The Cappella School of Music
The Cappella School of Music

Springfield Township's #1 Choice For Music Lessons, in Oreland

Free Introductory Music Lessons

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 Monique Canniere

   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 Thursday, August 23rd, 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:  8/23/18U Ukulele

Introduction to Violin with Julie Myers
    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,  August 20th, from 3:00-4:00p.m.  To register, copy the code  in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 8/20/18Vi 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, August 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: 8/16/18D Drums

    Introduction to Piano with Monique Canniere
    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 Tuesday, August 14th, from 3:30-4:30p.m..  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page:  8/14/18P Piano

    Introduction to Guitar with Nick Terramani
    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 Monday, August 13th, from 7:00-8:00p.m.  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page:  8/13/18G Guitar

    Introduction to Voice with Drew Burke
    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 Tuesday, August 14th, from 5:00-6:00pm.  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page:  8/14/18Vo Voice

Introduction to Bass with Rory Flynn

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 teacher in Rory Flynn.  Rory teaches his 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 also the bassist for the Dirk Quinn Band and Memphis Hat, and occasionally sits in with 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, August 16th, 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: 8/16/18B Bass

Introduction to Trumpet with Jamal Jones

One of the key solo voices in the jazz band, the trumpet is an instrument with a powerful and evocative tone which rises above the rest of the band to carry the melody or improvise a solo.  It is an instrument which is at once bold and subtle, and is often (along with alto sax) the go to instrument for the student who wants to make his or her mark on the sound of the jazz band or orchestra.  At Cappella, we have the triple threat of Jamal Jones, a great trumpeter, composer and teacher, who develops his students as fine musicians, with a thorough understanding not just of their instrument, but of music theory as well.  In this lesson, Jamal will introduce students to the playing of the trumpet including the functioning of the keys, breath control and the proper ambrushure to get the best tone from the instrument.  Our next Introduction to Trumpet lesson will be held on Monday, August 20th, from 5:00-6:00.  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page:

8/20/18T Trumpet

 

Please Note:  Students for the trumpet lesson will need to provide their own instrument

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, August 23rd, from 6:00-7:000p.m.  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 8/23/18SC 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 Thursday, August 23rd, from 5:30-6:30p.m.  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page:  8/23/18F 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, August 20th, from 7:00-8:00p.m.  To register, copy the code n yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page:  8/20/18M 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, August 30th, from 6:00-7:00p.m.  To register, copy the code in yellow and paste it into the form at the bottom of this page: 8/30/18C Cello

 

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    Featured Students

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!

Congratulations to Cappella's Grace Stancavage on her winning of the role of Morticia in the Abington Junior High School production of The Addams Family!  Just another day of living the dream, for Grace.

And Congratulations go out as well to Gwen Nolan, who has won the role of Wednesday Addams in the Abington Junior High School production of The Addams Family.  Gwen is yet another of our outstanding young vocalists, poised for much bigger things with each new adventure.  Well done, Gwen!

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