Suburban Music

Suburban Music

Best of 2022
13 employees
26 years in business

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Suburban Music is a family-owned full-service music center. Our strong foundation in private music lessons informs the retail store of appropriate instruments, accessories, and sheet music to offer students and customers.Suburban Music offers music lessons on all instruments & voice. Lessons cost only $30 for 30 minutes. 90-minute Rock Band Classes are only $30 per week. Suburban Music students enjoy a 20% discount every time they shop in the store. Several performance and recording opportunities are available each year to our students, including a Spring Recital, Christmas Recital, Rock Shows, Festivals, Parades, and Battle of the Bands.Rock Band Classes are extremely popular and include a 90-minute full band rehearsal each week, followed by a concert performance at a real rock venue.

Our teachers enjoy that they can do what they love for a living. Suburban Music has been on Front Street since 1996, offering music lessons to beginning students and advanced performers alike. Our teachers love to help students acheive their musical potential.

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Wheaton, IL 60187
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We make a friendly introduction & create a comfortable environment. Start with a few beginner exercises to teach some of the basics and assess the student's ability. Work with the student's interests and ability to create some goals to find a purpose for the lessons. Encourage practice with a positive attitude.

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

All teachers at Suburban Music hold a Degree in Music, in addition to years of private lessons and involvement in college-level and professional ensembles. Our teachers continue working as professional performing musicians and recording artists.

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

Students may sign up for weekly, 30-minute lessons for a rate of $30 per week, to be pre-paid monthly. When signing up for weekly lessons, the first lesson will be included free of charge. We also offer "Drop-in" lessons at the rate of $35 per lesson (due at the time of scheduling), with no long-term commitment.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching at Suburban Music in September 1999, and quickly built up a roster of 65 students with a two-page waiting list. So we hired teachers to help keep up with demand, and word got out that we offer high quality lessons for students who want to become great musicians! I also taught private lessons in Chicago. In 2012 I bought Suburban Music and together with my talented colleagues, we continue to teach lessons 6 days a week.

What types of students have you worked with?

Our teachers have years of teaching experience, and we have worked with students of all abilities (beginner to advanced), and most ages (6 & up). Children from all backgrounds and educational experiences are welcome to study with our professional teachers.

The teachers at Suburban Music are well experienced teaching music to students with special needs; our teachers have had positive experiences with students that have dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, tourette's syndrome, epilepsy, learning disabilities, auditory processing disorder, dysgraphia, stroke, ADHD, and ADD.

Several music therapists have recommended music lessons at Suburban Music to their clients for rehabilitation and therapy. We are proud to say that we even have music therapists and children of music teachers as students.

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

Look for a teacher that can inspire you to become a better musician. A good teacher starts out as a good listener, then a lifelong student of music before they become a teacher. A great performer is not necessarily a great teacher. Find someone who can relate to your goals, abilities, and experience.