Music Connection

The Music Connection, an instrumental music program for special needs families, is currently interviewing and placing students in this innovative program.

Potential candidates, ages 6 and older with neurological, developmental and/ or physical handicaps, will be interviewed and evaluated for admission to study violin, viola, cello, trumpet, piano, clarinet or snare drum with individual family or small group lessons. Vocal lessons are also available.

Students must have a Music Partner who will attend all lessons and assist their child when practicing.

A new addition to the program is our foundation in Music Therapy. Prior to regular lessons, a certified music therapist will guide students in developing the skills necessary to succeed in a private instrumental and vocal session. Upon completion of this phase, students will be assisted in choosing vocal lessons or an instrument to study privately, or in a small group setting, with an NJWA faculty member.

Phase I (8 weeks) is our Music Therapy foundation program.

Phase 2 (8 weeks) is the vocal music or instrumental music study.

Phase 3 involves students performing in various ensembles.

Schedule: Classes begin in mid-October.

Phase 1: Music Therapy is tuition free. Therapy sessions may be given individually for 30 minutes or in a group for 45 minutes, depending upon individual scheduling needs.
Phase 2: Music Lessons are offered at a reduced rate.
Both phases are funded by donations through grants, individual and corporate sponsorship and attendance at fundraising events.

Times: Various times are available, daily and on weekends.

Location: The Music Connection will be held at our NJWA studios.
Evaluations are ongoing.

Contact Information: Please call 908-789- 9696 or email for more information.

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The Music Connection is made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Photographs and/or videos of participants in this program may be used in various forms of publicly released media such as websites, social media platforms, advertisements, brochures, posters, etc. Parents/guardians of participants must notify the NJWA in writing if they do not consent to these uses of photos/videos of their child(ren).