Class Schedules & Events

About Our Classes, Tuition, Schedule, & Procedures

On Tuesdays, we meet at the Donald S. Dobrosky Sr. & Katherine O. Johnson Community Resource Center in Tecumseh.   On Wednesdays, we meet at the Pittsfield Union Hall in Ann Arbor.
Please arrive early to class.  That way, we can get setup, start timely, and maximize the time we have to play together!  Please also keep us informed of any planned absences so that we don’t worry.

Tuition is $45 per class each month for student learners.

Parents, grandparents, and guardians can learn alongside their school-aged student at $15 per class each month.  Alumni and other area musicians playing alongside NHME or with the Michigan Winds Symphonic Concert Ensemble also support the organization at $15 per month.
An example: a student signed up for band pays $45 each month and attends all the weekly band classes they desire at any location (either or both) for that month.  In another case, a student signed up for band and orchestra pays $90 each month and attends as many 2-hour, weekly classes as they desire at either or both locations.

When available, NHME's instruments may be rented for $15 each month.
Tuition is due at the beginning of each month or payable by lump sum at the beginning of the semester or term.  When available, payments can be made securely online via credt card or PayPal.
If using a personal check, please make the check out to: National Homeschool Music Ensembles or NHME
If using personal checks, please send correspondence to:
NHME c/o D. Rennie
11210 Stewart Road
Dundee, MI 48131

The 2019 start to our 20th season will begin on Tuesday, September 10th, in Tecumseh, and Wednesday, September 11th, in Ann Arbor.  The Michigan Winds Symphonic Concert Ensemble will have their first rehearsal Saturday, September 14th in Tecumseh.

Tuesdays in Tecumseh
Wednesdays in Ann Arbor
Concert Band
9:00am to 11:00am
9:00am to 11:00am
String Orchestra
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
Beginning Strings
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Beginning Band
1:00pm to 2:30pm
2:30pm - 4:00pm
is a class not currently offerred at a location but could be if enough enthusiasm or excitement develops!

The Michigan Winds Symphonic Concert Ensemble meets Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 11:00am in Tecumseh at our location, the Donald S. Dobrosky Sr. & Katherine O. Johnson Community Resource Center on Burt Street.

Policy on Inclement Weather

We do occasionally experience snow days where classes have to be cancelled.  In such an event, notifications will be made via group email messages, posts to our Facebook page, and tweets from our Twitter account (@NHMEorg).  In addition, if the local public schools (Tecumseh or Ann Arbor) close due to bad weather, NHME will also cancel classes.


Homeschool Music Lessons

We hold a Winter Concert performance every year during the second or third week of December.  This year, our 20th annual, reunion concert is December 17, 2019.  All alumni, former students, and guest musicians are invited to join us for an all-together, grand performance on the Tecumseh Center for the Arts' big stage!  Show time is 7:30pm.  Call times and more informaion will be announced in class, by email, and via Facebook post.  

We also hold an annual Spring Concert performance the second Tuesday in May.  Our next spring concert date is May 12, 2020 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts.  Show time is 7:30pm.  

Should a date change be required, we will notify everyone by email, Facebook post, Twitter message, and by class announcements. 

Performers' attire is standard concert dress: white on top, black on bottom.

All performances are free of admission as a service to our families, friends, and supporting communities.

Private Lessons?

Unlike some ensembles, attending private lessons is not a requirement to participate in NHME's activities.  While some choose private lessons in addition to playing with our group, the majority of our students do not study privately and still perform at a competent, early-college level.  NHME does not discourage private lessons, however.  A student learning with us and studying privately is going to get good fast!  If one has to choose between learning in an ensemble setting or learning solo on their own privately, choose ensemble learning — it's much more fun and rewarding together!  Some instruments have steeper learning curves than others when first starting out.  Private lessons can be useful in helping a student get over those initial hurdles.  There are also some instruments that we do not as yet teach such as piano or guitar where private instruction would be the way to go.  Having been in the community and involved in the musical scene for over 18 years, we’re well connected and networked.  We can recommend some great private teachers.  Give us a call or check out our links page.   


Camp Intensive Studies

NamdCamp 2011

NHME holds two, week long, camp-intensive experiences each summer.  Strings' Camp is the first full week in June, 6/8/20 to 6/12/20.   Band Camp is the third full week in July, 7/20/20 to 7/24/20.  Camp starts at 9:00 am, has a break mid-day with a provided lunch, and concludes each day at 3:30 pm.  Camp tuition is $100 per student for the week.  Listen to announcements in class for further details.  

Ready to Enroll?

Submit an online enrollment registration on our secure site, and you're all set!

Join Us!


Our rehearsal halls are easily accesible by major roads from all around Southeast Michigan.  Our students hail from Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties.  Ample parking is available onsite.


Got Questions?

Browse our support and questions page for more information.  Download a new member handbook as well.


On Tuition

16 hours of expert instruction is available to a student each month per class.  That amounts to $2.81 / hour. Compare our costs to the price of private music tutors (on average $65 / hour), and we see why NHME is so popular and growing!


Speak to Someone?

Give us a call, send us a message, or even arrange a visit.  We would be most happy to respond!


The Staff            

Find out more about the organization, its founders, and our highly qualified instructors.


Countdown to the Winter Concert

December 17th, 2019

Student musicians who already have a musical background from another program or private lessons are encouraged to join us. Parents / guardians are invited to learn with their student musicians by taking up the instrument of their choice. Adults who are currently musicians are invited to join with either the beginning or advanced group. Grandparents, retirees, and senior musicians who would like to share their musical experience, strength, and hope with a new generation are most welcome indeed!

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"Play and enjoy music while you are young; and when you are old, pass it on."

Meyer Sebold
Principal Percussionist
Newark Symphony