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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Chicago is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $120 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$39 average
$300
45-min $20
 
$49 average
$99
60-min $25
 
$62 average
$120

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 $49, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $39.

Curious how much music lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best music teachers near Chicago.

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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?

Customized Lessons in All Subjects - TakeLessons is committed to providing safe, affordable Chicago music lessons with prescreened teachers. Whether you are in Wood Dale, Skokie, Brookfield or Mount Prospect, we have a teacher for you! If you want to play the guitar, drums, piano, bass, violin or any other instrument, our music teachers will help you learn proper technique, all while having fun. We also offer music lessons that cover music theory, recording, performance and songwriting!

Use our easy search tool to find music instructors in Chicago with your desired specialty and background, in locations throughout the city. Then, book online or give us a call to let our friendly student counselors help schedule your first session with us. It’s quick and easy to sign up, and our 100% Money Back Guarantee allows you to take your first lesson at no risk. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today!

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I am expecting the students would have a piano. Keyboard is ok with beginners for 3 months

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I choose different materials for different age students. It depends on their age, ability, personality and backround. I teach more classical music. Sometimes I will assign some popular music which according to the students for fun. But mainly I follow the traditional teaching way. I combine technique and music at the same time so that the students wouldn't feel bored. I encourage parents to be highly involved to the piano lesson.
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Weiwen M.

Weiwen M.

Chicago, IL 60657
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Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

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Piano and voice, musical theater and classical music.
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Stephanie July 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Dora’s lessons are the highlight of the week, and my daughter can’t wait to see her. Dora teaches from her house, which provides a warm and comfortable environment for learning piano. With her warm personality, strong knowledge of music, and contemporary song picks, Dora quickly engaged my daughter and keeps her playing for the full half hour lesson. The workbooks and assignments clearly define specific skills and serve as benchmarks from which we can assess our daughter’s progress. So far, our daughter has shown much improvement and we can’t thank Dora enough.
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Florencia July 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
very reassuring to tentative new learners
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Elias July 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
very patient with new learners
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Dora H.

Dora H.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Emily S.

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Emily Shankman has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio in Andersonville and online. Emily has helped students learn violin technique and musicality, achieve healthy vocal production and style, learn anatomy, posture and breathing technique, prepare and polish monologues and songs for a variety of different auditions, including college and professional level.

Emily received her training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2013 where she received her MFA in Musical Theater. She also holds her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University. As an expert in her field, Emily looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Emily's teaching style is energetic, warmly supportive, and most importantly, fun! She is passionate about helping others express themse
lves and take risks to push their artistic accomplishments to the next level! She looks forward to meeting you!
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Travis January 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Emily is a phenomenal instructor. Patient, well versed in just about any musical style, Emily's lessons brought my voice from virtually unlistanable to where I wanted to be, a confident, on key singer.
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Loretta May 7, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Emily truly helps you to get a sense of who you are within your space. She understands that it is about more than just singing and acting, but telling a story. She guides with with a welcoming and warm personality. A delight to work with!
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Justin April 29, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Emily asks the right questions and helps guide you to giving your best and most authentic performance! Very knowledgable and a great teacher!
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Emily S.

Emily S.

Chicago, IL 60640
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Highland, IN

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Hello! My name is Cheryl, and I would be delighted to help you reach your music goals! I've been teaching private lessons and classes since 2000. Helping students learn how to play their instruments and develop a life-long appreciation of music is my passion. I hold bachelors and masters degree in music education as well as music teacher licenses in Indiana, Illinois, and California. I have been recognized in the publications "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch "Whiz Biz". My teaching style is student-centered, goal-oriented, and fun. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jennifer February 9, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable in the field of music. We have been very pleased with all the lessons. She is very friendly and patient. My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week. Since my daughter has started taking lessons, she has improved greatly!
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Madison September 9, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Cheryl is a very friendly instructor. She has extensive knowledge in music and instruments. She is patient and willing to explain any questions you may have. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone that is looking for an instructor.
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Jim June 30, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very technique orinated. Will sign up for more lessons with her
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Cheryl S.

Cheryl S.

Highland, IN 46322
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About Sebastian A.

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About Sebastian
Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to.

Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so much to learn and without any help, could feel overwhelming and hopeless. Do not fret because I am here to assist you!
I have studied many music genres all across the board and have a professional knowledge and comprehension of the theory encompassed behind them. Every lesson is crafted for each student in specific areas they have interest in while being done at the students own pace.

My background history:

I immersed myself in music at a very young age, studying classical piano and theory. In my teenage years I took the initiative to le
arn guitar and began by purchasing my own guitar and books and taught myself to play electrical and classical guitar. I followed my passion and continued my studies at Columbia College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Instrumental Performance.

Post-graduation, I have experienced playing in multiple bands, performing in concerts, teaching piano and guitar ranging in all levels at a music center and private home and enjoying some traveling.

Everything I have learned will be reflected in my lesson methodology and will help you learn to play proficiently in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting new prospective students while having fun teaching them music.
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Amanda K. November 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful, reliable teacher! Very patient and has a clear and consistent pedagogy. Very highly recommended!
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Domink S. February 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice, patient teacher! I m so happy we started lessons with Sebastian.
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Hugo January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. Sebastian is sweet and patient with our 5-year-old. Great teacher for little ones!
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Sebastian A.

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Chicago, IL 60622
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I have been playing guitar since I was a kid and love to teach. I want my students to have the best learning experience possible and so I take an approach where I teach the student what they want to learn. I try to personalize what I teach to fit each student based on their individual needs. I want to build the student's skills to achieve their goals in their own way.
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Coren W.

Coren W.

Evanston, IL 60208
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$25 / 30-min

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Palatine, IL
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Music Performance Studio Inc. provides to all music fans the opportunity to learn and play an instrument in a friendly and pleasant environment.

Our studio offers violin/viola, piano, voice, guitar, lessons of the highest quality for any age and level of performer. We nurture beginners, help intermediate students progress, and polish advanced violinists of any age. Our approach is tailored to match each student’s learning style and ability. We also prepare students to give optimum performance at competitions and auditions as solo performers, chamber musicians and youth orchestra members throughout the Chicagoland area. No matter what your dream is — studying for fun, improving performance as an amateur, or competing seriously at higher levels — our proven techniques can bring the results you desire.Our lessons are offered by music profes
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Codruta B.

Codruta B.

Palatine, IL 60067
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About Brian O.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a pretty eclectic educator! I started off my education earning a bachelor degree in mathematics and biological science education. There are so many connections between math and music, so much that my thesis was entitled, "The Integration of Mathematics and Music in the Secondary Classroom". Furthermore, I have a Masters degree in Differentiated Instruction. My education continued as I spent the past few years studying Music Education at DePaul University. My primary instruments are piano and voice, and I am very comfortable teaching both. I have had a plethora of experience in diverse teaching situations including the classroom and one-on-one lessons. I have worked with all age groups including primary, secondary, and post-secondary level students. In addition to teaching, I perform around the city. I am driven by the creat
ivity that teaching music provides and cannot wait to work with you!
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Brian O.

Brian O.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$25 / 30-min

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Want to win that talent show at school or nail that solo at church? Taking lessons with Singing with Kenyatta will help you get there. I am a singer with over 30 years of experience singing Gospel, Jazz and Opera music. Learn to use your vocal instrument to the best of your ability!
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Kenyatta W.

Kenyatta W.

Chicago, IL 60620
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$42 / 30-min

About Danielle M.

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I'm a classically-trained pianist with over twenty-years of playing experience. I've taught students since I was in high school and currently work as a 6th grade homeroom teacher at a pre-k-8th grade school. I run a music club where I teach students how to read music, play, and compose their own music.

Unlike many classically-trained pianists, I've also played in a variety of rock bands and enjoy improvising as well as composing music. I believe in not only teaching my students how to play music but how to feel music and how to write their own music. Music is first and foremost a creative venue and I work to hone my students' creativity in our music lessons. However, along with creativity, I stress discipline, technique, and diligence, as all are needed to make a great musician. Whether you want to play classical, jazz, or rock piano or
just to play your favorite jams, I can help you to achieve you or your child's music learning goals.
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Danielle M.

Danielle M.

Chicago, IL 60634
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$34 / 30-min

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