Our seasonal recitals are a great way for students to get an opportunity to perform for friends and family! It’s also great for friends and family to get a chance to see the progress they’ve made since last time, whether they are 6 years old or 60 years old. Check out this video offering up highlights of every students performance from our Spring 2018 recital at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia!
Reminder: TOMORROW 10 AM Babies & Tots Music Class
Sing and play @ Philly Music Lessons!
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”
Philly Music Babies Kids 0-3
Father’s Day Packages and Discounts
FREE Trial lessons for Dad through the end of June!
Gift Certificates Available:
1-12 lessons (includes free trial for Dads)
10% off season packages (12 lessons)
Dad plus Family:
Group lessons family prices:
10% off the normal group lesson price
(Father and child, Father and spouse, or the whole family)
We have a lot of options for families at Philly Music Lessons. Learning together is a unique and memorable way to explore music. With discounts for multiples, our private lessons can be made joint. Two or more students can take lessons together, and for the upcoming occasion, it may just be a Father and child duo. Families taking joint lessons get an extra bonus on top of our discounted group rates, with an additional 10% off.
A local Philly parent’s blog visited our space for a unique Father-sons jam session for Father’s Day. Guided by our teacher, Phil, the family met to rock out and test some of the studio instruments in honor of Dad and his passion for music (Weezer in particular). The jam included an electric bass, ukulele, full-upright piano, drum kit, guitar, 1/2 sized violins, a harmonica, and various other musical knick-knacks. A bit like our Big Kid’s music class, the jam session was highly focused on the exploration and strongly encouraged experimentation and collaboration. Phil provided some concrete musicality, and everyone chimed in and took turns in the spotlight. Check out the video above (made by HipsterHenry). You can also read about HipsterHenry’s experience at our space at Hipsterhenry.com. The blog provides a lot of really good, parent-tested things to do with kids around Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and Philadelphia at large. We’re grateful to have received a visit!
In addition to this unique jam session, parents and children pair up frequently to learn a new instrument together in joint-lessons. Its also pretty common for siblings, and/or parents to take lessons at the same time (with two different teachers for convenience or one after another). In a nutshell, Philly Music Lessons can sometimes turn into a family affair (we love the brothers who played a duet on guitar and cello, and our Father-daughter trio from our Spring Recital!).
Of course there is always the simple gift for Dad – get him a set of new strings and some private lessons where he can quietly pursue his long held off dreams. He’s put aside his musical passions long enough, and its time to give him the chance to be a rock star… or a classical guru… or get on top of his dixieland, jazz clarinet chops. Contact us for joint-lesson rates, Father’s Day specials, or to set up a trial lesson. For more on what instruments we offer, check out our lessons and classes.
May 30th & Summer Saturday Dates
June, July, August Weekdays
Discounted Packages for Summer Baby & Toddler Music
On Saturday, May 30th, there will be an impromptu drop-in music class. FREE for First-Timers (as always), & a special $10 drop-in rate for all. Feel free to come on by! That afternoon, there will also be a recital at Philly Music Lessons for some of our older students, so you can feel free to swing by and have a listen starting at 3 PM (standing room only, wine & cheese too). There will be violin, piano, cello, and guitar performances! Then, Summer dates for Saturday Music will be as follows:
Summer Saturdays at 10 AM
$56 for 7 Class Package
You can still sign up per month at $10/class
drop in anytime for $15
(limited number of full summer packages).
1st, 8th, 29th
Weekdays June, July, August
Full Summer Sign Up $100
11 Weekday Classes & 1 Saturday included
Weekday classes will continue as usual on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 AM as well as Wednesdays at 11:30 AM. If you know you’ll be away for vacations, you can still participate as a monthly sign up with flexible options for vacation dates with notice. As always, drop-ins can attend classes at $15 by emailing in advance to check for room. For those regulars who know they’ll be with us throughout the summer, you can receive a discount by signing up for the whole thang! $100 for June, July, and August(includes an a Saturday Freebie). Please check out the calendar for dates and potential makeup Saturday classes (If you have two kids, the price is $150). You can still sign up per month throughout the summer as well.
If you miss your regular class time, you can always drop-in to other class times or scheduled Saturdays for makeups. Saturday regulars can receive credits for missed weekends.
If you have any questions about signing up or dropping in, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to learn more about baby and toddler music classes in Fishtown/Kensington, you can read more here.
Thanks! Hope to see you around.
Registration Now Open!
Play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and sing in a band
Learn the fundamentals of recording technology
Get performance experience in the studio
Walk away with a professional quality recording of your child
Dates: August 10th – August 14th
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages: 9 – 14
Cost: $350 for a one week session
Summer Rock Camp is held at the Philly Music Lessons studio in Fishtown, Philadelphia – Kids will learn to play faithful renditions of rock songs by such classic bands as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, as well as the modern bands they inspired, including Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Jack White, and My Morning Jacket. They will also get to study the basics of recording technology, live tracking, and overdubbing, before participating in a camp-culminating recording session. This music-based camp introduces beginners with little or no previous training to the fundamentals of rock performance, including guitar power chords, bass riffs, backbeat-driven rhythms, and emotive vocals. Intermediate students with regular instrumental lessons will have the opportunity to work in separate groups to study rock music in greater depth, undertaking closer note-for-note transcriptions of guitar solos and bass lines, original tempos and percussion arrangements, and multiple-part vocal harmonies. In addition to daily instrumental warm-up exercises and sectionals, band rehearsals, recording workshops, and general music instruction, we will listen to audio recordings, watch documentary and concert film excerpts, and discuss the greater cultural and sociological impact of the bands and music that we study. We break for lunch everyday, followed by an outdoor activity or indoor arts and crafts time. This is a multi-instrumental camp. Participating students will be encouraged to play guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, as well as sing. A CD of the camp-culminating recording session will be provided to students as an archival benchmark of their musical progress and success. Contact Us for Registration
Josh Olmstead began directing student rock band workshops in 2003, adding a classical guitar ensemble component to his workshops in 2012. He is a classically trained guitarist, whose repertoire includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works. As a classical guitarist, he has performed for private functions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, National Constitution Center, and the Samuel Powel House. Josh is also an accomplished songwriter and recording and performing artist. His original music was recently featured in an episode of Southwest Airline’s Dish Trip. Josh’s songs also receive regular airplay on independent radio stations. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Josh has performed internationally in England, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as in several U.S. cities. As a guitar instructor, Josh chooses specific coursework and style of guitar based on the interests and skill level of individual students. General study to include development of a wide range of skills, including accurate tuning, technique, scales, arpeggios, reading music notation, and/or tablature, sight reading, chords, songs and/or repertoire, vocal accompaniment, music theory, as well as general musicianship. Contact Us for Registration
See below for a general outline of the week at Rock Camp:
April Saturdays, Music in Fishtown: 4th, 11th, 18th
This Weekend 10AM Music!
If you’d like to join us this Saturday at 10AM for Baby and Toddler Music, please let me know! $15 to drop in, $10/class when you sign up in advance for all 3. If you miss any dates, credit will roll into the next month. Makeups, Drop-ins, and First-timers all welcome! Email Here for a spot if you haven’t already! First Time FREE! Keep track of Saturdays on our calendar.
Weekday Music Classes
If you were a student in March, and want to continue in April, please let me know! Classes this month are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10AM, and Wednesdays at 11:30AM. These are sign-up oriented classes that occur on a weekly basis, with makeups occurring on Saturdays or other weekday times. Drop-ins, please email to check for space! To SIGN UP for a regular weekday music spot at $10/class, please contact us.
If you haven’t been, and you’d like to stop by and try our music class in Fishtown for FREE, please let me know. Also, our Big Kids Class is starting this weekend! We’ll be exploring the C scale on piano, tracing our hands, drawing a bit, and learning to count rhythms. Then, on April 19th, there is an event at Fusion Tumbling and Fitness in Fishtown – I’ll be playing some tunes for the kiddos there! The fun-filled Sunday event will be from 10AM – 3PM.
Thank you! See you this weekend!
Introducing Frank Velardo to our pool of talented guitar experts. Looking to take lessons for blues, jazz, or rock? He’s your guy.
Frank is a fellow former jazz performance mate from Joey’s days at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Thus, we’ve been rubbing guitar elbows with Frank in the music scene for years! From jazz sets at Book Space, Chris’s, and Caribou Cafe (to name just a few), to sharing a bass player on more than one occasion, we’ve gotten groovy to the guitar licks of Frank plenty of times. In addition to being a master of his craft, Frank’s also an awesome teacher. And he looks like George Harrison.
I teach Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele. I am an accomplished musician, composer and educator versed in many contemporary styles. I have been studying blues and jazz based music for many years now and have developed an authentic sound that stands prominently among my idols. I play in several Philly based groups as a sideman, and I also lead my own project. In 2010 I graduated from Temple University with a degree in jazz performance, and in 2012 I released my first collection of original music, The Ardvark Felon.
Here’s our interview with Frank:
When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:
I took my first piano lesson when I was 9, but my mother had shown me a few things before that. I got serious about music when I started paying the guitar. I was 12 years old. I started playing guitar because I wanted to be able to play “Good Riddance (TIme of Your Life)” by Greenday.
What are your personal goals as a musician?:
Like with anything else, there are short-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal could be something like learning a new song or copying a solo. A long term goal is something like being able to identify the chord changes of a song without having to struggle over it, or learning how to play jazz. My long term goals with the guitar is to be able to play every “idea” that comes to me while improvising… oh yea, and to have fun!
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?:
I was working on being able to hear a continuous stream of 8th notes in my head. I thought it would help my jazz playing. It’s a concept call “Forward Motion”. Hal Galper, jazz pianist and educator coined the term and wrote a book on it. I spent years doing exercises and practicing. It finally clicked one day while I was watching TV. I was just sitting there, not trying, but then I could suddenly hear the notes in my head, and feel where my fingers had to be to play them. It was exciting!
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
Be stubborn. It sounds cliche but “sticking with it” is really the key ingredient to success in music, because if I would have quit back then, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
Working on time/rhythm. It’s still a challenge, and I’ve improved in that department a lot over the last 5 years.
What is your biggest musical achievement?:
I’ve practiced to the point where the guitar is no longer an obstacle in conveying my emotions or “saying what I need to say” through music.
Favorite thing about teaching?:
It forces me to be patient and understanding. I enjoy playing the support role and, I like watching students connect the dots. I’ve had a lot of great teachers over the years so I feel it’s important to keep that tradition going.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
If you have a guitar, don’t wait for the first lesson to take it out of its case! Don’t be afraid to mess around with it. There’s nothing that you can do that will jeopardize your ability to improve if you start playing before the first lesson. Teachers like to see that you have take some initiative with your learning.
Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
I play every last Tuesday of the month at Jose Pistolas at 15th and Spruce with my trio. I also play in a blues band called the Downtown Shimmy. I have a calendar of show dates on my website www.frankvelardomusic.com I also have some original tunes and photos posted.
Music classes begin January 6th & 7th at 10am – Congrats! Some of you are already all signed up. But for others, read on & send me an email if you’d like! Saturdays this month will be the 10th and 24th.
Sign up for Music!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays in January at 10am
Kick the new year off with some songs and good times – Join us at Philly Music Lessons throughout January for morning music classes. Classes takes place at 10am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and also on select Saturdays. Currently, Wednesdays are all filled up! But you can still sign up for the Tuesday class – Please email me if you’d like to sign up for the month to get the $10 rate. If classes are full, you can always join our waiting list until a spot opens up (or drop in on Saturdays!).
- $10/class when you sign up for the month
- $15 to drop in (please email to check for space)
- $5 for additional children in the family
- Free Makeup Classes for sign-ups
- First Timers Free
- $10/class with a Saturday Package (email to inquire)
- $10 for current students or alumni (previous sign-ups)
- $15 drop in
For Saturday package holders, drop ins, and makeups, Saturday classes this monthwill take place at 10 am on the 10th and the 24th. For those who have already signed up for weekday classes, I’ll see you next week at 10am! (Invoices coming soon)
|Our music classes bring together neighborhood kids of all ages through song. Parents and children attend weekly classes, allowing us to establish familiar faces and a regular routine. Opening with our very own hello song, each child is greeted at the beginning of class with their name sung loud and clear. From session to session, we learn the fundamentals of music and experiment with creative expression through movement and rhymes. We visit our standard songs time after time, and slowly introduce new tunes into the mix. We learn numbers and body parts, and explore vocals using solfege (“Do, Re, Mi”). We clean up shakers to our “clean up” song, and bring out a surprise box of assorted xylophones, rattles, and drums! Babies love to watch the older kids play circle games or try their hand at strumming the guitar. Though the pre-walkers often take a seat in mom’s lap, we do a wiggle song where even the babies can swim on their bellies! Big kids often become the helpers, and the little ones watch, intently learning. Small class sizes allow the teacher to fully interact with each child. After our unique goodbye song, Coco allows each child to learn notes on the big piano. Meet the teacher|
Sign up for December Music Classes!
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!
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.
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.
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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