Music Lessons in Northbrook, IL

Begin Your Journey as a Musician

At The Christopher Laughlin School of Music, we offer private lessons in guitar, piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, bass and drums. Lessons can be taken either in-person or online. We also offer group piano lessons through our Yamaha Music Education System classes.

Private Music Lesson Placement

At the CLSM we strive to provide each student with a positive and effective learning experience. Before scheduling private lessons, we like to speak with each student, or their parents, to help choose which teacher and lesson time will be the best fit for them based on the student’s learning style and expectations.

We believe the few minutes spent discussing the student’s needs and our school’s offerings results in a better learning experience for each of our students. Group lesson classes are also available.

Private Lesson Tuition

Professional Faculty Rates:

Our Professional Faculty are all full-time professional musicians and experienced instructors who hold, at a minimum, a bachelors degree in music

Lesson length – first family member/additional family members

30 minutes  $42/$40
45 minutes$59/$57
60 minutes$77/$75

Artist Faculty Rates:

Our Artist Faculty are select instructors who – through extensive experience and/or exceptional artistic accomplishment – are in particularly high demand

Lesson length – first family member/additional family members

30 minutes  $47/$45
45 minutes$66/$64
60 minutes$86/$84

Group Rates:

CLSM offers piano, guitar and violin classes. Classes meet once per week. Length of class may vary based on enrollment. See group music lessons for details.

Beginning Guitar – 8 Week $160
Intro to Guitar – 4 Week$80
Beginning Violin – 8 Week$160

Single lessons:

If you can’t commit to a regular lesson time, or just need a couple of lessons to prepare for an audition, single lessons are available. Call or contact us to schedule

30 minutesProfessional faculty/$47
Artist Faculty/$52
45 minutesProfessional faculty/$68
Artist Faculty/$78
60 minutesProfessional faculty/$89
Artist Faculty/$104
  • Piano


    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


    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.

  • Voice


    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.

  • Violin & Viola

    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.

  • Drums & Percussion

    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.

  • Bass


    The low pitch of the bass guitar holds down the groove in almost all styles of music. Learn to play different styles and techniques.

  • Cello


    Cello lessons will help you to develop strong fundamentals and play without tension to create a clear and beautiful sound on this soulful instrument.

  • Online Lessons

    Online Lessons

    Christopher Laughlin School of Music offers virtual music lessons. Learn to play the instrument of your choice, from anywhere!

Praise for The Christopher Laughlin School of Music

  • The teaching has been excellent and the staff are approachable and helpful. 

    An exceptional music school – thank you!

    Nina S.
  • I love my violin teacher!  She is the queen of patience and encouragement.

    Barb W.
  • My daughter’s piano teacher is great. She is talented technically meanwhile very patient /inspiring.

    Yun C.
  • Casey is a wonderful instructor. I’ve gotten so much out of only three lessons and I’m looking forward to continuing.


    Starbuck A.
  • Deanne is wonderful!

    Lauren N.
  • Weiwen is a fantastic piano teacher and we look forward to continuing lessons with her.

    Elaine H.
  • My son’s guitar teacher Andrew is terrific!

    Paula M.
  • Keith has done a fantastic job teaching my son. He has learned so much and his quality of playing and interest have increased significantly, since starting with Keith. He is also always thoughtful about communication with parents regarding his schedule. Thank you Keith!

    Kami G.
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