The Cappella School of Music offers music lessons in:
Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, Drum Kit and Hand Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Ukulele, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and French Horn
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Do You Learn in Your Music Lessons?
That question is often asked by prospective music students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.
Does each student get the same lessons for a given instrument?
The short answer is, "No." A seven year old having his or her first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a fifty seven year old taking up piano for the second time after having had lessons as a child.
The main reason to choose The Cappella School of Music as your family's provider of music lessons, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is a unique individual. Individualized programs of study are developed for each student and each student progresses at his or her own pace.
If you enroll here for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first lesson, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child.
What Styles of Music Do You Teach?
We teach all styles including: rock, pop, folk, jazz, country, blues and classical.
Can’t I just learn to play through video lessons on YouTube?
There is an old adage that “practice makes perfect.” A more accurate assessment is that “perfect practice makes perfect.” The truth is that practice, be it musical or anything else, makes permanent. In other words, what we learn, even if it is wrong, can become permanent if we continue to practice it, over and over, the same way. This is why it is so hard to undo a bad habit.
In terms of the young music student, it is often possible to learn to play a simple piece of music with poor technique and to get by with it. But, as the student seeks out more challenging pieces, that same poor technique will hold him or her back. In many cases, poor technique can actually prove to be physically harmful to the young player’s hands, feet, lips or voice!
The common thread of many video lesson tutorials is that they teach approximations of how to play particular pieces, often with improper technique. When that technique is what the student learns, it is that technique that the student applies to future pieces and the cycle is perpetuated.
At Cappella, our staff are all highly skilled, highly qualified musicians who have benefitted from many years of having been taught proper technique on their instruments and with their voices. They are waiting to bring that knowledge to your students, because above everything else, we are giving your kids a gift that will last their lifetimes, and we are committed to doing it right.
Are Your Instructors Qualified?
Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as Berklee College of Music, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The College of New Jersey, Slippery Rock, Sonoma State College, Temple University, Lebanon Valley College, Indiana University, Penn State, The University of Southern California, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in Holland. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe and have over twenty years of professional performance and teaching experience. No fewer than six of our current staff have released professionally recorded albums. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are very friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parents on a personal level. They are here because they love to make music and they love to teach others to do the same.
GUITAR, BASS, MANDOLIN & UKULELE LESSONS
(for ages 5 and up)
Our guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele teachers teach rock, blues, folk, jazz, country and classical styles on electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins and ukes, and electric and upright bass. Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson challenges the student with a new technical or theory concept, but always ends with something fun such as a favorite riff or song. We use a mixture of hand transcribed music, published sheet music and method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their Ipods to their lessons to learn their favorite tunes.
(for ages 4 and up)
Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music and jazz. Whether you wish to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you wish to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home in order to take lessons. A simple, full size electric keyboard will suffice for the first six months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love of the piano with you.
(for ages 7 and up)
Our Voice teachers teach a range of styles including popular music, jazz, musical theater and opera. If you have always wanted to be a better singer, we have the right voice teachers for you. Voice students spend time each week doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, vibrato, tone production, enunciation and more. Voice students often set goals with their teacher to work on sounding like their favorite recording artists, or if they prefer, to develop their own unique voice. Do you want to land the lead role in the school musical production? This is the place to start.
DRUM LESSONS / KIT & HAND DRUMS
(for ages 6 and up)
Our drum instructors teach rock, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles. Drum students will develop a rhythmic fluency through a wide variety of technical exercises designed to improve their speed and control. Our drum room features two complete kits so student and teacher work side by side throughout the lesson. You do not have to purchase a drum kit to take lessons. Beginning students can learn with a drum pad and sticks for only $25.00. Students use our drum set at their lessons and do not have to bring anything except their drum sticks, method book and a notebook.
(for ages 4 and up)
Our award winning string teachers develop students in styles ranging from classical to Irish folk music and modern jazz. For our younger students, violin is always a great place to start as it fits young hands and introduces students to note reading and elements of music theory, essentials to any instrument a student would want to play later. Be it violin, viola, cello or upright bass (jazz and orchestral), we teach them all.
(for ages 7 and up)
Our band instrument teachers offer instruction in just about every instrument in the school jazz band and orchestra, be it horn, reed or wind instrument. We teach in styles ranging from classical to brass band to modern jazz and offer students the one on one instruction that cannot be had in the public or parochial school systems. As with all of our instruction, band instrument students can be assured of developing their sight reading skills and music theory. Our band instrument students are the kids destined for first chair in the school jazz band and orchestra. Among the band instruments we teach are: Saxophone, Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, and French horn.
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Sign up today by calling (215) 233-8933 or by e-mail at: email@example.com
$31.25 per 30 minute private lesson held once per week. Recommended for school age students and adults
$52.50 per 60 minute private lesson held once per week. Recommended for the serious student
There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00
Lessons are available:
Monday through Thursday from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Friday from 4:30p.m. through 8:00p.m.
Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
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Cappella School of Music
c/o Geoff Hansplant, Inc. 2118 Maplewood Ave., Abington, Pa. 19001
Phone: 215 852-1570
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, 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.