Class Schedules & Events
About Our Classes, Tuition, Schedule, & Procedures
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.
For 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.
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:
Tuesdays in Tecumseh
Wednesdays in Ann Arbor
9:00am to 11:00am
9:00am to 11:00am
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
1:00pm to 2:30pm
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Pandemic Protection Policy
From a place of love and concern for our musical, homeschool community, every parent and attendee must make their own decisions about what amount of risk is acceptable to participate in NHME's activities based upon their own assessment of their family's medical conditions. Before coming to rehearsal, please self-evaluate:
A. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms* in the last 14 days?
* Symptoms includes fever/chills; abdominal discomfort (such as nausea or diarrhea); cough, sore throat or runny nose (not attributable to normal sinus or allergies); respiratory illness; severe headache; or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath.
B. Have you been in close contact* with people exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
* Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet for a prolonged period; or having unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions of the individual (e.g., being coughed on, sneezed on, or contacting shared surfaces).
C. Have you measured your body temperature and is it higher than normal* for you?
* Most people have a body temperature of about 98.6°F (37°C).
If "yes" to any of the above, please refrain from attending. A student musician's or attendee's arrival and participation at rehearsal or concert is understood to mean assumption of responsibility, acceptance of risk, and acknowledgment of our general policies.
Please come to class equipped with necessary supplies (like hand sanitizer) to stay healthy. NHME has a limited supply, but we cannot guarantee such materials will be present at rehearsal. For the time being, please refrain from sharing stuff with others, practice good hygiene habits in class, and abide by any distancing or movement guidelines. NHME and the Grange will clean and disinfect facilities regularly. Face coverings or masks may be required by local authority to be worn (if able) in order to leave home. Per the same directives, wearing masks during rehearsal is currently optional at your discretion as long as appropriate distancing is maintained. Local authorities also request that NHME be informed should anyone in your family test positive for the corona virus.
Thank you, and we're thrilled to welcome you to rehearsal!
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. Please understand that cancelled classes may or may not be rescheduled, and tuition (participation fees) may or may not be prorated or refunded during weather cancellations. NHME as a non-profit operates on the thinnest of margins to stay affordable. Even if a class or performance gets snowed out, NHME still must pay all the usual expenses for hosting an event or rehearsal. Thanks for your support!
We hold a Winter Concert performance every year during the second or third week of December. This year, our 21st annual Winter Concert will be Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at a location to be determined. Start time is 7:00pm.
We also hold an annual Spring Concert performance the second or third week in May. Our next Spring Concert date is tentatively May 19th, 2021 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7:00pm.
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.
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 20 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
NHME holds two, week long, camp-intensive experiences each summer. Strings' Camp is the first full week in June, 6/7/21 to 6/11/21. Band Camp is the third full week in July, 7/19/21 to 7/23/21. 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 $120 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!
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.
Browse our support and questions page for more information. Download a new member handbook as well.
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!
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Countdown to the Winter Concert
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!
Let the Science remove all doubt!
"Play and enjoy music while you are young; and when you are old, pass it on."