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(610) 451-7883

Philly Music Lessons is a family owned and operated music school offering high-quality private lessons and group classes. Join us at our studio in Fishtown or take in-home lessons throughout Philadelphia, Lower Merion and on the Main Line. All ages and skill levels are welcome! We have a growing community of highly qualified teachers who specialize in a number of different genres and styles. Each lesson and class involves it’s own creative approach, designed to meet individual student goals and interests.


We teach piano, guitar, violin, voice, drums, electric bass, upright bass, cello, viola, ukulele, banjo, flute, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and clarinet.

About Us

We bring teachers and musicians together through a shared love of music and learning. A hop, skip, and a jump from just about anywhere in Philly, we are accessible by train and located just north of Northern Liberties in Philadelphia’s Fishtown/Kensington neighborhood. Students have access to full upright pianos, drum sets, amps, and recording capabilities at our studio. In-home lessons are available throughout Philly and the Main Line.

At Philly Music lessons, we aim to:

• Create unique and engaging lessons

• Encourage creativity and exploration

• Progressively build fundamental techniques and skills

• Cultivate a deep understanding of music

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beginner Classes

    Learn the basics of guitar, violin or voice in a group setting! Classes for both kids and adults focus on a variety of beginning techniques and repertoire. As each class progresses, students will learn to perform songs as a group.

  • Summer Rock Camp

    Kids will learn rock repertoire, play in a band, record in the studio and walk away with a professional quality recording. Summer camps last one week and are held at our studio.

Our Teaching Philosophy

We strive to hire great teachers. Our core instructors have 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. A broad range of experience allows our teachers to creatively prepare students for performance, collaboration, composition, and more.

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Deals for Baby & Toddler Music

Summer Packages!

May 30th & Summer Saturday Dates
June, July, August Weekdays
Discounted Packages for Summer Baby & Toddler Music
Fishtown/Kensington

music time for babies weekdays and weekendsOn Saturday, May 30th, there will be an impromptu drop-in music class. FREE for First-Timers (as always), & a special $10 drop-in rate for all. Feel free to come on by! That afternoon, there will also be a recital at Philly Music Lessons for some of our older students, so you can feel free to swing by and have a listen starting at 3 PM (standing room only, wine & cheese too). There will be violin, piano, cello, and guitar performances! Then, Summer dates for Saturday Music will be as follows:

Summer Saturdays at 10 AM
$56 for 7 Class Package
You can still sign up per month at $10/class
drop in anytime for $15
(limited number of full summer packages).

June:
13th, 27th

July:
18th, 25th

August:
1st, 8th, 29th

Weekdays June, July, August
Full Summer Sign Up $100
11 Weekday Classes & 1 Saturday included

Weekday classes will continue as usual on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 AM as well as Wednesdays at 11:30 AM. If you know you’ll be away for vacations, you can still participate as a monthly sign up with flexible options for vacation dates with notice. As always, drop-ins can attend classes at $15 by emailing in advance to check for room. For those regulars who know they’ll be with us throughout the summer, you can receive a discount by signing up for the whole thang! $100 for June, July, and August(includes an a Saturday Freebie). Please check out the calendar for dates and potential makeup Saturday classes (If you have two kids, the price is $150). You can still sign up per month throughout the summer as well.

Makeups:
If you miss your regular class time, you can always drop-in to other class times or scheduled Saturdays for makeups. Saturday regulars can receive credits for missed weekends.

If you have any questions about signing up or dropping in, please feel free to contact me via email at phillymusicbabies@gmail.com. If you want to learn more about baby and toddler music classes in Fishtown/Kensington, you can read more here.

Thanks! Hope to see you around.

Claire, “Coco”
Philly Music Babies
Philly Music Lessons

 

Musical Gifts! For Mom

Mother’s Day Packages

Includes a Free Trial Lesson for Mom!
All Occasions and Birthdays
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums, Violin, and more

Piano Lessons - Musical GiftsIf you’re going for a truly unique and lasting gift for Mother’s Day, music lessons are the perfect surprise for a music lover. Pair these lessons with concert tix, new guitar strings, or a piano tuning, and you’ll have made your musical momma’s dreams come true. We hand-print our gift certificates with silver ink on heavy card stock. Please call (610)451-7883 to purchase gift certificates, packages of lessons, or schedule a single trial lesson with us.

Gift Certificates can be arranged for as many lessons as you’d like. Choose a single trial lesson or go in for the real deal and get Mom a month or season’s worth of lessons (10% off seasonal packages). 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 Mom receives her gift certificate, she can call us to schedule lessons (in-home or at our Fishtown studio) based on her availability. Once availability is worked out, we find out Mom’s interests, goals, and skill level. Then, we can set her up with the right teacher.

Discounts, Trial Lessons and Packages
We offer trial lessons at half-price. Typically, we include one half-priced trial lesson with gift packages. However, in honor of all the Moms out there, we’re including a trial lesson for FREE for Mother’s Day! (This applies to Father’s Day lessons too if you’re ahead of the game for Dad).

Not sure what kind of lessons you’d like to gift?
That’s okay – we can find out from Mom how she’d like to use her lessons. But if you think she’d like to be surprised, drums and piano are often good instruments for beginners at any age. They provide an excellent musical foundation.

Contact Us To Get Gifting!

Summer Rock Camp in Philadelphia

Registration Now Open!

Play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and sing in a band
Learn the fundamentals of recording technology
Get performance experience in the studio
Walk away with a professional quality recording of your child

Dates: August 10th – August 14th
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages: 9 – 14
Cost: $350 for a one week session

 

Contact Us to Register Your Child!

Josh-Olmstead_Rock_CampSummer Rock Camp is held at the Philly Music Lessons studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia – Kids will learn to play faithful renditions of rock songs by such classic bands as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, as well as the modern bands they inspired, including Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Jack White, and My Morning Jacket. They will also get to study the basics of recording technology, live tracking, and overdubbing, before participating in a camp-culminating recording session. This music-based camp introduces beginners with little or no previous training to the fundamentals of rock performance, including guitar power chords, bass riffs, backbeat-driven rhythms, and emotive vocals. Intermediate students with regular instrumental lessons will have the opportunity to work in separate groups to study rock music in greater depth, undertaking closer note-for-note transcriptions of guitar solos and bass lines, original tempos and percussion arrangements, and multiple-part vocal harmonies. In addition to daily instrumental warm-up exercises and sectionals, band rehearsals, recording workshops, and general music instruction, we will listen to audio recordings, watch documentary and concert film excerpts, and discuss the greater cultural and sociological impact of the bands and music that we study. We break for lunch everyday, followed by an outdoor activity or indoor arts and crafts time. This is a multi-instrumental camp. Participating students will be encouraged to play guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, as well as sing. A CD of the camp-culminating recording session will be provided to students as an archival benchmark of their musical progress and success. Contact Us for Registration

Director:

Josh_Olmstead_classical_guitar_teachersJosh Olmstead began directing student rock band workshops in 2003, adding a classical guitar ensemble component to his workshops in 2012. He is a classically trained guitarist, whose repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works. As a classical guitarist, he has performed for private functions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, National Constitution Center, and the Samuel Powel House. Josh is also an accomplished songwriter and recording and performing artist. His original music was recently featured in an episode of Southwest Airline’s Dish Trip. Josh’s songs also receive regular airplay on independent radio stations. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Josh has performed internationally in England, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as in several U.S. cities. As a guitar instructor, Josh chooses specific coursework and style of guitar based on the interests and skill level of individual students. General study to include development of a wide range of skills, including accurate tuning, technique, scales, arpeggios, reading music notation, and/or tablature, sight reading, chords, songs and/or repertoire, vocal accompaniment, music theory, as well as general musicianship. Contact Us for Registration

See below for a general outline of the week at Rock Camp:

Daily-Camp-Schedule