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New Voice and Violin Teacher!

Laura Zahn has a degree in Music from Indiana University, and has been teaching consistently in the Greater Philadelphia and Lower Merion areas since graduating in 2010.  You can read her Bio below:

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Laura Zahn: Voice and Violin

I teach Voice and Violin and have experience working with a wide variety of ages, levels, and musical goals. My approach to vocal technique is steeped in the Marchesi Bel Canto style, emphasizing proper breath control, body alignment, and vocal placement in order to maximize the potential of each voice. I work to cater to the unique goals of each student and have found this foundation effective in helping each singer succeed in whatever genre they are pursuing: from Rock to Opera. I also have 11 years of violin experience, and I am comfortable teaching beginner violinists up to Suzuki Book 2.

 

Reading Guitar Tablature

Tablature is a system of reading guitar music which is based on fret numbers as opposed to symbols on a staff.  As guitarists we have two options when it comes to reading music.  One is standard notation, which is essential for translating music to anyone who’s not a guitar or bass player, and the other is tablature.  There are many people who will disagree with me on this, but I feel that learning how to read tablature and rhythms is enough to get by for the casual guitarist.  However, if you want to begin to learn music theory, get into the realms of jazz or classical music or pursue music as a career, then it is essential that you learn how to read standard notation.

Introducing standard notation too early on can be a little boring for guitarists excited to start playing the music that they love, so I almost always start with teaching tablature (unless the music that they love happens to be jazz or classical).  Once you’re able to read tablature there are endless resources available to you on the internet and in transcription books to keep you busy for a long, long time.  The good news is that tablature is an incredibly simple system for translating guitar music.  Once you get the basics of reading tabs, you should find a teacher or a book that explains reading rhythms.  This is really important in comprehending more complex solo passages or strumming patterns, and is often overlooked by guitarists.

This is what a line of blank tablature looks like:


Continue reading to learn more about how to read tablature

Fall 2012 Recital

Here’s a little montage from our Fall 2012 Recital.  Thanks to everyone who came out for making it such a great success!

 

Performances in order of appearance:

Philip Dilgard-Clark – “Smoke on the Water”
Ian McGrath – “Let It Be”
Julia Dickman – “Firework”
Philip Johnson – “Dust in the Wind”
Aliyah, Debbie and Teyah – “Be Alright” and “Rolling in the Deep”

New Piano!

PML Piano

Piano lessons on a beautiful upright.

We are happy to report that Philly Music Lessons now has a near new Pearl River upright piano, available to all students taking lessons at our studio in Fishtown.  There is just no substitute for learning the touch and feel of a real piano.  Students who practice on keyboards at home will now have the benefit of being able to experience the acoustic instrument during their weekly lessons.

Rock Band and Group Guitar Classes

Group Classes

Rock Band and Group Guitar Classes

 

Philly Music Lessons in conjunction with the Bache-Martin Elementary School’s Saturday Programs in Fairmount, is now offering group music classes, Rock Band and Group Guitar (Ages 8+), starting Saturday, September 15th, 2012.  Registration for the 8-week session is $200.  Classes will be limited to 5-6 students in each program and both classes will end with a recital that is open to all families and friends.  The Bache-Martin Elementary school is located at 22nd and Brown Streets, Philadelphia PA 19130.

 

Rock Band – 11 AM, Saturdays

Open to Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums and Vocals, Rock Band is designed to give students who already know the basics of their instrument (1+ years of experience) a chance to play and perform with fellow musicians while learning new music and increasing their musical knowledge in the process.  Repertoire will be decided in the first couple classes based on the interests of the students and is not strictly limited to rock music.

Group Guitar – 10 AM, Saturdays

The Guitar Class is for guitarists who are just starting out (up to 1 year of experience).  The goal is to learn the basics and further their understanding of the instrument among peers in a group setting.  Throughout the 8 week program students will learn how to read guitar music, explore some beginning guitar repertoire and practice playing together as a group.

Classes are hosted by Joe Primavera.  For more information or to register please CONTACT US.

New Teachers, Free Lessons!

Joe from Philly Music Lessons here.  Just wanted to give you all some updates on our teaching staff and let you know about some current promotions that we’re running.

New Teachers
The ever growing Philly Music Lessons family now has four teachers covering guitar, bass, piano and drums.  Our two newest additions are piano teacher Kira Abribat and guitar teacher Vince Guglielmello.  You can see all of our teachers bio’s and pictures under the TEACHERS tab on the website.  As always, we provide private lessons to all ages and skill levels, in the comfort of your own home, or at our studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Current Promotions
You may also be interested to know how you can get some free lessons.  Well, it’s easy.  Simply refer someone to us, and your next lesson is free if they end up taking with us for a month.  Just spread the news to friends and family and start racking up some free lessons today!  We are also offering a half-priced trial lesson to anyone who has never taken with us, so no one pays full price until they know they’ve found the right teacher.