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Class News, Punch Cards, Schedule for Nov. Music Classes, Saturday Dates.

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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 infants) nurtures language and brain development, circuiting crucial musical foundations like pitch, pattern, and even executive skills. Music aptitude, a child’s musical potential, develops until about the age of 9, and is heavily based on environment. Thus exposure at home, in music classes, and to various styles of music in early childhood all influence an individual’s capacity for music. If you haven’t yet seen it for yourself, group music classes really do have an effect on your child’s brain – they contribute to a whole bunch of positive social and cognitive effects (and they’re fun!).

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.

 

Upcoming Classes:

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.

November Schedule:
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!)

Buy a Punch Card Now!

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!

Happy Music-making!
Claire, “Coco”

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Philly Music Lessons

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!

Ethical Society Recitals, Rittenhouse

Philly Music Lessons at the Ethical Society
Fall Recital 2015
November 21st, 1 PM
Recitals on RittenhouseIt’s become somewhat of a tradition to have our Fall recital on Rittenhouse Square. The Philly trees have ushered in the Fall, and the park is starting to show signs of the holidays by the end of November. This will be our first recital at the Ethical Society. Equipped with a stage and abundant space for an audience, we’re excited to bring families and teachers into a new venue to support the accomplishments of our students.

The show is a great way for students of all ages to see various skill levels in action, and to put their practice into context. The project oriented learning required for recital performance will no doubt push participating students to higher levels. For this reason, recitals are something we encourage all students to consider, no matter their age or reason for taking lessons. In the past, Philly Music Lessons recitals have embraced true beginners to advanced students studying anything from classical music to pop composition. Thus, our recitals are often diverse and present a wide range of musical styles.


Join us for our Fall 2015 student recital at the Ethical Society this November:
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 @ 1:00pm

Guitar Teachers

Hey there, Neema! Welcoming you to our wonderful collection of guitar teachers at Philly Music Lessons.

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With interests in blues, jazz, and rock, Neema teaches guitar lessons at Philly Music Lessons. He is also a great teacher for piano, bass, and drums, having a solid, well-rounded musical background. Currently, Neema is pursuing a degree in guitar performance from The University of the Arts. You can check out Neema playing a piece on electric guitar, following the short bio and interview below:

I teach Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. My first musical experience was singing, then playing hand drums while I was young. I have formal training in guitar from University of Houston and Berklee College of Music after high school. I am currently studying guitar performance at The University of the Arts. I have very many goals for my life and one of them is to continue teaching music. I have been teaching for 4 years now, and I consider myself to be a professional educator. My strength as a teacher is to quickly identify how the student needs to learn to best show him or her the steps to success. I also have experience with group lessons in guitar and piano. I love to teach songs, riffs, scales, proper technique, proper theory, and how to get the most out of your practice. It is very important to play music everyday and to have discipline in your practice. Recording yourself, listening back, and planning what to do for the next day are all good practice habits. I practice jazz and classical guitar at least 3 hours a day.

When did you begin playing guitar, and why?

I first started to play the guitar on September 1, 2008. I’m from Houston Tx, and when Hurricane Ike landed ashore, I was safely in College Station Tx at a friends house. He had a guitar, and I played a Cold Play song. I always wanted to learn to play the guitar, and I did!

What are your personal goals as a musician?

My personal goals are to perform my own songs with a band, be a successful song writer and performer and to become a top entertainer!

Do you have a memory of a time when a music concert or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?

The first time I had a click that maybe music and sound could be the story of my life was when I was a kid singing a song on the radio and my brother told me I sounded exactly like the lead singer.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) or current teachers?

The piece of advice that stuck would have to be “play that tune all day long.”

Whats your most challenging musical moment?

The first time I picked up the guitar. And the hardest thing will be the next thing I play, because I am always trying to challenge myself.

What is your biggest musical achievement?

Music itself is a reward, so just the act of playing music is an achievement for me.

Favorite thing about teaching?

Teaching is always earning me experience with new people with different backgrounds. It’s rewarding to teach music, to talk about music and always to play music. 

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?

Many people think they can’t play music, like its something out of reach. I would like to share with those people that they can and should learn music. It expands the mind, you become smarter, and even begin to solve life’s most difficult problems better.
Currently I am looking for a band and I’m writing my own songs and lyrics.

 

September Music Classes

September 2015 – New Sign Ups, Saturday Dates, & Schedule Updates, CLASS THIS WEEKEND! 10 AM Aug. 29th

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September 2015 Baby & Tots Music Classes

Class News, Dates, Sign-Ups for New Students, & Sat Aug 29th @ 10 AM Reminder

Hello! Next week begins our September series. Sign up now for a new month of weekly classes at $10/class – $50 for September ($20 for the weekend pass). If you’re looking for an occasional visit, you can always email with interest and drop-in for $15(limited space, so please check in advance by emailing here!). In the meantime, don’t forget to stop by and try your first Fishtown music class FREE! There happens to be one this Saturday at 10 AM (August 29th). Please give me a heads up if you’d like to join us this weekend.

Here is a list of September’s class dates and times:

This month, there is a class every week – if you miss any, join us on select Saturdays for makeups! If you have any questions about missing classes, please feel free to get in touch. We aim to be as flexible as possible with all types of schedules. Weekday makeups are currently on SATURDAYS or either of the Wednesday times (makeups remain valid throughout the year). Keep track of dates and schedule changes on our calendar.

Wednesdays at 10 & 11:30 AM, (0-3 years)
September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th, 30th

Saturdays at 10 AM (0 and up)
September12th, 19th

3 Year Olds at 11AM on Select Saturdays in October:
We’re looking to start a new Saturday class in October for 3 year olds. The Saturday 10 AM class is open to all babies and kids (a few months old and up – we’re flexible with ages and welcome older siblings anytime). However, a number of our little guys would like to continue building upon some of our songs and activities with a little more musical teaching. We have a few more spaces to fill before it becomes official! Please EMAIL if you’d like to add your name for October (Limited to 8 kids).

Weekday Evening Music?:
Some people have been looking for a later evening class for babies and their families to get to sing music after work hours. I’d love to offer this if there is enough interest, so please let me know.

Thanks for singing with us throughout the summer! Looking forward to getting to know all the new babies and toddlers from the neighborhood this Fall.

Happy Music-making!
Claire, “Coco”

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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! 

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OTHER NEWS: 

Drop-in Payments
(in person with our handy-dandy drop-box & DROP IN envelopes, or pay with a card):

Attention! We have a new, easy drop-in system! If you are dropping in, you can pay your $15 rate at the beginning or end of class. Because I’m often doling out stickers or otherwise busy with the bubs, I have created some new DROP-IN ENVELOPES for you to leave payment in our cash drop-box. Just fill out the envelope info, insert your exact payment (in cash), and drop your payment into the slot. Our payment drop-box is on the wall by the bathroom. Cards will also now be accepted through our reader, in-person, with me, Coco if you don’t mind the wait!

Sign up Payments
(in person, cash or check, with SIGN UP envelope or online via your emailed invoice):

If you are signing up for the month, we prefer payments online once your spot has been confirmed via email (please email phillymusicbabies@gmail.com with sign up requests). We love this method, as your payment registers directly into our system, which tracks attendance, makeup credits and payments in one place. If you would like to pay in person, you can also fill out a sign up form at class, and we can manually input this as well. Free floatin’ cash will not be accepted!

Baby and Tots Weekend Reminder!

Reminder: TOMORROW 10 AM Babies & Tots Music Class
Sing and play @ Philly Music Lessons!

Music Classes for BabiesAugust 8th @ 10 AM

Don’t miss music tomorrow!

Stop by 2111 East Susquehanna Ave for some fun, songs, and piano. $15 drop in, $10 with package. Makeups, drop-ins, first-timers welcome! Free for newbies just testing the waters.

Please get in touch if you plan to attend as a drop-in. Thanks! – Claire, “Coco”

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New teachers! Violin Lessons with Eunice China

violin teachers in phillyOne thing about having Temple alumni on our staff is that we have great connections with talented students, graduates, and teachers. Meet our latest adoption from Temple, Eunice China. Eunice is currently at studying at the Boyer College of Music pursuing a degree in classical violin performance. Having been a long time student of music herself (beginning at age 4), Eunice is a great teacher, intimately familiar with how to navigate the challenges of learning music and those of teaching. She has the versatility to work with very young children as well as adults. Her violin lessons are both stimulating and fun, and Eunice can prepare intermediate to advanced students for college and performance, or introduce new music students to violin.

Here is a bit about Eunice in her own words (from our Teachers Page), along with her interview & a video:

I teach violin lessons. I began my musical studies by the age of four. Since then, I have been consistently following my passion. I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music violin performance at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I study with international award winning violinist, Dr. Vladimir Dyo. In my early career, I was a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, one of the premiere youth orchestras in the tri-state area. I also served as assistant concertmaster in Cheltenham High School Symphony Orchestra and won honorary placements in various competitions and festivals. Currently, I am a member of Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Recently, I have performed within orchestras such as the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras.  By encouraging the development of foundational techniques, I hope to inspire my students as much as possible.  After about three years of teaching violin lessons, I have become more happy and appreciative for the opportunity to serve and benefit the community.

View More Samples on Eunice’s Page or Schedule a Lesson with Eunice!

Eunice’s Interview

When did you begin playing violin, and why?:
I began my violin studies at the age of four years old, with the generous help of my mother.  After a few years of acquaintance with the instrument, I did not plan on ever letting it go.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I hope to constantly learn and become a better musician.  Despite however many achievements I may earn, I hope to always learn and develop ideas that will lead to improvement. I also hope to inspire both myself and those around me.  Whether it is through teaching students, playing in a charity/hospital, or playing in a professional orchestra, I hope to motivate people to happily become their best selves.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
Although I have been playing the violin for over seventeen years, there are always new things I learn every day.  Within the past 3 years during my experience of Boyer College of Music, I have really learned the quality of “singing” music.  After becoming aware of this artistic standpoint, my musical views have broadened greatly.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) violin teachers?:
As a building is built by one brick at a time, a musician will become successful through careful and thorough practice of each musical idea.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
Understanding that a person must focus on only a certain amount of work at a time. If a man puts each leg and arm in a separate boat on sea, he will become stretched out, not moving forward.  Even to this day, I am still learning to narrow my ideas, but to carry out them out to their fulfillments.

What is your biggest musical achievement?:
I have had many admirable achievements throughout my career, and it is hard to choose.  But in general, I feel that my greatest achievements are visible after I have put hard work and developed skill into any piece I am working on.  Whether I am playing this piece for a wedding, jury, or concert, I feel that having dedicated myself in the music, these moments have been my greatest achievements.

Favorite thing about teaching?:
My favorite thing about teaching violin lessons is the feeling of the student finally understanding.  As training wheels are taken off at a certain age, it makes me happy as I slowly let go to see my student being able to perform the technique on their own.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Learning music is a slow process; it requires patience, time, and love.  If you endure, you will see that it has been worth it.

July Schedule, Fishtown Baby Music Classes

Tuesday & Wednesdays

Morning Baby & Toddler Classes & Select Saturday Music at 10AM

TUESDAYS 10 AM
Just a reminder that Tuesday morning East Kensington / Fishtown baby and kids music classes are back in action starting tomorrow! This month, we will have one of our cello teachers (Sarah Whitehead) visiting, so kids will be able to explore some strings.Sign Up or Drop-In. Though babies and toddlers will surely enjoy this musical class, Tuesdays would be great for 3 and 4 year olds (or seasoned veterans) who are curious about music and would like to experiment with ukuleles, tiny violins, and our cello. Our usual sing-alongs, props, and boxes of instruments will be present, but we’ll be moving towards some other musical experiments. This is a valid makeup day for students in any class.

WEDNESDAYS 10 AM, 11:30 AM
Wednesday  East Kensington / Fishtown baby music classes
 will take place as usual! These are great for babies and tots, as we have plenty of classic kid tunes, active movement, and room for free play and socializing. Many kids attend as regulars, getting to know other kids in Fishtown Sign up or Drop-In.

THIS SATURDAY! July 18th & SELECT SATURDAYS, 10 AM
View our Calendar for current and future dates. This coming weekend (July 18th), join us for a class at 10 AM! We welcome siblings and family members of all ages to tag along! Please email if you plan to attend.

RATES

  • $10 with sign up (for our regulars, monthly sign ups with flexible makeups, applicable to weekdays or Saturdays)
  • $15 drop-in
  • First time FREE

Our classes are held in Fishtown/Kensington at the corner of Martha and Susquehanna Ave (1 block past Trenton off Frankford Ave):

Philly Music Lessons
2111 East Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
*Entrance on Martha
(Stroller Accessible)

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Thanks!

Claire, “Coco”

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Philly Music Lessons

July Baby Music with Cello

Kids Cello and Guitar Teachers Host Song and Movement!
Music Classes for Babies and Tots $10 with a month’s sign-up
Fishtown, East Kensington, Port Richmond
Cello & School Instrument Rentals
Affordable Kids Group Cello Classes for Fall

Fishtown Summer Music

July is here! I hope everyone has a great 4th. Though this is the month of vacations, we’ll still be singing away our weekday mornings (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 AM and Wednesdays at 11:30 AM – Baby and Toddler Music in Fishtown, Kensington). We couldn’t help ourselves – its too often that people want to come by to see whats happening, or visit their old classroom for some familiar songs on their old day and time. So, if any classes are too small this month, we’ll still hold them as open music/open house (mixed with some story-time). That said, in case the summer schedule does change due to all the summer fun, please keep in touch with our calendar, or join our newsletter to receive email updates (NO CLASS 7th & 8th of JULY). You can also check out our Saturday dates for the summer.

Fishtown Cellos for rentAlso, Joe and I are looking forward to having a special guest this month! Sarah Whitehead will make some visits to our baby music classes throughout July to accompany me with her cello. Sarah plays a variety of instruments (piano, guitar, violin, and cello), and we’ve been finding exciting ways to use music to express stories, feelings, and ideas. Sarah has also worked with some older kids in museums and art camps, and she’ll be teaching kids private lessons for cello in addition to our more family-style sing-along classes. Sarah is also constructing a group beginner cello class for the Fall for kids. The concept is based around classic beginner-cello pieces, which Sarah is adapting for a variety of age levels (5 and up). Group classes are really great for beginners, as kids can observe others at varying skill levels and learn from them. Kids can also get a feel for playing together, which puts a simple and wonky beginner melody into context with other parts. That can really liven up the music learning process. Also, group classes cut the price of lessons in half! So its a super affordable way for families to explore music lessons (we also have affordable kids cello rentals, so you don’t have to make a huge instrument investment). Classes still provide ample attention for each student, as we try not to go above 5 kids per class.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be having endless fun inventing creative ways to engage kids with music in the coming months! Feel free to contact us to come visit and see what we’re about. Join a Baby Music Class First time FREE or Schedule a Lesson with Sarah for the Fall (please note your interest in our cello teacher, Sarah Whitehead, in the box at the end of the form).

Summer Music Class Updates

Music Classes for Toddlers, Babies, and Kids
Fishtown, East Kensington, Northern Liberties, Port Richmond
Suggested Ages 0-3 years

Summer Schedule:
Wed. in June 10 AM, 11:30 AM
Tues. & Wed. in July 10 AM (& 11:30 Wed.)

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Good morning! Here is an update on the summer schedule and open spots: As of today, the 10 AM Wednesday class is full, but there is space in the 11:30 class for drop-ins or those who intend to sign up as regulars. Please contact us to join or drop in, as we try to keep classes with a max of around 10 kids (we don’t turn people away, so if you’re in the neighborhood and want to try a class for FREE on a whim, just pop in Philly Music Lessons at 2111 East Susquehanna Ave., down the street from Soup Kitchen, Little Baby’s, and Pizza Brain).

These classes are mixed ages, which adds to the fun and variety of the group. Every age is different, and the babies and tots participate in different ways (some are up and about exploring, while others tune into the music). We encourage participation from all, including the mommas, papas, nannies, babysitters, grandparents, etc!

The routine varies a bit week to week. Generally, classes are broken down into sections to keep things moving and interesting – there’s a bit of exploration and background music as everyone arrives (with finger puppets, shakers, and assorted drums). We ease the group into things with a Hello Song (meet and greet with names), followed by a movement oriented warm up exploring high and low sounds (highlighting body parts along the way). We then move into some familiar, traditional kid’s songs, and next comes another active portion, allowing kids to move through the space with group circle songs (marches, dances, “ring around the rosy”, or jumping with songs). We finish off the class with 15 minutes of free play and more songs.

Along the way, we often introduce some colorful scarves and a few playful games. We add some drumming/tapping with rhythm sticks each class (its a big hit). Other typical props include jingle bells, slide whistles, bubbles or pinwheels for dance. An assortment of instruments accompany the free play (xylophones, shakers, drums, and other things to tinker with).

At the very end of class, each child gets to sit at the piano and for some listening and experimenting with the major scale using solfege (sung). This is a real highlight for everyone.

These music classes are fun for so many ages. If you’re curious about how ages differ, here’s been my experience: Babies tend to listen, relax, and observe. Crawlers certainly are getting into instruments and props – they begin to mimic hand games. Walkers love to learn the movements and partake in circle games. They’re also tend to become interested in other kids. 2-3 year olds really tune into some of the concepts and songs we learn (melodies with do-re-mi, call and response rhythm patterns, and high-low ideas played out with props or songs). They’re interested in participating in singing and chiming in with ideas. There is also an age where kids begin to find some independence (when they learn to move and walk), and they go through a phase of exploring the room – They may go in and out of being engaged with the group. As there are many stages of toddler-hood, baby-hood, and childhood, (which aren’t always predictable) we are very flexible – There are makeup options for sign ups, and we are always looking to work with families to make things easy and fun. We also understand if you have to leave class for any reason! If you have any questions about appropriateness of classes for your child, please contact us or come and try a music class for free to see how it goes.

After June, Tuesday 10 AM classes will resume. We are open to suggestions for alternative times (afternoons, earlier mornings, or alternative days). If you would like to attend classes, but don’t see a time that works, please let us know and we will look into holding new times.

If you have a child who is older than 3, they are still welcome to attend classes. On weekends, there tends to be a broader age range. We also have a Big Kid’s Class (4-6 years) and private lessons (typically age 4 and up). Group lessons are available to work a bit more in depth with kids who are younger than 4. There are always exceptions to the age rule as well. Our trial lessons are a good way to test the waters if you are unsure (1/2 priced starting at a half hour).