NJAOM offers two types of programs for music instruction.
Students in both divisions have a rare and unparalleled opportunity to study with world-class instructors.
This track consists of our popular Pre-Studio Group Classes for ages 3-6, Rhythmic Foundations drum fundamentals for ages 6-10, our AIM Program for ages 7+, and Introduction to Jazz for ages 8+.
PRE-STUDIO GROUP CLASSESOVERVIEW
The NJ Academy of Music offers group classes for our youngest students (ages 3-6) who could benefit from a structured introductory music class prior to committing to private lessons for a specific instrument. Group instruction allows our students to explore and learn musical concepts in an energetic, interactive setting.
Our classes are lead by one of our master instructors, so every child in our program, whether taking private lessons or group classes, has the opportunity to learn from our award-winning faculty. Group classes are geared as a stepping stone to taking private lessons in a chosen discipline, and our instructors will guide and advise you when your child is ready for that transition.WHAT TO EXPECT
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 3-6, in which students begin to develop an understanding of rhythm and sound and learn more about various musical instruments. They will also get hands-on experience in a variety of real instruments appropriately sized, and focus on movement in music as they skip, hop, and explore beats, sounds, and rhythms.These introductory courses are ideal for very young students who are not yet committed to a discipline.NEXT STEPS
Pre-Studio classes are offered during our Fall and Spring Semesters as well as during our Summer Term. Class descriptions and times can be found on our Registration page. You may also enroll via this link.
RHYTHMIC FOUNDATIONS 1 & 2OVERVIEW
Rhythmic Foundations 1 & 2, for ages 6-10, provides a solid foundation in rhythm, coordination, and basic drumming through the use of a variety of drums, including bucket drums. Stick control will be introduced, along with basic rhythmic concepts such as strong beat, syncopation, and listening and modifying beats.
Our Rhythmic Foundations classes are lead by our percussion instructor and serve as a launching pad for young students interested in percussion, as well as students in other instruments who are interested in a stronger understanding of rhythm.WHAT TO EXPECT
Rhythmic Foundations is a tiered NJAOM program for ages 6-10, in which students experience the excitement of hands-on instruction in rhythm using proper technique. No prerequisites are required.NEXT STEPS
Rhythmic Foundations classes are offered during our Fall and Spring Semesters as well as during our Summer Term. Class descriptions and times can be found on our Registration page. You may also enroll via this link.
AIM (Accelerated Introductory Music) GROUP CLASSES
AIM (Accelerated Introductory Music) is a launchpad for students interested in starting an instrument but not quite ready for the commitment and expectations of private lessons.
The AIM program is designed specifically for students in Grades 2+ (ages 7 and up) who have no prior playing experience, and allows them to become acquainted with an instrument and learn basics through instruction in a group environment without as great a commitment as private lessons.
This class is also ideal for elementary school students who want to get a head start prior to joining their school orchestra or who need instruction to be able to “catch up” and join their school orchestra the following year. Class sizes are kept small so that each student will receive some individual attention during each class.
Enrollment in AIM gives students access to our master teachers and provides an introduction to playing a string instrument properly. Currently, we are only offering instruction in violin through our AIM program.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Students will learn proper set-up, including posture, instrument handling, bow hold, finger placement, bow technique, intonation, and rhythm. Students will be taught introductory pieces by ear (via the Suzuki Method) and learn play individually as well as in a group. At the end of the term, the instructor will make recommendations for students to either continue in AIM or to graduate to the private instruction track.
Class times can be found on our Registration page. You may also enroll via this link.
INTRO TO JAZZ CLASSOVERVIEW
The NJ Academy of Music offers Intro to Jazz class for students who have been playing their instrument for a minimum of one year.
Our jazz class is lead by one of our jazz specialists and will focus on improvisational structure, key transitioning, and other jazz basics. More advanced jazz students should consider private instruction to focus on particular areas of interest.WHAT TO EXPECT
This introductory course is ideal for young musicians of any instrument who would like to explore jazz and improv playing. Note reading is not required but may be helpful.NEXT STEPS
Intro to Jazz is offered during our Fall and Spring Semesters. Class descriptions and times can be found on our Registration page. You may also enroll via this link.