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This Saturday, Baby and Kid Music in Fishtown

Music & Community for Kids in Fishtown

This Saturday, March 14th, join us for some weekend music in Fishtown! For all those who can’t make our weekday times, you can come sing with your little ones at Philly Music Lessons on select Saturdays. These classes revolve around fundamental musical concepts. However, the benefits of gathering for collective song are far reaching and go beyond brain development and early music learning. The qualities I get most excited about are the social and sharing opportunities. We often forget how important friends and community are for babies and young children. As adults, communities develop around work, neighborhood hot spots, interests, and of course within our families. They are essential to our well-being! Its amazing to see how children need community too. It quickly becomes a staple in their own little lives, as source of joy and a creator of shared purpose. A place among peers can become a seed for individuality. Community doesn’t happen right off the bat – it takes time to trust and get to know each other. Its clear these Fishtown kiddos relish in the opportunity to create their own little world. After some possible initial shyness, leaving mom’s lap is a first step into that outer world. Full of goals and inspiration, social experimentation and art, classes become a studio for these little minds to create their own space. The children who have been at it the longest are really starting to call these music classes their own – they identify favorite songs, negotiate with each other, and develop a curiosity about music and a shared language.

Come see for yourself! Friendships await.

Saturday Group Music for Babies

Fishtown Saturday Fun

Music Classes in Fishtown (Baby and Tots 0-4)

  • $10/class when you sign up for the month (Weekdays or Weekends)
  • $15 Drop in (email first)
  • First time FREE!
  • Weekly classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays @10 AM
  • Wednesdays 11:30 AM
  • See our Calendar for upcoming Saturdays

Email Phillymusicbabies@gmail.com or Contact Us

December Music Classes

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Moms, Dads, Toddlers, Babies, Kids and Caregivers

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This Week, Music Begins.

SIGN UP! Reserve your weekday spots in December:

Looking for winter morning outings? Take shelter with us this coming month! Classes continue with another session of songs, play, and exploration on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Sign your child up for the month of Dec. for $30 ($5/class for additional children in the family – no classes the last week). Priority will go to those already signed up, so please let me know if you’d like to continue & keep your spot! Also, please indicate if you have interest in Thursday classes, in the event that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are full.

Makeups and Scheduled Saturdays:

As always, if you miss any classes, you can make them up during scheduled Saturdays or other class times. Saturday classes this month will be held on December 6th and December 20th at 10am. Please email if you plan to attend!

Drop-ins:

All DROP-INS, email Phillymusicbabies@gmail.com if you are interested in stopping by on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays (sometimes classes become full). Drop-in rate is $15/class. First time with us is FREE! Alumni (those who have been signed up for a month) or current sign ups can drop in to Saturdays for $10.

Saturday packages:

Those who are interested in attending regularly on Saturdays can get the discounted sign-up rate by signing up for Saturday packages ($10/class). Starting at 4 classes, packages allow you to drop-in to any of our scheduled Saturdays with a priority spot.

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! See you next week.

Thanks!

Claire “Coco”
Philly Music Lessons
Philly Music Babies

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We also have private lessons available in our studio, located on the corner of Martha and Susquehanna Ave, for both children and adults.Gift certificates are also available for lessons with one of our teachers.

Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Violin, Cello, Voice, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, and trumpet lessons are available in our studio, or in your own home. Check out our teachers and rates!

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New Guitar Teacher: Phil Smith | Philly Music Lessons

Philly Classical Guitar Teacher: Phil Smith

Classical Guitar Teacher: Phil Smith

Philly Music Lessons Additions | Classical Guitar Teachers – Please welcome our new and incredibly versatile guitar, bass, ukulele and banjo teacher, Phil Smith. Phil is a music producer, composer, guitarist, and teacher with a rich background in many different musical styles. He has a B.M. in Classical Guitar from the Oberlin Conservatory, and has extensive performance experience in Rock, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Latin, and World Music. As a producer he has recorded and written with many of Philadelphia’s finest musicians and artists. Phil says the following about his passion for music and teaching:

“My head is constantly filled with music, and my days are usually spent making that inner music come to life. It’s a joy to guide others into their own discovery of music, and it’s my duty as a teacher to equip students with skills (both technical and theoretical) that make playing music joyful and effortless.”

Continue reading for a full interview with Phil, where he explains his musical history, how it applies to his teaching style and his personal growth as a producer, composer and performer:

When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:
I started playing guitar at age 9. I had recently quit violin, which had temporarily ruined the joy of music for me. But luckily when I was young I became obsessed with my mom’s record collection. I had been listening to a lot of Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mack, and then one day we saw a guitar at an auction and I coerced my parents into getting it for me. The rest is history!
What are your personal goals as a musician?:

My personal goal is simply to make excellent music and get better and better. That can mean making more moving and convincing records, writing better songs, playing guitar with more ease and expressiveness, or helping other people do those same things. Cross-pollination is also important to me. I want to bring the same sensibilities and skills that I use when playing Bach to the world of pop music, and when playing classical music I want it to groove like my favorite rock records. And I definitely want to leave my mark on the world by making amazing records and putting on great shows!

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
I have many….but I’ll name one. My best friend in college was an outstanding jazz pianist. We used to jam together constantly, and I was often a little timid because I had nowhere near the level of harmonic knowledge that he had. But through our playing together he taught me the art of being a “baller,” meaning, playing whatever came to me with complete confidence, effectively blasting through layers upon layers of self-consciousness. Being completely okay with playing wrong notes and sounding “bad” is the quickest way to liberate your inner voice as a musician. Just learning how to get into a creative flow can speed up the development process exponentially. If you can tolerate a year or two of sounding so-so but being fearless about it, before long you will sound fluid and creative and great!
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
Just after college I took some lessons with a world renowned Polish guitar player named Lukasz Kuropaczewski. He taught me EXACTLY how to practice in order to MASTER pieces. It’s a really simple process….Just go very very slowly, work on every single measure of music many times, eventually tying everything together, and make sure that the hands and body are ALWAYS relaxed, secure, and comfortable. It’s time consuming, but suddenly very hard pieces of music can become really easy to play. The key also is to only repeat good habits….If a passage of music or an exercise is too difficult, you need to slow down or break it down into smaller chunks until it is easy to execute….only then should you start repeating, and never speed up until it is easy to do so.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:

Studying classical guitar at the college level was very hard, and there were many times that I wanted to quit. I would often procrastinate or not practice enough and feel like I wasn’t making any progress. But i stuck with it! These things take time.


What is your biggest musical achievement?:

It’s hard to say and depends on the era. In high school I got an amazing opportunity to go on tour in the west coast and to Germany with members of Frank Zappa’s band. I was OBSESSED with Frank Zappa in high school, and that was pivotal for me and felt like a big achievement at the time.

My senior recital as a classical guitarist was a huge achievement because I proved that I could perform at a really high level, even after having slacked off for a lot of my Senior yearn college.
I’ve been recently making some recordings, both of my music and others’, that I’m very proud of. I feel that I’m starting to come into my own as a producer and mixer. Not a lot has been released yet though. By biggest achievements are yet to come!

Favorite thing about teaching?:
I really like the feeling of progress. When a student is on a roll, and they’re practicing, and i see consistent improvement week to week it excites me. Also, sometimes lessons may be stagnating, and then there’s an “aha” moment, where the student or I discover a new technique or idea that suddenly propels everything forward.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Be Patient, Go SLOWLY, and DON’T QUIT (unless you decide, after long hours of contemplation and many heart to hearts with family and friends, that you simply don’t like music enough to want to learn how to make it.)
Also, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift ARE NOT the paradigm! You don’t have to be a star by the time you’re 16, or 18, or 25, or even 35! In music you can hit your peak at ANY AGE. Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa when he was 65. Remember the tortoise and the hare? etc. etc.  you get the point….


Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
I’m currently working on numerous projects with Tony Moore, Pablo Batista, George Spanky McCurdy, and Junius Bervine. We are in the midst of opening a new studio. The company is called “The Breed” and we’re about to usher in a new era of live recorded music in Philly!!! (that’s just excitement, not hubris ;))
And I’m always working on my own compositions under the name “Laughing and Screaming” and plan to release some new music soon.

Baby & Kids Music Classes

Fishtown Music classes

Baby and Kids Music Classes in Fishtown!

NOV. SIGN UPS!

SATURDAY DATES: Music Classes on November 8th & November 22nd 

The next make-up and drop-in Saturday music classes will be held on November 8th at 10am and November 22nd at 10am. Hope to see some faces both familiar and new! Please let me know if you plan to attend.

SATURDAYS:

  • Drop-ins $15/child
  • Sign-ups $10 (NEW! Sign up for 4 Saturdays)
  • First-timers FREE!

In addition to scheduled Saturdays, there are regular weekday music classes. These classes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Weekday classes are sign-up focused, with a routine that grows with the group week after week.

WEEKDAYS:

  • Sign-ups $10/class
  • Drop-ins are welcome at $15

Drop-ins, please be sure to text or send an email if you plan to visit.

Reserve your spot! Classes are kept small (capped between 6 and 8 children with a few spots for drop-ins). Our weekly 45 minutes is sing-along oriented, and introduces babies and toddlers up to 4 years old to music through movement, rhyme, sharing, singing, and playing. Children explore musical instruments, experiment with “performing” (such as during our “5 Little Monkeys” number), and practice basic solfeggi at the piano. Some of our most seasoned students have even started learning notes.

Thanks to everyone who has made this October full of good times! See you next week.

Claire “Coco”

Phillymusicbabies@gmail.com
(215)520-1772 (email or text to drop-in to classes)

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Private Music Lessons for Kids

P.S. For sign ups, priority will be given to those who have been attending classes in October. The rest will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Pllease let me know a.s.a.p. if you’d like to keep your spot for November!

 

Check out more about our classes, visit Philly Music Babies’s website here and visit Phillymusiclessons.com/babymusic
You can also check out our video!

 

Specials and Discounts:
For families currently taking private lessons, for adults or children, your babies toddlers and little kids can DROP IN to classesat $10.

Try classes for FREE if you haven’t yet been to Philly Music Babies.

Hey Alumni! Those of you who have already completed a month’s sign up of classes are welcome to drop in to any Saturday class for$10!

Can only make Saturday music classes? We now have a new option for you to sign up for a “floating” weekend pass. With a minimum of 4 classes, you can attend Saturdays for

Toddler Class – Taking Turns with Music

During my music classes, I find it nearly impossible to skip the routine turn-taking activities. I know I’ve strummed the guitar a bit too long when I start to see little eyes wandering! Of course these introductory sing-alongs are the staple of any music class – they have an immediate appeal and are crucial to the class routine. But no matter how enamored a child is when they hear those chords on guitar, their little attention spans are ready to explore the next thing after about 3 – 4 consecutive songs.

As children approach two, it seems they are eagerly awaiting opportunities to test their social skills (and observe others).  My class involves many turn-taking opportunities, as I found this is where I see toddlers feeling most proud and engaged with others. There are activities that we do, which require each child to wait as others take turns in the spotlight. For example, “Where is [child’s name]” is sung while each child hides behind one of our scarves. We also take turns learning the C major scale on the piano, one itty-bitty finger at a time.

These are the things that are most readily remembered week after week (and garner the most excitement). These activities are an opportunity for children to observe other kids as they try out new skills. With the social support of the group, I’ve seen children gain confidence through a new found bravery from trying new things. They also feel a sense of accomplishment. These communal experiences are in line with the social needs of toddlers. I find it enriching to the social fabric of the class, as each child is encouraged to take risks and express themselves.

Here are just a few of the songs and activities we do in class:

“Old McDonald” – We spend time in between repetitions, naming farm animals and their sounds. I try to encourage the little ones to participate during class through our familiar song collection. Many children are shy at this age, but are surely paying attention and learning from the ballsy ones! I’ve also observed how quickly a child warms up over the weeks.

“Ba Ba Black Sheep” with a variety colors – A favorite among so many toddlers!

Warm ups with fun sounds and movement – We explore our vocal chords together, using motions and body language to emphasize the difference between high and low notes. We also get our rhythm going by patting our bellies and clapping.

“4 Little Monkeys” – Of course we can’t get away with a class without doing “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” (because its pretty much everyone’s favorite). But, “4 Little Monkeys” is also awesome – maybe anything with monkeys is fun! This one involves swinging arms and an alligator that inches toward each child during the repetitions.

“5 Little Firemen” with rhythm sticks – This is a new one that has become one of my favorites. Each round adds a “Whoosh!”, and there is a lot of steady repetition, with dynamic pauses, making it a great rhythm exercise for toddlers.

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with turns – We do this one in the form of a round sometimes, but the most popular version with the kiddies is the one where a scary animal comes! They love it (we all get to yelp). The tots love taking turns on my lap while we row with the sticks.

There are many more songs that we do and instruments that we play. As I’ve mentioned before, these classes are great for any age. I find that it is best for children 0-2 years old, especially if you’re signing up for multiple weeks. Toddlers are very focused on routines and repetition, whereas a 3 or 4 year old may get a little tired of the same old thing.  That said, we’ve had some older children stop by for the day who had a great time! So we really do welcome all ages, especially for drop-ins. Babies do equally as well as toddlers. They are always very happy to have the lively stimulation and weeks to perfect sitting skills, new sounds, and internalizing rhythm and language.

For older children (3-5 years), we are currently gathering interest and names so that we can put together a class for older children (which would involve instrument making, song improvisation, and more technical concepts).

If you haven’t tried out a class, you’re welcome to contact us to set up a time when you can drop in to a class for free. If you’re looking to sign up, our August music classes are just about done (one more week!). September classes will begin on the 16th, and will take place mornings at 9am and 10am. Currently, we are offering Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (classes will be held based on demand). Keep an eye out for Saturday classes as well! Follow Philly Music Babies on Facebook for class updates and Saturday class announcements. We happen to have a Saturday class on the 30th this month at 10am. You can also find Phillymusicbabe on twitter or text me, Coco, to check class statuses the day of (in case you plan to drop-in).

Happy Singing to you!

Fall Schedule of Music Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Edit to Class Times!! Note that classes are currently being held only on Tuesdays at 9am and 10am and Wednesdays at 10am. If you have an interest in Thursday classes, please contact Philly Music Lessons. 

Fall Music Classes

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9am and 10am

Contact us!
Our August classes have taken off! We had lots of fun in July. These next few weeks will surely be great too, as many smiley faces have returned (along with some new ones). If anyone would like to come by before summer is over (Mondays and Tuesdays), please let me know and we can set something up.

After the August classes are over, the Fall schedule will begin! Fall classes, which will start on September 16th, will occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9am and 10am (based on demand). Classes are 45 minutes long and will be $10/class per child when you sign up for a regular time and day. Though September will be a short month, the rest of the season will be packed with weekly music. Classes will continue into October, November, and December with breaks for holidays and the New Year. Then, you’re welcome to hunker down with us at Philly Music Lessons during the winter months! Classes are great for babies, toddlers and kids of any age.

Starting now, families can sign up for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday classes in September and October until classes are full:

September
September 16th – October 2nd
3 weekly classes
Tuesdays Wednesdays or Thursdays
9am or 10am – $30

October
October 7th – October 30th
4 weekly classes
Tuesdays Wednesdays or Thursdays
9am or 10am – $40

September and October
September 16th – October 30th
7 weekly classes
Tuesdays Wednesdays or Thursdays
9am or 10am – $70

MAKEUPS
If you know you will be missing or have missed a class, makeups can be fulfilled during any of the listed weekday times. If you can’t make a weekday class time, arrangements can be made for a Saturday music class. Makeups will also carry into new sessions (so no rush).

Currently, there is a drop-in/make-up music class on Saturday, August 30th at 10am. If anyone is interested in trying out a class, this would be a great time to drop-in (for free if you haven’t yet been!). Please contact me if you would like me to reserve a spot for you.

SIGN UP OR DROP IN
If you are unable to sign up for an entire session, please feel free to contact me. You can also drop in (pay as you go) at $15/class. There is a max of 10 kids per class, so please check our calendar to see which classes are full.

SATURDAY CLASSES
On another note, if anyone has an interest in regularly occurring Saturday classes, please let me know! Based on demand, I’m considering holding a music class every other weekend.

Questions and sign ups:

Email Phillymusicbabies@gmail.com or call (215) 520-1772

More information:
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