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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 AFTER-SCHOOL CARE
(5-10 YEARS)

This year we’re launching our first after-school care program!  On Tuesdays we’ll pick your student up from school*, they’ll have a snack followed a beginning instrument class (guitar or piano) and a group choir class.  Caregivers pick-up students at 5:45!

16-week sessions are $940/student.

*Pick-ups are available from CCCS, Meredith, McCall, Nebinger, and Fanny Jackson Coppin.  In order to confirm pick-up option, we need at least three students at any given school.

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WINTER/SPRING SESSION – 1/2-4/30/2023 (16 week session – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES 4/3-4/9)

REGISTRATION OPEN!

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES

TUESDAYS – after-school-5:45pm

KIDS BEGINNING PIANO (for required books see below) – (Mrs. Heather) + KIDS CHOIR – (Miss Casie)
KIDS BEGINNING GUITAR – (Mister Emmett) + KIDS CHOIR – (Miss Casie)

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KIDS CHOIR
(5+ YEARS)

“Sing… sing a song… make it simple… make it strong…”

Classes run 1 hour.  16-week sessions are $430/student.

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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WINTER/SPRING SESSION – 1/2-4/30/2023 (16 week session – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES 4/3-4/9)

REGISTRATION OPEN!

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES

TUESDAYS @ 3:45 or 4:45PM (5-10yo) – (Miss Casie/Teacher Camila) *These classes are initially offered as part of our After-Care program and will be open for àla carte registration on 8/8/22.
THURSDAYS @ 4:45PM – (Miss Casie)

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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.  16-week sessions are $430/student. 

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WINTER/SPRING SESSION – 1/2-4/30/2023 (16 week session – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES 4/3-4/9)

REGISTRATION OPEN!

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.

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

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
TUESDAYS @ 3:45 or 4:45PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Emmett) *These classes are initially offered as part of our After-Care program and will be open for àla carte registration on 12/5/22.
THURSDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Diego) Continuing students from Fall Session
FRIDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher Cody) Continuing students from Fall Session
SATURDAYS @ 12PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Ben) New students

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 – MONDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Mister Emmett)
Advanced Beginners – WEDNESDAYS @ 4:45PM – (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.

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
No Classes currently listed for Winter/Spring Session.  To request a intermediate guitar class, please contact Mister John at [email protected].

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+-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.

For a parent/child guitar class, please contact Mister John at [email protected].  Pricing varies for parent/child guitar classes.

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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 1 hour.  16-week sessions are $430/student.

INTRO TO UKULELE
A ukulele class specifically designed for 4yo’s!  Instrument instruction combined with musical games and plenty of movement to get the wiggles out!

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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WINTER/SPRING SESSION – 1/2-4/30/2023 (16 week session – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES 4/3-4/9)

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
THURSDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher Cody) Continuing Students

 

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KIDS PERCUSSION
(5+ YEARS)

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

Classes run 1 hour.  16-week sessions are $430/student. 8-week sessions are $215/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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WINTER/SPRING SESSION – 1/2-4/30/2023 (16 week session – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES 4/3-4/9)

No Classes currently listed for Winter/Spring Session.  To request a group percussion class, please contact Mister John at [email protected].

KIDS PIANO
(4+ YEARS)

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

Classes run 1 hour.  16-week sessions are $430/student. 

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WINTER/SPRING SESSION – 1/2-4/30/2023 (16 week session – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES 4/3-4/9)

REGISTRATION OPEN!

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
TUESDAYS @ 10AM or THURSDAYS @ 1PM (4yo) – (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. 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.   

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

ITALIAN MARKET CLASSES
MONDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – (Doctor Steve) Continuing Students
TUESDAYS @ 3:45 or 4:45PM (5-10yo) –
(Miss Heather) SOLD OUT!

FRIDAYS @ 5:00PM (5-10yo) – (Teacher Cody) Continuing Students
FRIDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) –
(Mister Josh) New Students

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
Continuing Beginners – MONDAYS @ 4:45PM (5-10yo) – 
(Doctor Steve)
Continuing Beginners – WEDNESDAYS @ 3:45PM (5-10yo) – 
(Doctor Steve)

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PRIVATE LESSONS
(4-17 YEARS)

PIANO, UKULELE, BASS, VOICE, PERCUSSION

If private lessons are what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered!  Private lessons are sold in 10-packs of either 30-minute or 45-minute lessons.  Subject to teacher availability and location (if in-home).  We begin private lessons for all programs for students 5-years-old or older.

30-minute lessons in our Italian Market studio or via ZOOM – $400
30-minute lessons at your home – $450
45-minute lessons in our Italian Market studio or via ZOOM – $500
45-minute lessons at your home – $550

To inquire about private lessons, email [email protected].

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