Welcome to the Academy of Music and Dance

We believe that all people, from toddlers to adults should be given the gift of enriching their lives through music and experiencing the pure JOY of dance with only low-pressure performances! Our knowledgeable teachers and staff are highly committed to assisting every student bring out the innate talent within themselves.

Established in 1992 in East Brunswick, NJ, as Music Factory Learning Center we began as a small community music school on the second floor above a deli, teaching private music lessons. In 2005, we expanded into a brand new shopping center in Spotswood, NJ, changed our name to Academy of Music on Main Street, as well as added ensembles and an early childhood music program. We grew to 600+ students as of Spring 2008. Most recently, we added dance classes and music therapy programs to better serve families. We are excited to announce our new name as of 2014: The Academy of Music and Dance.

The Academy of Music and Dance offers music and dance lessons, including guitar lessons, vocal lessons, piano lessons, drum, bass, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, trombone, French horn, as well as ballet classes, jazz, tap/jazz/ballet, and hip hop classes. Our teachers work with students of all level of ability including students who are typically developing and students with special needs. Located in Spotswood, NJ, we serve students from the Middlesex County area, including Monroe, East Brunswick, and Old Bridge.

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Offerings for Children, Teens, and Adults
with Developmental Disabilities.


Music Lessons

Private lessons are offered on piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French Horn, and more. We have found that private one-on-one instruction allows students to progress at their own pace and gain the best understanding of musical techniques. We take care to make lessons rewarding for students of all ages and levels.  Students can start private lessons any time of the year or month so there is no need to wait to get started.  A variety of styles are taught such as pop, jazz, rock and classical.  Contact our school office to see which times and days are available.

Contact us at 732-251-3050 or via our Contact Page.

Unsure if you or your child are ready for private music lessons?

Trying to decide which instrument to study?

Don’t have an instrument?

No worries! Just give us a call for a free consultation and we can help answer all of your questions.



Dance Classes

Come join us to experience our dance program!

Classes begin the week of June 27th, 2016.

Monday 2:30-3:15 Preschool Creative Dance 3-4 yrs
3:15-4:00 Ballet/Tap 5-7 yrs
4:30-5:15 Preschool Ballet 3-4 yrs
 5:15-6:00  Jazz Hip-Hop 8 yrs+
Tuesday 2:30-3:15 Preschool Ballet 3-4 yrs
3:15-4:00 Lyrical Ballet 8yrs +
4:00-4:45 Hip-hop 4KIDS 5-7 yrs
 4:45-5:30  Lyrical Ballet 5-7 yrs
5:30-6:15 Jazz Hip-Hop 8yrs +
 Wednesday 2:45-3:30 Tiny Tappers 3-4 yrs
3:30-4:15 Lyrical Ballet 8yrs+
 4:15-5:00  Theatre Dance 8yrs +
5:00-5:45 Jazz Hip-hop 8yrs +
 Thursday  3:00-3:45 Preschool Creative Dance 3-4 yrs
  3:45-4:30 Ballet/Tap 5-7 yrs



Hip-hop 4KIDS 5-7 yrs


Lyrical Ballet 5-7 yrs


Classes begin the week of September 12, 2016.

Dance Class Descriptions:

Pre-School Ballet (3-4yrs) This 45 min classgently teaches listening skills and Ballet technique by using fun props and beautiful classical music. Children will learn how to conduct themselves in a formal dance class and how to dance ballet with a developmentally appropriate dance curriculum.

Elementary Ballet I and II Elementary Ballet classes will be grouped in ages 5-7 (I) and 8-11(II). Dancers will learn vocabulary as it pertains to their level. Classes will include barre, floor technique, music recognition, creative dancing and beginning choreography. Classes are 45 min.

Ballet I and Ballet II/Pre-Pointe (12yrs and up): Students in Ballet I learn barre and floor technique, music recognition and more advanced choreography.

NOTE: Students continue in Ballet II with an extensive barre technique, center work and choreography, as well as a pre-pointe class. This includes knowledge of muscles, how to use them to dance and to prevent injury and knowledge of the pointe shoe. Pointe technique will increase as the dancer improves. Advancing to pointe is the decision of the teacher.  Classes are 1 hour.

TAP (pre-school-3-4yrs, 5-7yrs and 8yrs and up): Tap is all about making rhythm. Dancers will learn syllable recognition, Tap technique, muscle isolation and how to tap with and without music. They will also experiment with making their own rhythms as they learn their technique. Classes are 45 min.

Jazz/Hip-Hop (5-7yrs and 8yrs and up): Jazz/Hip-Hop teaches coordination, musicality, rhythm, and muscle isolation. Children begin to put together combinations and use muscle memory to repeat simple choreography. Class will consist of jazz technique, warm up, across the floor and learning combinations. Hip-Hop is an extension of Jazz. Students will learn the basics of Hip-Hop and break dancing. Appropriate and current music makes this class a hit with this age group. Classes are 45 min for 5-7yrs and one hour for 8yrs and up.

Modern (8 yrs and up):  Early Modern dancers were called pioneers. They wanted to use their Ballet training in new, and boundary-less ways. Modern dance is an extension of Ballet. Students will learn technique from Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Doris Humphrey and Alvin Ailey. Classes are 45 min.

Lyrical-Ballet (5-7yrs): This class will fuse classical Ballet, Pre-Modern and Jazz dance technique creating a style that is expressive, athletic and fun. Dancers will love taking their dance technique to the next level while preparing for a Modern class.  Classes are 45 min.

Creative Dance:Children will learn gentle dance vocabulary as it relates to their age. Dancers will also learn listening skills and gross motor skills as it pertains to non technical movement. The use of props and instruments makes this class a delight. Classes are 45 min.

Theater Dance (11yrs and up):A Jazz technique class with elements of Ballet and Modern to train young dancers. Broadway & movie musical’s choreography styles will be explored in each class. Dancers will learn how to create choreography and learn elements of audition technique. Musical choreography from Annie to A Chorus Line, make this class dancing fun. Classes are 1 hour.

*Classes subject to change due to enrollment.*

Dance Attire:

All Ballet and Tap classes ~

Black or pink leotard with pink tights, skirts are optional (no tutus), pink ballet slippers.

Ballet I & II/ Pre-Pointe: Black leotard and pink tights, pink ballet slippers. No skirts or tutus.

Tap: black or pink leotard with pink or black tights or any color leggings, black tap shoes.

Boys: White t-shirt with black athletic pants or shorts. Black ballet slippers for ballet or black tap shoes with black socks for tap

Modern and Lyrical Ballet classes: Black or pink leotard with black or pink footless or convertible tights and “Dance Paws.” No Ballet slippers and no skirts.

Boys: White t-shirt and black athletic pants or shorts, dance paws or bare feet.

Creative Dance classes ~

Black or pink leotard with black or pink footless tights or any color leggings. Skirts are optional (no tutus) Ballet shoes or bare feet.

Boys: White t-shirt and black athletic pants or shorts, black ballet slippers with black socks or bare feet

Jazz/Hip-Hop and Theater Dance classes~

Any color leotard and tights or a fitted tank top or t-shirt with leggings. Cotton dance/cheerleader shorts with tights may also be worn over leotard. Black jazz sneakers or jazz shoes are required. NO regular street sneakers are allowed.

Boys: White t-shirt with black athletic pants or shorts. Black Jazz sneakers or jazz shoes with black socks

All dancers: No baggy t-shirts, offensive t-shirts, jeans, cut off shorts or jeggings are permitted. Only dance attire will be permitted.

Dance Schedule:


4:30-5:15 – Preschool Ballet (3-4yrs)

5:15-6:15 – Jazz/Hip-Hop II Intermediate (8yrs+)

6:15-6:45- Private Lesson


5:15-6:00 – Elementary Ballet I (8-11yrs)

6:00-6:45- Jazz/Hip-Hop (5-7yrs)

6:45-7:15- Private Lesson


5:00-5:45 – Preschool Ballet (3-4yrs)

5:45-6:30- Elementary Ballet II (8yrs+)

6:30-7:30 – Jazz Hip-Hop I beginner (8yrs+)


5:00-5:45- Lyrical Ballet (5-7 yrs)

4:30-5:00 – Private lesson call for appointment

5:45-7:30- Private Lesson

Registration is open now. Classes fill quickly. Call us at 732-251-3050 to reserve your spot now!

Winter/Spring classes begin the week of September 12, 2016

Rock Band Program

Rock BandFor ages 7-18, our Rock Band program is a great way for students to learn to play together in a fun and friendly environment. Bands perform at recitals and community venues, and our experienced, professional Rock Band directors strive to present a mix of “student selected” and “teacher selected” songs. Students are often encouraged to play on a secondary instrument as well as on their main instrument, expanding their knowledge and skills.

Rock Band students must also be in private lessons with us.

Want more information?
Call for a free consultation. 732-251-3050.

Little Mozarts

“Little Mozarts” Junior Classes for ages 2-4


These courses are music with a purpose and lay a fantastic foundation for  your child’s first introduction into their musical journey. While singing,  dancing and exploring and exploring appreciate “hands on” instruments, your  child will be learning direction, rhythm, beat, movement and more!

 *Now enrolling for our Winter 2016 music & dance Classes. Classes begin: September 12, 2016 .  Email or call for more information. *

“Little Mozarts Fall 2016 Schedule”

Jr Mozarts Ages; 2-4
Saturday, 9:00 am-9:45 am

Little Mozarts Ages; 4-6

*Level I

Friday, 4:30-5:30
Thursday, 6:00-7:00
Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am

Level II

Tuesday 6:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, 11:30 -12:30 am

Level III
Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm

*New: Dance Class available immediately after your Little Mozarts I Class! See Dance Schedule for Additional Classes.

“Little Mozarts” Piano Classes for ages 4-6

Little Piano

A beautiful introduction to piano. They will develop their rhythmic fluidity, steady beat, and pitch-matching skills AND learn basic musical concepts like high versus low, loud versus quiet, and basic note reading in a playful environment!  Limit 8 students per class.

Call for a free consultation. 732-251-3050


Orchestre non Conventionnelle

*Coming Soon!

Musical Theater Troupe

Performance development program that teaches children how to improve their performance, will be working on revues that include musical numbers, acting skits, solos, duets, etc.  The format will be a revue-like show that can be performed anywhere so the kids will be in repertory-like setting.  We are planning to be able to take this to other places to perform.

Children will:

  • Learn to work together
  • Learn to prepare a role or a musical number
  • Learn timing, movement, projection, acting as a singer and acting in general
  • Learn harmony, voice blending, sight reading.  We will also have guest instructors.
  • Tour four times

Rehearsals are Fridays 8:00-9:00 pm.  Rehearsals will begin October 23, 2015.

Registration is open now on a ‘first come / first serve’ basis. Call us at 732-251-3050 to reserve your spot now!

Special Talents

SpecialTalentOfferings for Children, Teens, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The Academy of Music and Dance is proud to be a Real Life Choices® provider. (ages 18 and up)

Real Life Choices Program

Through the Real Life Choices program, qualified individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, can through care service providers like Easter Seals New Jersey — access personalized and self-directed services that are funded out of the New Jersey State Department of Human Services’ Division of Disabilities (DDD).

New Jersey’s DDD developed its Real Life Choices program in 2002 out of the desire to give a person and their family members a strong voice and the power to make their own choices, to offer flexibility to meet unique needs, and to enable accommodation to individual lifestyles through this family centered, individualized system by which they gain the supports needed by making empowered choices about required services. … Read more

Special Talents: Private Lesson and Group Programs (ages 2-102)

At the Academy of Music and Dance, our caring and patient staff love working with children, teens, and adults of all ages and abilities.

We are happy to provide individuals with developmental disabilities private instruction in music, dance and theatre, in a warm, friendly environment that fosters harmony and creativity.

Students may take classes on multiple instruments and dance styles in a choice of participation levels ranging from 30 minute individual sessions to 20 hours per week of structured curriculum.

We encourage children, teens and adults with special talents to participate in all group Band, Dance, Theatre Troupe and Recital Performances for unforgettable, inclusive experiences.


Music Therapy (children, teens, and adults)

Music therapists use a wide variety of techniques to help individuals improve their skills, mood, and/or stress level.

We offer Music Therapy sessions with a board certified music therapist for children, teens, and adults. Music therapy has been proven helpful and effective to improve all kinds of functioning including but not limited to:

–        memory

–        stress/anxiety

–        depression

–        behavior

–        fine and gross motor skills

–        social skills

–        speech

–        listening


Academy of Music and Dance is prepared to accommodate adults with one or more documented disabilities with varying degrees of:

·        Developmental delays

·        Intellectual Disabilities

·        Autism

·        Cognitive, neurological, and mental disorders

·        Visual and/or hearing impairments

·        Traumatic brain injury

·        Congenital anomalies

·        Paralysis and physical disabilities

·        Other medical disorders


Services are customized based on the participant’s:

·        Personal interests and desires

·        Level of ability

·        Goals for growth and independence

·        Level of personal care needs


Benefits to the Family and/or Caregivers:

·        Peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and cared-for by well-trained, qualified and screened staff

·        In many cases, several hours of respite enabling caregivers to work, run errands, or tend to other personal matters



Heather Andersen or Sara Sorge

(732) 251-3050


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Spotswood, NJ 08884
Phone: (Spotswood) 732-251-3050
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Our Hours:
Monday: 9am – 9pm
Tuesday: 9am – 9pm
Wednesday: 9am – 9pm
Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Sunday: Closed

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