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Music Department

Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.
-Maria von Trapp

Yocum Institute offers both classes and private lesson instruction in music. Equipped with five private music studios and one large studio in its music wing, the Institute provides a high level of music education and performance opportunities. 


Private lessons:

 Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Piano, Flute, Saxophone, Bagpipes and Drums 

Other instruments will be considered


Music Classes:  Check them out using our tab "REGISTER FOR CLASSES".


New students please reach out and email our music director, Suzanne Bado at Or call the front desk at 610-376-1576 to provide your information.  Next, Suzanne will email you with more information and the steps to register for lessons. 


Students are billed monthly for private music instruction.
Please email our music director for more information.

Suzanne Bado,

Private lessons are offered in

  • Bagpipes

  • Clarinet

  • Flute

  • Guitar

  • Piano

  • Saxophone

  • Ukulele

  • Violin

  • Voice

  • Drums


Students must have an instrument available for daily practice.


  • Enrollment is ONGOING September – June

  • Students may begin private lessons at any time of the year. Our ongoing lessons with a monthly fee are from September to May. During our summer months students along with their teachers choose their lesson days. 

  • Autopayments will then be withdrawn from family accounts on the 1st of each month.

  • The front office must be notified of a withdrawal. Automatic billing will continue to occur until a withdrawal notification is received.


  • Yocum Institute has a no cancellation policy for private instruction. Our teachers have reserved a specific time for each student and it is held weekly unless a withdrawal is received. Please notify the Institute of all absences.

  • Make up lessons and classes are only offered if the Institute cancels due to snow, teacher cancellation, or snow day. There will be no makeups, credits or monetary reimbursement given for student cancellation.

  • The Institute reserves the right to suspend or discontinue any student at any time due to lack of interest, extreme absence, behavior, tardiness, delinquency in payments and noncompliance with Institute policies.

Berks Piano Quartet

Left to right: Ethan Zhou, Kevin Ding, Naomi Tam, Freya Cao

The Yocum Institute is proud to present the Berks Piano Quartet, an ensemble featuring four young keyboard virtuosos playing on two pianos.

Since its founding in 2011, the Quartet has given over sixty concerts throughout the community, and has inspired the formation of other groups from beginners to senior citizens.

Directed by educator and composer James Neher, the Quartet is a cooperative effort involving accomplished students recommended by prominent area teachers. They appear year-round as ambassadors of music (playing exciting versions of symphony showpieces, classical favorites, and lively extras from Sousa to ragtime) in auditoriums and community centers of all kinds.

Look for upcoming performances on our events calendar.

For more information about auditioning or to book a performance, please call James Neher at 610.376.1576.

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