Find a music lesson in Des Plaines, IL

Find music lessons in Des Plaines, IL

Find music lessons in Des Plaines, IL

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Top 10 music classes in Des Plaines, IL

Students agree: these Des Plaines music lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Stark Voice Studios

Stark Voice Studios

5.0(1)
Offers online services
5+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Helen R. says, "I've never sung anywhere out side of my car or shower, but I decided to retire early to spend more time with my grandkids and wanted to take up a hobby. Mr. Stark was so accommodating and knowledgeable. He really helped me with my confidence and we got to explore some of my favorite songs that I remember as a kid! His lessons are fun and engaging and I'm learning so much! I might even try out for church choir...we'll see! I highly recommend!!!" Read more
Andy Bossov Music

Andy Bossov Music

5.0(1)
Offers online services
4 hires on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Elaine M. says, "I have known Andy Bossov for a very long time. I find him to be a very knowledgeable, personable and capable individual. He is a great teacher, whether he's teaching piano or as a Rabbi, teaching religion." Read more
Four Winds Vocal Artistry

Four Winds Vocal Artistry

5.0(3)
Offers online services
18 hires on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Maureen S. says, "This is my second time taking lessons with Kelli Ann (the first time was years ago) and was happy to discover that she is still teaching. She is very easy to work with and tailors her approach to what each person wants to accomplish which can range from personal to professional. I think that her level of commitment is interest is the same for both. I highly recommend Four Winds Vocal Artistry!" Read more
Aaron Service Guitar Lessons

Aaron Service Guitar Lessons

5.0Exceptional(7)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
10+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Marc R. says, "I've been taking lessons with Aaron for over 2 years and I feel my playing and technique has greatly improved. I started out with a rudimentary understanding of music and music theory but now have a much better grasp of it. While I still have plenty of miles left to go on my musical journey, Aaron has set me up with good fundamentals and techniques. He's also a great jazz guitarist if you're looking for that too. " Read more
Joseph Glymph

Joseph Glymph

5.0Exceptional(18)
1 hire on Lessons
54+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Dan W. says, "Joe is literally the best technical violin teacher. If you want to learn violin at a high technical level, Joe is your go to. He also teaches conducting. I am able to play some of the most tech iCarly challenging violin pieces proficiently because of Joe. Do not underestimate his prowess as a teacher and performer. If you need to become technically proficient for violin/viola/cello auditions, go to Joe." Read more
The Chicago Ensemble

The Chicago Ensemble

5.0(3)
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Vicki C. says, "I started piano lessons with Gerald 3 years ago and just passed AIM piano exam Level 11 in both theory and performance. Gerald is a great teacher, kind (sometimes too kind), patient, dedicate and has passion in teaching music with 50 years experience. I feel I'm luck to be his student." Read more
Jubal Music LLC

Jubal Music LLC

5.0Exceptional(6)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
34+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Paul C. says, "Very personalize lessons. Instructor is very good at evaluating areas that need to be worked on. Focusing on tonality & technique, as well as promoting both playing from musical notation and by ear. " Read more
Susy's Music Studio

Susy's Music Studio

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
I offer music lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds starting at 4 years old. Students have the opportunity to perform in recitals every year as well. Lessons are available in Spanish too.
Elif Allenfort Piano Studio

Elif Allenfort Piano Studio

5.0Exceptional(6)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
26+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
Ivy H. says, "My older daughter has been learning piano from Ms.Elif for a year and half. She adores Ms. Elif. She is learning a great deal from her. We are really happy that we found her here." Read more
Richard Li's Cello Studio

Richard Li's Cello Studio

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Des Plaines, IL
My job for any student is to help cater to the student's individual goal while also making learning the cello as painless as possible. When I work with a student, I want the student to achieve the following concepts: 1. Setup. Cellists will have good posture and be able to make cello playing feel easy. 2. Tone. Every sound a cellist plays should come from a good sound. 3. Intonation/Music Reading. Every cellist has the ability to play in tune. In order to do that, they will become fluent in reading music. 4. Musicality. The fun part of music making is when they are able to express music with ideas. Cello playing is daunting and can seem impos...

Your Music Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do music lessons cost?

Music lessons cost $40 to $90 per hour. Most teachers offer weekly lessons in order to provide regular feedback, keep students motivated, and provide enough opportunities to learn new techniques and pieces of music. More frequent lessons do not provide enough time to practice and master skills between lessons.

To save money on music lessons consider group lessons, which are often cheaper than private lessons and allow you to learn from other students. Another option is to take online lessons which tend to be more affordable than in-person lessons and can be a great way to learn from a qualified teacher that isn't local. Finally, look for scholarships or grants to help pay for music lessons.

At what age can you start music lessons?

The best age to start music lessons depends on the individual and their interests. Most experts agree that children can start learning music as early as 3 or 4 years old when they can communicate and follow instructions. There is no age that is too late to take music lessons – even seniors can benefit from learning or improving their musical skills.

Studies have shown that children who are exposed to music at an early age have better language skills, memory, and problem-solving skills. Music lessons help improve fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity which are important for other activities like writing and drawing. Learning to play an instrument can also build a child's self-confidence and help to develop a child's creativity.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

The amount of time it takes to learn an instrument depends on the instrument, the student's age, and the amount of time they practice. In general, it takes several months to a year to learn the basics of most instruments including how to read music and play basic scales and chords. With regular practice, students can expect to play simple songs within a few months.

Piano, guitar, and percussion instruments are some of the easier instruments to learn. Strings and horn instruments take a bit longer to learn. Becoming proficient at any instrument takes several years of lessons and regular practice.

Do I need an instrument at home to take music lessons?

No, you do not need an instrument at home to take music lessons, but it does make it easier to practice and improve your skills. Without an instrument at home, you will need to find an instrument to practice between lessons if you hope to improve.

Before investing in any musical instrument, you will want to talk with the music teacher to find the instrument that is right for you. Guitars are a popular instrument for beginners since they are relatively inexpensive to buy. The flute is another simple instrument to learn and is a good choice for students who want to learn to play an instrument quickly. Pianos are a more costly instrument but are a popular choice for families since everyone can enjoy playing the same instrument.

How do online music lessons work?

Online music lessons are similar to in-person lessons, only the teacher and student are not in the same physical location. Using video conferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom, the teacher and students can communicate with each other from the privacy of their homes.

In order to take advantage of the affordable online lessons, you need a computer and internet connection with good audio and video quality to avoid frustration. The teacher and student join the video call and the lesson proceeds in the same way they would for an in-person lesson. Online music lessons require more focus and patience and are not suggested for very young students.

What questions should I ask a music teacher?

Here are some important questions you should ask a music teacher before you start taking lessons:

  • What is your teaching style?
  • What is your experience teaching music?
  • What are your rates?
  • How long are your lessons?
  • What is your availability?
  • What are your expectations for students?
  • Can you provide references from your current and past students?

How do I choose a music teacher?

Choosing a qualified music teacher is important for those wanting to learn or develop their musical skills. Find a teacher that fits your schedule, budget, and learning style by following these recommendations:

  • Look for a teacher with a degree in music or years of experience teaching your preferred instrument.
  • Make sure the teacher with a teaching style that suits you. For example, if you learn better with a more formal teacher that focuses on technique, don't choose a teacher that is more relaxed and focuses on creative, free-style playing.
  • Find a teacher that is affordable for your budget and has availability for lessons that fit your schedule.
  • Confirm that the teacher will help you reach your goals whether it is to learn a new instrument, read music, learn music theory, or just have fun.How do I choose a music teacher?

Reviews for Des Plaines music classes

Recent success stories from people in the Des Plaines area.
Donna W.
Kelli has been working with my son for a couple of years and has brought his voice, and his confidence, to places I never imagined! He has developed solid vocal skills and control under her guidance. She is flexible and accommodating. Just a perfect match!
Four Winds Vocal Artistry
David H.
I contacted Aaron because of the description of topics of instruction he listed in his ad for lessons. They were exactly what I've been looking for. The main item I've been looking for is music theory. I don't want to just learn how to play a piece of music. I want to know how the song was created and why the chords progress the way they do. And Aaron is guiding me on my path step by step. So far he as the patience of a saint dealing with this late to the party student. And I plan to test his patience by continuing to ask my main questions for everything.......Who, What, When, Where & Why?
Aaron Service Guitar Lessons
John L.
Mr. Glymph was my violin instructor and orchestra director between 2007 and 2013. The importance he has played on my life transcends into existential territory as it was his teachings that allowed me to achieve my dreams in life on top of rapidly improving in violin performance. His "smart practice" method that relies on deliberate and methodical micro improvements, bound together with repetition and consistency is essentially a guidebook to becoming a professional in any field and separating yourself from the masses. I had taken violin lessons for roughly ten years when I met Mr. Glymph as a teenager, and the amount of improvement I made in the first two years with him was probably one hundred-fold without exaggeration. His teaching style is not for everyone, but the sky is the limit if you are serious about music and want to genuinely improve. I eventually made a personal decision to not major in music, and Mr. Glymph was supportive as any mentor should be. I do believe that had I continued to pursue music using his methods I would have had a good career as well. Mr. Glymph is both an incredible violin teacher and a genuine mentor. He is strict but also understanding. Asking him if he could teach me at the Suzuki summer program in 2006-7 was easily one of the best decisions I've made in my life, and when I write a reflection or something in the coming years, his legacy will live on in that piece. John L.
Joseph Glymph
Julian H.
I have known Gerald Rizzer for many years. He has a very easy going approach to teaching but on the other hand is extremely good at helping the student improve his or her performances and musical capabilities. He is especially interested in the structure of the pieces the student is working on and can improve interpretations by focusing on that structure. He is the leader of the well known Chicago Ensemble and his abilities as a professional performing musician are beyond reproach. I highly recommend him.
The Chicago Ensemble
Julie N.
Kim is very patient and encouraging. I like how she tries to explain things in a way that is both intuitive and scientific. She's also very organized and have a clear lesson plan.
Jubal Music LLC
Hiroaki H.
Had a trial lesson; understands student needs and proposes a rough curriculum on the spot. Her years of expertise are exhibited through her knowledge and performance.
Elif Allenfort Piano Studio
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