At Ritchie's Music Center, we are committed to server the complete musical needs of our clients. As such, in addition to knowledgeable sales staff and up-to-date inventory, we maintain a first-rate teaching staff that we feel is second to none.
We offer private lessons in every musical style, and at every experience level, for guitar, bass guitar, banjo, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, trumpet, ukulele, and mandolin. The cost per lessons is $23.00, except for banjo, which is $24.00. Payment is collected on a monthly basis, not per lesson.
Lessons are one half-hour, and are available during our business hours by prior arrangement. The time for the first lesson must be secured in advance by a six lesson deposit, four of which will be applied to the first four lessons; the other two will be held in escrow and will be refunded upon officially leaving our program. All sign-ups must be done in-store.
LESSON POLICY (As of 1/1/2013)LESSON PAYMENT, CANCELLATION, AND RESCHEDULE POLICIES:
Lessons must be paid for at the last meeting of each month for the following month in advance, regardless of attendance. If payment is not made by the first monthly meeting, that and subsequent meetings will be canceled until the account is brought up to date.
Regular attendance is a must! Frequent cancellations do not benefit the student. Cancellations are cancellations; you are paying for the time slot regardless of attendance. There is no credit or refunds for canceled lessons. If the assigned instructor is forced to cancel a lesson, there will be NO LOSS to the student. If a make-up time cannot be arranged, a credit will be applied towards the following month's fee.
INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSINGS:
Ritchie's Music School will be closed if the Denville Township and Rockaway School systems are closed, unless other arrangements are made with the teacher.
Click here to view our teaching staff! The following is borrowed from an About.com article by Espie Estrella.
Benefits of Music Education - 5 Reasons to Play a Musical Instrument
1. Playing a Musical Instrument Makes You Smarter Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music to open the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ, and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too, because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.
2. It Teaches Discipline Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice, and practice some more.
3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress We all have days when we are so stressed out and want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.
4. Sense of Achievement If you're a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's just a simple piece, believe me you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.
5. Playing a Musical Instrument is Fun Sure it can be a lot of hard work but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learning skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that will surely enrich your life.