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Kids group classes. Ages 4-10 years. Music as a team sport!
In Philadelphia,  Mister John’s Music’s kids’ instrument classes are designed to make learning a musical instrument fun! From guitar to fiddle to piano, your child will learn in a supportive group environment with qualified, dedicated instructors. And they get to choose the music that they want to play! Using a combination of performance skills, music theory, and composing exercises, classes at the studio boosts your child’s confidence to perform in front of a group and participate in a team. After all, a band is a team! Group classes are an inexpensive alternative to private guitar lessons and a great way for kids to learn an instrument alongside peers who share their interests. Currently, the studio offers group classes in guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, percussion, and choir.

 

KIDS CHOIR
(5+ YEARS)

Classes run 1 hour.  17-week sessions are $457/student. 

“Sing… sing a song… make it simple… make it strong…”  Does your child know the lyrics to Hamilton backwards and forwards? Do you catch her/him/them making up songs all the time? Do they sing incessantly? If so, this is the group for your child. In class, students will learn vocal techniques and how to read music, build musical literacy, and sing their hearts out. We’ll focus on singing in tune, melodies and harmonies, and all of the different ways we can use our voices to express ourselves. There will be group-singing (after all, music is a team sport) and solo-singing (to develop vocal confidence and individuality.) For this class there will be a Winter Sing and a Summer Sing to showcase what we’ve worked on.  

*NOTE: 5yo students must be enrolled in kindergarten (or a kindergarten equivalent home-schooling program) to enroll in MJM Kids classes.

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FALL SESSION – 8/26-12/22/2024
(No Classes on Thanksgiving Break – 11/28-29)

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
TUESDAYS @ 4:45PM – (Mister Daniel)

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KIDS GUITAR
(5+ YEARS)

“Mister John, my child wants to play guitar.”  Well, here’s her/his/their chance!

Classes run 1 hour. 17-week sessions are $457/student.

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FALL SESSION – 8/26-12/22/2024
(No Classes on Thanksgiving Break – 11/28-29)

BEGINNING GUITAR
Philly’s most fun kid’s guitar classes! An introduction to an instrument in a non-threatening, non-competitive manner.  Mister John’s motto is “Instruments are meant to be played.  PLAYED not practiced!”  In our very first class, we’ll explore how the guitar is constructed, how it produces sound, how to hold it, tune it, and play it.  We’ll discuss the basics of music theory – notes, rests, melody, chords, dynamics, tempo, pitch – and we’ll learn about music as a group sport.  We’ll compose our own songs, learn some folk standards, and pull from the students’ favorites to develop new skills and exercise our personal musical voices.  It’s about the guitar, yes, but also about encouraging your child to express him or herself through the arts and to develop a lifelong love of music. While guitars will be provided at the studio, students are required to have their own 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar to play at home.  

At MJM we use FJH books as part of our guitar instruction. We pre-purchase these and sell them to you at cost when you register for your class.  Books are given out at the first class. 

*NOTE: 5yo students must be enrolled in kindergarten (or a kindergarten equivalent home-schooling program) to enroll in MJM Kids classes.

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
New Beginners – MONDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Bobby) 
New Beginners – THURSDAYS @ 4:45PM – (Mister Daniel)
New Beginners – SATURDAYS @ 12:45PM (5-10yo) – (
Mister Emmett) 

CONTINUING/ADVANCED BEGINNER GUITAR
A continuation for kids who have already been studying with us, this class picks up right where we left off.  New chords, new skills, new games, new songs to help students excel at something they’re already enjoying! These classes are by invitation, however, if you’re interested in your child joining one of these classes but she/he has never taken a class with us, just email us to set-up an assessment!  While guitars will be provided at the studio, students are required to have their own 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar to play at home.

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
Continuing Beginners – TUESDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Daniel) – Optional pick-up from CCCS, Meredith, McCall, Coppin, Nebinger – Invitation Only
Advanced Beginners – FRIDAYS @ 3:45PM – (
Mister Daniel) – Optional pick-up from CCCS, Meredith, McCall, Coppin, Nebinger – Invitation Only

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR
For our kids who’ve been taking for a couple of years.  We’re attacking bar chords, more complex melody lines, improvisation skills, and more!  Again, if you’re interested in your child joining one of these classes but she/he has never taken a class with us, just email us to set-up an assessment!  While guitars will be provided at the studio, students are required to have their own 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar to play at home.

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
MONDAYS @ 3:45PM – (Mister Emmett) – Optional pick-up from CCCS, Meredith, McCall, Coppin, Nebinger – Invitation Only
WEDNESDAYS @ 4:45PM – (Mister Diego)
– Invitation Only

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KIDS UKULELE
(5+ YEARS)

We’ll have your child playing a song on the ukulele faster than you can fly to Hawaii.  Just saying…

Classes run 45 minutes.  17-week sessions are $381/student.

BEGINNING UKULELE
The same fun as our Kids Beginning Guitar class,  except a smaller instrument! If your child has specifically sought out the ukulele as her/his instrument of choice, we’re ready to get her/him/them started on that journey. While ukuleles will be provided at the studio, students are required to have their own ukulele to play at home.

*NOTE: 5yo students must be enrolled in kindergarten (or a kindergarten equivalent home-schooling program) to enroll in MJM Kids classes.

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FALL SESSION – 8/26-12/22/2024
(No Classes on Thanksgiving Break – 11/28-29)

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
THURSDAYS @ 4PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Josh)

 

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KIDS PERCUSSION
(5+ YEARS)

Crash!  Boom!  Bang!  Time to buy a drum kit!

Classes run 45 minutes.  17-week sessions (falls on a Monday) are $381/student.

BEGINNING PERCUSSION
The rhythm is gonna get ya! In this beginning percussion class, students will get a taste of all different kinds of drumming – from djembes to drum-kits. It’s one great big drum circle, where students use beginning hand-drumming techniques and rudiments of percussion to build speed, control, coordination, and timing. In addition, students will learn how to read musical rhythms, subdivide beats and improvise their own accompaniment to their favorite songs. While a variety of percussion instruments will be provided at the studio, students should have a practice pad and set of drum sticks at home – something like this.

*NOTE: 5yo students must be enrolled in kindergarten (or a kindergarten equivalent home-schooling program) to enroll in MJM Kids classes.

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FALL SESSION – 8/26-12/22/2024
(No Classes on Thanksgiving Break – 11/28-29)

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
MONDAYS @ 4PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Daniel) 

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KIDS PIANO
(4+ YEARS)

Piano, the perfect instrument on which learn the foundations of music.  WITH friends.

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SUMMER SESSION – 8/26-12/22/2024

Classes run 1 hour. 8-week sessions are $215/student. 

INTRO TO PIANO
Our youngest instrument class combines hands-on piano instruction with games and exercise designed to kinesthetically activate early music literacy.  We want your child’s first musical experience to be FUN!

New Students – TUESDAYS @ 9AM (4yo) – (Teacher MG)

 

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FALL SESSION – 8/26-12/22/2024
(No Classes on Thanksgiving Break – 11/28-29)

Classes run 1 hour. 17-week sessions are $457/student. 

INTRO TO PIANO
Our youngest instrument class combines hands-on piano instruction with games and exercise designed to kinesthetically activate early music literacy.  We want your child’s first musical experience to be FUN!

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
New Students – SUNDAYS @ 12:30PM (4yo) – (Teacher MG)
New  Students – MONDAYS @ 1PM (4yo) – (
Miss Heather)
New  Students – MONDAYS @ 3:45PM (4yo) – (Teacher MG)
New  Students – TUESDAYS @ 10AM (4yo) – (Miss Heather)

PRE-BEGINNER PIANO
Pre-Beginner Piano is a class for students who are ready for formal group piano instruction but are not old enough to be enrolled in our Beginner Piano classes because they are not enrolled in a kindergarten or equivalent homeschool program. Students in the Pre-Beginner piano class will partake in a variety of piano and music based activities including: music theory games, piano technique development, direct piano instruction, and independent piano playing time. In addition to music activities, students will also partake in gross motor, literature and social emotional learning activities. We will be using the Piano Adventures Primer book.  

To be eligible to enroll in the Pre-Beginner class, students must be turning five during the session they are enrolled in or have taken at least one session of our Intro to Piano class. All students must have a keyboard or piano at home and weekly playing is expected. Parent support is essential to your child’s success in this class, so please be prepared to support your child weekly as they play. Your teacher will give you tips and tricks to help you! 

If you are looking for an introduction to piano playing but you’re not ready to purchase an instrument, check out our Intro to Piano class! 

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
New Students – TUESDAYS @ 3:45PM (5yo) – (Miss Heather)

BEGINNING PIANO
Where can you learn piano in a fun and social group setting here in Philadelphia? So many young musicians start their journey on the piano, but it’s rare that they are given an opportunity right off the bat to learn this instrument in a group setting. Before your child graduates to individual lessons, start him or her off on the right foot in this class. A gentle entryway into all things piano, in this class no more than six students will work on musical theory concepts together through games and activities and then will have individual time at a keyboard with headphones while teachers rotate amongst the kids to give one-on-one instruction. At the end of class, the headphones come off and we’ll play and sing together again. Keyboards and headphones will be provided at the studio.

At MJM we use Faber Piano Adventure books as part of our piano instruction. We pre-purchase these and sell them to you at cost when you register for your class.  Books are given out at the first class. 

*NOTE: 5yo students must be enrolled in kindergarten (or a kindergarten equivalent home-schooling program) to enroll in MJM Kids classes.

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
New Students – TUESDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher MG– Optional pick-up from CCCS, Meredith, McCall, Coppin, Nebinger – Invitation Only
New Students – THURSDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher MG– Optional pick-up from CCCS, Meredith, McCall, Coppin, Nebinger – Invitation Only
New Students – SATURDAYS @ 3PM – (Miss Liss)

CONTINUING/ADVANCED BEGINNER PIANO
For our continuing students.  These classes are by invitation, however, if your child has had some previous piano instruction and would like to join our program, please email me at [email protected] for an assessment!

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
Advanced Beginners – MONDAYS @ 4:45PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher MG) – Invitation Only
Continuing Beginners – TUESDAYS @ 4:45PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher MG) – Invitation Only
Advanced Beginners – THURSDAYS @ 4:45PM – (Miss Liss) – Invitation Only

INTERMEDIATE PIANO
For our kids who’ve been taking for a couple of years and are crushing it.  

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
WEDNESDAYS @ 3:45PM – (Doctor Steve) – Invitation Only

 

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