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(518) 313-7577

Westmere Plaza
1823 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12203
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Music Lessons on Woodwind Instruments

We offer lessons on woodwind instruments including the Oboe, Bassoon, Flute (piccolo), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone. 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 Oboe

The modern standard oboe is most commonly made from grenadilla, also known as African blackwood. Student model oboes are often made from plastic resin, to avoid instrument cracking to which wood instruments are prone, but also to make the instrument more economical. It is played with a double reed consisting of two thin blades of cane tied together on a small-diameter metal tube (staple) which is inserted into the reed socket at the top of the instrument. Most professional oboists make their reeds to suit his or her individual needs. By making their reeds, oboists can precisely control factors such as tone color, intonation, and responsiveness. Commercially available cane reeds are available in several degrees of hardness; a medium reed is very popular, and most beginners use medium-soft reeds. As oboists gain more experience, they may start making their own reeds after the model of their teacher or buying handmade reeds (usually from a professional oboist) and using special tools including gougers, pre-gougers, guillotines, knives, and other tools to make the reed to their liking.


About the Flute

The Western concert flute, a descendant of the medieval German flute, is a transverse treble flute that is closed at the top. The flute has circular tone holes larger than the finger holes of its baroque predecessors. The size and placement of tone holes, key mechanism, and fingering system used to produce the notes in the flute's range were evolved from 1832 to 1847 by Theobald Boehm and greatly improved the instrument's dynamic range and intonation over its predecessors. With some refinements, Western concert flutes typically conform to Boehm's design, known as the Boehm system. Beginner's flutes are made of nickel, silver, or brass that is silver-plated, while professionals use solid silver, gold, and sometimes platinum flutes. There are also modern wooden-bodied flutes usually with silver or gold key work. The standard concert flute is pitched in C is one of the highest common orchestra and concert band instruments.



About the Clarinet

The clarinet belongs to the woodwind family of instruments. The modern clarinet was developed from a Baroque instrument called the chalumeau. Similar to a recorder it had a single-reed mouthpiece and a cylindrical bore. Around the turn of the 18th century, the chalumeau was modified by converting one of its keys into a register key to produce the first clarinet. The classical clarinet of Mozart’s day typically had eight finger holes and five keys. Mozart considered the tone of the clarinet as closest in quality to the human voice. By the time of Beethoven (c. 1800–1820), the clarinet was a standard fixture in the orchestra. The clarinet is the central instrument for many styles of music from classical to jazz. Variations on the instrument include the E flat clarinet, B flat clarinet (these are the most common), the Bass clarinet, and Contra Bass Clarinet.

 
About the Saxophone

The saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840. Adolphe Sax wanted to create a group or series of instruments that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass instruments, that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections.Saxophones are commonly used in jazz music, where it is one of the signature sounds, as well as an iconic image used to denote the style. Beginning in the early 20th century, saxophones became popular in dance orchestras, which were not jazz ensembles but influenced the format of the big swing era bands that were soon to follow. A versatile instrument, the saxophone also is well know within classical music and is an important member of Wind Ensembles. The saxophone family includes the soprano saxophone, the alto saxophone (most common for beginners)m the tenor saxophone, and the baritone saxophone.


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