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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Chicago is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $175 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$38 average
$300
45-min $23
 
$47 average
$131
60-min $20
 
$59 average
$175

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 21% less expensive at $47, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $38.

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Music Lessons in Chicago, IL

Chicago is home to many artists and bands, such as Common, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Alkaline Trio. While it’s clear Chicago has its fair share of big-name talent, we think that any town still has room for additional talented musicians! Could you or your child be next?

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Hi, there! My name is Mike, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 having taught thousands of some of todays top drummers. *** ALL LESSONS RECORDED ON PROFESSIONAL DVD TO TAKE HOME *** That's right, I am the only instructor in the world that has a pre recorded dvd lesson plan that helps any level drum student to go from point A to point B quickly, efficiently, and effectively in every weeks practice sessions. NO WRONG WAY OF LEARNING OR MONEY WASTED with this method. If you want the best for your child or self, I am the go to guy. I started playing the drums on Christmas day 1979. I'm a fun, energetic professional and all my students respect me as I respect them with coming across as their friend someone they can trust and talk to. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lynn Johansen July 6, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I've known Mike since he was a teenager. Drumming is, and always was, his passion. You can't find a better instructor. His knowledge, experience and patience with younger children is over the top! My 5 year old grandson is a student and absolutely loves his lessons and his teacher. My rating is 5+
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Jim July 6, 2015
· Drum · Online
My child and I both share a love of drums. Unfortunately I wasn't very good at it, well at least til Mike came along. Now my son is in a band and I get to jam with them during practice. All thanks to you Mike. The take home DVD's as well really enhanced. This way we could go over what he just learned. Rock on buddy!!
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Mike July 6, 2015
· Drum · Online
Mike is a BEAST! Just by watching his videos alone I have made huge improvements. I had been playing over 20 yrs at that point, I wish I had known about Mike at an earlier point in my playing, who knows where I would be now.
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Chicago, IL 60623
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About Dave K.

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Palos Heights, IL

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Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fare
ed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.

In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.

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As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.

I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.

​As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.

Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
Songwriting/Composition
Improvisation
Music business
Recording techniques​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
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Chuck M. October 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Dave is a very experienced teacher. His vast knowledge of music and outstanding teaching methods are helping me become a better bass guitar player.
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Israel C. June 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dave os always smiling and he is so friendly to everyone . My son loves the lessons.
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Gary May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Dave is thorough and knowledgeable
Looking forward to future lessons
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Dave K.

Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL 60463
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About Dan K.

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Dan K. is a professional freelance upright and electric bassist and teacher. He hails from West Des Moines, Iowa, where in high school he performed with the Iowa All-State Orchestra and All-State Jazz Band. He arrived in Chicago in 2009 to attend DePaul University, where he studied with renowned Chicago bassists Rob Kassinger, Kelly Sill, and Jason Heath, as well as jazz faculty Bob Lark, Tom Matta, Ron Perillo, and Bradley Williams. Dan obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2013.

Dan plays with a wide variety of bands from Fleeting Suns (folk rock) to Calamity Flamtet (jazz/funk/fusion) to the Dog Patch Ramblers (bluegrass/swing/Americana). He also appears occasionally with many other Chicago groups, including The Right Now and Jared Rabin. He has played many of Chicago’s finest venues including Millennium Park, Gr
ant Park, The Jazz Showcase, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Cubby Bear, Schubas Tavern, Beat Kitchen, Reggies, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, and many others, as well as performances all over the United States, Ireland, and England. He has also contributed to some half-dozen albums by various artists. For much of the year he keeps busy playing both on stage and in the orchestra pits of musical theater productions for companies such as Porchlight Music Theater, NightBlue Performing Arts Company, and The Royal George Theater.

He loves helping students to become the best musicians they can be, and tailors his teaching style and material to suit each individual.
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Rachel A. October 3, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Dan is very patient, kind and knowledgeable-an excellent teacher!
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Eli (. August 13, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
We had a great experience with Dan. He made the piano lessons interesting for our teenage son. Thank you
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Atticus D. July 12, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Great first lesson with Dan! Very knowledgeable and helpful. Look forward to future lessons and definitely recommend him.
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Dan K.

Chicago, IL 60660
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$25 / 30-min

About Matthew C.

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Chicago, IL

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Matthew has been playing the upright bass for about 13 years, and although he has a strong classical foundation, he has been studying jazz for the past 6 years.
Matt is currently in his last semester at Roosevelt University for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance on the Upright Bass. At CCPA he has had the opportunity to travel to St Louis, and New Orleans with the CCPA Large and Latin ensembles. Most recently, he performed at the JEN conference in New Orleans, where he performed with Howard Levy, one of the worlds greatest Harmonic players.
He has also performed many times at the Jazz Showcase and the world renowned Auditorium Theatre with many of the combos at CCPA.
He has had the opportunity to study with some of Chicago's best musicians, such as Ruben Alvarez, Henry Johnson, Paul Wertico, Paulinho Garcia, Cheryl Wilson, and T
om Garling. He is currently taking private lessons with both Scott Mason and Marlene Rosenberg.
Matt is also confident in teaching basic piano skills as well as jazz piano chord theory and improvisation.
Besides jazz and classical, Matt plays a lot of blues, rock n roll and funk on the bass guitar with a band known as Zoofunkyou, where he has played shows at Chicago's House of Blues, Double Door, Metro and many more. (zoofunkyou.com)
Matt believes music should be a fun form of expression and communication, that improves the players life, as well as those around them.
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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$20 / 30-min

About Yulia B.

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About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Amelia A. October 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Masha October 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is clear, patient and so understanding of the learning process. I am looking forward to working with her!
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Kate September 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is a great teacher. She is very patient and can explain the same technique in many different ways until I can understand it and perform it myself. Muscle memory is something you have to practice and she has taught me several methods to help me improve my muscle memory skills.
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Yulia B.

Yulia B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Amanda N.

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I am a classically trained opera singer with a 15 year background studying voice and performing on stage. I have experience with a variety of styles: classical, musical theater, pop, jazz, and rock. I am currently a member of improv-opera group Forte Chicago, which works to debunk the stereotypes of opera as an art form.

I began teaching beginner voice lessons a year ago and I would like to continue building my experience. My past and current voice students ranged in age from 16-23. In addition, I taught skiing for 3 years specializing in children age 5-12.

I started playing piano at 5 years old and consider myself proficient, however, we may use recorded accompaniment (karaoke tracks, piano tracks, etc) depending on the needs of your lesson.

I have extensive knowledge of music education techniques, music history, and theory. I
am also proficient in Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Latin. My many years or professional chorus work and time as a section leader also contribute to my ability as a teacher and singer.

I teach lessons out of my Ukranian Villiage apartment and I can also do house calls anywhere in the city of Chicago.

I have a very friendly Siberian Husky, Lando who will be present at your lesson. Depending on your comfort level with dogs, please let me know if you would like me to put him in another room during the lesson. He usually sits on the couch or floor to listen.
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Greg May 21, 2016
· Classical Voice · In home
Great instructor. Got me too understand pacing, breathing and projection very quickly.
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Greg May 21, 2016
· Classical Voice · In home
Great instructor. Got me too understand pacing, breathing and projection very quickly.
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Amanda N.

Amanda N.

Chicago, IL 60612
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$30 / 30-min

About randy B.

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Chicago, IL
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I've taught thousands of singers like you along with three Tony Award winners, a Grammy winner, multiple Dove Award winners, an Emmy winner, and American Idol finalist and recording artists from every major label. As the head of A&R/development for a new label I also specialize in artist development. My younger students have gone on to star on Broadway, receive recording contracts, TV and movies and successful independent careers. I am also recognized as an expert in vocal health and rehab.
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randy B.

randy B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$87.50 / 30-min

About Lydia H.

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I am a professional singer specializing in Gospel, Jazz, Blues, R & B with a classical training background. I am also a pianist, recording artist, songwriter, speech professor & etiquette teacher. I utilize all these skills to help my students become stellar singers. I have a B.A in Arts & Science, M.A in Communication & Training and another M.A in Education & Curriculum.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. Additionally, I provide my students with training on song selection, soundscapes, stage presence and career building tools.

Whether you dream is to sing in publi
c or to make singing your lifelong career; I am the person who will help you elevate yourself.
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Tanya D. July 7, 2017
· Singing · Online
Thank you so much for your expert training. I liked the conveniency of online training. Greatly appreciated!
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Jazmine July 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
I have never sung in public but it was always a dream of mine to be able to sing a solo in front of my family and friends for the holidays. I heard about Ms. Lydia through friends and asked her to teach me to sing. She gave me a free consultation to determine what my needs were and then set up a plan to help me reach my goals through the lessons that she gave me. Fast forward to last Christmas, I surprised my family by singing a ton of Christmas favorites and I am preparing to do the same this year. Thank you Ms. Lydia
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Cindi July 3, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I am a quasi professional performer but wanted to enhance my skill set so I reached out to one of my favorite performers/instructors: Lydia Hamilton. Lydia is an exceptional teacher and she designed my curriculum to fit my needs and it the results were outstanding!
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Lydia H.

Chicago, IL 60649
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About Matthew H.

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Music is something all of use as a form of vitality! It's something that humanity universally enjoys and participates in; whether it's through listening to music, attending a concert or actually playing, you are part of music.

I've always believed that anyone can develop musical talent once the correct learning environment is set up. When teaching, my responsibilities include inspiring the child and advising the parent so our goals can be accomplished during the week. I adapt my teaching style to suit the needs of each student, so I can keep my students interested in playing and motivated by their own accomplishments.

My aim is to establish the fundamentals of good playing from an early stage of study; such fundamentals are careful listening, correct posture and efficient motion patterns. In order to achieve these goals, I incorpo
rate pedagogical concepts from Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian, Kato Havas and ones that I've developed, using familiar repertoire to learn new techniques. Small steps are celebrated as building blocks to a better playing technique.

Learning the violin is dynamic and full of creativity and problem solving. We are at the same time disciplinarians, cheerleaders, poets, psychologists, and violinists. As a performer myself, I demonstrate frequently in front of my students. In fact, I will often choose passages that I can't play perfectly myself but that I am able to greatly improve right in front of their eyes. My goal in doing this is to show them how in a relatively short amount of time, but with immense focus, one can solve a problem; in a sense, I am practicing in front of them.

Whether the violin is an interest, hobby or something you want to pursue professionally, I'll always give you the best advice and training to achieve your personal goals.

My current private students have had great success in studio recitals and becoming confident in their own musical ability. I'll always bring a positive and encouraging attitude to tackle any obstacle in your playing.
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Matthew H.

Matthew H.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$30 / 30-min

About Molly M.

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15 years ago, I started learning to play piano and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am a doctoral student at Wheaton Graduate School, and enjoy playing and teaching piano in my free time.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I played piano professionally for weddings, shows, and musicals. I have led worship for many churches in Michigan and Connecticut. During my time at Yale, I was president of an organization called Yale Musical Cure, in which I played piano at hospitals, hospices, and benefit concerts. At Yale, I also gained teaching experience, and have loved teaching students ever since.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I
will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning songs!

I am a flexible teacher and am excited to teach students to truly understand music and enjoy playing the piano. Please reach out if you have any questions or interest in taking lessons.
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Wheaton, IL 60187
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$25 / 30-min

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