Sandleback Music Studio

Sandleback Music Studio

4.9 (7)
Best of 2022
2 hires on
1 employee
5 years in business

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Our music studio provides a fun and energetic teaching style that keeps the student engaged. We also study what the student wants to study! We can learn the skills you need using anything: Broadway, Disney, Pop, Classical, etc. Past students can't wait to go home and practice! 

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Wheaton, IL 60189
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7 Reviews


  • Karen Kusmierz

    Matt is great! So far so good with our lessons. He seems to have a good rapport with kids and a passion for his work.

  • Joshua Smith

    Matt teaches theory and performance. He holds our daughter accountable when she has not done what was asked of her. He is kind but not soft. Our daughter enjoys his lessons and has made great progress under his tutelage.

  • Susan

    My 7th grade son was inspired to also start lessons with Matt after listening to his younger brother practicing. He had already taken lessons when he was younger so he asked if Matt would teach him how to find and play chords to songs that could be sung along to- and Matt taught him this specific skill. I highly recommend Sandleback Music Studio! Matt is talented, a good teacher and educator, is flexible with schedules, and works well with kids and motivating them to learn to play and enjoy piano.

  • Suzie

    My third grade son started his introduction to piano with Matt last May. We appreciated that he offered the first meeting free of charge to see if it was a good fit. And it has been! Matt is a talented young man who seems to very much enjoy teaching music to others. Along with using piano lesson books, Matt has had my son work on learning a song of interest to him- so he's learned to play Star Wars and Harry Potter songs. This makes practicing a little more fun!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

During the first lesson I assess to see where the student is in their current study and for them to get a chance to experience my teaching style. Usually we do fun exercises and play a few games. I also get to know the student's personal interests. The first lesson is 100% FREE! After that I suggest the length of the lesson per week and what books should be purchased. Every lesson is treated with the same level of energy and excitement. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am currently finishing my Music Education degree at Northern Illinois University. I have taught private lessons before as well as instructed large ensembles both in Illinois and Wisconsin. I have been working with young music students for 9 years. I am also the head camp counselor for Cosley Zoo's summer camp program. I have performed in several ensembles over the years and have been principle player of several of those groups. I have experience playing both Jazz Piano and Flute. I have taught students K-12

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

1st Lesson Free!

$12 for 30 minutes

$18 for 45 minutes

$24 for 60 minutes

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching while I was in high school. I started to teach private flute and piano lessons out of my home. Soon after I started to run summer camp programs as well as teach jazz band at the middle school level. Over the years my responsibilities grew and with them so did my teaching experience. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught elementary general music (K-5), Middle School Band, High School Band, Jazz Band, and High School Marching Band. I have taught K-12. I teach a variety of students, some shy, some energetic. Whoever you are, I make it my goal to make each lesson work for you. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently I went up to a high school in Wisconsin I guest teach at for their graduation. It was amazing to see students that I have worked with over the past 3 years receive their diploma and remember who I am. I would go up and congratulate each one and find that they would welcome me with a huge hug. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure you hire a teacher that you enjoy working with! Music can, and should be, a lifelong experience. A teacher's personality should never discourage or get in the way of your learning. The material will be at times challenging and you need a supportive teacher that will help you through it, not discourage you. That is why my first lesson is free, to make sure you like me first. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What type of experience have you had on the instrument or the field of study you are interested in learning about? What types of books have you studied out of? Are you a visual or audio based learner? What motivates you?