Premium piano instruction for both children and adults from the surrounding communities.
Students at any level, from beginning through advanced, are eligible for lessons with our specially trained faculty.
We provide a warm and supportive environment in which musicians can explore the world of music, develop positive attitudes about themselves and the arts, and grow in their ability to understand their feelings and express them. In addition to developing new physical skills and affording the sheer pleasure of learning to play the piano, music study can contribute greatly to a child’s intellectual and emotional growth.
Our innovative approach combines the best of traditional methods with the latest thinking and techniques in music education. It is a creative approach that helps all students realize their greatest potential and musical growth. Our faculty members are specially trained in teaching students of all ages and levels and appear regularly in their own professional performances.
Beginning Piano - Group Lessons for Kids
In our comprehensive piano program designed for 5-and 6-year-olds, your child will learn in small groups of four students per 45-minute class. It’s the learning style most natural to young children—and, it’s fun. Our instructors are a team of highly accomplished performers whose main interest is teaching.
All children enrolled in lessons get the unique experience of combining private with group instruction. The private lesson emphasizes individualized instruction in repertoire, technique and musicianship. A monthly group lesson promotes performance as well as additional training in theory, music history and practice skills. This social environment is an indispensable way to have fun and learn at the same time. (There are no private lessons during group weeks). Students must have access to a keyboard for practice at home.
A parent or guardian is required at the first class meeting. After that, it’s strongly encouraged. Think of it as two lessons for the price of one: you can learn to play piano right alongside your child! This level of participation is not required, but frequent class observation by the parents does have a direct relationship to the students’ enjoyment of the class. Informed parents are better able to assist and encourage their children in at-home practice. Nonetheless, students will be sent home each week with a written assignment that you can use to help guide and check on their practice.
Concordia Music Achievement Examinations
All children who study piano in the program for at least one year participate in the Concordia Music Achievement (CMA) examinations. This yearly assessment gives students clear goals in performance, technique and theory and also provides parents and teachers with an objective evaluation of student progress.
Enroll Today: Contact Jeff Kleinsorge at 708-209-3141.
One-on-One Lessons - All Ages and Abilites
Adult students of all ages and levels are able to enroll for traditional, weekly private lessons. Music instruction has been a part of the University's fabric for more than 150 years, which means you're assured a learning experience rooted in tradition, but also one that involves that latest techniques.
Contact: Jeff Kleinsorge for lessons and availability 708-209-3141 for additional information.
Virtual Creative Composer Camp for Pianists
This year, the Creative Composer Camp for Pianists will be held virtually Aug, 3-7. Pianist and composer Jonathan Chapman Cook will hold group lessons at the start and end of each session on Zoom. Students will then work on their compositions, and each will have a private session with Jonathan daily.
Divided between two sessions, the morning session, held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will center around classical styles and methods of composition. The afternoon session, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will focus on contemporary and popular styles of music. Students may sign up for either session, or both.
Using MuseScore 3 for sheet music notation, and the Educator’s Classroom version of Bandlab, students will compose and finish their own solo piano and electronic musical compositions over the course of the week. A showcase of student piano compositions being performed by students and Jonathan will be featured on Saturday, Aug. 8, on a Zoom meeting to which parents, friends, and family may be invited.
The camp is open to rising 3rd through 12th graders with a minimum of 2 years private piano instruction and an interest in composing music. No previous experience composing is required. Students with less than 2 years of lessons may be considered on an individual basis per teacher recommendation. Please email Jonathan to discuss.
Cost: $295 for one session or $495 for both
Students will need:
- Access to a well-functioning Mac, Windows, or Linux computer with MuseScore 3 installed and internet access (broadband connection highly recommended)
- Download MuseScore 3
- Students not need to sign-up for or download BandLab in advance of the camp. Instructions for the Educator’s Classroom version of BandLab will be sent to students and parents in advance of Aug. 3.
- Access to a piano or keyboard to compose at during the camp hours.
Highly recommended: A MIDI keyboard connected to the computer for note input in MuseScore and virtual instrument control in BandLab. If you have any kind of electronic keyboard, it most likely has MIDI capabilities.
If you are unsure or do not own an electronic keyboard, email Jonathan to discuss your specific equipment and needs.
Meet our Faculty
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