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Old Towne Music

Open for In-Person or Online Lessons!

We make learning to play music fun and easy!

We offer lessons for: Guitar, Voice (Singing), Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukulele, Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings

Why Old Towne Music is South Jersey's #1 choice for music lessons

We're South Jersey's largest, most qualified music teaching institution, in business for nearly 50 years, with three locations to serve you. Our modern teaching facilities, experienced music instructors, and professional support staff make taking music lessons fun, convenient, and rewarding!

And since we offer so many qualified teacher on various instruments under one roof, it's super convenient to make one stop for the entire family. You can book classes for different children at the same time to save you hours of driving and waiting time.

Established in 1974, Old Towne Music has taught over 20,000 students and currently has an active enrollment of over 600 students, ranging from preschoolers to adults.

Winner of more awards than any other music school in the South Jersey area!

Old Towne Music has won more awards than any other music school in the South Jersey area. Since 1974, it’s been the school of choice for more than 20,000 families. Students come from as far as Philadelphia to study with us.

  • Voted BEST OF Washington Township Music Store and Studio for 2015 and 2022
  • Voted best Music Store & Studio by Gloucester County Times for 2016 and 2022
  • Voted Best of South Jersey by South Jersey readers of the Courier Post from 2008 to 2017!! EVERY YEAR while the music lesson category existed!
  • Voted BEST OF Swedesboro for 2018
  • Voted Best Music Studio by Suburban Family Magazine 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020,2021, 2022
Learn to play Piano, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Voice (Singing), Drums, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Ukulele, and more.
Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Lessons
Piano Lessons
Voice & Singing Lessons
Drum Lessons
Woodwind Lessons
Brass Lessons
Strings Lessons
Rock University
Benefits of becoming an Old Towne Music student:
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1. In studio or online lessons - You choose what works best for you

Whether you choose to learn online with us from home, or visit one of our three modern teaching facilities, our experienced music instructors and professional office staff are unrivaled! We'll make your music lessons fun, convenient, and rewarding!

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2. All the instruments your family wants to learn under one roof

Whatever instrument you or your child wishes to play, odds are we teach it! We offer lessons for Acoustic Piano, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Voice (Singing), Bass, Ukulele, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Ukulele, and more - all in one location! Having all these lessons in 1 location saves you valuable time, since your family can have 2 or more family members take private lessons at the same time or day.

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3. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in the area

We have 40 music teachers in 3 locations, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least three music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their 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.

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4. The widest range of music lesson times available six days a week

We are the only music school in New Jersey that offers music lessons six days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Fridays
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays

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5. No long-term contract - Lessons are on a month to month basis

At Old Towne Music, we don't lock you into a long-term commitment or semester contract. Lessons are on a month to month basis! You can begin anytime, and to stop lessons, we just need a 30 day notice. Our desire is to inspire our students with the love of music. We do this through outstanding teachers and music that our students love- not contracts.

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6. More than just private lessons - We offer fun Group Programs too!

We have specialized, unique programs that are specifically designed to encourage students and get them involved in learning music in fun and friendly structured groups. No other music academy or private lesson teacher in the area can offer you these innovative and exciting programs.

For Preschool / Young Children ages Ages 18 months to 7 years, there's MusicFunTime. Children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, and play instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science as they develop.

The award winning program focuses on learning music theory in a fun, artistic way through specially developed games and crafts. Visit our preschool web site for more detailed information and videos of the program or call 609-254-0119.

For kids ages 8 to 18 years, we offer Rock University
Students rehearse in groups for 4 months (16 rehearsals) then participate in two rock concerts in a theater, club or outdoor facility with professional sound and lighting for family and friends to attend. Click here to learn more.For students ages 8 to 18 years we offer Group Piano / Guitar ClassesOur group piano lessons are meant for beginner level students. Students who would like to start learning the piano but enjoy the social interaction of learning in a group. Classes are offered for students age 5 to 7 and ages 8 -12. Click here to learn more.

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7. A proven track record of excellence

Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Why waste your time searching for and vetting a random private music tutor? Old Towne Music has multiple qualified teachers for each instrument that are screened, qualified, reviewed, proven and dependable. Old Towne Music has a proven track record of offering quality music, piano, guitar, voice, brass, woodwind, string, singing and drum lessons in New Jersey year-round, since 1974. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by thousands of families for nearly fifty years.

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8. A comfortable, relaxed waiting lounge for parents and guardians

Instead of waiting in a stuffy hot car, or making multiple trips, parents or guardians are welcome to relax in our comfortable waiting room with free Wi-Fi. Or if they prefer, they can sit in on their child's lesson anytime to see how they are doing.

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9. Our modern teaching studios are fully equipped

Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full drum kits with pads, keyboards, pianos and more. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studios to offer students a well-appointed, clean, comfortable learning space.

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10. Regularly scheduled, low pressure concerts and recitals give students the option to participate on stage

Every parent loves to see their child's progress, and students gain unequaled experience and confidence when they participate in one of our concerts or recitals.

We hold over 16 combined shows per year for our students. Students have the option to perform in these multiple recitals, but it's not required. We have 2 rock concerts every four months for our rock school, orchestral performances, and our young preschooler performances. These shows have been held at the newly rebuilt Grand Theater in Williamstown, and the Mullica Hill Library. Our rock school concerts are often held in club venues throughout the area including World Café Live, Hi-Nella Inn, House of Brews, Racks Pub & Grille, Otts, Landmark Americana, The Village Pub and many others.

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11. Professional office staff to serve you

We strive to bring you the best customer service possible. That's why Old Towne Music has a Lesson director and three lesson coordinators readily available to help you schedule and answer your questions. While other music lesson providers may not provide front desk staff, we always have full time administrative assistants to help you during ALL lessons, quickly and professionally. Excellent customer service is what sets us apart!

Have a question? Our office staff is here for you!
Monday thru Thursday, From 10am to 9pm
Friday, 10am to 7pm
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Call our main number at 856-228-0003.

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12. Achievement awards, certificates, and cool wristbands to acknowledge and celebrate student progress

We are the only music school in the area that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), and certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer awards and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces (see pictures to the left) 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.

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.

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13. We work with your schedule

Need to reschedule? No problem! Simply notify us before your scheduled lesson time and we'll reschedule you. We offer four make-up lessons per year.

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14. Three locations in Gloucester County NJ to serve you

We're conveniently located in Turnersville (Washington Township), West Deptford and Swedesboro (Logan Township) and just a short drive away from Camden County and Salem County. In fact, we've had students from all over South Jersey as well as Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware!

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15. Our on-site music store is always at hand with all the instruments, sound equipment, and accessories you may need

We carry a large selection of name brand musical instruments, accessories and books – all at discount prices. Our knowledgeable staff will help you choose what's best for your style of music and skill level.

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16. Our on-site rental and repair center is here to help

At Old Towne Music, we have a large array of rental instruments available- including string and brass instruments for school bands! We rent Band & DJ gear, and also offer Sound System sales, rentals and installations.

Need a musical instrument or amp repaired? Whether it's guitars, electronics, brass or woodwind instruments, our four highly skilled technicians can get it fixed so you can get back to making music. We even offer in-home piano tuning!

Technologically Advanced Facilities


Our students enjoy over 3,000 sq. ft. of Old Towne Music's most advanced music lesson rooms. Each studio is stocked with everything our students need, from pianos, keyboards and full drum kits with pads to amps and stereos. Parents can sit in on their child's lesson, or relax in our comfortable waiting area with free WiFi.

Meet the Owner

The ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. Old Towne Music has made substantial investments in our three facilities and elite faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy.

If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a teacher and performing musician, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help Old Towne Music students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.

John Yakabosky
Founder and President
Old Towne Music

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We travel from Philadelphia just come to Old Towne Music. The school’s been fantastic with diversity in learning. Diversity- that’s the key to keep the student motivated and encouraged to continue. He’s been at it for two years. He’s made great strides. I’m very happy.

-Steve (Parent)

I’ve been taking lessons at Old Towne Music for two and a half years and it is awesome!!​

-Ashley (Student)