Ensemble 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 Grange 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 ensemble monthly for each student learner.

Parents, grandparents, and guardians can learn alongside their school-aged student at $15 per ensemble each month.  Alumni and other area musicians playing alongside NHME also support the organization at $15 per month.
For example: a student signed up for our concert band ensemble 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.  Payments with a credit card can be made securely online from our website (via Stripe or PayPal).
If using personal checks, please make checks out to: "National Homeschool Music Ensembles" or "NHME."
Please present tuition to any director at rehearsal or send checks to our correspondence address at:
NHME c/o D. Rennie
11210 Stewart Road
Dundee, MI 48131

The 2023 start to our Winter semester will begin on Tuesday, January 10th, in Tecumseh, and Wednesday, January 11th, in Ann Arbor!

Tuesdays in Tecumseh
Wednesdays in Ann Arbor
Concert Band
9:00am to 11:00am
9:00am to 11:00am
String Orchestra
9:00am to 11:00am
Beginning Band
11:00am to 12:30pm
11:00am to 12:30pm
Beginning Strings
11:00am to 12:30pm
11:00am to 12:30pm
12:45pm to 1:45pm
is a class not currently offerred at a location but could be if enough enthusiasm or excitement develops!

Click here for a description of our classes and ensembles.
Click here to review our policies and procedures.

Policy on Inclement Weather

Homeschool String Orchestra

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!


Homeschool Music Lessons

We hold a Winter Concert performance every year during the second or third week of December.  Our 23rd annual Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 at the Towsley Auditorium on the WCC campus in Ann Arbor.  Showtime is 7:30pm.

We also hold an annual Spring Concert performance the second or third week in May.  Our next Spring Concert date is Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts.  Showtime is 7:00pm.  

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.

Camp Intensive Studies

Homeschool Band Camp

NHME holds week long, camp-intensive experiences each summer.  In 2022, we gathered for a combined Strings' & Band Camp the third full week in July, 7/18/22 to 7/22/22 at our building in Tecumseh.  We learned music in preparation for a joint concert performance on Thursday of the following week, 7/28/22, 7:30pm, with the Adrian City Band at the Adrian Farmer's Market on Toledo Street.  Camp started at 9:00 am, had a mid-day break, a provided lunch, and concluded each day at 3:30 pm.  Camp tuition was $150 per student for the week with a family's third tuition and every tuition thereafter half-off!  Listen to announcements in class for further details about next summer's music camp!.  2022 attendees also got a free, NHME emblazoned polo-shirt! 

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Private Lessons?

Homeschool Orchestra

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 overcome these initial hurdles.  There are also some instruments that we do not as yet teach in a group setting such as piano or guitar where private instruction would be the way to go.  NHME's directors can provide private instruction and individual tutoring upon request.  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 wonderful, private-lesson teachers and instructors.  Give us a call or check out our links page!   


Pandemic Protection Policy

From a place of love and concern for our musical, homeschool community, every parent and attendee must make an informed decision 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, become ill with another communicable disease, 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 or another contagion 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.  Please practice good hygiene habits in class, and abide by any distancing or movement guidelines that may be in place.  NHME and the Grange will clean and disinfect facilities regularly.  Wearing face coverings or masks during rehearsal is currently optional at your discretion.  Local authorities may request that NHME be informed should anyone in your family test positive for the corona virus or another infectious agent.

Thank you, and we're thrilled to welcome you to rehearsal!

Ready to Enroll?

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

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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!


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The Staff            

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


Countdown to the Winter Concert

December 14th!

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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Need Convincing?

Let the Science remove all doubt!


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

Meyer Sebold
Principal Percussionist
Newark Symphony

Mr. Doug White, Director for the Straits Area Concert Band.