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1823 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12203
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BRASS INSTRUMENTS

Music Lessons on Brass Instruments

We offer lessons on brass instruments including the trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium and tuba.. Students will start with the basics of their chosen instrument such as proper tone production, hand position, finger placement and breath support. Intermediate and advanced students will further advance their studies through both technical studies and while learning significant repertoire within a variety of styles and genres. All of our lessons include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore classical music, popular music, and jazz!


About the Trumpet

The trumpet is much more than a musical instrument. In fact, the trumpet is a part of world history. For thousands of years, the trumpet has played an essential role in almost every civilization on the planet! The trumpet has soldiered on throughout history, and today it can be heard in all kinds of musical styles, from rock to classical. Remember, your trumpet is much more than a musical instrument. It's been a clarion call to humanity for centuries.A standout favorite, thanks to its clear focused sound. Virtuosos like Louis Armstrong brought the trumpet to the forefront of popular music during the 1930's, and its popularity continued for decades, from Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis!


About the French Horn

French horns are made as “single” horns or “double” horns or sometimes as a rarely seen “triple” horn. The simplest beginning horn is a single horn which can come in two sizes, either a Bb (“B” flat) or an “F” horn with virtually all advanced students and professional players performing on a double horn. The French horn is popular in bands, symphony orchestras and small instrumental groups. The instrument is also popular among Hollywood composers since they write a lot of movie music for the French horn. It also works very well as a solo instrument.


About the Trombone

The trombone is one of the oldest classical orchestral instruments still being used today.  The first documented mention of the trombone was in 1488. However in 1468 the Duke of Burgundy hired a trombone player to play at his wedding. The trombone is equally at home in the orchestra and the jazz hall and is often heard blasting from a horn section in rock and pop music as well. In rock and pop music, the trombone has been heard prominently in bands such as Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, Prince and Blood, Sweat and Tears.


About the Baritone and Euphonium

The baritone is a member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece. The baritone works in the same manner as a trumpet but it’s twice the length. It plays the exact same notes as a trombone and even uses the same mouthpiece. The biggest difference is that the baritone uses valves rather than a slide to change the length of the air flow. The baritone is relatively easy to learn for beginners. The deep beautiful tone from a baritone is attractive to many students who like the sound of a lower voice.

The baritone is not to be confused with the euphonium. Many people use the terms "euphonium" and "baritone" interchangeably, though this is incorrect. The two instruments look alike, but the euphonium has a larger conical bore that gently tapers out to the bell and an extra valve. The baritone has three valves and a smaller, more cylindrical bore.


About the Tuba

The tuba is the lowest-pitched, and largest in the brass family of musical instruments. The tubist (or tubist) creates sound by blowing into the large mouthpiece, which produces vibration in the instrument, and then uses their fingers to press the valves to produce different sounds. The tuba was invented by Johann Gottfried Moritz and Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht, who were granted the Prussian Patent No. 19 in September 1835, for their 'bass tuba in F1'. In 1838 the first tenor tuba was invented by Carl Moritz, Johann Moritz's son. Most tubas are made of brass, and they can be left unfinished (which must be polished to keep from being tarnished) or plated with silver, gold, or nickel. Tuba’s produce a deep, beautiful sound, and are the often referred to as the anchors of the orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles where they are found.


Are We the Right Music School for You? Here are our top 12 Benefits...



1. Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Drums, String, Brass and Woodwind Music Lessons in Guilderland.
All of these of these are offered in one place.  This saves our students time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day. We offer all 5 of the most popular instruments: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Voice, Piano, and Drums. 

2. Most qualified and diverse staff in Guilderland, and the Capital District.
GMA has some of the most qualified music instructors who represent degrees and experience from the top music colleges in our country! Our team of teachers bring a great deal of experience to students weekly without having to travel into Albany, Latham, and Delmar. Our studio is the only music school in the Capital District that is 100% music education.  Retail is not our focus, you are!  In addition to our instructor's teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lessons.

3. A proven track record of excellence since 2005.
Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. We focus on teaching and do not have a store within our studio. The original, and still operating Cady School of Music in Albany, has a proven track record of offering quality music lessons, guitar, voice, singing, piano and drum lessons in the Capital District, New York year round. Our full time focus is teaching music.


4. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients and kids play area.
Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a professional parent's lounge with comfortable chairs, Wi-Fi, magazines and bottled water service. We also provide lessons in a room with large observation windows at the parent's request so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

5. High Capacity music facility.
Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons , including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos  and more. All you need to bring is your instrument and materials.

6.  Free Music recitals at least twice a year.
 Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in music lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital. Students who take music lessons at Guilderland Music Academy perform voice (singing), piano, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, bass, saxophone, oboe, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, clarinet, and flute at recitals.

7. Professional office staff to serve you.
Professional customer service for our students is a priority for us. We have office team members who are available at the front desk to assist our clients quickly and respond quickly to any voicemails left on our system during hours that we are not open. If you leave a message on Facebook you'll get a quick response too!

8. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.
We are the only music school in Guilderland,  or even Albany County that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder is our unique method of music education that you can only get here. This program is designed for all students who take music lessons at Guilderland Music Academy on voice (singing), piano, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, bass, saxophone, oboe, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, clarinet, and flute.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

9. Flexible Schedule.

With so many amazing teachers, we can always find the right time to allow for music lessons to fit into your life.


10. Convenient Location.
Located on Western Avenue in the heart of Guilderland,  NY.  Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Guilderland, Voorheesville, Altamont, Albany, and Schenectady. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining and the quaint neighborhood of Guilderland.

11. Picture Day.

We are the only music school in the Capital District that offers a picture day for their students. Each year we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

12. Month to Month lessons.
GMA does not require semester minimums for music lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis