The Cappella School of Music offers OnLine lessons as yet another resource for students, everywhere. We schedule lessons from Monday through Saturday, late morning to early evening, Eastern Standard Time (US). Lessons are primarily given as one-on-one, individualized lessons between student and teacher, though from time to time we may make workshop sessions available to multiple, simultaneous users.
Our teachers currently give instruction on the following instruments: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums, Hand Percussion, Bass, Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, and Ukulele. We also mentor Songwriters!
Our Monday through Saturday schedule runs from 10:00am to 8:00pm, EST (US) and lessons are scheduled typically for half hour or hour long blocks of time. Once we have paired the student with their teacher, that day and time becomes their regular, OnLine meeting place, in one of our Virtual Classrooms. The classroom can be accessed by most newer digital devices, including both Android and iPhones, iPads, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, as long as the equipment has or can be connected to a microphone and camera. The best browsers for the OnLine experience seem to be Google Chrome and Linux.
Tuition is paid on a month to month basis. Your obligation to us is never more than a month at a time, and ours to you is to keep you happy and coming back for more. Students who take a half hour lesson each week, pay a monthly tuition of $125 (US). Those who take an hour long lesson each week, pay a monthly tuition of $210 (US). Tuition is paid by major credit card through our PayPal Portal, or by Bank Draft, sent to our business address, which will accompany the invoice. Tuition is paid in advance of lessons given, and secures your monthly lesson schedule.
Cappella conducts lessons through the GoToMeeting platform, which enables our staff to create their own, Virtual Classrooms. Once enrolled, the student will receive an invitation to join their teacher's Virtual Classroom, which will include a clickable web-link, Access code and a link to download and install the GoToMeeting Application on their chosen device or devices (the app is free). Then, a few minutes before the lesson is scheduled to begin, the student uses their clickable link to go to the Classroom, enters their Access code, enables their camera and speakers, and joins the teacher for the lesson. Each week, the Virtual Classroom link and the Access code are the same, so it is easy to save those items to your desktop for repeated use. Often, students will arrive to a lesson just as the teacher is finishing a lesson with another student. In that case, please mute your microphone and know that your teacher knows that you are there!
There are many sources for musical instruction which are now based OnLine. YouTube is crawling with them. Some lessons are very well done; some are not. The consistent element with many of the OnLine lessons though, is that they tend to be one-off instructional pieces. "Learn how to play "Who Hit Annie in the Fannie with a Flounder?" on baritone ukulele." They are great if that is the song you wish to learn. But typically, the student's understanding of music and of their instrument is limited to the confines of that one lesson. That lesson does not build upon or progress toward other instruction, and elements of technique and theory are not fully explained to develop that particular student.
At Cappella, our teachers develop an individualized course of study for each student, and work with each student, one on one, so we get to know that particular student's learning style, their musical tastes and goals, see where they may be struggling, and offer concrete guidance to see them through. Also, strange as this may sound, our teachers are just that, teachers. Many of the lessons provided OnLine are done so by folks who are fantastic players, but who lack the analytical skills to take apart their own playing and teach the techniques that they regularly employ, to others.
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.