Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer & Lap Steel Lessons in Chicago, IL

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Our Approach to Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimet & Lap Steel Lessons at Flatts & Sharpe

We believe every student is unique and different in their own way. Therefore, why should lessons be any different? Each piano lesson is tailored to the individual student’s specific interests and needs.

While focusing on foundational elements such as proper picking, strumming patterns, finger placement and tuning. Dive into iconic folk melodies, chart-topping hits, beloved movie themes, and timeless classics. Engage with the music you love, keeping your motivation high and your fingers dancing on the strings week after week!

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Folk Instrument Lessons Should Be Fun!

We know that an interest in folk instruments may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Flatts & Sharpe, our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!

Our adept team combines exemplary music teaching with a personalized, student-centric approach, allowing space for learners to dive deep into the rich tapestry of folk sounds. Whether you’re strumming for the first time or are a seasoned instrumentalist, our educators are eager to guide you swiftly towards your aspirations – all while enjoying every note.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.

Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.

We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals

There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.

While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical styles and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), Flatts & Sharpe helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside their comfort zone to try something new.

“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

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What you can expect

Together we explore student musical goals

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit Your Schedule & Budget


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