Frequently Asked Questions
To make steady progress with lessons, students need a quality instrument at home to practice on. Either acoustic pianos or quality keyboards would be acceptable. Ask an instructor at NEMS if you have any questions about purchasing or upgrading your instrument.
Yes – your introductory lesson is always free. This is a great way for us to get to know each other, to discuss your goals, and go over school policies before committing to additional lessons.
We’ve had great success teaching students as young as four years old – piano is one of the best instruments for introducing music to youngsters. Every young student is different and learns differently. The free, introductory lesson will help parents and students make a decision on whether they would like to begin regular lessons.
Yes. Students are not accepted unless they have an adequate instrument for practice. If you don’t have an acoustic piano, no problem. We can provide guidance on purchasing a cost-effective digital keyboard. Taking lessons is like learning a new language, and students will not progress unless they are able to practice at home.
Each student receives a guaranteed, weekly time for piano lessons. The exact day/time is determined at time of enrollment. Lesson times are re-assessed each semester to help accommodate changes in students’ schedules.
We do, but makeup lessons are subject to limited availability and can not be guaranteed. There are no refunds or credits offered if a makeup lesson can not be scheduled.
NEPS is conveniently located right off of exit 6 in Epping NH.
No. Our school with a professional Kawai upright piano and up-to-date technology available. Also, the school is run at full capacity, so scheduling does not allow for traveling.
Yes. NEMS has two formal recitals each year during the holiday and spring seasons. For youth students, a Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day recital are also available. Recitals are optional but strongly encouraged. Additional opportunities exist through our affiliation with the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. When students advance, they may be invited to perform in the Honors Recital, Fall Festival, Evaluations, and competitions.
Since no two student are the same, our teachers create a curriculum based on their individual goals, learning styles, and natural abilities. Each student has creativity-based projects, technique, performance pieces, reading pieces, and theory.
NEMS first opened in Canton CT under the name New England Piano School in 2007. The school relocated in 2012 to Exeter NH where Erica became a successful locally recognized teacher to over 70 students. The school is now located in Epping, NH and still runs at full capacity. Erica has a combined degree in Piano Pedagogy and English from Plymouth State University, and is a nationally certified teacher of music through the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA). Additionally, a board member of the New Hampshire MTNA Seacoast Chapter. She has taught students in Connecticut, California, Maine, and New Hampshire.
We require a 30-day written notice. As tuition is paid monthly, there are no refunds for missed lessons during the last month of studies.