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Music Department

Music is the one art we all have inside. We may not be able to play an instrument, but we can sing along or clap or tap our feet.”  ~ Fred Rogers

Yocum Institute offers both classes and private 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. Currently, private lessons are offered in strings, piano, woodwinds, guitar and voice. Other instruments will be considered. We also offer music classes.


New students please call the front desk at 610-376-1576 to provide your information.  

Or reach out and email our music coordinator Suzanne Bado, at


Private instruction begins the week of September 5, 2023.
Registration is open and ongoing through June 2024. Students may register at any time. Registration for private music lessons must be done at the front desk. That information will be shared with the coordinator, and she will be in touch. If you have additional questions, please see your music teacher or contact our department coordinator, Suzanne Bado, at


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

Suzanne Bado,

Private lessons are offered in

  • Clarinet

  • Flute

  • Guitar

  • Piano

  • Saxophone

  • Ukulele

  • Violin

  • Voice


Students must have an instrument available for daily practice.


  • Enrollment is ONGOING September – June

  • ALL Students must register at the front desk. Once a time and teacher have been confirmed, and the student has registered at the front desk, an account will be created on our Parent Portal. Families will be sent instructions about accessing their account.

  • Autopayments will then be withdrawn from family accounts on the 1st of each month.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