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Online Frequently Asked Questions

A: While in many ways your online small group or private lesson will be the same as a  traditional in-person lesson, there are many unique advantages to taking an online lesson. Your teacher will prepare an exciting lesson plan that takes advantage of fun music technology and online music. Your teacher will demonstrate new techniques and help you learn new pieces.  They will also share exciting new exercises and pieces to practice at home.

Your teacher will also be able to observe your at-home practice set-up and catch any potential problems that may be hindering your technique. This can dramatically improve your home practice and fast-track your progress! For younger children, a parent can sit in on the lesson so that your teacher can demonstrate fun activities that you and your child can repeat every day. This can be especially beneficial for students under the age of 7 and is a great way to bond as a family.

A: The main advantage of working with a live instructor in your online lessons is that your teacher can give you feedback at the moment about what you can do to get better faster. Your lessons will be personal and tailored to you or your child’s individual learning style. Your music is also selected specifically for you!  Over the course of 40 years, we have crafted a curriculum that is unlike any other and is specifically designed to be adapted to each individual student.

A: We use Zoom for all of our online music lessons (Teachers may be flexible in their platform use) Once you sign up you will be sent a secure Zoom link to your teacher’s virtual classroom. At the time of your lesson, you can simply click on your link and connect using the Zoom app. Your teacher will be waiting for you and ready to start your lesson! Our administrative staff is available to walk you through every step of the process and ensure you have the best lesson experience.

A: For the best results, we recommend that you download the Zoom app onto your computer, tablet, or phone. The app is completely free and easy to install. If you are using a laptop or a desktop computer you can run  Zoom on your internet browser without downloading the app.

A: We have links to reputable instrument suppliers on our website. For Woodwind, Brass, Drums, Violin, and Cello, these are generally Rental Instruments. For Guitar and Piano (Keyboard) they are low-cost purchases.

A: Students ages 6 to adult can get hands-on experience with their instrument right away. If you do not already have an instrument at home we can work with you to arrange delivery of an instrument at a reasonable rental rate. Students can expect to learn about beat, rhythm,  melody, and pitch. Students will also learn how to play fun songs and games on their instruments.

A: Yes!  Our instructors have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind online curriculum that works for all ages and learning styles. We have had many successful online lessons with children as young as 6 years old! Online music classes are fun,  interactive, and grounded in the principles of early childhood education. And because lessons are further customized based on the individual learner, we believe we provide something valuable for every child.

A: Just like with regular in-person lessons parents are always welcome to sit in on their child’s lesson, however, it is not necessary. For children under the age of seven, we encourage parents to be present for at least the first couple of lessons to help facilitate the lesson. Every child is unique so we encourage you to discuss the appropriate amount of parent involvement for your child with your instructor.

A: We are happy to help you schedule additional lessons! We know it can be tough to keep children engaged in productive activities while stuck at home, and music-making is an excellent way to boost spirits. Additional online music lessons for adults can also be an excellent creative outlet during the quarantine. Please use our convenient online form to schedule additional sessions.
A: It is, of course, impossible to predict how long the current public health crisis will last. Fundamental Music will follow the NJ mandates regarding closures. When the time comes to transition back into the in-person lesson we will work with each student to ensure that your transition is smooth and easy.

In-School Frequently Asked Questions

A: 30-minute small group lessons are given during regular school hours (If classes are after school, classes are generally at the same time each week). The lesson schedule is set up on a rotating basis. This means that up to 10, 30-minute sessions are available for use in this rotation. Students will not be asked to come at any given time more than once every 8-10 weeks. Statistically, this style program has been proven to work well, as no undue impact is made on the student for anyone’s academic period. This also helps build a sense of self-discipline and personal responsibility. Students are required to understand that they are responsible for getting information missed while they were at music class. In general, teachers are helpful in guiding students in keeping up, and there is no unnecessary stress placed upon the student. In a case where there is a particular session that the student is absolutely unable to be out of class, a makeup session can be scheduled for the music class missed – simply communicate with Mr. Kelly and he will be happy to accommodate these individual needs.

A: Every effort will be made to accommodate changes for individual academic concerns – this may require a makeup session outside of school time. Possibly online, or during recess, or may require adjusting the student’s individual schedule to avoid a particular class that is difficult to miss. The overall approach will be that involvement in music education is an important part of the educational life of a child, and all efforts will be made to assist in helping a student continue as necessary.

A: An initial schedule will be posted on this site as well as in each classroom with times and instrument groupings. This will not include individual student names because this schedule is considered to cover part of the initial enrollment period. After this initial period is finished (usually 2 weeks), a new schedule will be posted on this site, in each classroom, and given to each student. This schedule will include class times, dates, and names of participants. There will be at least 10 class sessions included on this page. When this schedule is finished, a new one will be posted and issued to each student.

A: Tuition is based on a 30 lesson school year. There are 2 basic Tuition plans to choose from.  Our Basic tuition covering Small Group Classes (Either Online or In-person) and Online Individual Classes these are detailed on our Tuition page: Click here

A: Tuition at these schools does not allow for the addition of a program of this nature, so they contract with organizations such as Fundamental Music to offer classes as a optional service.

A: When you enroll you are asked to pay a $35 registration fee per family. This fee is used to cover the set-up costs needed to maintain this program and help secure materials (music, folders, etc) that are used throughout the year. This registration fee is non-refundable and will be deducted from the prorated return of unused tuition should you cancel your classes.

A: There will be a minimum of 30 lessons offered throughout the year. Adjustments in the schedule are made to make up for school closings due to snow and teacher absence. Even though these events will come up from time to time, there will still be 30 or more lessons given at each school or Online. In more than 40 years of music instruction and scheduling, there has never been a year where this goal has not been met or surpassed. Even during the pandemic, we offered classes to surpass our minimum goal.  There will also be at least 2 performances given each year, with the opportunity for more, which may include assembly programs, school masses, and field trips to various music festivals or special performances at larger venues. (These programs will be either In-person or Online).

A: Yes. Missed lessons due to student absence are not refunded but most times can be made up. Please check the individual school lesson schedules which provide makeup options either during recess or after school or Online. Missed classes for teacher absence or unforeseen school closings will be made up for the guaranteed minimum of 30 lessons. Tuition is not based on any set number of lessons for any given month; it is based on a lesson minimum for the school year.

If your child starts the classes later in the year for some reason, contact Ed Kelly directly for an adjustment.

A: Yes (and no). Refunds may be given up to February 15 for full-year payments. The amount calculated in the refund is based on the $15.83 weekly rate for any unused tuition. The installment Tuition plan will simply stop once Mr. Kelly has been informed of your desire to stop. Please Note: this notification must be given via email directly to Mr. Kelly and can not be given by word of mouth via the student to their teacher.

Please note: discontinuation of classes must come directly from the parent – verbal notification from a student will not be counted as valid until you contact Mr. Kelly.

A. We understand life happens.  If you need any further clarification about any outstanding balances, please visit the parent portal to review your account.

A: Yes (on a limited basis and only at some schools). Individual classes may be scheduled on the basis of availability. This may mean scheduling a lesson before school, during recess or after school – depending on needs of individuals and their schedules. Instruments offered are: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Trombone, Percussion, Drum Set, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Piano. Tuition for individual lessons is $25 per session or similar discounted programs as in the school program.

A. Extracurricular activities are paramount for enhancing a child’s well being.  At FMI, we understand how important it is to keep up with your responsibilities. That is why we offer remote lessons to students who need a little more efficiency in their lives.  A technology fee is attached to the overall tuition payments in order to make the teacher’s time and your time more valuable.