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Our Fishtown Community, Our Story!

Morning Music ClassesFishtown Community Building Through Music 
A few years ago, we moved our music lessons business out of our basement and into a beautiful space down the street in Fishtown. Feeling inspired by my own upbringing next to a fine arts and music institute for kids and adults, I decided to start teaching music classes to the smallest of our neighbors! I wanted to bring the experience of walking past an open window to the sounds of clarinets, opera singing, piano practice, and plays into my Fishtown community. Cracking open the windows on a warm June day, the sounds our first music classes and lessons were heard in Fishtown in 2014.


Bringing high quality music was a focus of mine. I had been to some great music classes throughout the city in my nannying days, and I realized how deeply kids responded to the ones with genuinely good music and real instruments. With this in mind, I created a flexible routine that engages kids through props, promotes spontaneous interaction between teacher and child, and trains the ears to hear pitches using Solfege, familiar songs, and other music-based exercises. At the center of my classes are our carefully selected teachers, often performers in Philly and teachers with a talent for connecting with kids. They play their guitar (and sometimes ukulele!), while performing and guiding children through various kids songs, rhymes, and our unique “Hello” and “Goodbye” songs. 


Each week, old standards and new children’s songs are presented. With a scarves, pinwheels, parachutes, puppets, shakers, various world instruments, a big piano, and more, we explore what it means to play music. Interactive pieces shift from the most basic of kind to more complex dances and movement games as youngsters progress through the months. Heavily based on individual groups, these classes are adaptable – a good fit for many different ages.


Parents, sit back and enjoy as you play with your baby through this guided 45 minutes of fun! You can read our march newsletter below. Stroller parking is available.
Read about our current teachers, Alex and Keely!

Sign Up Today for Music in March

Hello!

Let’s usher in the Spring with some music making at Philly Music Lessons! As usual, we’ll be meeting weekly for classes in Fishtown and in South Philly (4PM Fridays in Fishtown and 9AM Wednesdays in South Philly). Our multi-aged classes are designed for 0-3 year olds and make for an awesome part of a day with kids – moms, dads, nannies, and other caregivers are welcome. With singalongs, movement activities, tons of props and assorted musical instruments, we change it up as we keep a base line of familiar kid favorites!

March in Fishtown | $40
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Fridays @ 4PM:
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th
*Please note: NO CLASS on the 23rd!

Address:
2111 East Susquehanna Ave

Philadelphia, PA

March in South Philly | $40
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Wednesdays @ 9AM:
March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

Address:
1548 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Class Basics:

  • $10/class with a monthly sign up – Includes one makeup for missed classes per month, which can be used as credit towards upcoming sign ups or any classes scheduled at either location
  • $12 drop-ins with advanced notice only – Email ahead of time to let us know when you’ll be coming (please check with us to see if there’s space!)
  • First timers FREE
  • Online invoicing for monthly sign ups and drop-ins – Can pay online or make in-person payments

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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Consider the gift of music! Purchase a gift certificate for a package of baby & kids music classes!

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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Baby & Kids Music Classes

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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

Reminder! Baby Music Classes Begin!

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Toddler Music Classes in Fishtown. Weekday mornings. Sign up with Philly Music Lessons!

Beginning Sept. 16th – TOMORROW!

Music Classes in Fishtown continue! Sign up.

Hello all of you music lovers! Just a reminder that music classes will start up again tomorrow. Classes this Fall will be held on Tuesdays at 9am and 10am and Wednesdays at 10am. You can email, call or text to sign up for monthly sessions at $10/class. Let me know your time and day preference (and alternative availability). I’ll be scheduling to ensure classes are lively and fun, yet small enough to keep our class sizes intimate and interactive. Classes will be held so long as there are at least 4 children per class. As always, remember there are flexible makeup options in the event you and your child have to miss a class.

Can’t sign up? Feel free to DROP IN this Fall at $15/class – please email phillymusicbabies@gmail.com, or call or text (215)520-1772 to check class availability before stopping by.

Keep in touch by following Philly Music Babies on facebook and Phillymusicbabe on twitter. There you can find class scheduling, updates, and Saturday makeup/drop-in class announcements!

Thank you, hope to see you!

Claire “Coco”

P.S. If anyone can’t make the regular weekday times, I would like to offer a drop-in Saturday class this coming weekend and/or the following. Please email me with interest.

Check out our websites for more information: Phillymusicbabies.com andPhillymusiclessons.com

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!