Music Lessons

We offer one-on-one music instruction for students of all ages. A teacher who is sensitive to student's learning style, interests and goals will create an opportunity for enjoyment and success in music making. Our teachers help students master their instrument and gain skills in areas such as sight-reading, ear training and theory. We also offer a performance opportunity for all students at our end of semester showcase recitals.

  • Lesson frequency: Once a week (14 lessons in fall and spring, six in summer)
  • Length: 30, 45 or 60 minutes
  • Location: Music Building, third and fourth floor practice rooms

We also offer semi-private lessons, allowing you to share lesson time and cost with another student of a similar skill level. These lessons must be a minimum of 45 minutes.

Fall lessons begin the week of August 26 and end the week of December 2, and Spring lessons begin the week of January 20 and end the week of April 27.

Arranging Lessons

Fill out a registration form, indicating the teacher you'd like to work with.

If you don't have a teacher in mind, read our teacher biographies. If you're still not sure, indicate the level of teacher you prefer on the registration form, and we will make the assignment.

If you'd like more information about a teacher or do not see a teacher for your instrument, call us at 815-753-1450 for assistance.

After we receive your registration form, your teacher will call you to discuss scheduling lessons.

At the first lesson, the teacher will meet you at the elevator on the north side (Lucinda Avenue) of the Music Building and accompany your child to a practice room. You may choose to escort your child to and from the practice room.


We have recitals at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students taking private lessons are not required to perform at a recital, though they're encouraged to do so.

Some teachers have their own recitals. They do their best to schedule these recitals to accommodate everyone's schedule. Students who are unable to attend their teacher's recital are welcome to participate in the Showcase Recitals in fall and spring.

Check our calendar to see upcoming recitals.


The cost of your lessons depends on your teacher's level.

Fall/Spring Semesters

14 Private Lessons
Fall Only/Spring Only
28 Private Lessons
Level 30 Min 45 Min 60 Min 30 Min 45 Min 60 Min
Apprentice 1 $248 $372 $496 $496 $744 $992
Apprentice 2 $260 $390 $520 $520 $780 $1,040
Apprentice 3 $290 $435 $580 $580 $870 $1,160
Associate $408 $612 $816 $816 $1,224 $1,632
Faculty $502 $753 $1,004 $1,004 $1,506 $2,008

Summer Semester (six private lessons)

Level 30 Minutes 45 Mintues 60 Mintues
Apprentice I $99 $149 $198
Apprentice II $104 $156 $208
Apprentice III $116 $174 $232
Associate $164 $246 $328
Faculty $202 $303 $404