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Personalized and engaging music lessons



Our Mission

Music Education Center provides positive, memorable opportunities for students of all skill levels to explore their interest in music through a rewarding progression of discovery.

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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

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.

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.



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



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.

About Us

Music Lessons in a Nurturing & Family Friendly Environment

Music Education Center provides lessons to children and adults of all ages. Private instruction is available. Music enriches our lives. Enrich your life: listen, learn, and perform. Your interest is the key. You must take the first step. Let our teachers be your guide.

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“MECA is an amazing family-run local business. If you are in the area and you want to learn how to play an instrument or sing, this is the place to do it! Great personal customer service, and a warm welcoming environment!”

— Debbie F.

“Great and knowledgeable teachers. Friendly staff.”

— Peter Kruse

“We have been going to MECA for 14 years now. There have always been qualified teachers available for the skill level of our children.”

Paul Klapperich

Music Lesson in SOUTH ELGIN, IL

Our Teachers

Our music instructors are skilled artists themselves and experienced teachers. They are committed to your success and growth. Teaching is a conduit for our amazing staff to pass on their passion for music and the arts.


What Makes Music Education Center Unique

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All Ages & Skill Levels Welcome!

With our youngest students being 4, and others over 70, we love making music with students of all ages and experience. No matter if you’re young or young at heart, just starting out or continuing your education, everyone is welcome!

Private Lessons

Private lessons ensure that the student has the undivided attention of their instructor. This setting is great for identifying an individualized curriculum specific to the student. We offer private lessons for piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, brass, woodwinds, and string instruments.

Experienced, Qualified Music Teachers

With five different levels of teachers to choose from, it’s easy to find the right teacher for you. Our high school teachers are always a great choice for those just starting out, while our Master teachers can accommodate all skill levels. No matter, your interest, we can align you or your child up with a teacher that fits!

Preschool Piano Classes

Music Education Center offers special youth classes for musicians ages 4 -6 years old. From the very beginning, with Kids Play Piano, there’s no better place to start exploring your child’s musical adventure. These 15 minute “private” lessons provide a general music background and hands on instruction in a FUN environment.


Recitals are a fun way to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their skills on stage for family and friends. Music Education Center offers student recital opportunities at least once a year.

Month to Month Lesson Structure

No long term quarterly or annual commitments. Students are only committed to a month at time.


Music Education Center is conveniently located and draws students from South Elgin, Elgin, Gilberts, Saint Charles, Hampshire, Aurora and more. We are located on Randall Road, about ten minutes from the Elgin Bypass (US 20).

Lessons at MECA of Music

Music Lessons for All Ages & Skill Levels in South Elgin, IL

At Music Education Center (MECA), we offer the best in private lessons, band and orchestra rentals and sales, print music and accessories, musical gifts, scholarship opportunities, and consignment re-sales. With so much to offer, it’s easy to choose MECA for all of your musical needs.

With a focus on education, we strive to provide a studio where anyone, regardless of age or experience, can learn to make music in both a comfortable and affordable environment. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of musical instruction, while simultaneously offering the services and products to support how each student learns best.

We’re excited you’re here and can’t wait to become part of your musical journey!

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