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Frequently Asked Questions

Notelove is a non-profit that gives free music lessons to youth in the Bay Area. Our intention is to encourage participation in performing arts, which is often glossed over or underfunded.

How Does Notelove Work?


Students sign up for a music lesson, and we connect them with an instructor in their area. Students and instructors then coordinate times and locations to meet one other through email. 

If both parties feel comfortable together, they can move lessons to private homes. Otherwise, school band rooms are always a great place to have a lesson, especially if the student is learning piano or a large instrument. Currently, all lessons are being held online through video conferencing apps.

Who Can Sign Up For a Lesson?

Any youth between the ages 5-17 can sign up for a music lesson. However, we will prioritize low-income or disenfranchised families. 

Who Can Apply To Become an Instructor?

Instructors must be between the ages 14-18. They must demonstrate proficiency in their instrument, and have at least 2 years of playing experience. Although playing in an ensemble is recommended, it is not necessary. 

​Instructors can apply at our home page. 

What Do Notelove Volunteer Hours Count Toward? 

If your high school's service club is partnered with Notelove, you may receive hours for your club. Otherwise, hours can be used for college applications and count toward a President's Volunteer Service Award. Please email us if you need your hours confirmed. 

Why Haven't I Received a Lesson Yet? 

We have fewer instructors available in the fall due to Marching Band and the start of a new school year. However, we receive every lesson request, and we are constantly looking for new instructors. You are automatically put on a waitlist after a lesson sign-up, and we will eventually pair you with an instructor. 

How Are Lessons Structured? 

This is completely up to the student and the instructor! Some students have a musical background, while others may have never played an instrument. The instructor should pick off where the student last left off, and should ensure that the student understands the basics, as well as proper technique. 

How Can I Ensure Lessons Are Safe? 

Instructors and students always meet first in public. If either party feels uncomfortable, they can email us and we will assign them a different person. 

How Are Lessons Being Conducted During the Pandemic? 

Due to the pandemic, students and instructors do not have to first meet up in public, and all lessons are being conducted virtually, through a video conferencing app of the instructor's choice, like Zoom or Facetime. 

Do you have any more questions? 

Contact us on our home page! 

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