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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.

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Birthday Gifts!

Mother’s Day Packages
Includes a Free Trial Lesson for Mom!
Special Gifts For A Music Lover
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!

 

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.