Welcome to the Gibson School of Music and Arts!
Small Business, Veteran Owned Business
- Honorary Citation from The Office of Councilwoman Marion B. Tasco for community services
- Community Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
- Certificate of Achievement by Assets Montco
- $12,000 Storefront Improvement Program Grant sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce
- $5,000 Grant sponsored by The Merchants Funds
- $10,000 Grant from the LISC Small Business Relief Grant Program
- $5,000 Grant through the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund
- City Citation from the Office of Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker for creating a reading library in our school to increase literacy
Gibson School of Music Arts was founded in 1995 by Professor Randy J. Gibson a veteran who taught for over 17 years in colleges, universities, privately and other music schools. Being a child prodigy, music became his passion which gave him the need to impart into young children of all cultures. He purchased Zapf’s Music School which had been in business for over 67 years. Purchasing The Zapf Music School provided Professor Gibson the opportunity to take over 450 plus students, 40 teachers, an office clerk, a few instruments and the lease for a 12,000 square foot building. His original vision for the business included a music conservatory, recording and rehearsal studios, exhibition for art work (painting & drawings) and a recital hall. The enrollment, diversity and profits increased after several years of Professor Gibson taking over. Zapf Music Store continued to operate their music store adjacent to GSMS for the next 10 years. In 2003 we purchased the 12,000 square foot building which is located in the center of a business district of the Olney section in Philadelphia. Currently, it is a multicultural community which makes it unique.
Over the past 27 years, we have taught over 15,000 students in music and arts in Philadelphia and the surrounding area and have the capacity to reach well over 20,000 students. Some of our students have received community awards, achieved socially, educationally, and professionally as a result of attending classes at our school. Our former students include Kamal Gray and James Poyser of The Roots and Jazmine Sullivan who have gone on to become R & B sensations.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
To channel and excite expression in children and adults, providing a nurturing and safe environment.
To help individuals realize their dreams, through the integrity of hard work and discipline.
We are committed to providing:
- Excellent and professional music education
- The highest level of excellence in music performance and theoretic comprehension
- An eclectic understanding and overview of the arts, lending itself to all genres
1995: Professor Randy J. Gibson purchased the Zapf Music School and Gibson School of Music Arts was founded
2001: Received Honorary Citation Councilwoman Marion B. Tasco, District 9, for community service
2003: We purchased the 12,000 square foot building where our school is currently located
2004: We made renovations to add a retail store and art and animation room to the space
2008: Recipient of a grants through The Merchants Fund in Philadelphia for building renovations
2009: Recipient of Storefront Improvement Program Grant sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce
2010: We added a concert hall for recitals, concerts, workshops, church events, and civic and community meetings
2012: Received Community Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
2014: We added a cafe to the space
2015: Completed SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative
2020: Received City Citation from Philadelphia Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker, District 9, for creating a reading library in our school to increase literacy
2020: Recipient of LISC Small Business Relief Grant
2021: Received funding through the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund
The Gibson School of Music and Arts was founded in 1995 by Professor Randy J. Gibson. We offer music and arts lessons and classes, musicians for hire, space rentals, instrument sales, and more.
Address: 5425 N 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120
Phone Number: (215) 924-7345
Fax Number: (215) 924-8890
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday - 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday - 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday - Closed
Friday - Closed
Saturday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - Closed