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 2024 start to our Fall semester will begin on Tuesday, September 10th, in Tecumseh, and Wednesday, September 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
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
Choir
12:45pm to 2:15pm
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!



Performances!

Homeschool Music Lessons


We hold a Winter Concert performance every year during the second or third week of December.  Our 25th annual Winter Concert is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th, 2024, 7:00pm, at a venue to be determined.

We also hold an annual Spring Concert performance the second or third week in May.  We're planning our next Spring Concert for Wednesday, May 14th, 2025 at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts at 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!


Summer Music Camps

Homeschool Music Camp


NHME holds week long, musical experience opportunities each summer.  In 2025, we're aiming to gather in the third or fourth weeks of July for Strings, Band, & Voice Camp at our location in Tecumseh.  Music Camp starts at 9:00 am and finishes at 3:30 pm each day.  Camp tuition is $150 per student with discounts for larger families.  Click the buttons below for more information.  Listen for announcements in class, and check email messages for further details about our upcoming,  summer adventure!   

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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!   

Links


Ready to Enroll?


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

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Locations


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.

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Got Questions?


Browse our support and questions page for more information.

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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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Speak to Someone?


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

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The Staff            


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

About

Countdown to the Winter Concert

December 18th!

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!

Pros...


"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.