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FACILITIES


  • Private Practice Rooms
  • Large Group Practice Area
  • Ample Free Parking
  • One half mile from Route 38 & 295
  • Convenient to Mt.Laurel & Moorestown



SNJMI is a professional music studio offering private music instruction, early childhood music classes, summer programs and music parties. A staff of experienced educators and musicians join director, Francesca Secrest. At SNJMI our instructors understand the differing needs of students and personalize curricula accordingly. Whether seeking fame and fortune, a career in music, or simply pursuing a few hours of fun at home, children and adults at all playing abilities are encouraged at SNJMI.


LESSONS

LESSON RATES & PAYMENT POLICY

$32 for half hour
$47 for 45mins
$57 for one hour

Payment for lessons is paid monthly and is due before the first lesson of the month. Lessons are paid for in advance to secure a spot in a teacher’s schedule for the month. Your payment will be determined based on how many weeks there are in the month. There is a sibling discount of $5 per lesson for the second scheduled lesson per household.


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Music Director

Violin, Viola and Flute

Francesca Secrest is the director of MUSIC! and also teaches violin, viola and flute. Francesca has been teaching instrumental music in Southern NJ since 2000. She received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware, and is currently working towards her D.M.A. from Boston University. While attending the University of Delaware, she performed with UD Marching Band, University Orchestra, and Symphonic band. Francesca has performed at churches, weddings, the Mansion in Voorhees, NJ and is currently playing in a community orchestra. In addition to teaching viola, violin and flute, Francesca is excited to teach Kids' MusicRound classes.



Teacher Biographies

Trumpet, French Horn, Guitar & Piano

Alex Bon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Rowan University. He has been teaching and tutoring brass students at all levels for two years. In addition to teaching, Alex has also performed with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble. He also played French Horn in the Rowan University Concert Band. Prior to college, Alex was the co-director of music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where he taught general music at summer camps. He is excited to begin formally teaching students at all levels.

Upright Bass, Bass Guitar and Guitar

Paul Galdi -Transplanted from North Jersey, now living and teaching guitar and bass to students just outside of Philadelphia, PA, Paul is a veteran of the North & South Jersey, New York & Philadelphia music scenes, having played with countless independent artists and various commercial projects. Playing since age 12, Paul made sure to absorb every style of music from 60’s R&B to funk to classic Jazz and everything in between to be able to fit in to any musical situation that came his way. Paul studied under New York City studio pro Stuart Woods before attending William Paterson University’s esteemed jazz program getting to study with world renowned bassist Rufus Reid as well as many other veterans of the New York jazz scene that walked the halls while there. As a member of The Mark Forchic Trio, Paul gets to share his musical journey and all the places it’s taken him.

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, Euphonium, and Piano

Matthew Amato -is finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at West Chester University this coming December. His major instrument of study at school was the Saxophone which he has been playing since 2005. He is at the beginning of his teaching career and is very excited to begin teaching private lessons. Along with the Saxophone, Matthew also teaches Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, Euphonium, and Piano. While attending West Chester University, he performed with the WCU “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble. Matthew is also a member of the National Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and Pi Lambda Theta. (National Education’s Honor Society) Notably Matthew has performed and traveled the country with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012, the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2015, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016.

Guitar and Piano

Matthew Di Filippo- holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Rowan University. He demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of guitar and piano technique and performance. Matt has taught private students of all ages in Marlton and continues to expand his practice in the Philadelphia area. While attending Rowan, he tutored students for Music Theory-Written/Aural for two years and was a member of Rowan's Concert Band, Men's Choir, and Guitar Ensemble for four years. Matt has performed in professional events and in small venues including the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Trocadero Theatre and the Crocodile Rock Cafe, PA. As a previous camp counselor, he has created theme days of music for Evesham Township’s Triple-A Summer Camp in which exposes children to singing/movement/ listening activities and presentations on band instruments. Overall, Matt is looking forward to sharing his working knowledge at our studio.

Voice and Piano

Christian Simmons -Chris began his musical journey at the age of 8 with piano lessons from his home. He felt the his first urge for continuing his education at the age of 13 when he picked up his first guitar. From there, it was history. In high school, you could find Chris in the choir room singing, up on the stage singing and acting, or in his drummers garage playing with his band. When the time came to decide what he would do with the rest of his life, there was no question in his mind that music was the way to go, and since he already had an extreme passion for education, it seemed clear what he had to do. He began his college career in the fall of 2010 at Rowan University where he studied voice and education. Since he has graduated Chris has joined a community choir, and has expanded his studio so he could get the most experience he can, while influencing as many students as possible to have a rich, and fulfilling relationship with music throughout their lives.

Voice, Guitar and Music Therapy

Jami Smith, MT-BC -is a Board Certified Music Therapist with a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA in 2005. She completed her Music Therapy internship at Bethany Children’s Home in 2006. Jami completed a Master’s in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. She has been practicing music therapy since 2006 in various settings. She has worked with populations ranging in age from 3 to older adult with various disabilities and diagnoses including Autism spectrum disorders, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays, dementia and mental illness. Jami is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association. She keeps involved in her profession and continues her education to continue to provide quality care.

Kids' MusicRound

Michelle King- Michelle is a parent of 2 littles as well as a former professional actor/singer/dancer. After attending a performing arts high school and training in New York by 16, Michelle attended Indiana University where she was classically trained in the theater and studied voice and dance at their music school. Upon receiving her B.A., Michelle was a professional performer based out of Manhattan with credits that included summer stock theater in Indiana, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, children’s theater and musical productions in Red Bank (Monmouth County), The State Theater in New Brunswick, Off-Broadway and even Tony N Tina’s wedding in Philadelphia. Music has always been her love and is so honored to have your children as students as part of this beautiful and wonderful phase in life.