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We provide quality music instruction for both beginner and advanced students. Kids and adults alike will appreciate that each lesson involves its own creative approach.

We offer reliable guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar, upright bass (double bass), ukulele, voice, violin, saxophone and clarinet lessons in Philadelphia, Lower Merion, and all along the Main Line. We invite you to take lessons with us today! In your home or at our Philadelphia studio located in the heart of Fishtown. Call us to schedule a music lesson 610 451 7883

About Us

Philly Music Lessons was founded in 2009, in a home studio in Philadelphia. What began as teaching private guitar lessons grew into the bourgeoning music school it is today! Located in the heart of Fishtown, our space is situated just off of Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia.

We value our long-lasting musical relationships and our creative teachers. Having worked and collaborated within Philly's music scene for many years, we have had access to talented and professional musicians and teachers. Our knowledgeable instructors tailor lessons to individual student interests, while providing a solid technical foundation. Call us to take lessons with one of our instructors 610 451 7883

About Our Teachers
  • Guitar Lessons

    Our teachers design fun and creative lesson plans specifically for you. Chords, soloing, improvisation, and theory are all taught in a progressive and easy to understand manner. We offer personalized guitar lessons for all ages, styles and skill levels.

  • Drum Lessons

    We can help beginners quickly learn the basic patterns and techniques to back up a band. Once you've got the basics, we'll help you learn interdependence and the advanced techniques of the masters.

  • Piano Lessons

    Whether you want to learn how to read music, or just play along with your favorite songs, our teachers will take a customized approach, and create the perfect lesson plan for you.

  • Voice Lessons

    Whether you're a complete beginner, or have been singing for years, voice lessons can be an eye opening experience. Learn proper breathe control, body alignment and vocal placement to maximize the potential of your voice.

  • Violin Lessons

    Discover the Suzuki method for violin, and learn your favorite songs at the same time! We'll give you the proper technical foundation to make the violin sound warm and beautiful.

  • Sax & Clarinet Lessons

    From beginners to advanced, we will teach the fundamentals of playing woodwind instruments, including proper breath control, tone and technique. Advanced students can learn jazz theory, dixie land melodies, and more in depth orchestral pieces.

  • Upright Bass

    Increase your knowledge of upright bass (double bass), or learn this string instrument as a beginner. Our teachers offer lessons to children and adults alike. We teach the basic skills, such as rest stroke and bowing, which apply to studies in jazz, classical, bluegrass and more.

  • Bass Guitar

    Bass guitar is the foundation of a band. Working from tabs or standard notation, beginners will be able to follow along with their favorite songs in no time. More advanced students can learn theory and how to construct bass lines.

  • Ukulele Lessons

    Great for tiny fingers! The Ukulele is a fantastic first instrument for kids and budding musicians of all ages. Our lessons will teach you the fundamentals of any string instrument, while exploring styles and strumming patterns unique to the ukulele.

  • Cello Lessons

    Learn the fundamentals of bowing and fingering to get a beautiful tone out of your cello. Our string teachers have degrees from various music programs throughout the country and are great with beginners and advanced students alike.

  • Trumpet Lessons

    Learn how to read music, proper embouchure and breathing techniques, all while gaining the skills necessary to perform in an orchestra or ensemble.

  • Baby and Kids Classes

    We offer baby classes (ages 0-3) and kids classes (ages 3-5) which feature performances, dancing and sing-alongs for kids and their parents. Instruments are provided so everyone can get involved! Our older classes also include general music education.

Our Teaching Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our teachers' abilities to engage with students based on their unique learning styles and goals! Our core instructors have strong backgrounds in a variety of musical styles: jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, blues, and more. With methods ranging from ear-training and intuitive playing to advanced studies in notation and music theory, our lessons provide thoughtful and fun guidance. With a broad range of experience, our teachers will prepare students for performance, collaboration, composition, and more.

Student Events

Watch videos of our students recent performances.

View Student Recitals

An Introduction to Philly Music Lessons!

Teaching is one of the many perks of being a musician. Its easy for us to lose ourselves in a class or a lesson as we enter down each rabbit hole, never knowing quite where a student’s mind will take us. We find students are ready to latch onto musical concepts at any age and skill level, and it doesn’t take long for curiosity to lead the way. As teachers, we are continuously re-encountering concepts during lessons, which bifurcate into new and creative understandings. As we bounce perspectives back and forth, as if improvising, our days are chock-full of “ah-hah” moments for both teacher and student alike. That creativity is a core value at Philly Music Lessons, so we thank our students for coming along for the ride!

To show Philly how enthused we all are to be doing what we’re doing, here’s a short video to share more of us with you. You can meet teachers, see the space, catch a glimpse of some lessons, and observe and student recording sessions. We give you a run down of our teaching principles, show you recital footage, and take you into a baby music class.

In addition to the video, you can read about our teachers here on our site. We have bios for each instructor outlining their backgrounds and expertise. You can also browse the ever-growing list of instruments we teach. As you read, you will find that our teachers are an eclectic mix of classically trained devotees of music and experienced performers, who often frequent local music scenes and productions. For instance, one of our classical guitar instructors plays in a raucous, touring blues band, which makes annual pilgrimages to perform at South by Southwest. Many teachers also perform in a variety of other productions, such as a recent appearance during a production for Philly Fringe Arts, and numerous jazz jam sessions at Ortliebs and Chris’s.

In addition to being performers, some of our instructors are composers and producers. Joseph Primavera, founder of Philly Music Lessons, is one such example. Below is a playlist of our teachers’ work, which includes some of his original compositions. You can also check out student work here as well.


What seems to bring all of our our teachers together under the Philly Music Lessons umbrella is a passion for teaching. Perhaps they are drawn together in our Fishtown space because they relish the autonomy and find excitement in the easy flow between traditional and contemporary music applications. Whether students come to us for pop music or to learn some Coltrane or Chopin, they will no doubt enjoy their explorations with one of our many musicians, equipped with his or her own unique passion for music.

Saturday Kids Music – 18th – Morning of Songs for Baby!

Current times: Tuesdays 9am and 10am & Wednesdays 10am. Drop in or Sign up! Additional times available.

for moms and baby

Music Classes for Kids in Philly

October Music Classes

Philly Music Babies introduces music to your baby and young children through song, rhythm exercises, movement, and play.

Come join us weekdays throughout the Fall & Saturday, October 18th!

For those looking for weekend music classes, there will be a class on Saturday, October 18th at 10amFeel free to drop in with your little ones for $15 (first timeFREE!). Current students and alumni of our monthly signup classes can stop by for $10. If you think you’ll be attending, please email Coco at Suggested for babies and tots 0-3 years (all ages welcome).


Philly Music Lessons & Philly Music Babies
2111 East Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(Martha Street Entrance)
*Stroller Accessible!

In addition to our scheduled Saturdays, we also hold regular weekday classes. Current times are Tuesdays at 9am and 10am and Wednesdays at 10am. Thursday classes may also available based on demand. Our sign up rate is $10/class. If you wish to drop-in occasionally, drop-ins can attend single classes for $15. Additional children are +$5.

Hope to see you!
Claire “Coco”

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Private and Group Music Lessons and Classes.Our mailing address is:
2111 East Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia Pa 19125

Our phone number is:
(610) 451-7883

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Half-Price Trial Lessons! First time baby music class attendees visit free!

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Private Music Lessons for Kids

All grown up now? We teach small group lessons for both adults and children as young as 3! Lessons can be arranged for between 2-5 kids or adults. We offer lessons in guitar, piano, bass, drums, clarinet, voice, cello, flute, saxophone, violin, banjo, ukulele, and trumpet. Our teachers also offer one-on-one private music lessons.

Reminder! Baby Music Classes Begin!

music classes for babies and kids

Toddler Music Classes in Fishtown. Weekday mornings. Sign up with Philly Music Lessons!

Beginning Sept. 16th – TOMORROW!

Music Classes in Fishtown continue! Sign up.

Hello all of you music lovers! Just a reminder that music classes will start up again tomorrow. Classes this Fall will be held on Tuesdays at 9am and 10am and Wednesdays at 10am. You can email, call or text to sign up for monthly sessions at $10/class. Let me know your time and day preference (and alternative availability). I’ll be scheduling to ensure classes are lively and fun, yet small enough to keep our class sizes intimate and interactive. Classes will be held so long as there are at least 4 children per class. As always, remember there are flexible makeup options in the event you and your child have to miss a class.

Can’t sign up? Feel free to DROP IN this Fall at $15/class – please email, or call or text (215)520-1772 to check class availability before stopping by.

Keep in touch by following Philly Music Babies on facebook and Phillymusicbabe on twitter. There you can find class scheduling, updates, and Saturday makeup/drop-in class announcements!

Thank you, hope to see you!

Claire “Coco”

P.S. If anyone can’t make the regular weekday times, I would like to offer a drop-in Saturday class this coming weekend and/or the following. Please email me with interest.

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