NHME, National Homeschool Music Ensembles

NHME, National Homeschool Music Ensembles

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3 employees
22 years in business

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NHME, a 501c3 charitable nonprofit, provides homeschool musicians and other students without a music program an opportunity to learn, play, and experience quality, affordable, ensemble music-making with like-minded performers and expert instructors. We've been in the Southeast Michigan homeschooling and arts community for over twenty years; come join us! We have locations in Ann Arbor and Tecumseh.

It's Fun!  At NHME, we focus solely on giving our students the best music-educational experience possible.  Music is our core subject and only course of study, because it translates into more proficiency in problem solving, greater gains in creative thinking, and positive improvement in all other disciplines and intelligences.  We regard music as a fundamental, foundational topic vital to any rigorous curriculum.  Any proposed plan of study would be sorely lacking and incomplete without a musical component.

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Tecumseh, MI 49286
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  • Cathe

    As a homeschooler, finding a community can be difficult. However, NHME provides a place where homeschoolers of all ages can come together to play music in an environment that encourages students and meets them right where they are. During my eight years in NHME, I not only learned how to read music and play multiple instruments, but I also grew in confidence and forged strong friendships with the other musicians. I also had the opportunity to play alongside and learn from professional musicians during joint concerts and music camps. Playing with NHME taught me that it is okay to make mistakes as long as you keep going and don’t let them weigh you down. It provided an environment where I was free to be myself, to be creative, to grow as a musician and as a person, and to feel supported by my instructors and fellow musicians. The skills I learned and the friendships I made in NHME are an invaluable part of who I am today. Studying music has been one of the best experiences of my life, and NHME was a fundamental part of that experience.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We love new student musicians!  Read more about our beginning ensembles here: https://www.nhme.org/beginningdetails.html

Read more about how we teach and instruct here: https://www.nhme.org/philosophy.html

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

We're working musicians and degreed professionals in our fields of performance and education.  Find out more about us here: https://www.nhme.org/about.html

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Tuition is $45 per ensemble monthly for each student learner.  16 hours of expert instruction is available to a student each month per class.  That amounts to $2.81 / hour.  More details are here: https://www.nhme.org/schedule.html

How did you get started teaching?

In the year 2000, a small group of homeschooling parents joined together for the purpose of adding a music component to their childrens’ plans of study.  Homeschooled musicians studying privately became bored playing solo all the time and desired ensemble experiences with a band or an orchestra.  So, we made our own!  Read more here: https://www.nhme.org/about.html

What types of students have you worked with?

We work with any student musician that can attend our rehearsals per our scheduled times.  While formed for homeschoolers, our mission expanded to include students  outside traditional public / private settings that do not have access to an educational music program.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

NHME holds an annual Spring Concert and an annual Winter Concert. We also participate in honors bands, solo & ensemble festivals, and play-along trips with local colleges / universities and community bands like the Adrian City Band and the Straits Area Concert Band in Mackinaw.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Playing with a group like in a band or in an orchestra is a lot more fun than just playing solo or learning privately.  Come join us!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Which instrument sounds exciting to learn?  That's the one to pick!  And why not learn a second?