Flatts & Sharpe

music teacher teaching the young kid how to play the flute

Helping Chicago make
music since 1976

The history of Flatts & Sharpe Music Co. begins with Mr. Ed Mooney. In 1976, Ed opened a record store, known as Round Records, where the Rogers Park store location currently stands. Not too long after, Ed entered into the music retail industry and turned Round Records into Flatts & Sharpe. Ironically enough, Chris Bell, Flatts & Sharpe’s current owner, bought her first record from Round Records. Later, she would end up buying her first guitar and her first lessons, beginning Chris and Ed’s relationship. On April 1, 2007, Chris bought the store from Ed. Since then, Chris has successfully managed to keep the business growing. In fact, business has been going so well that she opened a second location in Norwood Park in 2014.

Flatts & Sharpe 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.

student playing the drums in the drum lessons

We firmly believe it is important to build community through music. We specialize in music lessons for both children and adults. Because of our extensive staff of professional musicians, we are able to provide lessons for nearly any instrument. We seek to nurture the musical atmosphere for our patrons and any aspiring musicians that may cross our path.

Musicians from all walks of life are choosing Chicago’s Flatts & Sharpe for their musical needs. We have two locations that offer the same great service. We realize that we are not just a music store, we are a musical community. Stop by sometime and you’ll know what we’re talking about!

young student learning to play the flute

“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.”

– David Onderdonk

“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.”

– Kelci Kosin

“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. ”

– Ross Wasserstrom

students doing group music class with flute, guitar and keyboard