In May of 2013, I decided to take up piano playing again after a 10+ year hiatus. The half price trial lesson offered by Philly Music Lessons appealed to me and gave me a chance to decide if the school/instructor was the right fit for me. For my trial lesson, I was paired with Joe, whose easy going attitude put me at ease right away. By the end of the trial lesson, I was already excited about the next lesson. Deciding on a lesson schedule was very painless. Joe was willing to work with me to determine a day and time and frequency of lesson that worked with his open availability and fit into my busy schedule. Joe encouraged me to explore learning to play chord based piano to expand my repertoire to include more contemporary music. Although it has been a challenge to learn a new style of playing, it has been really rewarding and fun. I’m glad I chose to take lessons with Philly Music Lessons and would highly recommend Joe as an instructor.
My 12 year old daughter studies piano with Philly Music Lesson’s Joe Primavera. As a professional musician himself, Joe brings a lot of resources to the table. He has a unique ability to engage our daughter with the instrument, firmly grounding her in classical piano technique while exploring the singer-songwriter genre. His respect for her musical voice and style is something that I have not always experienced with other teachers. He knows how to make the most of her abilities, while consistently coaching her to a higher level. Sessions at our home are something the entire family looks forward to. Joe brings his guitar to every lesson, and accompanies our daughter on the piano. He also uses technology where appropriate, employing a mobile device to play back songs that our daughter is learning, working with her to interpret them for the piano. The music lessons are like jam sessions with professional musicians. I would recommend Joe and this school to anyone who is interested in nurturing their unique talent and bringing it to a performance level.
I have nothing but praise for Alex. I was somewhat anxious trying to pick up a new hobby playing the drums. My nervousness dissipated quickly with Alex’s guidance. He tailors each lesson with handwritten exercises, appealing both to my interests and skill level, and I always leave feeling like my skills have improved.
Vince focuses on both technique and music appreciation. He gives equal weight to my learning how to play the guitar and my learning to love the instrument. He plans our lessons based on my musical interests and, in doing so, consistently finds inventive ways to work on problem areas.
Joe is a great instructor. He gears the lessons to my child’s interests to keep her motivated. He makes her laugh yet keeps her focus on the music. He is flexible with lesson times and with makeup sessions. My daughter has learned not only to play the guitar but to enjoy practicing.
Joe is an excellent music teacher. He is very clear, attentive, and creative and makes the lessons and instruction feel fun and rewarding. My son is very excited about playing music.
John & Julie C.
Joe has been teaching our teenage son guitar for over two years. In addition to being an accomplished musician and personable individual, Joe is able to communicate and instruct regardless of the skill level of the student. Our son enjoys the weekly lessons and continues to improve. We benefit from Joe being able to teach at our house as well as his flexibility when other activities conflict with lessons… we’re extremely pleased!