K-12 Lessons
@ New Music School


We offer lessons on all instruments and program levels to children Pre-K to Grade 12. Through our private lessons, students are exposed to comprehensive conservatory-level training. All of our lessons are upbeat, intense, and highly interactive since we believe these qualities make for the best possible learning environment. In addition, all lesson programs are tailored to fit each student's needs, goals, and availability. These advantages allow our students to follow viable and sustainable music learning paths, and they also make New Music School by far the most flexible option for music lessons in the entire Chicago area. Lessons are held at our school at 900 N Michigan Ave Level 6 in Chicago, as well as in students homes and at satellite locations. Rates for lessons vary based on instrument and teacher, starting as low as $40 per half-hour session.


Do you want to become a musician? Have you just started playing a musical instrument and want to study further? Sign up for the NMS Foundational Program and learn the basics of playing your instrument. Students will be introduced to technique fundamentals and solo repertoire. 

Components include weekly private lessons, session juries, seasonal group recitals, performance classes, and meetings with performance artists.


After demonsrating mastery of instrument basics, students will go deeper into fundamentals and hone their technique; students will master all scales, etudes, and level-appropriate repertoire. Students and teachers work together to create a framework for advancement, as we have found that a personalized curriculum is the most effective way to ensure that practice is focused, efficient, and goal-oriented.

In addition to weekly private lessons, students participate in seasonal group recitals, competitions, performances throughout Chicago, faculty masterclasses, monthly workshops, and meetings with performance artists.


This college preparatory program is built for students who show the necessary dedication and desire to make music at a high level. This program is geared toward the most advanced training, and is by recommendation and audition only. Students also begin preparation for college entrance auditions and interviews.

For those interested in the New Music School Conservatory Prep program, please visit our Conservatory Prep page.

Registration Process

At New Music School, the priority is making sure the student/teacher relationship is sound. Once you are ready to start your child with lessons, NMS will set up one private lesson with a recommended teacher. If the relationship between the student and teacher is great, you will recieve an email with link to register for a multi-week session of lessons.

If there is not a perfect match, we would follow the same process with another teacher until the relationship is agreed on by both the child and teacher. We are confident there is a teacher for your child.


To start your child with lessons, or to get more information, please call New Music School at 312 612 1969 or fill out the More Info Form to the right after reviewing the information above or visit this link to sign up for your first lesson. 

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