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(610) 451-7883

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, cello, flute, trumpet, 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.


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.

  • Flute Lessons

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

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.

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This Saturday, Kids Music Class

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Music Class, December 20th @ 10am | Philly Music Lessons

December 20th, 2014

That’s this Saturday at 10am!

Make-ups, Drop-ins, First Timers, and Saturday Package People Welcome! Join us for the final December class before we break for the holidays – First come, first serve! Please send an email to phillymusicbabies@gmail.com if you think you’ll be coming this Saturday (only if you haven’t yet emailed). Saturday package holders and makeups for the week will be given priority.

 Saturday Rates

  • $10 for Alumni or Current Students
  • $15 Drop-in
  • First Time Free

Again, this will be the last class in December until January classes begin on 1/6/2015.Classes will be held on the same days (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am).

 If you’ve been signed up for our December music classes and want to stick with your scheduled day, please let me know by December 23rd if you’ll be continuing! After that date, you can still sign up, but your spot will no longer be held.

 People interested in trying out a class this winter can email phillymusicbabies@gmail.com to drop-in for FREE sometime. New sign ups, please contact me about joining a class. A reminder for January sign ups and next month’s Saturday dates will be sent out soon!

Thank you!

Claire, “Coco”

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Email me at Phillymusicbabies@gmail.com

P.S. We have gift certificates & packages for our lessons & music classes!   If you’re thinking about trying private lessons with your child, but not sure what age would be appropriate, just contact us! There are many different avenues and teaching styles that can be adapted to young children.

Gift Certificates, Seasonal Bunches, Starter Kits

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Unique gift ideas that keep on giving! Music Lessons.

Gifting Music – Music Lessons are a unique gift to give on the holidays, or any time of year for that matter! Pairing well with a new guitar, a new piano in your home, or some drum sticks, lessons can complete other musical gifts. We are hand-stamping our gift certificates this year, pressed with silver ink on a heavy card stock, complete with a matching silver envelope (and ribbon if you’d like!). You can call (610)451-7883 to get gift certificates, packages of lessons, or to simply schedule a single trial lesson with us.

Give to Someone 
Interested in Lessons for Yourself?

Gift Certificates can be arranged for any amount of lessons, from one trial lesson to a starter package of 10 lessons and beyond. When you purchase a gift certificate, we send it to you (or the recipient) in the mail. You can also pick up your gift certificates at our studio in Fishtown.

Once purchased, how are lessons scheduled? Once your recipient receives the gift voucher, he or she can call us to schedule lessons with one of our teachers at any time. At that point, we work out scheduling, discuss interests and skill level, and set them up with the best fit.

Discounts, Trial Lessons and Packages – Students often want to try out lessons before committing to a teacher, schedule, or instrument, which is why we offer our trial lessons at half-price. We include one half-priced trial lessons in our starter packages of 10 lessons at 10% off.

Not sure what kind of lessons you’d like to gift? Here’s some inspiration – drums and piano are often good starter instruments at any age, and provide an excellent foundation for learning other instruments:

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Drum Lessons with one of our teachers at our studio or in your home.

piano lessons

Piano Lessons make for a great gift for beginners, or someone revisiting an old love!

baby music classes

Packages of Baby Music Classes in Fishtown – Upcoming monthly session begins in January with a a new set of weekday classes.

Voice Teacher – Marcelle McGuirk

Voice Teacher: Marcelle McGuirk

Voice Teacher: Marcelle McGuirk

Please welcome the newest addition to our staff: Marcelle McGuirk.  Marcelle has been singing since a very young age.  At 18, she recorded her first solo album, Echoes of Ireland. She studied Vocal Performance at Marywood University and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue further studies in opera performance. She is a cantor and section leader at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul. She is an active performer and has worked with many companies in the Philadelphia area, including: OperaDelaware, Poor Richard’s Opera, Russian Opera Workshop, Delaware Valley Opera Company, and Delaware ChoralArts.  Marcelle says the following about her goals and style as a teacher:

“The foundation of my teaching is always breath management, body awareness and tension reduction, as well as musicianship. I try to arm my students with a “toolbox,” foundational techniques and exercises they can come back to if they’re struggling with a note or phrase, whether they’re singing Broadway, rock, opera, etc. I make sure students understand the purpose of exercises and how they relate to what they’re singing. Overall, I aim to help my students find their “voice” in a healthy, tension-free way.”

Continue reading for a full interview with Marcelle:

When did you begin singing, and why?:
 I’ve been singing since I was really small. My parents tell this story about me being in the high chair at 6 months old while my Dad was cleaning the kitchen. He was singing something to himself, and I chimed in on pitch! Then it became this game we would play, where he would sing a note and I’d sing it back to him. I’ve been singing ever since!

 

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
 My personal goal as a musician is to achieve complete freedom. This can only be achieved by hours spent practicing your technique, but the pay off is great. To achieve that freedom and flexibility makes the possibilities for communicating emotion endless, and essentially that’s what we do as singers. Communicate the depths and shades of human emotion through our voice.

 

 Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
 I used to really struggle with high notes. One day a teacher said to me, “You’re trying to ‘stick’ the note somewhere; to place it. It’s not about placing it. It’s about having the right SPACE for the note and keeping it flexible.” That changed everything for me.

 

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
 You’re only going to get out of singing what you put into it. Talent only gets you so far; it’s the hard work that makes you an artist.

 

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
 I was lazy as a kid, which meant I wouldn’t practice much, if at all. I just relied on the fact that I was a fast learner and had a pretty voice. This inevitably meant I would plateau and run into “brick walls.” I always knew I should be working harder, but breaking
myself of the habit of laziness was really tough.

 

What is your biggest musical achievement?:
 My biggest musical achievement to date was singing in my first Professional, fully staged and orchestrated opera with OperaDelaware.

 

Favorite thing about teaching?:
 My favorite thing about teaching has to be the “lightbulb moment,” which is when you see “Ah ha!” in your students’ eyes after they’ve grasped a concept. It’s such a beautiful thing, because you’ve helped them accomplish this intangible thing and no one can ever take it away from them.

 

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
 Listen. Your ears are your greatest asset. Even when you aren’t actively practicing your instrument, you can learn SO much just by listening to great musicians. Also, never stop asking questions.

 

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
I’m currently on staff at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul here in Philadelphia, as a Cantor/ Soprano Soloist/ Soprano Section Leader. In December, I’ll be singing the Bach Magnificat in D with Delaware ChoralArts in Wilmington, DE as the Soprano Soloist.