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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Evanston, IL

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Evanston is $76. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $49 and $101 per hour.

30-min $29
 
$42 average
$59
45-min $39
 
$62 average
$84
60-min $49
 
$76 average
$101

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 19% less expensive at $62, and 30-minute lessons cost 45% less at $42.

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About Paul W.

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Chicago, IL

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About Paul
I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am a
lso a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

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I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
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Rob August 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Paul is very encouraging and knowledgeable. He is able to convey musical theory concepts is a way that I can finally understand.
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John July 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is the perfect instructor for me.
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Reid June 20, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
By far the best teacher I have ever had. Paul makes lessons engaging, and his wealth of knowledge never comes off as elitist. He explains complicated theory in a practical way for anyone to understand. If I wasn't leaving Chicago I would have signed up for ten more lessons. Ask him about the own music he makes with his band. He's a super talented guy!!!
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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$25 / 30-min

About Elizabeth B.

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Evanston, IL

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About Elizabeth
Elizabeth has taught violin and viola for twenty years. She has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University School of Music. Her teachers have been among the best in the world. She has been a member of orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and has performed solos throughout the United States and abroad. Teaching is one of her greatest passions, and she welcomes the opportunity to work with all ages and levels of musical background.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both Suzuki and traditional violin and viola methods. I am patient and encouraging. My students' success is my success! After 3-6 months of lessons, students will have a solid foundation on the instrument and will play some beginning level songs with the proper position and tuning. They will be having a rewarding experience as they learn all the funda
mentals. They will discover the joy of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- small house with music stand, well lit, piano, seating for parents  

*** Specialties ***
Violin
Viola
Traditional
Suzuki
Classical
Fiddling
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Rhiannon M. September 19, 2018
· Violin · Online
great instructor!!!!
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Rhiannon M. August 29, 2018
· Violin · Online
She was very helpful and nice. I like having her as an instructor. She was very good overall.
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Ava June 17, 2018
· Viola · Online
Elizabeth was very flexible and worked with us perfectly. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t change!
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Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL 60201
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$29 / 30-min

About Dora H.

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About Dora
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
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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$30 / 30-min

About Annarita T.

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About Annarita
My name is Annarita and I am a violinist from Des Plaines, Illinois. I began playing at the age of seven, and by the time I was in high school I realized I wanted to make playing and teaching violin my career.

In 2013, I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in music from Loyola University Chicago. During my college career I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Vienna, Austria to expand my knowledge of the classical music world.

In 2010, I began playing with the Fox Valley Orchestra - an ensemble of which I am still a part and consider my second home. I also perform regularly with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Stargate Productions, as well as the string orchestra at Northeastern Illinois University. In 2015 I had the opportunity to perform with Rod Stewart...one of my favorite memories!

Besides my passion for perf
orming, I also very much love teaching. I worked with The People's Music School and with the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project in Chicago as a violin teacher and ensemble coach. I also teach a wide range of private students.

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1. I set goals with my students and give them the tools they need in order to reach them.
-I focus a lot on note reading, music theory, practice
techniques, and bodily awareness to ensure each student
understands every aspect of their instrument and music
2. I explain how the assigned studies will help improve students' overall ability to play the violin
-I'm not a "spoon-feeder" - I teach my students how to
teach themselves and think independently!
3. I keep my lessons at an appropriate difficulty for each student.
4. Most importantly, I teach students how to practice efficiently and with patience. Improvement does not happen overnight; but with a little focus and patience, it will come a lot sooner than you think!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have an instrument, music stand, assigned music, and a metronome if necessary.
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Kelly Libel March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
She has been teaching my daughter for 3 years, starting around age 5 1/2-6. She is patient and firm, encourages her to work hard, and loves and praises her when she succeeds. She takes her craft seriously, and it shows. She is phenomenal!
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MAXYMILIAN B. January 21, 2016
· Violin · In home
Annarita is a great teacher!
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Meryem September 2, 2015
· Violin · In home
My daughter really enjoys learning with her.She improved a lot .
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Annarita T.

Annarita T.

Des Plaines, IL 60018
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About Anna P.

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Chicago, IL

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About Anna
Hi! My name is Anna and I have been living in Chicago since 2014. I completed my Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree and a minor in Performing Arts Management at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and my Master of Music in Violin Performance degree at DePaul University. I am a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as a full time Strings Teacher at St. Benedict Preparatory Academy. I maintain an active freelance career and private students as well.

My teaching philosophy is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the student that will foster a love and appreciation for music first and foremost. I aim to give the student the technical tools they need to express themselves musically.
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Alyssa F. May 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I wanted to write another review, and say how great a teacher Anna is! In just a month I can already play a few songs, and constantly learning new things. I definitely recommend her!
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Alyssa F. April 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
She was a wonderful teacher!! Very nice and teaches very well! She gives you things to work on at home so you can practice in between lessons. I 100% recommend her!
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Anna P.

Anna P.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Nicole B.

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About Nicole
Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Paul B. September 8, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
She knows her Onions.
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Gigi August 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Honest and professional! Overall great first lesson and experience!
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Richard Lentz July 2, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In studio
I’m very satisfied with Nicole’s observations on my pronunciation on words that needed corrections such as phonetic sounds .
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$35 / 30-min

About Amanda N.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a classically trained opera singer with a 18-year background studying voice and performing on stage. I have experience with a variety of styles: classical, musical theater, pop, jazz, rock and more. I perform all over the Chicagoland area in various bands and 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 few years ago and I have found that sharing music with my students brings me so much joy. My past and current voice students ranged in age from 8-65.

I play piano as much as I can for my lessons. We will use recorded accompaniment (karaoke tracks, piano accompaniment tracks, etc) as needed.

I have extensive knowledge of music education techniques, music history, and theory. I am also proficient in Itali
an, French, German, Spanish, and Latin. My many years of 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.
I have a very friendly Siberian Husky, Lando, who will be present at lessons at my home. He usually sits on the couch or floor and sleeps during lessons. If you're lucky, he might sing along!
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Yolanda A. June 5, 2018
· Singing · In home
I enjoyed the classes with Vocal Coach Amanda because I learned the fundamentals of singing in an entertaining fashion. In addition, you are not going to believe it, but as a test, she asked me to perform Halleluja in a duet in front of 100 people at a reception at the John Hancock Center. I passed the test because she also worked on helping me to build confidence. My grade to Coach Amanda is A+. Unfortunately, I am spending my summer in South America and I cannot continue until Fall. Looking forward to take more singing classes with Coach Amanda.
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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.

Chicago, IL 60612
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starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Eric H.

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Chicago, IL
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About Eric
I enjoy sharing my love of music by helping others embark on their musical journeys. I am a strong supporter of using a combination of aural training and sightreading to boost musicality and finesse.

In the past 6 years, I have taught students of all ages, ranging from children to seniors. You are never ever too old to learn the piano or the violin. You may not be the next Chopin, but with practice and dedication, you will eventually be able to play the mass majority of piano/violin repertoire.

Strong fundamentals (scales/chords/arpeggios) are important, but I also remember to make music fun and not boring by providing diverse selections of supplemental (pop/ragtime/blues) pieces.
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Matt July 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Eric's a fantastic mentor and passionate about all genres of music!
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Amelia S May 22, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Eric works hard to make sure I am practicing correctly and creating good habits from the very start. Even when I make a few mistakes, he helps me figure out what went wrong and how to avoid them
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Batsai K. April 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
Eric is a compassionate teacher.
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Eric H.

Chicago, IL 60661
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$29.75 / 31-min

About Ann G.

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Evanston, IL

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About Ann
As a passionate advocate for the arts, I have been playing the flute for over 13 years. Originally from Geneva, Illinois, I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music under the direction of Professor John Thorne. In May 2017, I earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from The Ohio State University studying with Katherine Borst Jones. I have participated in many competitions, festivals, and performance groups around the country such as Northwestern University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Ohio State University's Symphony Orchestra, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, Opera Project Columbus, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and Wheaton Municipal Band among others. While being an active performer, I absolutely love teaching as well! Teaching students of all ages, I believe that nurturing a love
for music is beneficial to personal growth.
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Melinda April 18, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Ann is a wonderful instructor! Her passion for music is evident in every encounter. She shared her enthusiasm for flute and encouraged my daughter in creative ways. An amazing role model. Flexible scheduling, clear and quick communication.
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Ann G.

Ann G.

Evanston, IL 60208
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$30 / 30-min

About Aidan M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Aidan
Aidan Manaligod is a classical saxophonist and music educator. He has performed in venues across the United States as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member.

In only his second year of undergraduate study, he was named the Winner of the 2015 Illinois Young Artist Woodwind Performance Competition through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). He went on to be named the Honorable Mention in the East Central Division round. For two consecutive national conferences (2016, 2018) organized by the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), he was selected as one of twenty-five young saxophone soloists to perform and compete in the Semifinals.

His primary collegiate instructors are Taimur Sullivan and Timothy McAllister. In addition, he has played in masterclasses for Steven Banks, Jérôme Laran, Clifford Leaman, B
randon Quarles, and Nikita Zimin. Finally, he has taken supplementary lessons from Vincent David, Carrie Koffman, Chien-Kwan Lin, Otis Murphy, and Kenneth Tse.

Since 2014, he has maintained a private saxophone studio of his own, helping area students improve their craft. He has been able to quickly pinpoint opportunities for improvement and learning, and effectively communicates those ideas in frameworks suited for the age and ability of each student.

He has performed world premieres and is working on the collaborative development of new creative projects. Aidan Manaligod has been a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) since 2015 and recently participated in the American Saxophone Academy (ASA).
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Amy September 1, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Aidan is a talented, warm, and inspiring saxophone teacher. My son not only enjoyed the lessons, but admired Aidan as well. If you are considering private lessons, I very highly recommend Aidan. He does not disappoint.
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Blake M. August 18, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Has a wonderful knowledge of the instrument, repertoire, and what it takes to be a serious musician. A wonderful teacher for anyone who's looking to take their playing to the next level. Very flexible yet also very organized.
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Aidan M.

Aidan M.

Chicago, IL 60660
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starting at
$21 / 30-min

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