Kirkland Music Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Kirkland teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Kirkland?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Music Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 0 7 6 , 4 5 5

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near Kirkland

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Kirkland including Sycamore, Belvidere, Genoa, Clare and Cherry Valley.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Rick T.

Close
214109_275778_29837
Elburn, IL
View Full Profile
About Rick
A bachelors degree in music ed, a masters degree in jazz studies and 25+ years of playing, teaching and performing experience comes with you to every one of our lessons. Whether it be on trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano or voice I will consistently stress fundamentals that lead students towards the musicians they strive to be. I feel incorporating music that is relevant to the student and his or her goals is paramount and doable! I will always demonstrate the techniques and ideas I espouse. Lastly, I show my students the joy music has put in my life and in turn, show them how to play music towards the same ends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are typically broken up into 5 main parts
1) physical technique and warm up
- this refers to the mastery of the physical movements involved in playing the instrument
2) vocabulary practi
ce (either by reading and/or by ear)
- scales
- chords
3) reading
- sight reading
- prepared reading
4) learning to play by ear
- song transcription and analysis
5) warm down and re-emphasis of key concepts

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio lessons are taught in the front room of the house. There is an acoustic piano, an electric piano, a music stand, stereo, guitar, amp, laptop, trumpets, books, and seating are all available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have everything I need and can furnish music. I expect student to have a stand and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I can improvise proficiently and understand music theory very well

***Special Notes***
-if you are located slightly outside my travel radius especially fox valley usually I can accommodate
-if you cant find a time that works usually i am able to fit you in somewhere else. i am flexible!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Don W. November 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !
Silhouette-80
Don W. November 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !
Silhouette-80
Mary Ellen July 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
I loved working with Rick. He works in a very different way, an approach that is really beneficial for me as an adult beginner. He teaches music structure and we worked with a singer songwriter that I love. He is pleasant and patient and very knowledgable. I highly recommend giving Rick a try for looking at playing music from a new angle.
View Details
View Profile
Rick T.

Rick T.

Elburn, IL 60119
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

About Charis B.

Close
Profile_91242_pi_image%20for%20molly
Woodstock, IL

View Full Profile
About Charis
I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have two piano's and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helping
one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own my music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style and method that is needed. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Olivia H. August 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.
Silhouette-80
Nikolas October 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Charis vas excellent...
Silhouette-80
Nikolas October 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Charis vas excellent...
View Details
View Profile
Charis B.

Charis B.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Tina P.

Close
Profile_103303_pi_IMG_2994
Hampshire, IL

View Full Profile
About Tina
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Professional keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Piano-Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki
Voice- Bel Canto, broadway, pop, jazz
...
View Details
View Profile
Tina P.

Tina P.

Hampshire, IL 60140
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Nathaniel S.

Close
240484_sc2c9ljg3vmjl4qbyrd7
Crystal Lake, IL
View Full Profile
About Nathaniel
Hello my name is Nate. I have been playing guitar since my early teenage years, and I have always had a great passion for music. I have played guitar for two different bands and have also done solo and independent work on the guitar. I took guitar lessons for four years and I am currently at McHenry Country College working towards my associate's degree in fine arts and music. I have taught guitar for almost three years now and I am looking to expand my horizons! I am only twenty-one years old and I still remember what it feels like to be someone first starting out on guitar. I have worked with many different age groups and musical genre's when teaching, and I know that I can help you get to the skill level you hope to achieve on guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are generally plan-based around the pre-existing skill level of e
ach individual student. I will give the student exercises and assign practice "homework" so the student can achieve what they want to learn, as fast as they want to learn it. I am laid back and willing to teach at any pace desired by any student. After six months a beginner on guitar will have learned all the basic chords, a few cover songs of their choice, exercises to help improve speed and stamina while playing, and the knowledge of how to use the chords they have learned to create their own songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio, guitars, amps, mics, pa system, bass guitars, street parking.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the playing of acoustic guitar, punk-rock guitar, alternative rock guitar, classic rock guitar, metal guitar, and pop rock guitar. I also specialize in teaching song-writing and soloing. I teach the classical modes and key signatures on the guitar and show how to implement them with tempo and time signatures into songwriting. I know many cover songs and am willing to learn more and show others how to play them.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Anna C. December 29, 2012
· Guitar ·
Two thumbs up!

Nate’s knowledge and interest in guitar is evident. He explains key signatures, basic music theory, and chord progression in a way that is easy to understand. Nate is very patient and understanding and he is willing to teach just about anything you wish to learn. I’ve already learned so much in the short time I have taken lessons with him. I’d recommend taking lessons with Nate to anyone and everyone!
Silhouette-80
Sean S. December 23, 2012
· Songwriting ·
Nate knows music, and knows how to teach it.

I have been in a band with Nate for almost three years now. He knows the guitar like it's a part of him. When I first picked up the guitar I was amazed at how quickly he was able to teach me, and at how quickly I learned. I drum for Nate's band, but I wanted to learn guitar so I could help with the writing of new songs. Nate showed me all I needed to know and more. I no longer take lessons with him because I gained all the knowledge of guitar I needed to. Nate was very good at relating the instrument to me in a way that I understood, and showing me not only how to play certain things, but why they were played that way. I would recommend him to anyone first starting out on the guitar.
View Details
View Profile
Nathaniel S.

Nathaniel S.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

About Eric W.

Close
Profile_92570_pi_IMG_5683
Rockford, IL

View Full Profile
About Eric
For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique,
while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
John T. January 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
Silhouette-80
Leah July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
Silhouette-80
Emily February 13, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
View Details
View Profile
Eric W.

Eric W.

Rockford, IL 61107
(13)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Tina P.

Close
353073_bhwvp2h2jl93czc6bt5d
Hampshire, IL
View Full Profile
About Tina
I have a Bachelors Degree in Music and have been teaching for 13 years. I teach piano and voice for all ages and all ranges.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons: Bring water and recording device. Bring a binder and music that you are interested in. At the first lesson, we will discuss goals and music. I will assess vocal development and selection of music. I teach all styles of music and teach all ages. Online and in the studio!

Piano Lessons: If you have already begun piano studies, we can use your current method books you are accustomed to using.

Students just beginning their piano journey? I will assess the student at what level they are and have a piano book waiting for them at their first lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, Electric piano, music stand, music library, stereo

*** Specialties ***
Opera,
Musical Theatre, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Pop
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Christina L. October 27, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Great instructor. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. Fun personality and good with kids!
Silhouette-80
Ceili R. April 3, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Tina is very knowledgeable and is very talented. I'm sure my daughter will gain a lot from being Tina's student.
View Details
View Profile
Tina P.

Tina P.

Hampshire, IL 60140
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Julie B.

Close
Profile_77623_pi_id-julie-pianoteacher
Loves Park, IL

View Full Profile
About Julie
Does your piano sit silently collecting dust? Did you take piano lessons when you were a kid, but don't remember how to play? Would you like to play your favorite songs, but aren't sure how? Would you like to see your child beam with pride while playing a song with no help?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, book with me today! I can't wait to help you or your child reach your musical goals!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Payton April 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
Silhouette-80
Terri August 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
Silhouette-80
Cathy August 11, 2015
· ·
My granddaughters have been taking piano lessons since kindergarten for the last 4 years from Miss Julie. She is a great teacher, patient and kind, and the kids love her.
View Details
View Profile
Julie B.

Julie B.

Loves Park, IL 61111
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Maureen O.

Close
Profile_95192_pi_image
Saint Charles, IL
View Full Profile
About Maureen
Classically trained musician from University of London, Chicago Conservatory of Music and Columbia College. Experienced with all ages, experience levels and happy to work with a variety of music genres and performance choreography.
...
View Details
View Profile
Maureen O.

Maureen O.

Saint Charles, IL 60175
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Lana G.

Close
Profile_95734_pi_IMG_6729_1
Huntley, IL

View Full Profile
About Lana
Unlock your hidden talents and find your passion with experienced internationally trained piano teacher Mrs. Lana G.

I'm a member of Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association and Northwestern Music Teacher Association.

Last summer I moved from Glenview-Northbrook area to Huntley Del Webb. I have a private home studio with 2 grand pianos and 1 digital piano.

I ONLY Teach in my home or online.

I teach a variety of students, some who love to participate in competitions and other students who learn to entertain family and friends. I always tailor my music choices to the preferences of my students.

I have been a full time piano teacher in Chicago area for 25 years. Many of my long term students, were students that came to me after being disappointed with previous piano instruction.

My
piano study combines theory, technique, and performance that gives the student a basic understanding of music from the beginning through advanced levels. Presented so skillfully that the student can't wait for the next lesson.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Marie May 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I began taking lessons from Lana in October 2016, after 50 years of being away from the piano. Who would have thought that learning to play again in my retirement years would bring such joy! I am learning to play classical, popular, holiday classics and looking forward to learning blues and jazz! My THANKS to Lana, who is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher, as well as an accomplished and gifted musician. She knows how to make learning fun.
Silhouette-80
Gigi May 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I'm a first time piano student at a ripe golden age that thought I wouldn't have to learn to read notes...haha! I was apprehensive about taking piano lessons at this stage of life. Lana is the best...she is patient, challenging, supportive, and makes learning fun. She starts you off with songs you enjoy playing and builds to a variety. I've only been playing for a short time and I already have a great mix of popular songs and now moving into classical. She even made learning notes fun with an app she found. You learn and play at your own pace. I've seen her interact with young and old and am impressed with her aptitude of working with each person at their unique skill level. I love learning piano from Lana and I would recommend her to people and children of all ages.
Silhouette-80
Barb May 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I just started piano lessons in January 2017 with Lana just because I have,always wanted to play. Being of the "older" crowd I started not knowing ANYTHING!! Lana is super patient, funny and truly a wonderful teacher. I already play songs people know!! I would recommend her to anyone!! Thanks Lana, I appreciate all u have taught me so far!!
View Details
View Profile
Lana G.

Lana G.

Huntley, IL 60142
(19)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Kayla S.

Close
Profile_105550_pi_headshot
DeKalb, IL
View Full Profile
About Kayla
Hi there! My name is Kayla, and I am a cellist and cello teacher with a passion for teaching. My goal is to foster a love and skill for music in as many people as possible! I have been teaching since 2011 and I have experience teaching all ages. My technique is personalized to the individual; I will try a few different things and really figure out what works for you. I have a BMA in music performance from Northern Illinois University. Some awards I have attained are: NIU Chamber Competition Winner 2014, Protege Philharmonic Concerto Competition Runner-Up. I can't wait to meet you and start on your musical journey!
...
View Details
View Profile
Kayla S.

Kayla S.

DeKalb, IL 60115
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Recent Music Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music articles on our blog.

What Are Some Singing Software Options, and Can They Help Me?

What Are Some Singing Software Options, and Can They Help Me?

The human voice is the most expressive “instrument” in the orchestra of sound that is music. Nothing can express or invoke the emotions of the listener like a beautiful voice! Of course, developing your vocal ability takes time and practice. It’s important to understand and develop proper breathing technique, pitch recognition, and range. The traditional method of learning to sing is to study with a qualified vocal teacher. A good teacher understands their students' strengths and weaknesses, an … Read More

What Are Some Singing Software Options, and Can They Help Me?
The human voice is the most expressive “instrument” in the orchestra of sound that is music. Nothing can express or invoke the emotions of the listener like a beautiful voice! Of course, developing your vocal ability takes time and practice. It’s important to understand and develop proper breathing technique, pitch recognition, and range. The traditional method of learning to sing is to study with a qualified vocal teacher. A good teacher understands their students' strengths and weaknesses, an
4 Singing Exercises to Practice Dynamics
As a singer, understanding and utilizing dynamics can turn a mediocre performance into a great one. Read on to learn some singing exercises to practice, as shared by Augustine, FL voice teacher Heather L...   Dynamics is a word that comes from the Greek word dynamo, meaning "power." In the context of general music, we use it as a term for how loud or soft sounds are. Dynamics can make or break a song. Frankly, in the world of singing, sometimes the lack of or presence of dynamics can
Setting the Right Goals for Violin: 4 Questions to Guide You
Before you start learning violin music for beginners and all of the violin techniques you need to know, it's smart to write down specific goals you'd like to achieve. Here, San Francisco, CA violin teacher Carol Beth L. share some guidance to get you on the right track...   Teachers, students, and parents of younger students come to the table with different expectations about violin lessons. Even before beginning the lessons, it is important to talk about those goals to make sure ever
Beginner Violin Tips: 5 Warm Up Exercises to Practice
As much as every budding violinist would love to pick up their instrument and begin playing beautiful music, the work required to get there is much more mundane – every breathtaking performance requires strategic and focused warm up exercises beforehand. These routines help you develop and maintain your basic violin skills as well as gear up for more advanced techniques, too. For beginners, it may be difficult to know even where to start; after all, everything seems to need work. However, using
Why You Should Learn Acoustic Guitar First
Not sure whether to buy an acoustic or electric guitar for your first try at the instrument? Read on as Corona, CA teacher Milton J. shares his expert advice...   Deciding on which guitar to start with is a big step. Not only do you want to feel comfortable with playing guitar for the first time, but you also want to suit your musical tastes, style, and aptitude. So should you learn to play acoustic guitar first? Or go straight to the electric, if your style leans more toward He

Get Started with Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More