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1823 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12203
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STRING INSTRUMENTS

Music Lessons on String Instruments

We offer lessons on string  instruments including the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students will start with the basics of their chosen instrument such as proper tone production, hand position, finger placement, and bow hold. 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. Teachers use a variety of methods including parts of the suzuki method to best meet the needs of their students.All of our lessons include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore classical music, popular music, and jazz!


About the Violin

The violin, also known informally as a fiddle, is a wooden in the string family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use. The violin has four strings tuned in perfect fifths, and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings, though it can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers (pizzicato). Violins are important instruments in a wide variety of musical genres. They are most prominent in the Western classical tradition and in many varieties of folk music. They are also frequently used in genres of folk including country music and bluegrass music and in jazz. Electric violins are used in some forms of rock music and jazz; further, the violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures, including Indian music and Iranian music. The name fiddle is often used in reference to folk music, particularly Irish traditional music and bluegrass, but this nickname is also used regardless of the type of music played on it.

 

About the Viola


The viola dates from the same time as the violin, coming into existence in the early to middle 16th century. The viola is slightly bigger than the violin and even though the viola and violin can play many of the same notes, they each have a special sound quality. Sometimes people describe the viola's sound as more "dark", "earthy", or "mellow" than the violin's sound. The viola plays notes that are lower in pitch and often fills in harmonies in an orchestra by blending the string sections together and giving body to the orchestra as a whole.

 
About the Cello

The cello (pronounced like ‘chello”) is the second largest member of the string family. Like the other string instruments, sound is produced by drawing a bow across the strings or by plucking the strings. Like other string instruments the cello comes in just two pieces, the instrument and the bow. The bow uses horsehair or a synthetic material to vibrate the strings as it is drawn over the instrument. The cello is played in an upright position with the left hand resting on the back of the neck and the right either plucks the strings or holds the bow. The cello is still used in many styles of music throughout the world. It is well known for its use in symphony orchestras and occasionally performs in popular music groups as well.


About the Bass (Double Bass)

The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra.The origin of the name of the double bass stems from the fact that its initial function was to double the bass line of large ensembles.This hefty instrument has several nicknames including contrabass, string bass, bass, bass viol, bass fiddle, or bull fiddle.The double bass can be played using two different types of bows. The French or ‘Bottesini’ bow resembles a cello bow but is shorter and heavier. The second type is the German ‘Simandl’ or ‘Butler’ bow.  It is commonly used in jazz, dance music, popular music, and folk music. Military and concert bands across the globe use it. In the orchestra, the double bass supplies power, weight, and the basic rhythmic foundation.


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