The general manager Mason Fisher made me feel welcome as soon as I joined SOR Cherry Hill. I am an adult student. I take individual keyboard lessons with Patrick Crowling, the music director. The lessons are awesome - I work on building my skills every week. Patrick is a very patient instructor. He demonstrates technique on keys, he helps me listen for melodies and chord changes in songs (I call it ear training) and he helps me decipher timing and rhythms. One day I hope it will all come together for me!! Its a learning process.
I am also taking lessons in the adult group/band. Our instructor Vince plays multiple instuments and he got mad skills. He challenges us to dive right in to the music. It is a challenge for me to keep up with the pace of the group, but it only makes me want to keep improving.
Overall, I would highly recommend SOR Cherry Hill. So far it has been a great experience on the path to becoming a musician. I took traditional piano lessons for many years. I'm pretty good at note-reading and the basic mechanics of playing piano - but at SOR I am actually learning how music is made and how music is played.
The exposure our son is getting to various instruments in Rookies class has inspired him to pursue private lessons. He looks forward to coming to class every week. The instructors make it fun and serious at the same time, which is not easy for a young age group.
My 7 year old absolutely loves to go to his practice sessions, is practicing at home now. And howls with excitement when they perform live at events even if just as the opener. Great instructors and very easy going management with not obligation to keep paying for new lessons.
I love that our son is learning through performance. It’s a very motivational way to learn and he has fun doing it. The community is safe and he has found a group of friends who understand him and share his interests... something he has struggled for in other places.