.

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Our music program addresses all three levels of learning music, which you may find remarkably similar to the steps of learning any language:

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Understanding the compositional tools of the music: Like grammar, we need to understand how music is composed. Once we understand and master certain building blocks (like scales and chords), music becomes easier to perform.

Learning the musical alphabet and music reading: We start simple and move boldly into more advanced reading techniques as the student advances over the years.

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How to communicate with music: Just like oration or public speaking, we now are ready to perfect the skill of performing with persuasive expression.

Our teachers are ready to carry out these steps virtually with your child. Check out our teacher’s professional musical accomplishments on our NCAC Music Faculty page.

FAQ

How will my child receive their new music books?

We will have your child’s music books delivered directly to you.

What if my child wants to learn a song that is not in their music book?

We will search out a version of that song of the appropriate level and email you a copy.

What online platform do you use for teaching?

We use Zoom. Our teachers will reach out to you with their personal Zoom link. This link will be the same each week. They will also text and/or email (whichever you prefer) a Zoom invitation to your preferred device as soon as they are ready for your child to join their lesson.

How will you provide my child with their weekly assignment?

Our teachers will email our younger student’s assignments directly to the parents. Older students are asked to write their assignments in a journal or binder.

How can a teacher follow along with the music?

All our teachers have copies of your child’s music books.

What does my child need to start lessons?

Your child will need their instrument, the books that we will mail to you, and a device with wi-fi connection with a webcam and microphone, and a steady strong wi-fi connection.

I don’t have an instrument for my child yet. Can you help me?

Yes! We would prefer to help you choose your instrument, so please feel free to reach out to us, even if you are not yet signing up for lessons, so we can guide you towards the purchase of a good instrument. The difference between your child succeeding and quitting may hinge on the quality of their instrument. And quality does not always mean more money. So, please allow us to use our experience to guide you as your choose and purchase or rent your child’s instrument.

More questions?

 

Please read the information below. If you still have questions, feel free to email Ms. Georgia at msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org.

 

The following information provides more details about our program. Though we have pivoted to virtual lessons, the approaches explained below will remain the same.

Music Programs

Scheduling Documents:

Calendar 2020-2021

 
For those who prefer one-on-one lessons, our Music Academy offers lessons of excellence. Our goal is not to teach the pieces, but rather the skills that allow a student to learn music quickly on their own. 
 
Students will learn:
 
  1. Timing and Rhythm
  2. Technique
  3. Sight-Playing
  4. Fingering
  5. Ear training and sight singing
  6. The art of practicing efficiently
  7. The art of memorization
  8. The art of performance

A unique feature of our approach includes a Monthly Music Fest every fourth week. Each month at our Monthly Music Fest, students meet for 1 hour and 30 minutes to perform for one another, play speed games to fine-tune their music theory skills, learn more about the great composers, develop friendships, and use their music money (earned through their weekly accomplishments) at the monthly Music Market. What a great opportunity to combine world-class instruction with interactive activities to develop the extraordinary in every student!
 
Individual Lessons available Monday - Friday, 2 PM - 8 PM; Saturday, 8 AM - 2 PM. 
Registration:
To register and set a lesson time, please complete the following registration forms and email a picture or scan to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org. We accept students all year long and prorate tuition and materials costs appropriately.
Pre-K Students:
Pre-K Piano 2020-2021 Registration Form
Pre-K Piano 2020-2021 Financial Agreement
Pre-K Piano 2020-2021 Attendance Agreement
Individual Students above Pre-K:
Child Individual Lesson 2020-2021 Registration
Child Individual Financial 2020-2021 Agreement
Child Individual Attendance 2020-2021 Agreement
Adult Students:
Adult Individual Lesson 2020-2021 Registration
Adult Financial 2020-2021 Agreement
Adult Attendance 2020-2021 Agreement
Get to know our faculty on our Music Faculty Page.
Tuition:
  • 30-minute lessons for 34 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $110 per month.
  • 45-minute lessons for 34 weeks of instruction* / 10 low monthly payments of $140 per month.
  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.
  • Materials Fee: $140 per year, includes all music, additional fees, and other learning aids.​
*Instruction includes Monthly Music Fest every fourth week in place of an individual lesson.
**25% discount applies to second set of individual lessons of equal or lesser value.​

Individual Music Lessons

Pre-K Music Programs

Ages 4-5 (This program is customized for students not yet of Kindergarten age in 2019-2020.)
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This amazing program is customized for students who are ready to leap into learning piano at this young formative age. Each individual lesson combines beginning piano skills with joyful games that teach the fundamentals of music reading, rhythm, sight-singing, and ear training. Students will work on a grand piano. The earlier your child starts, the easier it is to build good practice habits and an aptitude for music. 
 
A unique feature of our approach is our Pre-K Piano Party. This group lesson takes the place of the individual lesson every fourth week. Our Pre-K Pianists will meet for 1 hour every fourth Thursday, 4:30-5:30, to play games to fine-tune their knowledge of the keyboard, learn how to read notes on the staff and distinguish different rhythms, as well as discover music through music and movement. As your child progresses, we will add a performance portion to the Piano Party, allowing them to perform for other students and parents. These experiences allow your child to develop into a full musician: performing, listening, appreciating, and experiencing music at a level appropriate to his/her understanding and development. Truly, a solid foundation and love for music are essential to your child’s musical success.

 

Your child will be prepared to participate in our beautiful Christmas Recital and Summer Extravaganza Recital. Parents may choose to accompany their child to their individual lesson, however, Pre-K Piano Parties are led jointly by Ms. Georgia and our PreK Piano teachers and parents only need to be present for the performance portion (first 20 minutes) of the Piano party.

Students learn:
1. Finger numbers
2. Piano topography and all key names
3. Rhythmic pattern recognition including all note values
4. White Key names
5. Notational reading (direction of letters on staff)
6. Singing and Movement
7. Correct hand shapes/technique
8. Group and solo performance experience

Lessons available Monday - Friday, 3 - 7pm;
Saturdays, 8 AM - 2 PM
Registration:
To register and set a lesson time, please complete the attached registration forms and email a picture or scan to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org. We accept students all year long and prorate tuition and materials costs appropriately.
Pre-K Piano 2020-2021 Registration Form
Pre-K Piano 2020-2021 Financial Agreement
Pre-K Piano 2020-2021 Attendance Agreement
Get to know our faculty on our Music Faculty Page.
Tuition:
  • 30-minute lessons for 34 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $100/month

  • Materials Fee: $120 / term, includes their book, CD, additional fees, and other learning aids.

  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.

We offer a 25% discount for those who take individual lessons for two separate instruments at Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy! We also offer a 15% discount for those who pursue art classes in addition to individual music lessons.**
*Instruction includes Monthly Music Fest every fourth week in place of individual lesson.
**25% discount applies to the second set of individual lessons of equal or lesser value.
 

Suzuki Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello

The Suzuki Violin & Viola School offers a worldwide respected curriculum based on the teaching  method created by the Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki who believes, “If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.”

The MGCAA Suzuki Program includes:

  • Private lessons starting at 4 years old

  • Correct posture and holding position

  • Ear training and listening

  • Tonalization

  • Learning music by heart

  • Memorization of solo repertoire

  • Monthly group lessons to supplement individual lessons

  • Regular public performances and recitals

  • Retaining and reviewing repertoire​

Further details about the Suzuki program:


Every Child Can Learn

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Parent Involvement

As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.

Early Beginning

The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.

Listening

Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.

Repetition

Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.

Encouragement

As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.

Learning with Other Children

In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at which they learn from and are motivated by each other.

Graded Repertoire

Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.

Delayed Reading

Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.​

Individual Violin can be scheduled during the following times:

  • Monday - Friday, 5 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM
 
Get to know our faculty on our Music Faculty Page.
Tuition: ​
  • 30-minute lessons for 34 weeks of instruction*/ 10 low monthly payments of $110 per month.
  • 45-minute lessons for 34 weeks of instruction* / 10 low monthly payments of $140 per month.
  • Tuition will be prorated for those who join us later in the term.
  • Materials Fee: $140 per year, includes all music, additional fees, and other learning aids.
Registration:
Please complete the following forms  and return to the Neighborhood Creative Arts Academy or email completed documents to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartsacademy.org:
Pre-K Students:
Pre-K Violin 2020-2021 Registration
Pre-K Violin 2020-2021 Financial Agreement
Pre-K Violin 2020-2021 Attendance Agreement
Individual Students above Pre-K:
Child Individual Lesson 2020-2021 Registration
Child Individual Financial 2020-2021 Agreement
Child Individual Attendance 2020-2021 Agreement
Adult Students:
Adult Individual Lesson 2020-2021 Registration
Adult Financial 2020-2021 Agreement
Adult Attendance 2020-2021 Agreement

Violin Rentals: Brobst Violin Shop

We highly recommend Brobst Violin Shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Their violins are of the highest quality, which is crucial. A high-quality instrument holds its tuning well and gives your child a better quality of sound. Beginning violinists rely on their teacher to tune their instrument, so it is important, as they develop their listening skills, to hear the correct pitch for the notes they are playing all week long. Also, it is difficult to manage the bow and hold the violin, however, a higher quality violin will reward them with a lovely full sound despite their lack of experience. This is very rewarding for the student and all who are listening!

More Information:
We offer a 25% discount for those who take individual lessons for two separate instruments at NCAC! We also offer a 15% discount for those who pursue art classes in addition to individual music lessons.**

​*Instruction includes Monthly Music Fest, which includes a group ensemble experience,  (1 hour and 40-minute lesson) every fourth week in place of the individual lesson for that week.

**25% discount applies to second set of individual lessons of equal or lesser value.
 

Choir: Children's Voices of Southern Maryland

Join our tuition-free choir program, Children's Voices of Southern Maryland,  where we have three amazing choral groups for kids who love to sing and move with the music, ages 4-16. Young singers will love this high energy exciting musical experience! 


Children’s Voices of Southern Maryland’s mission is to inspire and educate children musically, building a community through singing. Children’s Voices of Southern Maryland instills the joy of singing and builds confidence in children by teaching techniques of healthy singing and rudiments of music. We engage choristers through diverse uplifting repertoire, movement,  and interaction. We carefully choose repertoire that is character building and confidence-boosting, as well as fun to perform! 

 

Register now and find out more at our website: childrensvoicessomd.org

 

Band and Orchestra: Charles County Youth Orchestra

 

If your child is interested in joining a group of like-minded young musicians for a high-quality ensemble experience, check out  Charles County Youth Orchestra, where you will find band, preparatory and intermediate string ensembles, and a full orchestra program. 

Chamber Music Ensemble for All Ages

Let’s have some musical fun together! Ensemble experience is one of the most rewarding and valuable aspect of music study. Our customized Chamber Ensembles give musicians of all ages the chance to play with other talented musicians, hone rhythmic and listening skills and perform in ensemble recitals. Please complete the registration form below and email it to msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org. We will be in touch!

Chamber Music Ensemble Registration Form

 

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