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July Baby Music with Cello

Kids Cello and Guitar Teachers Host Song and Movement!
Music Classes for Babies and Tots $10 with a month’s sign-up
Fishtown, East Kensington, Port Richmond
Cello & School Instrument Rentals
Affordable Kids Group Cello Classes for Fall

Fishtown Summer Music

July is here! I hope everyone has a great 4th. Though this is the month of vacations, we’ll still be singing away our weekday mornings (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 AM and Wednesdays at 11:30 AM – Baby and Toddler Music in Fishtown, Kensington). We couldn’t help ourselves – its too often that people want to come by to see whats happening, or visit their old classroom for some familiar songs on their old day and time. So, if any classes are too small this month, we’ll still hold them as open music/open house (mixed with some story-time). That said, in case the summer schedule does change due to all the summer fun, please keep in touch with our calendar, or join our newsletter to receive email updates (NO CLASS 7th & 8th of JULY). You can also check out our Saturday dates for the summer.

Fishtown Cellos for rentAlso, Joe and I are looking forward to having a special guest this month! Sarah Whitehead will make some visits to our baby music classes throughout July to accompany me with her cello. Sarah plays a variety of instruments (piano, guitar, violin, and cello), and we’ve been finding exciting ways to use music to express stories, feelings, and ideas. Sarah has also worked with some older kids in museums and art camps, and she’ll be teaching kids private lessons for cello in addition to our more family-style sing-along classes. Sarah is also constructing a group beginner cello class for the Fall for kids. The concept is based around classic beginner-cello pieces, which Sarah is adapting for a variety of age levels (5 and up). Group classes are really great for beginners, as kids can observe others at varying skill levels and learn from them. Kids can also get a feel for playing together, which puts a simple and wonky beginner melody into context with other parts. That can really liven up the music learning process. Also, group classes cut the price of lessons in half! So its a super affordable way for families to explore music lessons (we also have affordable kids cello rentals, so you don’t have to make a huge instrument investment). Classes still provide ample attention for each student, as we try not to go above 5 kids per class.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be having endless fun inventing creative ways to engage kids with music in the coming months! Feel free to contact us to come visit and see what we’re about. Join a Baby Music Class First time FREE or Schedule a Lesson with Sarah for the Fall (please note your interest in our cello teacher, Sarah Whitehead, in the box at the end of the form).

Summer Music Class Updates

Music Classes for Toddlers, Babies, and Kids
Fishtown, East Kensington, Northern Liberties, Port Richmond
Suggested Ages 0-3 years

Summer Schedule:
Wed. in June 10 AM, 11:30 AM
Tues. & Wed. in July 10 AM (& 11:30 Wed.)

music classes fishtown, northern liberties, east kensington, port richmond

Good morning! Here is an update on the summer schedule and open spots: As of today, the 10 AM Wednesday class is full, but there is space in the 11:30 class for drop-ins or those who intend to sign up as regulars. Please contact us to join or drop in, as we try to keep classes with a max of around 10 kids (we don’t turn people away, so if you’re in the neighborhood and want to try a class for FREE on a whim, just pop in Philly Music Lessons at 2111 East Susquehanna Ave., down the street from Soup Kitchen, Little Baby’s, and Pizza Brain).

These classes are mixed ages, which adds to the fun and variety of the group. Every age is different, and the babies and tots participate in different ways (some are up and about exploring, while others tune into the music). We encourage participation from all, including the mommas, papas, nannies, babysitters, grandparents, etc!

The routine varies a bit week to week. Generally, classes are broken down into sections to keep things moving and interesting – there’s a bit of exploration and background music as everyone arrives (with finger puppets, shakers, and assorted drums). We ease the group into things with a Hello Song (meet and greet with names), followed by a movement oriented warm up exploring high and low sounds (highlighting body parts along the way). We then move into some familiar, traditional kid’s songs, and next comes another active portion, allowing kids to move through the space with group circle songs (marches, dances, “ring around the rosy”, or jumping with songs). We finish off the class with 15 minutes of free play and more songs.

Along the way, we often introduce some colorful scarves and a few playful games. We add some drumming/tapping with rhythm sticks each class (its a big hit). Other typical props include jingle bells, slide whistles, bubbles or pinwheels for dance. An assortment of instruments accompany the free play (xylophones, shakers, drums, and other things to tinker with).

At the very end of class, each child gets to sit at the piano and for some listening and experimenting with the major scale using solfege (sung). This is a real highlight for everyone.

These music classes are fun for so many ages. If you’re curious about how ages differ, here’s been my experience: Babies tend to listen, relax, and observe. Crawlers certainly are getting into instruments and props – they begin to mimic hand games. Walkers love to learn the movements and partake in circle games. They’re also tend to become interested in other kids. 2-3 year olds really tune into some of the concepts and songs we learn (melodies with do-re-mi, call and response rhythm patterns, and high-low ideas played out with props or songs). They’re interested in participating in singing and chiming in with ideas. There is also an age where kids begin to find some independence (when they learn to move and walk), and they go through a phase of exploring the room – They may go in and out of being engaged with the group. As there are many stages of toddler-hood, baby-hood, and childhood, (which aren’t always predictable) we are very flexible – There are makeup options for sign ups, and we are always looking to work with families to make things easy and fun. We also understand if you have to leave class for any reason! If you have any questions about appropriateness of classes for your child, please contact us or come and try a music class for free to see how it goes.

After June, Tuesday 10 AM classes will resume. We are open to suggestions for alternative times (afternoons, earlier mornings, or alternative days). If you would like to attend classes, but don’t see a time that works, please let us know and we will look into holding new times.

If you have a child who is older than 3, they are still welcome to attend classes. On weekends, there tends to be a broader age range. We also have a Big Kid’s Class (4-6 years) and private lessons (typically age 4 and up). Group lessons are available to work a bit more in depth with kids who are younger than 4. There are always exceptions to the age rule as well. Our trial lessons are a good way to test the waters if you are unsure (1/2 priced starting at a half hour).