Many kids are interested in learning to play an instrument but don’t know just which one to choose as a starting point. We would invite you to bring your kids in and let them get their feet wet with an introductory lesson, on us. Each month, Springfield Township's Cappella School of Music in Oreland offers a series of free, introductory music lessons on many of the most popular instruments for beginners, as well as voice. In addition to having their first experience with the instrument, beginners will also get a sense of how a private music lesson works and see if it is right for them. Described briefly below, registration for the lessons is accomplished by completing the form at the bottom of this page and copying and pasting in the YELLOW code number for the lesson or lessons desired. Please feel free to sign up for as many as you would like, but remember that space is limited in these small-group lessons, so a pre-registration is required (we will send you an email to confirm your registration). Unless otherwise noted, Cappella will provide instruments for the kids to try out during the lesson. Come see why The Cappella School of Music ranks as Springfield Township's #1 choice for music lessons, here in beautiful Oreland!
Introduction to Ukulele with Rory Flynn
Ever popular with kids and professional musicians alike (George Harrison was known to pay visits on friends with a trunk full of ukuleles!), the Ukulele is a great instrument for accompanying voice and, because of its small size, travels well and fits in smaller hands. For youngsters interested in stringed instruments, it is a great first choice and develops the left and right hand coordination for other instruments, such as guitar, mandolin and violin. In this first lesson, kids will learn a couple of chords and start playing, right away. If instant gratification is your goal, the Uke may just be your instrument! Our next Introduction to Ukulele lesson will be offered on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 5:00-6:00p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/23/19U Ukulele
Introduction to Violin with Monique Canniere
The violin is a great place to start for young children. Instruments are sized according to the child’s height and easily accommodate smaller hands. At Cappella, our violin students play everything from classical to popular repertoire, with forays into Irish fiddle tunes and jazz improvisation. In this lesson, beginners will learn how to hold a violin and bow, how notes are found on the fingerboard and some of the ways in which the bow is used to bring sound from the instrument. The teacher will demonstrate how a violin is tuned and play for the kids, and then give them a sense of how a private lesson works. We’ll start by playing open strings and notes on one string, and then see if we can play together, in time. Our next Introduction to Violin lesson will be offered on Monday, October 14th, from 5:00-6:000pm. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/14/19Vi Violin
Introduction to Drums with Paul Deck
Drums are the backbone of all popular music and understanding rhythm and playing rhythmically is key to the playing of any instrument. At Cappella, our drum students explore an entire world of rhythms, setting the groove for everything from rock to jazz to latin and world beats. In this lesson, beginners will try out a full drum kit and see what range of sounds is possible from it. They will learn how to hold the drum sticks and have some experience playing with both hands and feet. As our drum room is outfitted with two complete kits, kids will get a sense of how an actual private lesson on drums is conducted, with the teacher demonstrating on one kit and the student responding on the second. We’ll take a look at musical notation for drums and, if time allows, maybe break out the congas or bongos as well for a different rhythmic experience. Our next Introduction to Drums lesson will be offered on Thursday, October 17th, from 6:30-7:30p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/17/19D Drums
Introduction to Piano with Nick Terramani
The piano remains one of the two most popular instruments to learn and does so because it combines so many aspects of music into one package. In learning to play the piano, Cappella students come to understand melody, harmony (chords), learn to read bass and treble clef, and play notated pieces as well as improvised accompaniments. Music theory is most easily understood on the piano and what our kids learn from this instrument translates to the playing of almost any other instrument imaginable. We tackle repertoire from classical to pop and jazz, and many of our piano students in time come to write their own songs. In this lesson, beginners will learn how the piano keyboard is laid out, where to find the different notes, and will get an early introduction to how printed notation translates to the notes on the keyboard. We’ll look at proper posture and hand positioning for the keyboard and the kids will learn their first, short musical piece. Our next Introduction to Piano lesson will be offered on Thursday, October 19th, from 5:00-6:00p.m.. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/19/19P Piano
Introduction to Guitar with Rory Flynn
The guitar, along with the piano, remains as the most popular musical instrument in the world. Thanks in part to four guys from Liverpool, the guitar has come to dominate the world of popular music in every form from folk to blues, to jazz and rock. An extremely versatile instrument (and portable!), the playing of the guitar involves almost as many styles and techniques as there are guitarists. In one package, it pulls together rhythm, melody and harmony, and is a great accompaniment instrument for the human voice. At Cappella, we teach all styles from classical to rock and roll, folk and jazz, and feature the guitar in solo and ensemble settings. We teach all of our students to read music and, on guitar and piano, also give students the grounding in music theory to be able to compose their own works. In this lesson, beginners will learn how to hold the guitar and the basics of left and right hand technique. We’ll play the notes on a couple of the strings and learn our first chords, and in the process see how music notation and chord charting for the guitar works. Then we’ll play together, in time and in rhythm. Our next Introduction to Guitar lesson will be offered on Wednesday, October 16th, from 5:00-6:00p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/16/19G Guitar
Introduction to Voice with Mary Consoli
It goes without saying that the human voice was undoubtedly our first instrument and it remains as the focal point of almost all popular music. The voice is an emotionally charged instrument capable of great power and subtlety. It is also a most delicate instrument and must be developed carefully to protect the vocal cords from serious damage. At Cappella, we develop healthy vocal technique in styles ranging from classical to popular, with an emphasis on performance for the musical stage. In this lesson beginners will get the experience of knowing what it is to have control over their own voices and how their voices are affected by their breathing, posture and placement of sound. The teacher will take the kids through some vocal exercises designed to help them feel the mechanics of their vocal process, and to increase their listening and singing skills. Our next Introduction to Voice lesson will be offered on Monday, October 14th, from 4:30-5:30pm. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/14/19Vo Voice
This month, we will also offer a second Intro to Voice Lesson, with Julie Myers, on Tuesday, October 22nd, from 4:30-5:30pm. Please use the following code to register for this specific lesson:
Introduction to Bass with Nick Terrramani
Coupled with the drums, the bass, whether electric or acoustic, creates the foundation for almost all popular music, from rock to pop, folk, blues and jazz. In setting the groove for the song, if the drums tell you when to move, it is the bass that tells you how to move. At Cappella, we have a great bass teachers in Rory Flynn and Nick Terramani. Both teachers engage their students from a tremendous knowledge of the workings of the bass in rock, pop, jazz and fusion settings. When not teaching with us or in the studio, Rory is the bassist for the Dirk Quinn Band, and Nick is the bassist for our own Dirt Track Racer. In this lesson, beginners will get a taste of the fundamental techniques used by bassists to drive the groove in a song. Our next Introduction to Bass lesson will be held on Thursday, October 24th, from 5:00-6:00p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/24/19B Bass
Introduction to Sax / Clarinet with Pete McRae
Along with the trumpet, the Saxophone and Clarinet are perennial favorites in the jazz band. As melody instruments with powerful voices, they are often to go to instrument for the solos, floating above the rest of the band. Equally at home in a classical orchestra, jazz band or rock and roll group (in the case of the Sax), players love the Sax and Clarinet for their unique musical personalities. At Cappella, Pete McRae nurtures quite a few young Alto Sax and Clarinet players, students destined to be leaders in their own school bands. In the Introductory lesson, Pete will instruct the students in the holding of the instrument and working of the keys, proper ambrushure and the elements of better breath technique, to deliver the best tones from the instrument. Our next Introduction to Sax & Clarinet lesson will be held on Thursday, October 17th, from 4:00-5:00p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/17/19SC Sax / Clarinet
Please note: Students for the Sax / Clarinet lesson will need to provide their own instrument
Introduction to Flute with Monique Canniere
Among the very earliest of all instruments is the flute, which has been traced back to neolithic times. With a few upgrades along the way, the flute has found a home in all forms of modern music, from classical to jazz, folk, and rock. In our introduction to flute lesson, students will learn the basics of holding the instrument, finger placement, and the mechanics of making sound. The instructor will demonstrate proper technique and give illustrations of different musical forms which utilize this beautiful instrument. Our next Introduction to Flute lesson will be held on Monday, October 21st, from 4:00-5:00p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/21/19F Flute
Please note: Students for the Flute lesson will need to provide their own instrument
Introduction to Mandolin with Geoff Hansplant
The mandolin is, in many ways, the fretted instrument equivalent of the violin. As such, it has become an integral part of classical orchestras, folk music from around the world, bluegrass, country, jazz and rock and roll. Whether playing rhythm or lead, it has a powerful voice that floats above most other instruments in the ensemble. Like the violin, its size makes it a great instrument for young students with smaller hands. And, with a tuning that is understandable to guitarists, it is a natural second instrument for guitar players looking to expand their musical range. In our Introduction to Mandolin lesson, students will learn how to hold the instrument and the flatpick, learn a few of their first chords and explore playing rhythmic grooves, getting a feel for the role that the mandolin plays in the musical ensemble. Our next Introduction to Mandolin lesson will be held on Monday, October 14th, from 5:00-6:00p.m. To register, copy the code n yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/14/19M Mandolin
Introduction to Cello with Pete McRae
As the soulful underpinning of the classical string quartet, the cello is widely regarded as the instrument with a range closest to that of the human singing voice. As such, it is an intensely emotional instrument, and has been featured in major works by composers from Heitor Villa Lobos to Samuel Barber. An instrument more likely to be found in classical settings, the cello is also used in modern jazz and in the string sections behind much popular music. In our Introduction to Cello lesson, students will learn how to hold both the instrument and the bow, and get a sense of how individual notes are fingered and sounds generated through the use of the bow. Our next Introduction to Cello lesson will be held on Thursday, October 10th, from 4:00-5:00p.m. To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 10/10/19C Cello
Would you like a free introductory lesson on an instrument you do not see listed here? Give us a call or drop us a note in the Message Box above and we will make it happen!
Cappella School of Music
317 Oreland Mill Road
Oreland, PA 19075
Phone: 215 233-8933
Congratulations to Cappella's Samantha Klein, who will be starring as Amahl in the Delaware Valley Opera Company's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Saturday, January 6th, 2018, in two shows, at 4:00 and 7:00p.m. The performance will be staged at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19127. Great job, Samantha!
Pictures from our last event are now online! Check them out.