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Camps and Ensemble Programs


Appel Farm Arts and Music Center
457 Shirley Rd, Elmer, NJ 08318
856-358-2472
The summer overnight arts camp at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center includes a “music major” with a jazz track. Based on families of instruments and vocals, campers will study music theory and sight reading, take part in critiques, and learn to think and speak critically about music. They will develop an understanding of music with regard to historical, social, and cultural influences, traditions, and contributions of their particular area of study. They will also get one half-hour private lesson each week, and they will spend most of their time developing and practicing their technique, rehearsing, and performing as an ensemble. Appel Farm firmly believes that lives can be truly transformed through the arts.

Artistas y Músicos Latinos Americanos
Founded in 2016, AMLA is a nonprofit arts and artists’ organization located in North Philadelphia. It is a subsidiary corporation of Esperanza, Inc. AMLA focuses on youth talent development through Latin music education. Since 2006, AMLA has annually educated hundreds of children, youth and adults of all ages, through private and group music lessons. In addition to teaching a variety of musical instruments, AMLA also teaches music theory and audio engineering. The adult and youth Latin Jazz Ensembles perform throughout the city for a variety of events, including venues such as the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Every year, AMLA draws crowds of thousands to its outdoor music festival in Hunting Park.

Bass Bootcamp
Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
267-225-8018
Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp offers attendees an experience unlike any other music seminar. The program is the ultimate experience for bassists looking to grow and develop during a weekend getaway in Philadelphia, Pa. Participants learn, perform, and are exposed to leading bass players, as well as bass-related concerts.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts supports jazz in a multitude of ways. In addition to regular jazz performances, they offer a yearly, competitive residency program for Philadelphia jazz artists, a summer jazz camp for kids, school curricula such as Jazz4Freedom and KinderJazz, ensemble programs for talented teens, and access to instruments and lessons at select neighborhood schools. Their jazz season of performances features critically-acclaimed artists, high-energy soloists, internationally renowned groups, and diverse talent.

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
PO Box 63966 Philadelphia, PA 19147-3966
215-320-2600
The Philadelphia Clef Club’s Jazz Summer Camp is a two-week intensive program that provides jazz education to Philadelphia youth.  For the past twelve years, the summer camp has been providing classes in: composition and arrangement, solving syncopation and other anomalies, and applied music theory. It places special emphasis on vocal and instrumental practices, and, once students have fine-tuned their skills, they have the opportunity to perform as a jazz ensemble follows.  

Settlement Music School Jazz Camp
PO Box 63966 Philadelphia, PA 19147-3966
215-320-2600
Jazz Camp is for students who play drums, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, and wind and string instruments. Students from small ensembles based on skill level, study big band playing and technique, jazz standards, jazz improvisation, history, and composition. The camp focuses on introducing and developing strong jazz skills and learning how to play in an ensemble and concludes with a final performance at a local venue. Settlement also provides music instruction throughout the year.

Philadelphia Creative Jazz Institute from the Kimmel Center and the University of the Arts
300 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Administrative Offices: 215-790-5800
Call Center/Tickets: 215-893-1999
The Kimmel Center and the University of the Arts present Philly’s Creative Jazz Institute, a dynamic two-week intensive, where instrumentalists and vocalists explore technique, repertoire, and performance while interacting with master-level artists. Using jazz as a framework, you’ll work with UArts faculty and industry masters to uncover a range of possibilities through jam sessions and ensembles, with an emphasis on improvisation and performance.

The Artists’ Initiative of the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth
Project 440, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107
844-776-5440
The PMAY Artists’ Initiative is a project that supports 5th to 12th-grade students from underrepresented communities and low-income households to pursue their dream of becoming a professional classical musician. The PMAY Artists’ Initiative offers young musicians financial support to make lessons, music classes, youth orchestra participation, and summer music camps affordable. As a PMAY artist, students attend free college and career preparation workshops, and PMAY teachers and staff work with each family to ensure that each musician has an instrument and a strong plan in place for acceptance into a conservatory, college or university majoring in classical music. PMAY was established to address a major issue in American classical music. Fewer than 5% of musicians in professional American orchestras are African American or Latino, and the number of South Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives are similarly low. Yet the cities that support these orchestras are racially and ethnically diverse. Philadelphia is the first city in the nation to address diversity in classical music on a city-wide level and aims to change the face of classical music throughout the country.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Saint Patrick Hall 240 South 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-545-0502
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is committed to supporting music education in our schools. As a signatory of the League of American Orchestras “Statement of Common Cause: Orchestras Support In School Music Education” we recognize the value of school-based music education. PYO strives for partnerships with local school systems and music educators, and supports local, state, and national arts and academic standards.

Rock To the Future
1201 North 3rd Street #283 Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-302-9633
Rock to the Future is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 that provides music education for Philadelphia’s underserved youth at no cost to them or their families. Using music, our programs ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem. We empower individuals and strengthen communities.

Temple Community Music Scholars Program
Boyer College of Music and Dance
Presser Hall 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-8301
The Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP) is an initiative of the Music Preparatory Division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. CMSP provides a comprehensive program of jazz and classical music instruction for school-aged Philadelphia children who have limited financial means. The program offers individual lessons (all standard orchestral instruments including saxophone), three levels of music theory class, jazz, string, and wind ensembles.

West Chester University
Swope Music Building and the Performing Arts Center
West Chester University 817 South High Street West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2739
At the Summer Jazz Camp, which is designed for advanced middle school and all high school students, participants will explore the pedagogy of jazz improvisation, arranging, orchestration, jazz history, and performance techniques. Visiting artists, as well as the WCU faculty, will perform and conduct masterclasses on various subjects. All participants will need to have a knowledge of scales, be able to read music, transpose, and be proficient on an instrument.

 


Private Instruction

Artistas y Músicos Latinos Americanos
Founded in 2016, AMLA is a nonprofit arts and artists’ organization located in North Philadelphia. It is a subsidiary corporation of Esperanza, Inc. AMLA focuses on youth talent development through Latin music education. Since 2006, AMLA has annually educated hundreds of children, youth and adults of all ages, through private and group music lessons. In addition to teaching a variety of musical instruments, AMLA also teaches music theory and audio engineering. The adult and youth Latin Jazz Ensembles perform throughout the city for a variety of events, including venues such as the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Every year, AMLA draws crowds of thousands to its outdoor music festival in Hunting Park.

Bluebond Guitars
511 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147
215-829-1690
Bluebond’s teachers are dedicated to enriching the lives of music enthusiasts of all ages. They take an individualized approach to music lessons and provide a 1-on-1, customized lesson plan for each student. Bluebond Guitars is a small guitar shop with a lot of heart, and instructors will help students find their sound.

Clemmer Music
764 Harleysville Pike Telford, PA 18969-2420
(215) 723-4813
Clemmer offers a variety of music lessons all with the goal of enriching the student’s lives,  helping them develop a love of music, encouraging them to strive for musical excellence. Clemmer works only with the best, qualified and experienced independent music instructors to provide our students with individually tailored lessons. All our lessons are one-on-one. Parents and family members are welcome to sit in on lessons to encourage the student. They also offer rentals and sheet music.

Common Time Music School
4 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
610-649-8842
Common’s Time’s goal is to instill a love of music in each student that lasts a lifetime. They seek to give students a great musical education at every skill level while encouraging a love and appreciation of all kinds of musical styles, from Bach to the Beatles. Common Time’s lessons are meant to be fun, but at the same time they strive to make sure our students have good musical foundations so they can play and appreciate music independently throughout their lives.

Music & Arts
201 West Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428
610-828-5757
Music & Arts offers private lessons with local professionals. They have instructors for various instruments; such as drums piano, guitar, brass, and woodwinds. Music & Arts is a national brand dedicated to excellent service.

Philadelphia Folksong Society
The Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) is dedicated to preserving the past, promoting the present, and securing the future of folk music and related forms of expression through education, presentation, and participation. Group lessons are given out of their Roxborough location for as little as $10/lesson. PFS strongly believe that folk music includes jazz, and invite jazz musicians to be part of the organization’s multifaceted programs: education programs for children and adults, including through the School District of Philadelphia; a musician co-op program dedicated to providing musicians with artist development and paid performance opportunities; and the chance to play at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, an annual four day festival with eight stages that draws over 35,000 attendees.

Philly Music Lessons
2111 E. Susquehanna Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125
215-645-0405
Philly Music Lessons specializes in connecting students of all ages and skill levels with great teachers in the Philadelphia and Main Line areas. They encourage teachers to cultivate unique lesson plans based on the interests, needs, and learning styles of each individual student. Their expertise ranges from classical to jazz, to contemporary and other niche styles on all instruments and voice. They offer lessons and group classes at their Fishtown and South Philly studios and also teach in-home lessons throughout the greater Philadelphia area, including the Main Line.

Sam Ash
2100 Route 38 Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-2043
856-667-6696
This national chain music store offers private and group lessons suited to all levels of students and players, and they offer participation in bands and ensembles. Students also get discounts on gear.

School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-400-4000
Instrumental music teachers are site-based, and provide daily music instruction to students within their school; the instrumental directors are full time at one school. They are highly skilled, highly qualified, certified music educators and direct either band or orchestra, although sometimes both, as they oversee their school’s entire music program. In addition to the many concerts and performances each year, many directors conduct and produce a musical each year in partnership with their drama and dance programs.

Taylor’s Music
116 West Gay St., West Chester, PA 19380
(610)-696-1812
Taylor’s Music store and studio has a wide variety of services that include instrument rental, instrument repairs, and lessons. They rent band instruments as well as orchestra instruments.


Where to Rent or Buy Instruments

Bluebond Guitars
511 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147
215-829-1690
Acoustic and electric instruments and accessories are available at this small, privately owned shop, and music lessons are also available.

Calliope Music
4 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
610-649-8842
Calliope’s parent-and-teacher owned shop offers a rent-to-own program: the money you pay each month goes toward the purchase of your instrument if you decide you want to buy it.  For string players who begin with smaller sized instruments, this money can be applied toward size trade ups, so that you don’t lose the money you’ve invested, and you are not locked into a contract. You can bring the instrument back at any time without a penalty. While they do offer band and orchestra instrument rentals, they do not offer tubas.

DiPinto Guitars
4 East Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003,
610- 649-8842
DiPinto Guitars is a small family-owned company, operating out of Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1995 as a repair shop, the store slowly evolved into a showroom specializing in vintage guitars and Chris DiPinto’s own guitar creations. Over the years, DiPinto has grown to include a full-scale guitar manufacturing operation while still operating the original retail outlet. They also offer amps and accessories.

Hammer Music Company
621 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA 19020
215-244-4981
Hammer specializes in woodwind instruments and offers maintenance, repair, and custom work of woodwind and brass instruments. They house a retail showroom, including a full selection of reeds, cases, and a large variety of accessories from mouthpieces and ligatures to swabs and cloths.

Mount Airy Violins & Bows
6665 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-438-9031
Mount Airy Violins & Bows are artisans, makers, educators, and musicians committed to their craft, and their customers, and community. They offer an informative and welcoming environment for musicians of all skill level interested in playing an orchestral stringed instrument.

Music & Arts
Rent a Musical Instrument Online | Music & Arts
201 West Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428
610-828-5757
Music & Arts is a music retailer founded in 1952, specializing in band and orchestra instrument sales and rentals, guitars, keyboards, sheet music and books, musical accessories, repairs and private music lessons. They offer a wide variety of instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, drums, and electronic instruments.

National Education Music Company
PO Box 1130, 1181 Route 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092
800-526-4593
NEMC offers an initial trial period to help determine your child’s interest without the large financial investment, and monthly rentals thereafter. All payments apply toward the purchase of the instrument and they offer discounts for early buyout. They offer a wide variety of instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, drums, and electronic instruments.

Sam Ash
2100 Route 38 Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-2043
856-667-6696
Sam Ash sells musical instruments, recording equipment, DJ and lighting equipment, and professional sound equipment. They offer a wide variety of instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, drums, and electronic instruments.

Taylor’s Music
116 West Gay St., West Chester, PA 19380
(610)-696-1812
Taylor’s Music store and studio has a wide variety of services that include instrument rental, instrument repairs, and lessons. They rent band instruments as well as orchestra instruments.


Regional and Undergraduate and Masters Programs

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA 18940
215-968-8000
The BCCC music major is designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions and culminates in an Associate of Arts degree. Numerous courses in the program fulfill core curriculum requirements for general students, and students enrolled in other majors are encouraged to participate in any course or performing ensemble for which they qualify.

Rowan University Jazz Program
Department of Music
Wilson Hall
201 Mullica Hill Road Glassboro, NJ 08028
856-256-4651
The newly revised Rowan University Jazz Program is designed to prepare the serious jazz musician for a career in jazz and commercial music. Acceptance into the program is based on performance auditions, tests of musical ability, previous academic standing, and score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. All students study a major instrument with an artist/teacher, engage in private study in jazz improvisation, perform in small jazz ensembles and gain experience playing in a large jazz ensemble. Classes include small jazz groups, jazz composition, arranging, music business and jazz history.

Rutgers University
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
848-932-5208
The mission of the school is to nurture creative talent and instill the insights and skills that future generations of arts professionals need to contribute to the creative and scholarly world. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, filmmaking, music, theater, and art & design. In addition to its professional arts training programs, Mason Gross provides the larger community the opportunity to embrace the creative arts through the activities of its four divisions: Rutgers Arts Online, Extension Division, and Rutgers Filmmaking Center.

Temple University
Presser Hall 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-8301
The Department of Jazz Studies in the Boyer College of Music and Dance offers students myriad opportunities to hone their craft and prepare for careers as professional musicians, educators, composers, and arrangers. Boyer Jazz alumni can be found performing with eminent musicians, composing film scores, recording with major labels, and teaching jazz to students around the country.

University of the Arts
320 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102
800-616-2787 | 215-717-6030
The Master of Music in Jazz Studies is a highly selective degree program open to candidates who have an undergraduate degree in jazz studies or an undergraduate degree in music with significant experience in jazz and contemporary music. The 32-credit degree program can be completed in one academic year. Open only to a limited number of students, the program provides a solid foundation in contemporary music and encourages a primary focus on your individual career goals.

West Chester University
Swope Music Building and the Performing Arts Center
817 South High Street West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2739
The School of Music at West Chester University prepares students to excel as talented, creative individuals in music. It’s an All-Steinway School that offers over 300 performances annually. It’s accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music.

 


For Music Educators 

Jazz Educators Network
1440 W. Taylor st #1135, Chicago, IL 60607
312-781-6299
JEN was founded in a spirit of celebration: celebrating music, celebrating community, and celebrating endless learning. They believe that jazz isn’t just about performing: It’s about making music together and keeping the love and education of jazz alive.

Main Line Music Teachers Association
1572 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
MLMTA is a professional association for independent/private music teachers in the Main Line Greater Philadelphia area. They provide stimulating professional development programs for teachers. They also coordinate recitals, examinations, auditions, competitions, and master classes for students of all levels. MLMTA is an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MNTA).

National Association of Music Educators
1806 Robert Fulton Dr. Reston, VA 20191
800-336-3768
Among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
56 South Third Street, Hamburg, PA 19526
610-562-9757
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME.

Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association
PMTA and its local chapters seek to promote the professional growth and development of its members and to further the art of music by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.

Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth
Project 440, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107
844-776-5440
The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) is a collaborative of organizations in the Philadelphia region dedi­cated to providing music education, performance, and enrichment opportunities to youth. The collaborative started in 2012, and its members share a commitment to improving communities through the regular study of music.

Photo: Courtesy of Settlement Music School

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