kids group classes

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 GUITAR
(5-10 YEARS)

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.

TUESDAYS @ 3:30PM (5-10yo) – taught by Mister Diego

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!  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.

WEDNESDAYS @ 3:30PM – taught by Mister Diego

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.

WEDNESDAYS @ 4:30PM – taught by Mister Diego

PARENT/CHILD GUITAR

Here’s a new thing we’re trying this year – a beginner class is for parents and their kids to take a class together!    Kids should be 5-10-years-old and the adults should be ready to learn at the pace of children… sometimes it’s faster than you’d think, grownups!  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.

SATURDAYS @ 12PM – taught by Mister Diego

Fall Session 1 is an 16-week session – 8/31-12/14/2020.

KIDS UKULELE
(4-10 YEARS)

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.

Fall Session 1 is an 16-week session – 8/31-12/14/2020.

TUESDAYS @ 4:30PM (4-10yo) – taught by Mister Diego

KIDS PERCUSSION
(5-10 YEARS)

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.

Fall Session 1 is an 16-week session – 8/31-12/14/2020.

MONDAYS @ 3:30PM (5-10yo) – taught by Mister Eric  

KIDS PIANO
(4-10 YEARS)

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. While keyboards and headphones will be provided at the studio, students are required to have a keyboard/piano to play at home and parents must purchase required piano books – Faber Piano Adventures – Primer Level and Faber Piano Adventures – Primer Level Theory Book.   We’ve also starting a 4-year-old Intro to Piano class this year for our ambitious pre-schoolers.

ADVANCED BEGINNER PIANO

For our continuing students.  If your child has had some previous piano instruction and would like to join our program, please email me at john@misterjohnsmusic.com for an assessment!

GROUP PIANO CLASSES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 – IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PRIVATE LESSONS, PLEASE CONTACT MISTER JOHN.