Frequently Asked Questions
National Music Academy lessons run according to the NSW public school term calendar. This means that there are no lessons on state school staff development days, or public holidays, and these lessons will not appear on your invoice.
Lessons run from Monday to Friday in Newcastle, and Monday to Thursday in Maitland, from 2:30pm – 8:00pm. Lessons earlier or later than these times are sometimes possible by arrangement.
There are no lessons during school holidays, however make up lessons may be scheduled for the school holidays depending on teacher availability, and we may also run workshops and masterclasses during the school holidays, so check our upcoming events to find out more.
We also occasionally offer free trial lessons at our Open Days, so like us on Facebook to stay up to date with upcoming events.
For Drum lessons – please bring drumsticks if you have them.
For all lessons – bring a folder to keep any content from your teacher in. If you have a smartphone or tablet it may help to bring that along also so you can sign up for our lesson content app.
Our Drum lessons are taught on an acoustic drum kit at our Newcastle and Macquarie College Campuses. Due to soundproofing restrictions at our Maitland campus, drum lessons at that campus are taught on an electric kit. We also have a cajon at each campus for cajon lessons.
Our piano lessons are taught on full size electric pianos with weighted keys. Due to noise management issues, we do not teach piano lessons on upright or grand pianos.
If you are interested in a specialist genre of music or style, please get in touch with us and we can find the best teacher to help meet your needs.
Many of our teachers have a Bachelor of Music qualification, or are in their final years of completing that degree.
Some of our teachers also have more advanced tertiary training, such as music therapy, education (primary or secondary), music business or sound engineering qualifications.
However, we train all our teachers in the NMA philosophy and methods to make sure that all our teachers have access to the best resources and know how to provide amazing one on one tuition that is tailored to the student.
We consider our teachers’ experience to be just as valuable as their qualifications, and every single teacher has years of experience in the music industry that they can bring to their lessons.
We teach all levels and love seeing students grow and achieve their goals. Students who are under five can attend our early childhood music programs.
Ezidebit payment plans are easy to set up, and must be set up prior to or at the first lesson of the term.
Unfortunately we cannot accept sporadic cash or direct debit payments.
You can read all of our payment policies here.