Xylophone Lessons

Looking for beginner xylophone lessons?

We offer a range of beginner xylophone lessons through advanced xylophone lessons, both on-site serving Bergen County and Northern New Jersey, or online via Zoom.


The xylophone has been a one of the world’s most popular and well-known percussion instruments for thousands of years. Often compared to the marimba, the concert xylophone has a somewhat higher and narrower pitch range and a brighter timbre. An important member of the Percussion family, it is often played as a solo instrument, or in ensembles such as orchestras, marching bands, percussion ensembles, brass and concert bands. As well as being a classical orchestral instrument, the xylophone is widely played in African music and many types of folk music. It is also used in some forms of jazz, as well as in ragtime. Beginner xylophone players will learn how to properly hold the mallets, learn the appropriate technique in playing the instrument, and acquire skills in reading sheet music. While they learn the fundamentals of music, beginner students will also learn how to play simple songs. Our xylophone instructors are highly trained and experienced professional percussionists who are dedicated to helping their students achieve success. They take care to ensure that they tailor lessons to students’ skill level and help students build confidence.


There are many benefits in learning to play the xylophone. Similar to learning the other percussion instruments, xylophone lessons provide a strong foundation in building a constant sense of rhythm and creating dynamics. Studying the xylophone has been shown to increase cognitive abilities, enhance memory and improve hand-eye coordination. 

The pattern on a xylophone is the same as on a piano, enabling those with a background in piano to learn to read musical notation for the xylophone more easily.

Offered as one-on-one private instruction, xylophone lessons help our youngest students realize a great sense of accomplishment as they learn and grow. As our xylophone players continue to study, they develop the strength, dexterity and independence of hands necessary to play their instrument. As a bonus benefit, many of the skills and techniques learned in playing xylophone can be translated to learning other percussion instruments such as drums, marimba and timpani as well as glockenspiel, chimes and bells.

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Advanced XYLophone lessons for students of all ages!

Our advanced xylophonists explore many different mallet techniques and using four mallets instead of two. They also focus on learning dynamics and complex rhythms, while mastering more complicated pieces and/or new genres to add to their repertoire. Our instructors help our more advanced xylophone students in furthering their studies in theory and musicianship, preparing for an audition or performance, playing within a group, soloing, and improvisation.

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Ask us about studying other Percussion instruments at The Ridgewood Conservatory

Many xylophone players learn to play other members of the Percussion family to broaden their musical repertoire, expand their range, or simply to explore new possibilities. The Ridgewood Conservatory offers private instruction on a variety of other percussion instruments, including drums, timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, chimes and bells.

Xylophone lessons are available in many genres, including classical, jazz and folk.

Call 201-676-9915 today
for lessons on xylophone!

Xylophone lessons available for students age 8 – adult.