Why, yes, we do! With our diverse group of talented instructors, Harris Academy of the Arts offers many different musical services, including the following:
- Birthday Parties. Have your child’s next birthday be a musical celebration!
- Girl/Boy Scouts. Earn Girl and Boy Scout badges with our musical workshops.
- Professional Musicians. Available for special events. Ensembles consist of solos, duets, trios, quartets and small ensembles, with styles of classical, Broadway, easy listening, Jazz, pop and more!
Contact the office for more details on any of these programs.
So glad you asked! Watch for special news and updates throughout the year in these forms:
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube: Become our friend! Join us! Write a review and share us with your friends! Have any cool musical news to share? Let us know – we love to sing our students’ praises!
Student of the Month/Instructor of the Month: A special feature on our website and Facebook page.
Monthly Newsletters: Stay up to date on all the happenings at Harris!
A few of our teachers are members of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association’s Music Outreach Program, which provides music lessons at reduced cost for students in financial need. Instruments and music have been donated over the years for this wonderful cause and we welcome your contributions!
We work with several professionals. Stop by the office for details.
Choosing a keyboard is based upon personal preference and budget. However, the following features are essential for any piano student:
- A full size keyboard. That equals 88 keys! This is important for all levels of students, as beginners are learning the geography of the keyboard and more advanced students begin to use ALL of those keys!
- Touch sensitive and weighted keys. These features are what make a keyboard most similar to a piano. They are also necessary for students to correctly develop muscles (e.g., fingers, arms, etc.) and learn proper technique and musicality.
- An attached pedal.
Good question! Ideally, an acoustic piano is your best bet. Most piano teachers would agree. That being said, modern technical advancement has created some pretty impressive options for electric keyboards. Let’s chat – we can give you some pros and cons of both options.
You bet! Think “report cards.” Our instructors will evaluate students in private lessons and group classes by providing written feedback about the current technical progress being made and goals for the upcoming months. Don’t stress about getting evaluated. Feedback is our friend! Our goal is to ensure that the entire “team” is on the same page, so we all know what is going well and how we can improve.
Each year, we provide evaluations that we strongly encourage you to complete to let us know how we’re doing. How can we improve? We want to know! Be honest. Sure, it makes us feel warm and fuzzy to hear good stuff, but give us some constructive feedback too. There is always room for improvement, and we learn on a daily basis how to make positive change for a growing business.
Throughout the term, there are opportunities for students to perform at local events. Some examples of events and locations HAA has provided music for in the past include Streets Alive!, Gateway Mall, Early Childhood Celebration, local retirement communities, and more. There is always something new and different for those students interested in extra performance opportunities. We also like to inform you about local music performances and events such as instructor performances, Lied Center events, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra educational dress rehearsals, music fairs and festivals, workshops, and any other opportunity that comes to our attention. We’re grateful to have an active arts community in the Lincoln area and will do our best to keep you informed. Keep an eye on your email for the latest happenings!
Unlike some studios, we do not charge for our recitals. Harris Academy of the Arts picks up the tab for the rental of the recital location, treats, administrative staff assistance and additional expenses required of conducting a recital. The only fee will occur if you need an accompanist ($27.50) for your solo. This fee provides compensation for 30 minutes rehearsal time, the actual performance, and the time the accompanist spends learning the piece. Some studios bill everyone (whether they need an accompanist or not); we charge this fee to only those who actually require an accompanist.
No, however, it is strongly encouraged. Music is sweeter when it is shared. In addition, public performance is a huge part of music education. So you get nervous and don’t think you have the courage to participate? Bah-hum-bug! This is the best place to learn how to overcome those nerves. We all get nervous – you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t get nervous. We encourage you to take advantage of this performance opportunity. The Harris Academy of the Arts audience is the safest, most supportive audience you’ll find. We’re here to provide an experience to help you learn how to feel more comfortable performing for others. We all start somewhere – go for it! We even have sections especially reserved for teens and adults.
Oh boy, do we ever! In fact, we don’t just have a recital, we hold two days worth of recitals in November and April. We schedule one hour segments to ensure that every student who wants to participate is able to do so. As you can imagine, scheduling for an event of this magnitude can be pretty tricky. We’ll send out info about scheduling roughly two months before each recital. When it gets closer to recital time, we’ll also include detailed and pertinent information about things like what to wear, what/who to bring, where to park, etc. Refer to the current studio calendar for this year’s recital dates.
So glad you asked – yes, there are! We have several resources at the studio available to students either before or after their lesson or class.
Our Computer Programs provide extra theory education for students. Besides basic theory, we also have software for ear-training and musical notation, as well as music history and composer biographies. Students can test their theory knowledge, compose and print a song, or work on developing their musical ears. Ask your teacher or the office for assistance to learn more!
The Motivation System is a program in which students are awarded Music Money in order to earn prizes. Students earn Music Money by completing worksheets, playing in a recital, completing extra practice, passing a level of books, completing a session on the computer, and lots more. When a student decides to spend their Music Money, they simply take their “cash” to the office and pick their prize.
The HAAMNC Club is so secret we can’t even tell you what the name stands for. Only members are privy to that information. This club is for students who love music and demonstrate their love with an incredibly outrageous act. They can apply by filling out an application found on the club board outside the office. If they are accepted into the membership, students get their picture on the board, a certificate and pin, instant Music Money, special club-only privileges and recognition from students and teachers as dedicated and committed musicians.
We have installed video cameras in each of the teaching rooms for added security for our clientele. The cameras are also used for evaluation and training purposes with our teaching staff.
Our “green room” (it really is green!) is equipped with cable T.V., free Wi-Fi, games, coloring books, magazines, and more to keep students and family members occupied before, after, and during lessons.
Mindbody is the online program that Harris Academy of the Arts uses to schedule all of its lessons and classes. Additionally, it’s the system we use to maintain student information and process tuition payments. Our clients are encouraged to use Mindbody to log in and see their personal accounts. By logging into your account, you can access your personal contact information, financial information, and payment history. When you login to a student’s personal account, you will also be able to see his or her upcoming classes or private lesson schedule, as well as their past visits. (Read more here)
What else can you do on Mindbody? Lots! Through our online portal, you can browse our group class listings and even enroll in group classes online. Instructor biographies and photos are available on the “Private Lesson” tab for you to read more about our teaching staff. If you find an instructor you like, you can even request a private lesson or introductory lesson time. And, don’t forget about books and merchandise! Our online store allows families to buy music lesson books, CDs, gift items, and gift certificates from the comfort of their own homes.
That’s right! Another way to earn discounts on your tuition! For every four (4) months you post a Harris Academy of the Arts yard sign in the front lawn of your home or business, you will earn a free private lesson or class (whichever you are currently enrolled in).
Enjoying Harris Academy of the Arts so much that you just have to tell others about us? Thank you! And we want you to know how much we appreciate you spreading the word. We will give you $20 credit towards your account for each new student you refer to the studio. Be sure to tell them to include your name as a “referral” on their registration form. Then, after they complete their 90-day commitment, your next tuition payment will be $20 cheaper!
HAA offers the following discount opportunities:
- First time student discount – $10 off registration
- Referral credit – $20 (see below)
- Lawn sign program – Free lesson or class (see below)
- Video testimonial – $10 credit for lessons/classes (see below)
- Festival Fees (as applicable)
- Accompanist Fees ($27.50 for recitals and other performances, if applicable)
- Books/Supplies (as needed and required of your instructor)
- Extra Lessons (as needed)
- Recording Fees – Need a background accompaniment CD for an audition? We’d be happy to provide this for a $27.50 fee.
Composition or Transposing ($50 per hour)
HAA offers three payment schedules: Monthly, 6 Months, and Full 12-Month.
- 1. MONTHLY PAYMENTS are processed ahead on the 15th of the month for the upcoming month. For example, payment of December tuition is processed on November 15th. Monthly payments can be set up one of two ways:
- Automatic Withdrawal from Your Checking Account
What’s needed: one voided check
- Credit/Debit Card
What’s needed: the number from your credit/debit card, which is kept securely on file
- Automatic Withdrawal from Your Checking Account
- The two HALF YEAR PAYMENTS are due: a) at registration and b) at 6 months of the current term.
- For those of you who would like to pay and forget about it, you are welcome to make a FULL 12-MONTH PAYMENT at the time of registration.
The administrative fee covers the cost of the process to enroll and re-enroll any student for lessons or classes. This includes time spent scheduling, entering information into our system, setting up payments, etc. There are also numerous duties and student perks that require extra administrative time and supplies: distribution of the Swap List, coordinating recitals and other musical performance opportunities, and special student programs such as the HAAMNC Club and the Motivation System.
We’ll miss you! But we understand that schedules can become very busy. We require two things from you when requesting a leave of absence from any private lesson and/or class:
- 30-days notice
- A Leave of Absence form
Building a relationship takes time. . .and it’s a lot of work. Music is no exception. Did you know that it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill? No doubt, taking music lessons is a discipline and a commitment. We hope you’ll agree with us that it is well worth the effort! It also takes time for your instructor to get to know you, and for you to get to know them. It’s a process, but the more they learn about you, the better they can tailor your lessons to fit your needs. We believe 90 days is a fair amount of time to ask you to give to the studio, the instructor, and your musical study. If after that 90-day period, you are still not satisfied, then you are welcome to withdraw.
PLEASE NOTE: When you register you are enrolled until you submit a Leave of Absence form. Lessons do not automatically cease after the 90-day period. A Leave of Absence form must be completed any time a student would like to take a break from lessons.
HAA follows the lead of Lincoln Public Schools on inclement weather cancellations. If LPS calls a snow day, there are NO classes or lessons at the studio. While we are very serious about your musical progress, we want everyone to stay safe and warm! Harris Academy of the Arts weather cancellations will be announced via email, the HAA website, and MINDBODY. There are no make-ups for lessons missed because of weather cancellations. As you can imagine, in a studio with more than 450 students, it would be virtually impossible to schedule make-ups for everyone. Students impacted by lesson cancellations due to weather are encouraged to attend Group Make-up Classes. View the make-up class schedule.
The schedule for all types of lessons and classes are included in the studio calendar. HAA observes all major public school holiday and semester breaks (please double check if you have any questions!). Major breaks include: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and Memorial Day. View the current studio calendar.
The studio opens at 9:00 AM every morning (Mon-Sat) and remains open until the last note of the last lesson is played! Our typical office hours look like this:
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
What did we miss? Let us know what questions YOU have!
Harris Academy of the Arts welcomes students of any religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the studio. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies or studio-administered programs.