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About Downingtown Music Academy

At Downingtown Music Academy, we offer a wide range of music lessons to help you in whatever instrument or concepts you want to focus on. Call today.

Humble Beginnings

Downingtown Music Academy started in 2013 and has since been helping students achieve their musical goals, fast, for the past 10 years. Rosalind Hayes began teaching lessons towards the conclusion of her master’s degree program while pregnant with her first son. Over the years the studio grew until we opened our first physical location in 2020. Teaching and building a business with three children has not been the easiest task for her, but it is her great joy to bring music to the community and instill confidence and success in budding musicians.

Image of Downingtown Music Academy instructor, Rosalind Hayes During COVID we had the pleasure of teaching students internationally and even writing a six-month vocal course used on a multi-million dollar music app, Tonara.

Our studio has been voted the best in Downingtown three years in a row since 2019! We’ve won awards on Thumbtack and on Alignable for 2020 best Downingtown business out of 900 businesses on the site. Most Recently we won the Best of Mainline 2021.

We are committed to creating a culture that emphasizes community, convenience, and collaboration among our students. Our holistic approach to lessons incorporates recitals, community performances, personalized lesson experiences, and an efficient method for monitoring and motivating students to practice at home.

Throughout the years we have performed throughout the community and partnered with other like-minded businesses including the annual Halloween boo bash at Kerr Park, fall performances with Highland Orchards, and the national anthem with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

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Our Instructor: Rosalind Hayes

Rosalind Hayes has been teaching since 2012 when she first started at the AIM Academy in Conshohocken, working with kids with special needs and learning disabilities.

In 2011, she completed her undergraduate degree in voice performance from the highly acclaimed Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She graduated from the honors program with a minor in psychology, Summa Cum Laude. Following this, she completed her graduate degree in Music Therapy from Drexel University in 2013 while pregnant with her first son and graduated with honors. She also completed both a master’s and bachelor’s theses on the transfer effects of learning a musical instrument.

She started Downingtown Music Academy Lessons in 2013 and since that time, has led studio participation in many Chester County-based community performances, including workshops, masters classes, non-profit concerts, music festivals, farmers markets, and more. Her students have gone on to perform in NYC and to achieve admission into acclaimed music education programs like Temple University. Her students have also achieved notable success getting sizable parts in community theater programs, solos in school concerts, and even winning awards for songwriting. Ms. Hayes has also performed personally at several world-renowned venues such as the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall. She also completed a six-month vocal course for Tonara, a seven-figure international music learning company and app.

Qualifications List

  • Westminster Choir College Magna Cum Laude 2011
  • Drexel University MA in Music Therapy 2013
  • Downingtown Music Teacher of the Year 2019, 2020
  • Best Business Owner Alignable of Downingtown 2020
  • Best of Mainline 2021

Our Testimonials

Meghan Dejos
Apr 25, 2022

My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Rosalind for over a year now. She makes every lesson fun, interactive, and enjoyable. She is the best in the business and comes up with learning techniques based on the needs of her clients. I would highly recommend DoRaymi to anyone!! Please come for a trial lesson if you’ve been thinking about it!!!

Hillary Prickett
Feb 18, 2022

Our daughter started voice lessons during the pandemic and had a wonderful learning experience, even online! She has really blossomed, Rosalind has been encouraging and helpful at every turn. She did awsome at her first recital! We are looking forward to more in-person lessons and continued growth. I'd recommend DoRayMi to any kiddos looking to learn or improve their singing skills.

Robert Galliera
Aug 03, 2021

I have been taking weekly beginner piano lessons with Rosalind Hayes for about 18 months. I had no experience previously and was limited in my ability to read music. Rosalind is patient in her instruction, identifies best teaching methods for each individual and doesn't move on to the next lesson or concept until I am comfortable with the current topic or number. I would recommend Rosalind to anyone seeking an instructor for piano regardless of level of experience or age.

Ava Beasley
Jun 06, 2021

My sister and I both take lessons with Rosalind and we enjoy it very much. She listens to our requests and helps us learn a lot about music. We progress quickly and smoothly with her. We think Rosalind is a great teacher and has helped us a lot!

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