The NJ Academy of Music offers group classes for students who prefer to learn concepts in music/music appreciation through a group environment rather than through studio lessons. Group instruction is offered with a variety of focuses.
For students who wish to learn more about particular aspects of music but for whom studio lessons are not practical, group courses can educate and enable a deep appreciation for the expanse of nuances that music provides. Through demonstrations, listening, discussion, and application, these group courses can engage students in a thoughtful, informed perspective about the many forms of music that we enjoy every day.
For our youngest students, group instruction provides a first opportunity to learn about music and its fundamental structure. Pre-studio Class is a tiered NJAOM program for ages 3-5, in which students begin to develop an understanding of rhythm and pitch and learn more about various musical instruments. Drum Group offers an introduction to percussion for ages 4-6, exploring rhythmic pulse and basic drumming technique. These types of introductory courses are ideal for very young students who are not yet committed to a discipline.
Group classes are offered on a quarterly basis.
Class descriptions and times can be found on our Registration page.
Music Explorers Drop-in Program
NJ Academy of Music is pleased to offer a non-registration open exploration program for children ages 1–8. Our Music Explorers program is run on a drop-in basis.
Music Explorers will have the opportunity to play, compose, touch instruments, use motion to create music, and listen to a variety of music genres. Please note that this is unsupervised exploration time. All children must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older at all times. Come and explore our musical world!
- Cost: $10 - first child; $5 - each additional child in same household (for the duration of one open play time)
- Ages: 1–8
- Schedule: changes weekly; check calendar for current week's Music Explorers schedule
- For groups larger than 5 children: please call ahead for availability, pricing, and to reserve exclusive dedicated time
NJ Academy of Music offers two types of music-focused summer camps:
- Music Beginners for students who have no previous background in music studies
- Music Festival for students with a music background who have at minimum basic skills in at least one instrument
Both types of summer camps focus on essential music skills that are crucial to developing a thoughtful, intelligent musician. Each camp has a dedicated camp instructor and offers an opportunity to learn about and work with instruments. Most camps culminate in an end-of-session informal performance for family and friends.
Register today through our Registration page and join us for a music-filled summer of fun!
Music Basics Camp
This one-week course meets daily and includes a structured introduction to music. Each day, we will work on important music skills, including rhythm, listening, and movement. Students will have an opportunity to try multiple instruments and will learn basic setup on piano. No prior music experience necessary. Please send a nut-free snack and drink.
Music Immersion Camp
This one week camp meets daily and includes an immersive music experience on piano. Each day, we will develop new music skills, including basic note reading, rhythm, and listening. Students will be given group piano lessons and a piece to learn throughout the camp week. The weeks’ activities will culminate in an informal performance for friends and family. Please send a nut-free snack and drink. No prior music experience necessary.
This one-week music camp is for advanced beginner and intermediate violin and viola students. Students will have a daily set schedule to include music coaching, work with accompanist, semi-private lessons, and chamber music/ensemble class. The week’s activities will culminate in an informal performance for friends and family on the final day of camp. Please send a nut-free snack and drink.
This one-week music camp is for advanced beginner and intermediate piano students. Students will have a daily set schedule to include semi-private lessons, basic music theory, and duo piano (4 hand) class. The week’s activities will culminate in an informal performance for friends and family on the final day of camp. Please send a nut-free snack and drink.