Serving Chicago since 1976
Flatts & Sharpe Music Co. provides positive, memorable opportunities for students of all skill levels to explore their interest in music through a rewarding progression of discovery.About our School
The piano is both approachable for young beginners and richly complex for advanced players, and is perfect for learning to read music and building a strong musical foundation.
Guitar & Ukulele
One of the foundational instruments of contemporary music, our guitar instructors teach across genres and will equip you to play for yourself or as part of a group.
The vocal instrument is a complex living system and healthy technique is the key to lifelong enjoyment. Study musical theater, pop music, opera, or anything that interests you.
Drums & Percussion
The drum kit is an energetic instrument that cultivates precise rhythm and strong music fundamentals. Learn to create fun and complex beats while developing healthy technique.
Violin & Viola
Whether you want to learn the classics or contemporary pieces, our instructors will help you master the technique needed to excel at these captivating instruments.
The low pitch of the bass guitar holds down the groove in almost all styles of music. Learn to play different styles and techniques.
Develop a beautiful sound on the saxophone, clarinet, oboe or flute. Study the musical style of your choosing with our highly qualified woodwind instructors.
Learn how to play the trumpet, cornet, tuba, trombone and more. Private brass lessons are a great supplement to school music programs. Study your favorite genre with your teacher.
Discover the magic of the banjo, the charm of the mandolin, and the soulful melodies of the lap steel. Embrace the heart of folk with private lessons tailored just for you.
Small town store, in a big city
Flatts & Sharpe Music Company is a small-town music store that somehow ended up in a big city. With our small-town charm, affordable prices, and a friendly community of staff and musicians, we are here to help with every aspect of a musician’s life. We leap at the opportunity to help every aspiring musician become acquainted with the world of musical instruments. Questions are answered often before they are asked, so that new learners and parents feel right at home and comfortable with their new instrument. With two convenient locations offering lessons, instrument rentals, repairs and a full online store, Flatts & Sharpe is ready to assist you with any and all things music!
Music Lessons For All Ages
The Gift of Music Lasts Forever
Our mission is to provide exceptional music education to students of all ages; cultivate a life-long love of music in a nurturing and caring environment; and help our students realize their potential in music and in life. Flatts & Sharpe Music offers private instruction in guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, voice, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, violin, viola, ukulele & more, in two locations in Chicago IL. Check out our spots at Rogers Park and Norwood Park!
What We Offer
Our talented & knowledgeable music instructors teach beginners and more advanced students alike and are here to start you on your musical journey.
At Flatts & Sharpe Music Company, we offer school approved instrument rentals for band & orchestra students as well as non-student musicians.
We are the online music store on the north side that offers repair of brass, woodwind, double bass and more.
We serve all ages and skill levelsGET STARTED
Kids Music Lessons
Our mantra? Students only learn to play the music they love. We offer a non-competitive learning environment in which kids are encouraged to develop their skills alongside one another. This boosts confidence and teaches musicians how to work together to make a piece of music truly come to life.
Our teachers understand how to work with children, as many of our instructors have kids of their own. With years of experience, our skilled staff teaches students how to read, write, and perform the genre(s) of music they’re interested in.
The culminating moment of taking lessons at Flatts & Sharpe is the show we put on twice a year. Kids are grouped together based on their musical interests and age and, after two months of band practices and private lessons, kids get the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience! Opportunities like this are hugely important for emerging musicians to build up their proficiency and confidence, while also making memories that will last a lifetime.
Adult Music Lessons
The conventional wisdom is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Luckily, you’re not a dog.
When you grow up, life can sometimes seem like an endless list of obligations, dominated by monotony and work. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. At Flatts & Sharpe, we work with adults ranging in age from college students to grandparents to help them grow as musicians or develop a new hobby. Our adult students get the opportunity to explore music in depth via private or group lessons, meet interesting new people, and perform with other Chicagoland musicians.
Interested in playing with other musicians? We support and encourage a large community with players of all skill levels who want to perform live and boost their musical confidence. Get in touch with Flatts & Sharpe and we’ll make sure you’re getting the most out of music.
Flatts & Sharpe offers one-on-one, tailored lessons for students of any ages and any level. Our staff and instructors are community minded, friendly and their primary goal is to instill fun into your lessons. Whether you’re looking to start from the bottom, or continue where you left off, our highly qualified instructors will help you with whatever you’re looking to learn! We prepare our students to have achievable goals and are respectful of everyone learning at their own pace. We offer additional opportunities for learning from recitals to ensembles, which creates goals for all levels. Come see what everyone’s talking about and try a lesson today!
Group classes are essential for any musician to gain the valuable skills of playing with others, ear training and working collaboratively. Ensembles introduce the student to the joy of being in a musical community. Once a student gets beyond the beginner level, group classes are a must! Flatts & Sharpe offers everything from classical, to contemporary, to good old rock n’ roll classes. There’s something for everyone. Come see (and hear) the difference! We put the emphasis on FUN!
“As a professional musician and teacher, I go to Flatts & Sharpe for most all of my musical needs. They have one of the largest selections of sheet music anywhere in the city. The service is always friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them to both students and professionals.”
“We have loved sending our child to Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. for guitar lessons. The staff is friendly, the environment is so inviting and chill, and the teacher we work with is excellent. He provides quick updates after each lesson, and our child is quickly picking up on concepts and technique.”
“My son has taken in-person piano lessons at Flatts & Sharpe for the last year. He has really benefited from the experience and looks forward to class every week. They offered a chance to play in a band and perform a concert this summer which he’s excited about. ”