Little Silver, New Jersey 07739
Bass Guitar Lessons, Cello Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Cornet Lessons, Double Bass Lessons, Drum Lessons, Flugelhorn Lessons, Flute Lessons, French Horn Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Keyboard Lessons, Oboe Lessons, Piano Lessons, Percussion Lessons, Recorder Lessons, Saxophone Lessons, Singing Lessons, Trombone Lessons, Trumpet Lessons, Tuba Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Violin Lessons, Viola Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Drama Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Mixing and Mastering Lessons, Skype Lessons
- Qualifications: All our teachers are University trained, friendly and qualified to teach. They work well with students of all levels and ages.
- Styles: We teach all styles of music including rock, pop, classical, jazz and more. Our drama classes are for beginners to advanced.
- Suitability: Most private lesson students are 5 years old and up. We offer age appropriate guidelines on our website. Mom and me Kindermusik classes are offered for babies and toddlers up to 5 years old.
The School of Music and Drama was established in 2003 to bring excellence in arts education to Monmouth County.
Our mission is to give students the skills they need to enjoy music and drama for a lifetime, and the success of our studio goes hand in hand with the happiness of our students.
How we teach Music lessons and Drama classes
We use the “Open Hand” policy at the School of Music and Drama.
That means that we do have a few guidelines at the school that help us maintain an organized studio and allow us to give every student the same high level of instruction and every parent the same high level of assistance.
Open Hand means:
- We do everything we can to accommodate parents and students to offer the best possible learning experience on a consistent basis
- We do not charge admission to any of our recitals or student performances
- We offer free Master classes every year to give our students the opportunity to see and hear professionals perform
- We have an annual Student Appreciation Day to thank our students for being a part of our school
- We donate scholarships to numerous charities and civic groups in Monmouth County. We’re happy and proud to be able to give back to the community we serve.
Now open hand means even one more thing – if you are referred to us by a current student when you register you will receive a $25 gift card to a coffee shop or restaurant here in Little Silver and so will the person who told you about us as our way of saying welcome and thank you!
Learning at the School of Music and Drama is Fun
Learning to play an instrument or to sing or act is a journey.
We want our students to enjoy the journey and have fun along the way – after all it is calledplaying music and play acting! When you get to know us you’ll see that we have fun teaching and working with our students and we know that positive encouragement and a smile and laugh go a long way in developing a great rapport with a child. That’s one of the reasons so many families in Monmouth County choose and recommend our school over any other and why so many of our students have gone on to form bands of their own, go on tours, achieve full scholarships to music school, act and perform in school and college plays, record CD’s of their own or go on to become teachers themselves. All of our students are given the skills they need to enjoy music and drama for a lifetime.
The School of Music and Drama has been serving Monmouth County since 2003. Call 732-219-1850 today for more information on how to get started with us or to register for music lessons or drama classes at our Little Silver studio!
About our Staff
The staff at the School of Music and Drama is comprised of experienced teachers who have degrees in music or drama from accredited colleges and universities, some with advanced degrees. Call us today at 732-219-1850 to meet your teacher and get started!
Our faculty has a wide and diverse range of experiences from performing with legends like Wynton Marsalis and Jimmy Heath at Lincoln Center to nationally known music venues such as Sloppy Joe’s In Key West. Our music teachers have composed music for television, independent films and advertising and recorded CD’s of their own compositions, and our drama teachers have taught and performed at the George Street Playhouse and many venues throughout the tri-state area. Many teachers are active performers, some with over thirty years of performance experience, and many of our teachers have experience or are active as school band directors. In addition to being excellent instructors our staff are professional musicians and actors. If you need a musician to perform at an event, party or wedding please inquire. We can provide jazz, pop or classical music for any event.
Most importantly the faculty at the School of Music and Drama enjoys teaching kids music classes and kids drama classes in a supportive, friendly environment. All our teachers are experienced working with many different types of students at all levels. Our staff enjoys sharing their knowledge with students, as well as sharing a laugh by keeping the mood light and the classes enjoyable, because our teachers know if the student isn’t enjoying lessons, they will not progress. It’s always positive encouragement at our studio, all the time. We believe that if a student has a bad week, there is always next week, and we will try to do better next time. This philosophy has helped make us the fastest growing music and drama studio in our area serving students from Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Fair Haven, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and throughout Monmouth County!
When you register for lessons we are happy to tell you more about the teacher you are starting lessons with.
One time introductory lessons are available for students 8 and younger. Sitting in on a current Drama or Music class is available if there is space in the class.
Piano and Keyboard
Our Little Silver school offers piano lessons for students of all ages and abilities from beginners to very advanced students.
We offer every style of piano lessons from classical, jazz and pop. We have students who want to play just for fun and students who wish to excel to the highest level. As we have so many piano teachers on staff we are able to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest. We start piano lessons at any age from age 5 onwards. Before age 5 we recommend our group preschool music program. Our private piano lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.
Our group piano lessons are meant for students who are motivated by, or just enjoy working as part of a team. The social interaction helps these students stay motivated and challenged in a supportive, friendly environment. Each class is a 45 minute session and limited to just 4 students per class. The class room is set up as a group piano lab with each student using an individual instrument for the class. Students will either progress into the next group level or into private lessons. These classes are meant for beginner level students. Group piano lessons are offered for beginners ages 5-7 or ages 8-11.
We have many students who take voice lessons or singing lessons at our school.
Students sing all kinds of music from their favorite artists to classical arias. Our voice teachers have university training in music specializing in voice and sing everything from pop and jazz to opera. Our teachers all have performance backgrounds as well. Just a sample of what a student will learn in singing lessons includes how to breathe properly, how to increase their range, proper pitch, how to project and stage presence. Our schools offer 2 optional performance opportunities each year with our Winter and Spring recitals. We provide a professional accompanist who rehearses with the students and plays for them at the recitals. Many of our students also perform at local festivals. Our private, one-on-one voice lesson lengths are 30 minutes or 1 hour.
We also offer group voice lessons in the form of our Children’s Choir for ages 6-10.
Our guitar lessons include acoustic, electric and bass guitar.
We have an excellent guitar teaching staff and teach guitar lessons in many styles including rock to jazz, classical and pop. Many of our teachers actively perform in bands. Our guitar teachers have college or university music degrees so they know how to teach the proper theory and technique no matter if a student is interested in metal or in classical. Guitar lessons at our schools are enhanced by the opportunity of learning how to jam with other musicians in a rock band setting put together by the instructors or how to perform solo in one of our recitals. No matter what type of guitar lessons you are interested in, we have the teachers to help you. Typically a student would be 8 years old before starting guitar lessons, due to their hand size, but some younger students start with a junior sized guitar. Our private guitar lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes or 1 hour.
Our group guitar lessons are meant for students who are motivated by, or just enjoy working as part of a team. The social interaction helps these students stay motivated and challenged in a supportive, friendly environment. Each class is a 45 minute session and is limited to just 4 students per class. The class room is set up as a guitar workshop with each student bringing his or her own guitar to the class each week. Students can choose either acoustic or electric guitars for their class. Students will either progress into the next group level or into private lessons. These classes are meant for beginner level students. Group guitar classes are offered for students ages 8-12 and ages 13 plus.
Our strings program offers private instruction in violin, viola or cello.
Our violin lessons start as young as age 5 and students can study all styles of music on string instruments. Due to the size of the instrument, most cello lessons start at 10 years of age or older. We have students of all ages from children to adults. Our violin, viola and cello teachers have university or college degrees in their instrument and many perform regularly with local orchestras or bands. Our private lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes or 1 hour.
Our private flute lessons generally start at age 7 and older, but sometimes younger students will start with a special curved-head flute.
As with all our instruments the teachers have university or college degrees in woodwinds. Our flute lessons are offered in 30 minute or 1 hour lengths.
Saxophone & Clarinet Lessons – Our private saxophone lessons and clarinet lessons start from age 8 onwards. Earlier than age 8, a student typically does not have the lung capacity and strength to handle these instruments. Our saxophone and clarinet instructors are proficient on both instruments so a student can start with clarinet lessons if they wish and switch to saxophone lessons without having to change instructors. Our saxophone and clarinet instructors actively perform in all types of bands and ensembles and as soloists. Saxophone lessons and clarinet lessons are offered in 30 minute and 1 hour lengths.
Bassoon & Oboe Lessons – We also offer lessons in other woodwind instruments such as bassoon and oboe. Most bassoon lessons or oboe lessons start at age 11 or older as these double reed instruments are a little more difficult for younger students. Our private bassoon lessons and oboe lessons are offered in 30 minute and 1 hour lengths.
Trumpet/Trombone/French Horn and Tuba
Our brass lessons include private trumpet lessons, french horn lessons, trombone lessons and tuba lessons.
Students for these instruments usually are ages 9 or older as they need to have developed a greater lung capacity and in the case of the tuba need to be big enough to hold the instrument. Our brass teachers have university or college degrees in music and perform in everything from salsa bands to local orchestras. We can help students enhance their skills for their school band program or develop advanced skills to become soloists. Lessons are offered in 30 minute and 1 hour lengths.
We offer a wide variety of drum lessons or percussion lessons.
Our students learn on a drum kit. We have both male and female students and typically do not start drum lessons before the age 7 as students need to be able to reach both the pedal and the cymbals. We do have some younger students but suggest they come in for a trial drum lesson to see if they are big enough to get started. Drum lessons are taught on a drum kit in our studios but students are able to get started practicing at home on practice pads before purchasing or renting a drum kit. Our drums lessons stress proper technique so students become good drummers quickly. Our drum instructors have university or college training and are active performers. Private drum lessons are available in 30 minute and 1 hour lengths.