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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Chicago Music Schools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Bucktown Music

Bucktown Music has earned the loyalty and respect of families throughout the Chicago area has become the number-one choice for adults and children that want to become more accomplished, expressive, and confident performers. The family-owned school offers a full menu of courses, lessons, and options, including a play-based Kindermusik program to get little ones inspired, as well as group and private lessons for adults and kids such as beginner adult guitar lessons in the park. From traditional instruments like piano and violin to more unusual options like banjo and ukulele, Bucktown Music has something for everyone, always at competitive rates. The company even offers in-school programs using nationally recognized teaching materials.

Chicago, IL 60647


Phil Circle Music

Phil Circle Music and Guilt By Association Records is a music coaching business and indie label that has more than 25 years of experience in teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced music students. It specializes in guitar, voice, songwriting, and music entrepreneurship. Phil Circle Music offers house call lessons, audition prep, music performance coaching, and artist business coaching. Its label subset is free of charge to artists and is funded by patrons.

2015 W Fargo Ave, Unit 1
Chicago, IL 60645

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Piano Art Academy

Piano Art Academy offers a range of services to students young and old designed to fit any needs, goals, and abilities. The academy's private, one-on-one lessons give students the attention and customized learning plans they need to explore their natural talents, face new challenges, and grow into more confident, accomplished, and creative performers, whether they just love music for fun or plan to go on to professional career. First-time students can call to schedule a free introductory piano, guitar, or voice lesson and work with a team of friendly and knowledgeable, multilingual, university-trained instructors with years of experience in styles such as jazz, classical, and pop.

Chicago, IL 60634


Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park

Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park has been enriching young minds since 1978 using the time-tested Suzuki method to promote growth, encourage discipline, and provide the motivation children need to succeed and progress. Young students enjoy a blend of group classes, private lessons, and local concerts as part of a comprehensive program, and parents are encouraged to participate in the learning process to help make musical achievement a whole-family process. The school's Chamber Music program gives more advanced students the skills they need to play with others and become active and well-rounded members of professional ensembles, and the Kindermusik program gives children as young as 18 months a fantastic start on a lifetime of creative expression.

Chicago, IL 60614


The Metzger School of Music

The Metzger School of Music takes a personalized approach to professional, high-quality music instruction for all ages. The company's founder and instructor is a classically trained professional singer and accomplished performer who has been sharing the love of music with students throughout the Chicago area for more than 20 years. The company offers voice lesson for ages eight and up, each tailored to the student's unique abilities, challenges, and musical goals, as well as piano lessons for preschoolers, children, and adults, using age-appropriate exercises and techniques to encourage and promote accomplishment and growth. The teaching studio has a comfortable sitting room for parents and friends, free wi-fi and cable, and complimentary coffee and tea for adults.

Chicago, IL 60657


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