Cunningham Music School

Explore unparalleled piano, voice, and string lessons at Cunningham Music School. Founded by passionate, degreed musicians, we offer expert-led, personalized music education enriched with performance opportunities and workshops. Join us and elevate your musical journey!

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Our Programs

Piano Program

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String Program

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Voice Program

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The Piano Program

We offer piano lessons starting for the very beginner, or all the way up to the trained musician. We have students that began lessons as young as five years old, and students who got a later start in either middle or high school. We also have a number of adult students, some of whom have their own piano career either performing or teaching. Our piano faculty is experienced with learners of all ages and levels, whether you are interested in learning the classics or exploring the world of pop or jazz - not to mention everything in between! Our teachers are able to help you build your reading, theory, aural, or technical skills at any level. We pair our private piano lessons with a number of performance and educational opportunities throughout the year. Students are encouraged to take part in our recitals as well as participate in such events as studio classes and ensemble opportunities. The Cunningham Music School Piano Program truly has a fit for all piano students.

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The String Program

Our string lessons program provides second-to-none instruction in violin, viola, and cello: our beginning lessons combine elements of traditional and Suzuki instruction, and we encourage all of our students to take part in the regular performances and recitals that Cunningham offers. Adult students are also welcome in our strings studio, whether you are looking to begin a new instrument or you are returning to lessons after previous instruction. Our experienced string faculty is equipped to prepare the student for anything–whether it be the basics in a beginning lesson or more advanced instruction for the experienced player, Cunningham Music School has a place for you.

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The Voice Program

The Voice Program at Cunningham provides an individualized approach to singing and vocal study. Our voice students learn the building blocks of vocal technique, how to maintain good vocal health, and how to use the different parts of their singing voice. Private voice lessons with our voice faculty give students a wide range of experience with a variety of musical styles, a strong technical background, and performance experience, including working with an accompanist. Formal voice training is available and is suitable for the older student (middle-high school and adults), but our unique program also allows for younger students (ages 6-12) to begin to learn the basics of music and musicality, while safely encouraging their voices to grow. All of our voice students receive music theory training, aural training, sight-reading, vocal technique based in the Bel Canto tradition, and the opportunity to sing in our school’s recitals and performances. Our teachers also offer the basics of acting and expression, making our voice students well-rounded performers.

Meet Our Teachers

Meet Our Teachers

Kat Bowman (MM), Director - Piano, Organ, Theory, & Vocal Coaching

Jay Chadwick, Piano

Charles dePasquale (MM, MMT), Strings

Madalina Danila, Piano Teacher

Madalina Danila, Piano

Emma Lokmer, Piano

Peter J. Sion, Piano

Rachel Sigman (MM), Voice

Negar Ghasemi, Piano

Zyra Maria Gonzalez, Piano

Pricing, Hours, and Locations

Lesson Pricing

The Cunningham Music School is happy to offer second-to-none instrumental and vocal programs

30 min. lessons - $135 per month

45-min. lessons - $202.50 per month

One hour lessons - $270 per month

Trial Lessons

The first lesson will count as your trial lesson. Trial lessons are $20 for a 30-minute lesson and allow the student to get to know the teacher.

School Hours

Monday – Fridays: 2 – 8 pm
Saturdays: 9am – 3 pm


Cunningham Music School Blog

Meet Emma Lokmer: Pioneering Piano Pedagogy at Cunningham Music School

Meet Emma Lokmer: Pioneering Piano Pedagogy at Cunningham Music School

May 08, 2024 Kat Bowman

Explore Emma Lokmer's journey as a piano teacher and conductor at Cunningham Music School, shaping musical talents in Philadelphia with expertise and passion.

Viola, Cello, and Violin

Choosing the Right Strings Instrument for You

Mar 20, 2024 Kat Bowman

Discover your ideal string instrument with Charles dePasquale at Cunningham Music School. Explore violin, viola, or cello lessons to start your musical journey. Learn tips for choosing the right instrument and how to express creativity through music.

Why Cunningham Music School is the Ideal Place for Holistic Music Education

Why Cunningham Music School is the Ideal Place for Holistic Music Education

Mar 03, 2024 Kat Bowman

Discover why Cunningham Music School is the top choice for holistic music education. Explore comprehensive programs in piano, strings, and voice, taught by expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, with ample performance opportunities in a supportive community.

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