FAQ

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The Music Prep School is located on the campus of Maranatha in Century House. The Prep School is easily accessible from Main Street –the sidewalk perpendicular to Main Street brings you directly to the Prep School’s front entrance.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Are lessons available for instruments other than piano?”]

Yes, lessons are available for piano, strings, band instruments, and voice. We also offer theory classes, early childhood music and movement classes, and ensemble and performance classes for strings and piano.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”How is Maranatha Music Prep School unique?”]

Maranatha Music Prep School faculty are specially trained to include a variety of music learning methodologies in both private lessons and group classes:

  • Movement activities—Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Improvisation activities—Orff and others
  • Problem solving activities for listening, performing and creating—Wiggins
  • 12 Step Conversational Solfege (Tonal and Rhythm Patterns)—Feierabend
  • Suzuki for Strings

Maranatha Music Prep School faculty purpose to maintain well-balanced lessons:

  • Technical Skills
  • Technical Exercises
  • Sightreading
  • Improvisation
  • Theory Concepts (via flashcards, theory books, and theory software programs)
  • Educational and Classical Repertoire
  • Sacred Arrangement Repertoire (if desired)
  • Hymn Improvisation (if desired)

Maranatha Music Prep School is a Christian environment where teachers truly care about their students.

Maranatha Music Prep School faculty have the primary goal of developing well-rounded, life-long musicians. Developing the students’ musical skills helps students learn other musical instruments with a much smaller learning curve.

Students have the opportunity to participate in several piano competitions and festivals:

  • National Piano Guild Auditions (hosted at Maranatha Music Prep School)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs (hosted at Hartland Conservatory)
  • Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Competition (Private Schools)
  • Wisconsin Schools Music Association (Public Schools)
  • Others

Students have the opportunity to perform in our newly remodeled recital hall for each semester.

Maranatha Music Prep School is able to offer a first-class, well-rounded music education and still maintain competitive rates.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”When is Maranatha Music Prep School open?”]

The Music Prep School is officially open from the third week in September through the last week in May:

FALL SEMESTER – 12 week semester: September – December

WINTER SEMESTER – 12 week semester: January – April
SPRING SESSION – 6 week session: April – May (no group)
Private lessons during the summer months are scheduled on an individual basis
For exact dates, please refer to our prep school “Calendar” on the right side bar.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Who teaches at Maranatha Music Prep School?”]

Both university faculty instructors and university interns (students who are studying pedagogy or education at Maranatha) teach private lessons and group classes. See “Instructors” for more info.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”What if I want lessons from a particular instructor?”]

Please see “General Policies” under “Teacher Assignments” and “Changing Teachers.”

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[churchpack_toggle title=”What is the facility like?”]

  • Private faculty studios with two acoustic pianos for private lessons
  • Additional intern teaching studios on the 3rd floor of Old Main
  • Piano Lab consisting of Nine Yamaha Clavinovas
  • Recital Hall on 2nd floor—Burckart Hall
  • iPads for Music Educational Software Programs

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[churchpack_toggle title=”How are lessons scheduled?”]

  • The private lessons are scheduled at a mutually convenient time for both the student and teacher.
  • The group classes are pre-scheduled (see group classes).
  • The music technology time is scheduled on an individual basis through the prep school director (email the prep school director to schedule a time).

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Please explain the group class setup:”]

  • We offer weekly group classes as an additional “perk” for all Maranatha Music Prep School students.
  • No additional tuition is assessed for group classes.
  • See “group classes” for additional details.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Can non-prep students enroll in group classes?”]

Yes, non-Maranatha Music Prep School students may/do enroll in our theory classes and ensembles. Fees are posted under the Tuition section in “Financial Information.” To enroll, complete the online registration form specifying “group classes only.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Are group classes required?”]

No, group classes are strongly encouraged, but optional.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Why are group classes important?”]

Group classes…

  • Provide confidence in playing for others
  • Stimulate critical listening as students hear other students perform and comment on those performances
  • Allow students to broaden their musical experiences
  • Expose students to a variety of repertoire
  • Provide a setting where drills and exercises are more interesting and motivating
  • Facilitate the performances of ensembles including duets, trios, quartets and multiple ensembles
  • Provide opportunities for supervised practice
  • Establish a group dynamic that increases motivation
  • Foster the development of communication skills
  • Allow students to learn from peers as well as teachers

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Please explain the music technology time:”]

  • Students wanting to use the prep school’s music technology need to schedule a time by emailing the prep school director.
  • The music programs/apps reinforce concepts learned during private lessons and group classes.
  • Recording programs and music notation programs such as finale may be used.
  • Programs integrating the piano keyboards/iPads may be used.
  • No additional fees are assessed to students taking advantage of this offer.
  • For technology usage policies and login info, see the “General Policies

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Where should I park?”]

Parents may park on Main Street in front of the Music Prep School; however, the upper lot to the left of the main entrance is a much safer place to park.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Where do I look if I have lost something?”]

A lost and found basket is in the waiting area by the Century House restroom.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Are long fingernails ok?”]

No, students do need to trim their nails before coming to lessons. Students also need to wash their hands before their lessons

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Where do I drop off my payment?”]

Feel free to pay online (See Financial Info-Policies). Please deposit written checks in the “Preparatory Payment Lockbox” located in the hall outside of the piano lab (1st floor of Century House), or mail to Maranatha Attn: Janet Tschida 745 W Main Street Watertown, WI 53094. To ensure your payments do not get misplaced, please avoid handing payments to teachers.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Why can’t I just save money and photocopy music?”]

Please carefully observe copyright laws. (Using someone else’s book and making copies in lieu of purchasing the original is illegal.)

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[churchpack_toggle title=”How much is tuition?”]

See “Financial Information.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”Who can enroll?”]

Infants (Early Childhood Music Program) through adults.

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[churchpack_toggle title=”How can I enroll?”]

Complete the online registration form and secure a lesson time by mailing the first payment.

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