World Academy, a private, independent school for students from Infants to Grade 8 in Nashua, has announced a new partnership with the Nashua Community Music School (NCMS) through the “Lessons On Wheels” program. The partnership brings highly qualified music teachers to the World Academy campus in order to conduct private, semi-private, and group lessons during normal school hours.
The new program is slated to begin in November and will be offered to a limited amount of students in Grades 4 – 8. Initial informational sessions occurred throughout October to introduce the program to parents and to gauge initial enrollment expectancy.
“The initial reaction to this program has been a resoundingly positive one that both parents and our students are excited to learn more about,” says Kathy Nelson, Head of School at World Academy. “Numerous studies identify a clear connection between students that learn an instrument and those with adept reading and speech skills. Not only does it help improve these skills, but it also introduces discipline and learning techniques that will help these students in other subjects such as math and science.”
NCMS will send a pair of instructors – Betsy Thorpe and Rose Hinkle -- to World Academy to conduct the lessons. Thorpe has taught private instrumental lessons for over 30 years and played an integral role in the creation of many music programs throughout the state. Hinkle performance credits include positions as the Principal Flutist for the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, as well as in Quincy, and Second flutist for the New Hampshire Philharmonic.
“As the person that runs the music department here at World Academy, I am elated about our partnership with NCMS,” says Laurie Deneault Collins, Music Director at World Academy. “Students that wish to further explore their passion for music now have a unique opportunity to do so right here on campus from an incredibly talented pair of musicians and educators. I already have dozens of students in mind that are perfect for this extracurricular program.”
The price of the lessons is dependent on class size. Private lessons are $35 per 30 minute class, semi-private lessons (two students) are $25 per 45 minute class, and group lessons are $15 per 45 minute class. Students that wish to participate in the program but do not own a musical instrument may ask NCMS to pre-reserve a rental from Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua.
“Music, drama, and other Humanities and the Arts Programs are necessary avenues for creative expression that cannot be understated in their importance to the development of our students,” adds Nelson. “The addition of this program allows us to offer music education to more students as well as enhanced, personalized lessons to those that have found a true passion in learning an instrument.”
The Nashua Community Music School is a local nonprofit school located in the historic Nashua Millyard. For over 30 years, the school has offered lessons in all of the major instrument classes, including strings, percussion, woodwinds, brass, and even voice instruction.
To learn more about the Nashua Community Music School, visit http://whttp://www.nashuacms.org/ww.nashuacms.org/.