We offer In-Home lessons in West Philadelphia

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More than anything, West Philly is known for it’s top notch universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and St. Joseph’s University.  It’s very common for students who didn’t pick up an instrument in elementary or high school, to want to start learning in college.  A lot of students might have the desire to start learning a new instrument, but may have some reservations because of their age.  Many adults think that it’s too late for them to start, or the best time for learning has passed.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  College level students tend to have great practice methods and a lot of experience in other areas that can be applied to learning a new instrument.  I would encourage any adult who hasn’t already to at least try taking private music lessons.  They can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

I always enjoy visiting my friends in West Philadelphia, because there is not only a strong academic community, but also a very strong sense of overall community.  My band practices regularly right near the newly thriving Baltimore Avenue commercial district.  From the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania to Clark Park and Penn Park, all the way up to the Philadelphia Zoo, it always feels like West Philly.  The large houses with bay windows and the tree lined streets create a city all its own.  As in the Art Museum area, and Center City, Philly Music Lessons is happy to offer quality in-home music lessons to the neighborhoods and universities of West Philadelphia.

 

 

Music Lessons for Kids in the Art Museum Area

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Due to the recent influx of new families to the Fairmount and Art Museum area’s of Philadelphia, we’ve been doing a lot of home-visits there lately.  We have students as young as 3, taking lessons on guitar, drums, piano and even ukelele.  Parents are always encouraged to join in on the fun!  For students this young it is very important for the parents to be supportive, and learn along with the child to help reinforce early concepts during the periods between lessons.

As a former resident of the Art Museum area, it’s always a pleasure to revisit during the work week.  From Center City, I usually get there by driving down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, past the Rodin Museum, the new Barne’s Foundation and the Free Library of Philadelphia; one of the most memorable drives in all of  Greater Philadelphia.  Our student’s locations range from right near Fairmount Park to around Girard College all the way down to Spring Garden Street and the Philadelphia Community College.  During a break in the day, the variety of restaurants and cafe’s around the old Eastern State Penitentiary keep me busy before my next group of lessons.

Although our Fishtown studio is close enough for parents to get there in a flash, they usually choose In-Home lessons in the Art Museum area.  The option for a teacher to come directly to you is invaluable for parents balancing a family and work duties.  During the warmer months when the kids start to get a little antsy to play outside, the Art Museum area also offers a good number of parks where guitar lessons can take place, including Matthias Baldwin Park and Clemente Playground.

Music Lessons in Fishtown and Northern Liberties

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Our studio is located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, just northeast of Northern Liberties and South Kensington, and only a stones throw away from Center City and the Art Museum area.  We’re only a block from the Front and Berks El stop, right near Palmer Park.  I’ve lived in Fishtown for over 3 years now, and it is amazing to see how much development is happening along Frankford Avenue and Girard Avenue.

Just a couple blocks toward the Delaware River from the studio is where William Penn signed his famous treaty with the Native Americans at Penn Treaty Park.  This has been the site of some amazing daytime music festivals, including the Fishtown Shadfest, as well as a couple photo shoots for some of my various musical projects.  Fishtown has quickly been developing a thriving music scene, with a growing number of venues for not only indie bands, but some more well established acts, as well.

We have a couple teachers who do In-Home lessons for Piano and Drums in the Northern Liberties area, as well.  Located just south along the Delaware River from Fishtown, Northern Liberties, over the past decade, has developed into one of Philadelphia’s most thriving restaurant and entertainment districts.  At the heart of the neighborhood is the recently developed Piazza and Liberties Walk along 2nd street, and Liberty Lands Park along 3rd street.  Liberty Lands Park was the site of a fellow musician’s music festival called Realize Philadelphia, amongst other spring and summer activities.

I love going to the Market at the Piazza in the warmer months, where you can pick up anything from amazing custom arts and crafts, to some well curated thrift finds or just a pair of sunglasses.  The free parking just north of the Piazza is also a huge plus.  As more families move into the Northern Liberties and Fishtown area, we are happy to provide quality In-Home music lessons at an affordable price.

In-Home Music Lessons in Center City Philadelphia

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I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Guitar Lessons in Center City, Philadelphia for many years now.  Driving from Fishtown, through Northern Liberties and finally making my way to Old City is always a great drive, and every Wednesday for over a year now I’ve been doing just that, to do home visits for some of our students living in the area.  Between lessons I always enjoy getting a coffee and taking a stroll through Washington Square Park.  The area also reminds me of festivals on Penn’s Landing, where I play guitar at the Art Star Craft Bazaar every spring, as well as the new Race Street pier, which is always good for a sunset walk.

First Fridays in Old City are always bustling with street performers and musicians along 2nd and 3rd street.  A fellow music teacher plays there regularly with his New Orleans jazz combo.  In the later afternoons, as I travel west on Spruce Street, I can’t help but notice the slow change from colonial architecture to the more industrial era style buildings that populate Center City just south of Love Park and City Hall.  I still come down regularly on weekends to see my friends from Temple University perform at the local jazz clubs on Sansom and Walnut Streets.

There’s also a great academic history in Center City; home to University of the Arts, Philadelphia Institute of the Arts, and Curtis among others.  Rittenhouse Square always reflects the city’s dedication to the arts, hosting a plethora of street musicians, students and craftspeople.  Especially in the springtime, I’m sometimes inspired to bring my acoustic guitar and play standards for a couple of hours, soaking in the evening scene.