Our Spring drum class (Rhythm and Beats), our Ukulele Class, and our Music Exploration Class have sadly ended for the season. But its not quite over yet! Students of our drum class, along with those taking private music lessons, will perform for our Spring 2016 Recital, starting at 1:30 PM, this Saturday, May 14th. Come on out and see what we’ve been doing over here at Philly Music Lessons! Visit us at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square for an afternoon of violin, voila, voice, piano, guitar, and more. This recital is open to the public and costs $5 per person above the age of 12 (students attend FREE).
May weekday music classes for babies and tots (ages 0-3) are on Wednesday mornings at 10 AM at our Philly Music Lessons studio. This month, we have some space for newbies! If you’ve been waiting to try out a class for FREE, come on by starting next week. We’re located down the street from the Soup Kitchen in Fishtown. We welcome Philly families from Fishtown, East Kensington, Northern Liberties, Port Richmond, and beyond to come make friends and music. If you can’t make our weekday classes, join us select Saturdays and Sundays this month (May 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd). Check our calendar to make sure classes aren’t full!
If you’re dropping in ($15 per class) or attending for your first time (FREE), you can just show up so long as classes are not labeled “FULL” on our calendar. However, if you have the time, we always appreciate the heads up! Email us here if you’re popping in. Package holders are always welcome!
5 Class Baby Music Lover Package – $10/class for regulars
If you plan to come to music classes regularly, it might make sense to get a package. You can buy a package in person, at class (cash, check, or credit card), or we can email you an invoice so you can pay in advance online. Please note: there are a limited number of packages issued per class, as we like to keep class sizes relatively small. Packages can be issued for either Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays.
Expiration Dates for Packages/Punch Cards
5 class packages/punch cards expire within a time frame that allows you to miss roughly two scheduled classes on our calendar. For example, Saturday classes are usually scheduled 2-3 times per month. Your punch card will expire 3 months from your purchase date, allowing you around 7-9 class dates to choose from. You can check our calendar to get a feel for typical class schedules.
See you all soon,
Life at Philly Music Lessons Post-Baby and Toddler Music?
Some of you have been with us for almost 2 years now! Its amazing how time has flown, how much everyone has grown, and how much we’ve all come to love our classes together. Please stay in touch with us through our school’s main newsletter, where we announce new classes for ages 3 and up. Here you’ll also find out more about private lessons, recitals, and other events going on at the studio. For instance, this Spring we’ve been holding classes where baby and tots alumni have gotten the chance to reconvene with old friends in a musical way – Keep an eye out for new Fall class offerings!
Suzuki Style Group Violin Class Ages 3 & 4
Feel free to get in touch with us now if you’d be interested in a group Suzuki-style violin class for ages 3-4 starting September 2016. Small-sized violin rentals will be included.
We encourage holding off on private lessons until at least 4, but we also know every kid is different! If you’re thinking music lessons, you may consider setting up a trial run (suggested for no more the 30 minutes for young kids), so you can see how your child would do with music lessons at any age.
April weekday music classes for babies and tots (ages 0-3) will be on Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. These classes are currently full, but you can be added to the waitlist if you’re looking to join us!
April Saturday dates are as follows: April 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 10 AM. Additionally, we have a new SUNDAY MUSIC CLASS with Keely Sibilia. This class will be at 10 AM on April 10th, 17th, and 24th. Please email me if you’d like to join! Weekend classes take place about 3 times a month.
Class Drop in and Punch Card Policies:
So long as classes are not labeled “FULL” on our calendar, you’re welcome to drop in for $15. If you’d like to be a regular, you can attend classes for $10 or less with a package/punch card. If classes are full, you can always contact us to get on a waiting list.
Packages Options: Baby Music Lover (5 classes for $50), Mega Fan (12 classes for $100).
Expiration Date Policy (NEW!):
To encourage steady class sizes and regular friends and faces, we’ve created an expiration date policy. This only applies to new punch cards purchased, so any outstanding punch cards are valid as purchased.
How it works: From the time you purchase a punch card, your card will be dated +2 classes out from your 5 purchased (+3 classes out from your 12). This allows you to miss two or three classes within a reasonable time frame. This will be based on your chosen day of the week (Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays). If you think you’ll be missing more frequently, the drop-in option may be best for you! Please feel free to email with any questions.
Payments can be made in person with cash, credit card, or check. Invoices can also be sent via email (and online payments can be made using Square).
See you all soon,
Drum Class Sign Ups!
4-6 year olds, 4 PM Saturdays – Starts this weekend (6 wks)
There are a few spaces left in our drum class, which starts this Saturday at 4 PM. Taught by Julius Rivera (as seen at the Trenton Ave Arts Fest, Haggert Playground in the summer, and other neighborhood festivities and locales), this class is a physical, fun-filled, introductory drum class. Please contact us if you’d like to join! It is a great prequel to private drum lessons.
Ukulele for Moms and Dads
If you’re around at 10 AM on Friday mornings, you may be interested in joining our baby-friendly ukulele class! Starting this Friday, parents can learn ukulele basics as well as simple lullabies and modern songs in our 45 minute class. We welcome you to bring you little ones (we suggest pre-movers and walkers). Babies can tag along and tinker with musical instruments amid the sound of ukulele lessons and intermittent group music. Please contact us with interest!
Coco’s Maternity Leave!
Sometime in May, I will be taking a few months off over the summer to take care of my new baby! During that time, classes will continue, lead by Keely Sibilia. Keely will be teaching the Sunday classes this month, and will be at classes on Wednesdays to get to know the little ones.
We wanted to show prospective students what their first year of lessons might look like. Our guitar teachers have individual approaches, and books are only portion of what goes on. However, books are a great foundational tool where progress can be easily observed, and they provide a good way to show a range of beginner skills. We took a look at one of the most common beginner guitar books students might encounter (Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method 1) and made video samples of various stages. This Mel Bay book, which can be used for both teens and adults, teaches modern guitar method – a good basis for rock, blues, and jazz (classical method involves its own separate techniques).
This video features the last song in the book, “Southern Fried”(page 47). With a steady amount of practice, students might expect to complete this first book in about 6 months – so this is what you’ll be playing!
As the final piece of music, “Southern Fried” follows many songs, exercises, diagrams, and practice rituals for guitar, all of which slowly build skills to the level exhibited. The content of this beginner book includes an introduction to proper form, musical notation explanations (strokes of the pick, time signatures, the staff, and the notes themselves, etc.), basic tuning methods, beginner duets, chords in various keys, and chromatics. Stay tuned for more samples!
Kids with an interest in drums can get a taste of what its like to take drum lessons in group classes starting April 2nd (Saturdays at 4 PM, 6 weeks). With Julius Rivera as our instructor, children ages 4-6 will explore basic drum concepts through group exercises, revolving around tub and tube drumming. Tonal tubes and tubs are a great way to convey rhythm to beginners through feel and play (think Blue Man Group). In addition to tubs and tubes, the real drum kit will be used as a basis for teaching drum terms and techniques applicable to beginner drum lessons. Julius’s style includes high-energy games that reinforce rhythm, tempo, and time. This a hands-on, collaborative approach to experimenting with drums that will tap into creativity, physicality, and imagination.
We’ll continue our weekly Wednesday gatherings at 10 AM. Please get in touch if you plan to attend as a regular that day. It helps us to keep loose track of numbers so we can maintain intimate classes. Currently, Wednesdays are almost full! But the good news is (especially for those still taking multiple naps), we have a new baby music time starting in February at noon on Thursdays. Join us in Fishtown for some weekly music, ages 0-3 years.
If you haven’t yet stopped by for a class, you can give it a whirl for free your first time. Come, test the waters and make sure its a good fit! These are casual, weekly music classes, where babies as little as 4 months sit in mom’s, dad’s, or caregiver’s, lap while Coco leads the classes on guitar and vocals. For the toddlers, circle games, props, and a variety of musical instruments offer engaging musical exploration. Traditional kids songs become recognizable to weekly kids, allowing them to learn and eventually sing along with our tunes. They also gain a wealth of neighborhood friends! Over the months, new songs are introduced slowly to expand their growing musical ears. Our classes tend to be small, anywhere from 5-10 kids. To keep it this way, we ask that you try to RSVP by emailing coco (especially for our scheduled Saturday music classes), as weekends can get busy in the winter.
From our multi-instrumentalist teacher, Jen Pague, come the mind-blowing vocal ballads of Vita and the Woolf. Catch this burgeoning band in Philly while you can!
Jen’s been teaching piano, voice, guitar, and songwriting at Philly Music Lessons. Hearing her lessons from the next room, there’s no doubt Jen brings ease to her sessions and can draw out confidence from anyone. Her teaching strengths lie in an ability to connect with students. Keeping herself inspired and current, Jen’s been working at composing original music when she’s not teaching. With epic vocals reminiscent of Florence and the Machine, these tunes are worth a listen:
December Music Class Schedule
This month, classes will be held on Wednesdays at 10 AM and select Saturdays at 10 AM. Please note that there will be no Wednesday class on the 30th, but all other Wednesdays will be held. If you ever want to check in on the schedule (especially as winter weather approaches), bookmark our calendar. It will display up-to-date class schedules and canceled classes. Here are the dates currently listed in December for Philly Music Babies:
Wednesday the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Saturday the 5th, 12th, and 19th
You can also find Philly Music Babies updates on Facebook and Twitter. Check out what we’ve been up to!
To attend our baby music program, just stop by during scheduled times. Music classes are $10 each with a package, or $15 to drop-in (first time free). Packages start at 5 classes ($50), or 12 classes ($100). You can purchase a package/punch card at class with credit card, cash, or check. You can also email to have an invoice sent, and pay online using Paypal.
Regular weekday goers, you get a FREE CLASS when you attend all of the Wednesdays in a month! Same goes for Saturday folks with weekend dates (indicate your preferred day when you purchase a punch card to get those freebies!)
Just a reminder that you can get packages for our baby and toddler music classes. Your punch card will keep track of weekly classes and will introduce your babes to some new musical buddies. Age range for this music series is mixed, and classes tend to be made up of babies and kids between about 4 months and 3 years old. A music class is $10 with a package (5 classes). You can also become a Mega-Fan if you think you’ll be sticking around – you’ll get 12 classes for $100 (2 free classes!). Drop ins are also welcome for $15 (first time free). Keep an eye out for upcoming deals in the Fishtown neighborhood when you visit other local business catering to families.
Oh, hey! Did you just have a baby and live in Philly?
If you have a newborn in Fishtown or surrounding areas in Philly, you might be interested in this Spring 2016 music class (baby should be between 0 and 5 months come the Spring):
After the cold winter months, we’ll be kicking off a new group baby music class for Philly parents. This is a unique, 8 week program (8 weekly classes), where you can come learn ukulele in the mornings with your little one. Taught by one of our instructors, Donnie Felton, (dad of two and clarinet, piano, guitar, and ukulele extraordinaire), these group ukulele lessons will be geared towards moms and dads with new babies. Parents are encouraged to bring their little ones along to classes (fussy babies, nursing moms, and anyone else who gets the whole newborn thing are warmly welcomed!). Classes will feature teacher performance and foundation level instruction on ukulele for moms and dads. All of this will revolve around learning traditional kids songs and lullabies that you can play with and for your child as they grow. What you will learn will enable you to learn other songs on the ukulele too.
Coming this Spring! Ukulele rentals included. Please get in touch if you’d like to take the whole music thing a bit further and learn some songs yourself!
Class News, Punch Cards, Schedule for Nov. Music Classes, Saturday Dates.
The concept for Philly Music Babies has always been to find ways to engage children with music early on. Beyond being a place for toddlers to meet their first friends, music classes are actually developing strong musical ears too! Its becoming more and more well known that music exposure of all kinds for babies (even
For those who have been with us for a while now, its been great to watch your children change and grow over the months! The solfege time at the piano that has become a part of your child’s lives and minds is creating powerful musical relationships. Though they may be too little for structured music lessons, they are certainly gaining a musical foundation that will no doubt benefit them in all walks of life.
Those still thinking about music lessons or classes, you can try out a Philly Music Babies class for FREE! Its a great morning outing for kids anywhere from 4 months to 3 years old. Babies and tots will quickly settle into being part of a community. As they start making social connections, they’ll learn a whole lot about themselves and others. Of course, they simply love to hear the “Wheels of the Bus” week after week, month after month, even if it might seem repetitive to us adults.
If you’re past the music class age and don’t know what to do, don’t fret! Many teachers feel there are benefits to waiting for private lessons until children are about 4 years old. So if you think you’re somewhere in between, just keep on singing! They’ll get there soon.
This coming weekend there is a Halloween class! Most of you have reserved your spot in the 10 AM. If you want to attend, please get in touch. There is also an 11 AM class for weekday makeups, newcomers, and old friends. Looking forward to seeing all the costumes!
Additionally, there will be some special events happening near our space at 2111 East Susquehanna Ave (Philly Music Lessons). By My Side is having theirfirst annual Fall Festival in the NKCDC Garden from 12-4 on Halloween. Be sure to stop by and see whats happening. Jacelyn Blank will be hosting a children’s book reading during the event around 2 (I’ll be contributing some complementary guitar sounds and songs for the story hour).
New Musical Props:
In addition to our regular circle activties, you can look out for some new solfege props (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) in November. We’ve been doing the C major scale on the piano at the end of every class, and some little guys have really started to sing along! We’ll be incorporating some music bean bags to explore basic melodies, and using our solfege words and new body signs, we’ll reinforce musical relationships.
New! Punch Cards are Here.
Punch card packages, $15 Drop In, Free First Time
Join us in Fishtown for weekly music classes! To start out, try a class for free. Then, you can either attend as a drop in for $15, or purchase a punch card.
Wednesdays 10 AM and 11:30 AM
Saturdays in November:
14th, 21st @ 10 AM
2 Punch Cards Options:
- Baby Music Lover 5 Classes for $50
- Mega-Fan 12 Classes for $100
2 kiddos? Second child is half-off (Free under 6 months!)
Punch Card Details:
Having a sweet spot of around 8-10 kids per class has enabled us to have intimate, engaging classes. It has also allowed me to guarantee fairly stable class sizes and helps people meet up with their regular music class friends. That said, moving from a month-to-month sign up to a punch card system is a little bit scary! But I’m hoping we can make it work. Here’s how:
When you purchase a punch card of 8 classes or more at $10/class, you’ll still “sign up” for a time and day, but this will be very flexible (honor code based). Of course, if you ever need to come to an alternate day or time due to an appointment, nap issue, or anything else, by all means, do not hesitate to do so! Again, this is just to be sure we have some idea of class sizes and so people can get to know each other over the weeks.
With the new punch cards, there will be no makeups, as you can miss class when you need to! However, you’ll get bonus points if you attend all of your classes in any month (1 free class/month of awesome attendance).
If you have credits leftover (makeups from your monthly sign ups), they will be applied towards your punch card, or you can still feel free to use them as is (on Saturdays or by dropping into any class that is available). From now on, you’ll know exactly how many classes you have left by looking at your card. The card can be kept safely at class, or you can take it with you. Payments can be made with me during class (square reader or cash with email receipt). And if you’d like to go the super easy route, I can send you an invoice for your punch card, and you can pay ahead online. Your physical punch card an be picked up at class or stored at our space at 2111 East Susquehanna Ave. Drop-ins can continue to pay cash with our drop-in envelopes.
We’ll be keeping an eye on class size (especially weekends), and will open alternative time slots if necessary. We hope you’ll join us!
Music classes for babies and kids in the Fishtown, Northern Liberties, East Kensington, Port Richmond Area. Private Lessons for all ages throughout Philly and the Main Line – guitar, violin, cello, piano, drums, bass, ukulele, and more!