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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Chicago is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $134 per hour.

30-min $17
 
$39 average
$94
45-min $20
 
$53 average
$114
60-min $30
 
$66 average
$134

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 20% less expensive at $53, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $39.

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About Caleb M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Caleb
Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now as well as his original funk band Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and big-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb al
so regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 8 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practice at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
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Grady April 9, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
Great first lesson and looking forward to more!
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Paul January 21, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
Caleb is a very insightful teacher.
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Ed F. November 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Caleb was very patient with me and I appreciated that. I was a good lesson.
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Chicago, IL 60618
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About Brittany N.

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About Brittany
I strive to create an environment in which students feel comfortable to learn, experiment, and express themselves and in which they look forward to coming every week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and other items needed for the instrument (shoulder rests, strings, rosin, etc) but will need to be reimbursed.

I can also provide a music stand at the lessons

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and technique
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Jayson February 6, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is very well prepared for our lessons. She's very encouraging and although I've only had two lessons, I've learned a lot and she gives me plenty of exercises to do on my own to improve as well.
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Caroline Cao January 21, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Best violin teacher! She is very passionate and really into how to help different individuals learn better! I learned a lot from her!
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Robin L. January 7, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is one of the most enthusiastic and encouraging violin teachers I've ever met. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Brittany N.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Benjamin K.

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Chicago, IL

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About Benjamin
I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Marc May 23, 2019
· Singing · Online
Made me feel very at ease for my first singing lesson. Looking forward to the next.
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john March 29, 2019
· Acting · Online
Super teacher
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Maya S. March 21, 2019
· Singing · Online
My daughter has had 3 lessons so far and so far so good :) She enjoys it very much and looking forward to many more.
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Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Matt M.

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Mokena, IL

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About Matt
Hi! My name is Matt M. and I am the owner and founder of Black & White Music Services, Inc., a professional music education and production company.
I began teaching at a fairly early age and moved to teaching privately over 9 years ago. I have a deep passion for music and the guitar and do my best to instill that same passion in new and experienced players alike. Throughout my playing career I have participated in numerous ensembles including jazz bands, classical groups and quartets, as well as solo performance groups. I am extremely thorough when it comes to my teaching style. I make sure the student has a clear understanding of not only the how but also the why while keeping my curriculum fun and interesting. Every student is different and I do my best to gain an understanding of the individual and build a lesson plan best suited for
that individual.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Gabriel J. June 21, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Excellent. Didn’t need so much info about electric guitars since we’re just starting and have an acoustic guitar. Otherwise, excellent.
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Kevin K. May 9, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Matt was very thorough in determining my current skill level (which is basically beginner with some previous limited exposure to music and some self-taught cowboy chords). He asked me what I wanted to focus on and worked with me on beginning to change some bad habits/techniques that I had developed. Matt didn't just instruct, he EXPLAINED. I felt that the lesson was much more of a mutual discussion than a lecture/demonstration, which is a great thing. I felt very comfortable and believe that Matt's teaching techniques will help me achieve my goals.
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Samantha T. December 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
He is experienced, knows his music and encouraging . A good quiet place to learn guitar lessons.
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Matt M.

Mokena, IL 60448
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About Jeffrey S.

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Chicago, IL

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About Jeffrey
My name is Jeff and I have been a bass player for over 20 years. I have professional experience on bass guitar and have played, performed, and recorded with many bands and musicians since the mid 1990's. I currently perform throughout the Chicago area in bands and in musical theatre pits as well. I am fluent in all styles of music including rock, jazz, soul, R&B, metal, and classical. I also play double bass and have a Bachelor in Music degree. Your success as a growing musician is important to me so I am sure to incorporate a firm understanding of music theory and fundamentals into playing the bass. I am extremely versatile and have a relaxed, outgoing personality that allows me to be a successful teacher. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song, or you want to learn how to read music and understand music theory, I can h
elp you grow into the musician you want to become.
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Edwin May 22, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I’m not usually one to write reviews but Jeff is such a great teacher. He really helped to develop my playing to where now I consider myself a confident bassist. His style of teaching not only helped me to be a better bassist, but also helped me internalize musical concepts that will help me for the rest of my life. I strongly recommend Jeff if you are looking for someone to really take you to the next level!
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Jeremy May 21, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jeff Was a godsend with our 9 year old son. We felt Jeff really knew what Jabob needed to get him interested in learning to correct way to play, while also having FUN. As a pick up, know nothing guitar player myself I was really impressed with Jeff’s attitude and dedication to music and fostering the learning of music. 10/10 THANKS Jeff!
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Natalie May 21, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Jeff is a great teacher. Jeff made the lessons super fun and meaningful for my son. He has a unique way of teaching that really helps anyone in any level understand. I highly recommend Jeff!
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Jeffrey S.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Paul M.

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Oak Forest, IL

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About Paul
I have my bachelors degree in sacred music, my masters degree in music performance, and my doctorate in worship studies. I am an experienced music teacher with great interpersonal skills and enjoy creating a fun and meaningful learning environment for all ages of students. I teach music theory concepts as I teach music, and I also enjoy sharing the history of music and famous composers. Students should not just learn notes, but they should also learn about the wonderful story of music I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, voice, and piano lessons for many years with great success. Many of my former students write to me periodically to tell me what they are doing in music. I look forward to working with many more students as we embark on the journey of learning music, pieces, history, and theory together. Students will look ba
ck and say they really enjoyed their lessons with me. I also have a background in teaching special needs children.
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Alex July 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Paul has been very patient and wonderful with my 6 year old son who has just started lessons.
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Lorenzo S. October 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
My first lesson was great. Mr. Paul was very patient and judged my skill level before making a lesson plan. Initially I was nervous, because I have never taken lessons before, but that quickly went away. I can definitely tell that he knows his stuff when it comes to teaching. He a great teacher and conversationalist.
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Kennedy B. September 15, 2016
· Flute · In home
Paul was very pleasant. He thoroughly explained things to my daughter in a manner that she could understand. He listened to her play and they also played together.

This was her first flute lesson with Paul, but she's already looking forward to the next lesson.
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Paul M.

Oak Forest, IL 60452
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About Phil C.

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Chicago, IL

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I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my beginner students have also gone on to careers in music.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied to all/both of them. I striv
e to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

As a writer, I've written for everything from music publications to LinkedIn, and have an award-winning nonfiction book that chronicles my journey as an independent musician.

As an entrepreneur, I've had several non-music businesses on the side over the years, and have weathered every twist and turn of the music industry for more than 30 years. My indie record label, founded in 1994, is breaking new ground by empowering artists to have a hand in their own business success while never compromising their art.

As a public speaker, I started speaking in church at age 9. I have spoken to audiences large and small about everything from music education and the music business, to dealing with addiction, to the teachings of engaged Buddhism.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Glenn F. February 7, 2019
· Singing · In studio
1st meeting/lesson went well....Looking forward to future lessons.
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Reenee H. January 9, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Just my first lesson but I enjoyed it and feel like I am learning the basics well.
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Mya A. November 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Very patient!
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Phil C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Andrea T.

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I am a professional opera singer and voice teacher. I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance.

Voice students can expect to find a solid foundation in vocal technique from lessons each week. They also will find a foundation in music theory and sight singing which I believe are incredibly important to developing well-rounded musicianship. Singing should also be fun! I believe that together, we can find music that is enjoyable for you to perform and that will help create a life-long love of singing.

My personal passion is classical music and musical theatre but I strongly believe that healthy technique is critical for every type of singer. I look forward to meeting you!

Policy for students: I have a 24hr cancellation policy so that if my students cancel with less than 24 hrs I’ll be cha
rging my students as no shows. In addition, three no shows will unfortunately result in the termination of lessons altogether.
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Renlin X. April 14, 2018
· Singing · In home
Great teacher
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Muriel August 29, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Andrea is a kind and patient instructor. When I took my first lesson with Andrea, I hadn't sung in years. By the end of that lesson, I already felt like I'd improved a great deal. She gave me the tools to continue growing as a musician.
I've had several voice teachers and Andrea is among the best. Her teaching style is very clear and accessible. She also has a great understanding of the voice as an instrument and won't push you to do more than your voice is ready for in a given lesson.
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Noah August 28, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Andrea helped me prepare for my first vocal performance. I was new to singing and she was a very patient and helpful teacher.
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Andrea T.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$42 / 30-min

About Lexie L.

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Berwyn, IL

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About Lexie
I stumbled into teaching by accident sixteen years ago and never left! That's the truth. In 1993, I moved to Chicago to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at DePaul, became a student of the late great vocal guru Ed Farran, and began my journey as a working musician. Several jobbing gigs and a handful of TV jingles later, I decided to form a band of my own to showcase the fruits of my passion for songwriting. I was asked to be a temporary substitute teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in 2003, never imagining how transformative my experience there would be, and ended up staying on as a voice & piano faculty member for sixteen years and counting.

It turns out teaching is fulfilling, fun, and infectious.  My style in the classroom is informed largely by the exceptional teachers I've been fortunate enough to work with over the years, but
I believe I have learned the most about music from time spent with my students. Maintaining a collaborative and nurturing enviroment in our lessons is important to me for that reason.

Piano students of all ages can expect a well-rounded approach to learning their instrument in a way that is tailored to the student's personality and learning style. Sometimes we will follow a book, but often we won’t. There will be theory and technique elements to each lesson designed to enhance the student’s understanding of what they’re playing, but the focus will be on the joy of execution. A student’s willingness to learn to read music is immensely helpful but not an absolute requirement.

Voice students will practice a wide range of topics from the physical (healthy singing techniques) to the psychological (vocal inhibition issues) to the artistic (style; finding your own voice). Singers who are interested in taking their skill set a step further can learn how to get around a keyboard, understand key signatures, and write their own transcriptions.

My musical compass is always pointing lessons toward this idea: What can I do to help my students feel empowered and equipped to make music confidently when they go off to college/when they’re 45-years old/ when they’re retired? For more advanced or ambitious students the query goes further: How can I challenge and inspire my students to get the most out of their instrument and their relationship to music in general? My main goal in every lesson is to point the student toward a life-long love of self-propelled music appreciation.
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Lexie L.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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$34 / 30-min

About Kim D.

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Valparaiso, IN
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Hi! I provide fun and exciting music lessons in Valparaiso!
Piano | Voice | Harp | Guitar | Ukulele
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Kim D.

Valparaiso, IN 46385
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