For more than 25 years, the Harcum Music School has been bringing music into the lives of children and adults through intimate one-on-one lessons. The family-friendly music school operates out of the white-cottage home of Richter Hall on the campus of Harcum College in Bryn Mawr. Inside, passionate instructors cultivate first-time students in all manner of instruments, from the precise fingerpicking of the mandolin and banjo to the slap hands of the electric bass.
Makin Music Oreland helps instill a love of music in children with private voice and instrument lessons for all ages and skill levels. Even little kids get in on the act in parent-child classes, where the kids are handed drums or shakers to play and the parents discuss who should be the conductor when the tots form the world’s cutest orchestra.
In the words of the late Dr. Daniel Messinger, whose daughter and granddaughter now helm Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, “We’ve been doing this for 100 years—we must be doing something right.” Overseen by the fourth and fifth generation of family that founded the company in 1888, the sense of history carries over into its opticians’ daily practice—they’ve been seeing many of their clients for decades, and bestow fast emergency services upon them whenever a client damages a lens or tries to stretch their frames to fit a family portrait inside. The personalized attention heaped upon each customer shines through in the services provided, which include technicians that grind and surface all lenses on-site in the flagship location’s lab, often fitting them into frames for next-day pick-up.
Urmi Batavia began teaching private piano and violin lessons out of her home in 2002. As demand for her classes grew, so did her need for room, and two years later she opened her own space dedicated to music instruction: Batavia Studios. There, she shares her teaching responsibilities with a team of instructors well versed in percussion, strings, woodwinds, and voice. Though they still provide private lessons for adults and children, they also helm weeklong children’s summer camps and oversee a store filled with musical instruments, song books, and music accessories, such as jars filled with Al Green’s voice.