It’s Our Anniversary!

We simply cannot believe that we have been at 517 New Brunswick Avenue for a whole year!  Our lease began on February 1, 2018, and our grand opening was February 18, 2018.  The mayor of Woodbridge and two of our council members came out.  Over 100 people showed up throughout the day to share their support and well wishes, not just for me (as I was the only official teacher at the time!), but for all of my students, too – that’s you!  \

So it’s time to celebrate!

Join us President’s Day weekend for some fun events.

Studio One Sessions – in-studio performances by our students – Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon.

Two special sing-a-longs – Beatles on Sunday @ 3:00 and Hamilton (Yes, Hamilton!!) on Sunday @ 6:00 (if you want to attend you have to register – RSVP on our Facebook Page.

Open House hours, Saturday @ 6:00 – 8:00 for prospective students and their families.  Stop by for a tour of the studio and a chat about all our different learning opportunities.

For more information, comment here or reach out to us on Facebook.

New Classes Starting December 1

There’s always something new happening at Miss Anna’s, and December is no exception.  We’re kicking off a few new classes this month, will we be seeing you at one of them some day soon?

On Saturdays we’re starting a new session of Beginning Guitar for both kids and adults.  Group classes are a fun way to get into playing an instrument while in a relaxed social setting.

Our kid class is open to beginners from ages 7 – 13 and is held first thing in the morning at 9 am (don’t worry, parents, we have complimentary coffee at the studio!).  Our adult class, geared towards the over 21 crowd, is at 12 noon.  If you have a student who’s somewhere between 13 and 21, please contact us about placement.

Guitar classes meet for 45 minutes, and tuition is $28 per month.

Our Junior Choir program is growing on Friday evenings!  Our first section of Junior Choir is full so we’re offering another section at 4:15pm.  Junior Choir is for students aged 7 – 10 with an interest in singing.  That age is a little too young for serious one on one lessons, but it’s a great age to start learning the fundamentals of music while being introduced to the basics of good vocal technique.  The students have been enjoying fun vocal warm ups and seasonal songs, plus some simple rounds.  If you’ve got a little singer bouncing around your house, we look forward to them joining us!

If you’ve got a singer in your house who’s a little older, our Teen Choir is now accepting students aged 11 and up.  We meet on Thursday nights and are already preparing for a few performance opportunities in the early spring.  Teen Choir meets at 8pm.

Junior and Teen Choir meet for 45 minutes and tuition is $28 per month.

Finally, on Wednesdays, we have rock bands for our littlest music makers.  Kidzrock is a unique program for students aged 4 – 8 who are new to music but are looking for an exciting music experience.  No experience is necessary but they’ll be rocking out on the very first day!  Kids get to learn guitar, keyboards or even the drums, pick a band name, sing rock songs (geared specifically towards their age group) and even perform in rock concerts throughout the year.  We’re starting a new class of rockers on Wednesdays at 5:00pm.

Kidzrock meets for 45 – 50 minutes and tuition is $80 per month.

For our Kidzrock classes it is important to jump in on the first day of class to not miss a thing.  Students don’t need to buy any instruments or gear so all the playing and learning happens together in class.  Students interested in group guitar or choir can come any time. Guitar students do need to bring their own guitar, but all music for all classes will be provided by us.  Join us at the beginning of December or come as late as mid-January.  We’ll be happy to see you!

Call us at 732-860-5846 or email missannasmusicschool@gmail.com if you have any questions.  If you know you are ready to get started, please fill out our New Student Info Form and we can get you on our schedule!

 

Join the Choir!

Singing is a fun and joyful activity, and we’re going to be doing a lot of it this school year!

We are happy to announce that our choir program is growing at MAMS.  Last year saw the start of our Teen Choir, open to students aged 13 and up.  This year, we are adding a Junior Choir,  for students aged 7 – 12 who have an interest in singing.  We are also opening up our Teen Choir to any of our students’ parents or other young adults who would like to join (if the group grows enough we will split off to a Senior Choir next year).

Choir will be a great group for you to join if you love to sing but either don’t have time or are not ready for one on one voice lessons.  Our classes will not just be rehearsals for performances, but will be educational as well with our teachers – Mathew and Miss Anna – instructing students on things like proper breath support, good posture, and music theory basics.  If at any time a student wants to add on one on one lessons, we look forward to adding you to our roster!

Singing just for the joy of it is one of the greatest things you can do.  Singing in groups can encourage a real sense of belonging, open you up to making new friends, boost your confidence, and improve your social and communication skills.  Singing has also been shown to be a natural anti-depressant, a stress reliever, an immune system booster, and may even help to stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease!  So what are you waiting for??

Teen Choir meets Thursdays, starting October 4, from 7 – 7:45.  Junior Choir meets Fridays, starting October 5, from 5 – 5:45.  Tuition for each class is $28 per month. If one of these options sounds interesting to you, give us a call!  We would be happy to set up a time for you to tour the studio, learn more about choir, and sign up to get started!

Call us at 732-860-5846 or email missannasmusicschool@gmail.com.  If you know you are ready to get started, please fill out our New Student Info Form and we can get you on our schedule!

We are located at 517 New Brunswick Ave. in Fords, NJ.  We are diagonally across from Quick Chek, and share a parking lot with Seeman Chiropractic (the driveway is to the left of our building).  There is also street parking on New Brunswick Ave.

Visit us!

Back to school time is a perfect time to enroll in music lessons, and Miss Anna’s Music School has a lot to offer.

For the student who says “mom, dad, I want music lessons!” we offer one on one half hour sessions on the guitar, piano, ukulele and voice.  One on one lessons are great for a variety of reasons – for example, if you know your child is serious about wanting to learn an instrument.  Or maybe your child would benefit from having one on one time with a professional music educator.  One on one lessons are great for adults, too, whether it’s the mom, dad, or even grandparent who’s had the lifelong interest in music but hasn’t yet crossed music lessons off their bucket list.  We are happy to start lessons with any student whether they are 6 or 56 years old!

For the student who has an interest in music but you are unsure of where it’s going, we do group guitar classes on Saturday mornings.  Our beginner session is at 10 am, with classes for more advanced students later on.  Our classes are a lot of fun, and the social aspect is definitely a factor.  You may start out with a group class because you aren’t sure how serious your child is, but they may end up choosing to stay in the class because the timing is right, or they just really enjoy the group experience.  Either way, we are happy to have you!

For our youngest students, we are happy to offer the unique experience of Kidzrock.  Kidzrock is a special rock band experience for students as young as 4 and as old as 8.  No experience is necessary to start having fun immediately!  Students will gain experience playing the piano, the guitar and even the drums in this fun setting, learning original rock songs geared towards their age group (songs with titles like “Rollercoaster” and “Birthday Party” are catchy, fun to sing, and definitely fun to play).  To excel in Kidzrock, a student simply needs to show up – all the learning and practicing is done on class time – that means you don’t have to spend any extra money on buying an instrument, and there’s no hassle trying to get your pre-school or kindergarten-aged student to practice throughout the week.  Kidzrock is also a great experience for students who already have some experience on an instrument, but are looking to join a group to have fun, or would like to try out the other instruments Kidzrock has to offer.

If one of these options sounds interesting to you, give us a call!  We would be happy to set up a time for you to tour the studio, learn more about our lessons and classes, and sign up to get started!  If you don’t have an instrument yet and need one, we would can share some advice on purchasing a guitar, piano or keyboard.

Call us at 732-860-5846 or email missannasmusicschool@gmail.com.  If you know you are ready to get started, please fill out our New Student Info Form and we can get you on our schedule!

We are located at 517 New Brunswick Ave. in Fords, NJ.  We are diagonally across from Quick Chek, and share a parking lot with Seeman Chiropractic (the driveway is to the left of our building).  There is also street parking on New Brunswick Ave.

 

Intro to Ukulele Drop in Classes

Do you want to pick up a new, fun instrument?  Want to be able to accompany yourself when you sing?  Want to annoy your poodle? (oh wait, that’s just me)  A ukulele may be perfect for you (and maybe not for your poodle).

This summer, as part of our series of special programming for August Rush, we are including a drop in ukulele class for students of all ages.

If you have never picked up an instrument before, or are interested in adding ukulele to your repertoire, then this class is for you.

We will be meeting four times towards the end of the month, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:00 on August 21, 23, 28 and 30.  You can attend as many or as few classes as you want.  If you simply need a refresher, or are a great self-learner, you may want to drop in for just one or two classes.  For more direction, or simply to enjoy the full social aspect, come to all four classes. The cost per class is $20.

 

Students will learn to read music as well as play chords.  All students will be invited to join in our end of month performances here at the studio.

If you are a current student that wants to join the class, log in to the My Music Staff portal, navigate to the calendar, and sign up for the classes you wish to attend.  Or, simply email the office.

If you are a new student, please visit our New Student Sign Up form, and check off the Ukulele class.  Someone from our office will be in touch.

Progress Report Time

How are we doing?  No really – we want to know!

Sure, we are a passionate group of talented teachers, but we wouldn’t be in business if it weren’t for our wonderful students, and so we value your input.  We want to continue to provide new and exciting programs that interest you, and also want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your music lessons!  Please take a few moments to fill out this survey.  We would truly appreciate it.

Progress Report

Intro to Music Theory Class coming in August!

In August we are having a special four-week Intro to Music Theory class, taught by our piano and voice instructor Mathew Tartza.  This class will be great for our middle school, high school and even adult students who have been taking lessons for a few years.  Understanding music theory is an important part of being a well-rounded musician.  Knowing the way the notes work together to create scales and chords, makes you an overall better player and gives you a deeper understanding of music.  It’s not just knowing how to drive a car, it’s understanding all the parts under the hood, too.

If you’ve ever wondered how someone can listen to a song for the first time and instantly start playing along – that’s knowing music theory.

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own music – you need to know some basic theory.

If you want to be able to memorize pieces quickly and more thoroughly, that’s music theory, too.

This four-week course will introduce students of all ages to notes, scales, chords, common chord progressions and understanding time signatures.  The class will be held Mondays in August from 7 – 8pm (students may be dismissed closer to 7:50).  Tuition for the class is $80 for the month.  Since classes will build on knowledge from the previous week, it is important that you attend each class.

If you are ready to sign up and a current student, please email us at missannasmusicschool@gmail.com to register.  If you are a new student, please fill out our New Student Signup Form.    Class will be held in Studio 1 and while it is our largest room, space is still limited.

Get ready to rock out with Kidzrock and Rock bands!

One of the most exciting music programs in the country is coming to Miss Anna’s Music School.

Beginning July 11, Kidzrock rock bands will begin rehearsals, and we are looking for your preschool or elementary aged child to join us.

SAY WHAT?!

That’s right, Kidzrock is a rock based music program for children aged 4 – 8 years old.  All kids love music, but not everyone is ready for one on one lessons or the practice commitment that entails.  Kidzrock is the perfect setting for young students to learn music fundamentals and to be introduced to guitar, keyboard, and even the drums!

By the end of the summer – really, by the end of the first class – students will be playing and singing together as a band on rock songs written specifically for their age group.  At the end of August we will be performing to show off all our skills – and it’s going to be amazing!

Classes will meet on Wednesday nights, will be about 50 minutes long, and tuition is $80 per month.  We will be holding two trial classes on Sunday, June 24 at 2pm, and Wednesday June 27 at 5pm.  The trial class is $5 to attend.  To sign up for the trial class or to jump in already and get enrolled in Kidzrock, please visit our New Student Sign Up form.  Someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly!

 

ROCK BANDS

If you’re a little older and have already been playing or singing for a few years, you may be interested in joining a rock band.  Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays in July and August.  All guitarists, bassists, pianists, and singers are invited to join us.  Instrumentalists should already be comfortable with chords in the key of G and C, and singers should be confident with singing solo.  Students will learn a mixture of songs selected by our instructors and songs of their own choosing!  They’ll be preparing an exciting program for a performance at the end of August.

Classes will meet on Tuesday nights, will be about 50 minutes long, and tuition is $80 a month.  The class size will be limited, but we also can only have 2 – 3 guitarists or bassists, 1 – 2 keyboardists, and 1 – 2 singers per group to keep things balanced.  Please contact us for more information or to get signed up at missannasmusicschool@gmail.com

Adult Guitar Classes Starting in July

Mondays in July and August are about to become a lot more fun!  Intro to Guitar for Adults is starting on July 2 and you’re going to love it!

Students must come to class with their own guitar and we’ll provide the rest!  Students ages 21 and up will learn the basics of note reading and chord strumming.  By the end of class students will be able to strum simple pop or rock songs and accompany singers.  Maybe you want to sing songs with your kids or grandkids, or maybe it’s just something you’ve always wanted to do!  This is your time to pick up and play – this is the summer you’re going to learn how to play guitar!

Students will perform for each other in class at our last meeting on Monday, August 27.  To sign up, new students can visit our student sign up page!  Parents already at the school wishing to join can simply talk to the office, AKA, Miss Anna, about getting set up with the class.  Tuition is $80 a month and payment is due at the beginning of each month.

Summer Camps are Coming!

Dear MAMS fam and friends!

We’ve been looking forward to music camps for longer than we’ve even been a school.  In fact, being able to run a music camp is one of the main reasons we opened a school in the first place!

Music camp is a unique way to experience music, for both total beginners and seasoned players of all ages.

Each morning starts out slow (because, hey, it’s the morning!), reviewing the basics of note reading and rhythm to get all our students on the same page.  Once we’ve warmed up our musical brains, we can dive into games and activities, both as a whole camp and in smaller groups.  Students will have the opportunity for some self-directed work, too, if that’s more their thing – whether it’s hanging out in our music cave reading, coloring, or doing some listening activities.

After lunch, students will work one on one with one of our instructors on their instrument of choice: guitar, piano, ukulele or voice.  This is a great chance for current MAMS student to learn a new instrument or try out the different teachers at our studio.  This is also a great way for beginners to really try out an instrument – over the course of the week they will get almost a full month’s worth of instruction in addition to all the other musical activities they enjoy.

At the end of the week, students will give a short performance for parents.  You’ll be amazed at the progress made in just one week!

Camp runs one week in June, July and August.  Attend one or attend all three!  A deposit is due at the time of signup, with the balance for camp due by the first day.

Lunch on the last day and snacks all week will be provided by us – please send your child to camp Monday – Thursday with their own lunch. We do have a refrigerator to store lunches and drinks. Camp runs from 9am to 3pm, with some before and after care available (please let us know if you will need those services).

Are you a new student interested in joining us for camp?  Visit our New Student Sign Up form and someone from our office will be in touch.

Are you a current student interested in coming to camp?  Ask your teacher for more information or email Miss Anna at missannasmusicschool@gmail.com.

We’ve been looking forward to camp for longer than you can imagine and we can’t wait to go on this adventure with you!