West Side Music Center
Our motto “Musicians Serving Musicians” is not just a slogan but a way of life at West Side Music Center. Everyone from the owner to our sales staff to our instructors to our repair technicians are active musicians with a passion to provide our customers the best, most knowledgeable service possible; whether they are complete novices or seasoned pros themselves. Our goal is to offer the area’s finest musical education program, outfit budding musicians with the best quality gear at a fair price, and develop close, personal relationships with our clients.
An intense dedication and love of music education is what drove us to purchase one of Joliet's last remaining hometown music stores before it closed it's doors forever, and it is this same passion that has garnered West Side Music Center as being unsurpassed for music instruction in the Joliet area. From our staff to our students and customers, when you walk in our front door you become a part of our musical family. So come on in and experience the difference!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We assess every student to determine at what experience level they are and custom tailor the lesson plan to fit what they want to achieve.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All of our instructors have several years of experience teaching their respective instruments; and all either have, or are working towards, a college degree in music. They are all well versed in music theory and can teach all levels of students.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Our lessons are scheduled in half-hour time increments held once a week and are paid on a monthly basis. The lessons price out at $20 per half-hour session.
What types of students have you worked with?
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Do not judge an instructor solely on his/her ability to play an instrument. Find out how long have been teaching, how many years did they spend learning music, and what types of accreditations have they received. In our experience, even the best virtuosos do not necisarily have the ability to teach.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Understand what music theory is and how deep you want to expand your knowledge of it. What are your ultimate goals in learning to play a musical instrument?