Our Approach to Piano Lessons
A well-rounded and balanced approach to music is essential for being successful, regardless of your definition of “success.” Some students come to Musical Expressions to explore a new hobby, while others have ambitions of professional performances or scholarships. To ensure that every student has the foundation they need to achieve their unique musical goals, we facilitate an educational environment where music history, proper form and technique, and limitless creative freedom come together.
We’re certain that you can find an instructor at Musical Expressions who can teach you new skills, and help you explore different styles of music to uncover your personal passions.
Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!
We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Musical Expressions, 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 knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.
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 style 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), Musical Expressions helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
Playing the piano is a lifelong skill that offers a wide variety of benefits to students of all ages. From physical and mental dexterity to creative expression, learning to play this cornerstone instrument is valuable for anyone. Whether you’re interested in picking up the basics or preparing for a competitive audition, the piano teachers at Musical Expressions can help you explore the many possibilities of piano playing.
The team of piano teachers at Musical Expressions have performance, educational, and teaching experience that span multiple decades. They leverage their experience and expertise to ensure that all piano students can achieve their unique musical goals.
We specialize in personalized music instruction. Every student who walks through our doors has unique skills, experiences, and goals. Our piano teachers tailor our curriculum to the individual, helping each person grow and thrive as a musician.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Piano Lessons
What is the minimum age to start piano lessons at Musical Expressions?
We pride ourselves on developing unique programming for each of our students. This means that we can work with anyone over the age of five to learn to play the piano. While physical development isn’t as big of a factor in learning to play the piano, reading and comprehension skills must be developing in order for a student to achieve proficiency.
Do I need any prior experience?
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced pianist looking for additional guidance, our piano teachers at Musical Expressions will help you improve and reach your goals.
If you’re new to piano lessons, we understand that you may have questions or doubts about getting started. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to worry! You won’t find a more comfortable or supportive environment to try something new than our Naperville piano school.
What styles of piano can I learn?
With a number of piano teachers on staff, there are many options for students interested in exploring a variety of piano styles. From classical to pop and anything in between, our teachers will encourage you to explore and branch out so that you can become the best pianist possible.
What books will I need?
Our completely custom piano lessons will be a collaborative effort between the student and teacher. This means that your teacher will provide you with a complete list of recommended literature that will support your unique journey as a musician.
Why Come to Musical Expressions for Piano Lessons?
There are many reasons to select Musical Expressions for piano lessons in the Naperville area. We have a long history of happy students who’ve mastered the piano and gone on to gain prestigious educational and performance opportunities.
Creative freedom is at the core of what we do. Our instructors empower students to push their boundaries and explore all styles of music, finding a space where they can truly thrive and develop.
Personalizing your music lessons also ensures that you get the support you need to excel as a pianist. We work with all skill levels, meaning there is always room for advancement.
Our student-oriented philosophy means that you control the path of your musical journey. We want you to enjoy your time as a piano student at Musical Expressions.
Ready to Begin Piano Lessons in Naperville?
If you’re interested in learning to play the piano, the teachers at Musical Expressions would be delighted to have you join us.
Come meet our instructors and experience a passionate and creative environment for learning. Contact us today to schedule your first piano lesson.
Musical Expressions is a great place to learn and experience music!Phil L.
As a band director and published composer, I was particular in finding a musically-rich studio environment for my son. Well, we found it. Musical Expressions is a bright and cheerful enterprise providing top-notch instruction in a most musician-friendly way.Tim L.
We are very satisfied with Musical Expressions and their teachers. The children love to come to their lessons with John Melnick. They have made a lot of progress within the past 2 years. We will continue to recommend the studio.Lucy D.
I love my lessons. As a teen I enjoy the independence and respect Erik [Swanson] gives me and his depth of musical diversity is only surpassed by his technical skill.Andrew B.
I recently signed up my grandson for piano lessons with John at Musical Expressions. The studio is friendly and inviting. Tim has only had a few lessons but we can already see improvement. John is a great teacher. He really keeps the students entertained and alert! It is great to see all of the smiling faces in the waiting room. The facility is very clean and well maintained. What a great place!Martha S.
I have to call out Rory’s piano teacher, John Melnick, for his awesomeness. In the year since Rory has been with him, I am blown away by Rory’s ease in picking up songs, his technique and enthusiasm for the instrument. Before it was a chore Rory had to tick off his list, but John’s down to earth approach coupled with his talent and love for music has obviously rubbed off! ‘Hats off’ to Musical Expressions for finding wonderful John for us.Wendell
Sue Good has given me so much more than just the ability to play the piano. Her positive approach to teaching has encouraged me to continue to grow both musically and as an individual. Sue, thank you for everything you have given me. You will always be special to me!Rachel R.
I have three children studying piano with Yee Seer [See]. She is a great teacher. The children enjoy working with her. She has given them great musical experiences.Martha B.
Dearest Sue [Good], you have been much more than a piano and music teacher to our family. You have become a dear friend and a part of the family. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all your care, wisdom, and love not just for our girls, but for everyone around you! We look forward to a long, happy relationship with you and the studio!Elena V.
John Melnick is an Excellent music teacher. John is so patient and relates well to all his students. Being 76 and wanting to play piano for the first time, John was able to make my learning fun. I highly recommend John for young or elderly lessons. You will be happy you did.Wendell K.
Kristofer has been a student of Greg Luberda for the past two years. I was looking for an instructor who was comfortable with teaching piano to precocious young boys and was assured Greg would be just the person. The advice was on target, Greg has the patience of Job as well as the level of firmness needed to ensure Kristofer stays on task. My son has grown in ability and musical competence over these past two years. He enjoys his piano lessons, maybe not so much having to practice piano daily, but continued piano development is clear.Irma S.
I love the creative ways different teachers explain the art of music. They make learning fun rather than making it seem like a chore. With Alex, he chooses fun warm ups and songs that you will not only learn from, but enjoy doing.Ella S.
I study voice with Bridget [Becker]. She is absolutely amazing! I feel very lucky to have such a fantastic teacher!Celeste C.
When my 12-year-old daughter and I decided she’d like to take voice lessons I searched the Internet for voice teachers near Glen Ellyn. Musical Expressions caught my eye because of all the types of lessons they offer. When I inquired about lessons via e-mail they got back to me the same day so I knew they were organized – definitely a plus! They said one of their voice teachers, Bridget Becker, had openings so I scheduled her first lesson. We were both so pleased to meet Bridget. I took voice lessons throughout high school and I think my daughter has already learned more in three months than I did! Bridget is such a genuinely kind and supportive teacher. We are so pleased to be part of the Musical Expressions family!Kathy N.
My daughter enjoys her voice lessons [with Bridget Becker] and looks forward to them every week. Singing makes her happy. I, as a parent, enjoy supporting her in activities that make her happy.Karen F.
As parents that studied music from grade school through college, we wanted to make sure our daughter received quality lessons once she started an instrument in school. We found that in Musical Expressions and Josh Malave!
Since starting Cello lessons, 2 months ago, we have noticed a big improvement in not only her bowing and sound, but in her confidence level. She doesn’t shy away from playing at home, and actually has fun practicing!
She is truly enjoying her lessons and we are excited to see her continued progress!Matthew & Stephanie F.
I just stopped in the office to let you know how much Emily is enjoying her cello lessons with Mary [McGinty]! Emily is practicing more and really progressing beautifully. We feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented teacher. We love Musical Expressions. This studio is such a gem!Keith D.
Being a musician and an athlete is definitely possible; it requires good communication and scheduling flexibility. Nicholas has been taking lessons with Bobby Clark for the last 2 years. During this time, she got to know who Nicholas was both as a musician and an athlete. She is extremely understanding with his schedule and works with us to schedule his music lessons around athletic activities. Nicholas has grown as a musician under Bobby’s guidance. We are extremely appreciative of the partnership that we have with Bobby that allows Nicholas to continue growing musically and stay involved in the athletics that he enjoys.Amy J.
Bobby [Calebaugh Clark] is a great horn teacher who has introduced me to a lot of new music and materials that I haven’t experienced before. She has wonderfully improved my skill level, confidence, and performance ability!Maria R.
Stephen has been a drum student with Ron [Spaeth] for several years. Ron has a great teaching personality and our son looks forward to every lesson. We will continue to recommend Musical Expressions to friends and family members.Christina G.
I’ve been taking lessons with Ed [Breckenfeld] for about a year and a half. He always finds ways to challenge my abilities and keeps it fun by giving me new songs to learn each week. Ed is a great drum teacher. I really feel like he cares about my progress as a musician.Patrick B.
For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.Chad B.
For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.Alex H.
Patrick Dugan is really great to work with. He has shown me many techniques for practicing at home and has managed to keep learning fun!Alex H.
Enjoying the lessons with Pat Dugan – they are taking me out of my comfort zone and making me practice (probably for the first time in 20 years!). I like learning the new cords & fingerings.” Outside of lessons I play in a band every week at my church.
I would recommend lessons here at Musical Expressions to anyone – any age!Nick M.
My son is learning well and progressing with the help of his horn teacher, Bobby Clark. These lessons give him confidence to do better in middle school band class.Venkat D.
I feel like I am learning because I have improved a lot! I think I should go to one hour lessons!Punith D.
I love lessons! The music is a challenge and it’s really worth it! I absolutely love Bobby because I have learned a lot in the time that I have been here and I have made lots of progress. I look forward to coming every week! The recital was a great experience for me because it was the first time ever doing a solo with an accompanist. I look forward to many more years here. And, I think Bobby is wonderful!Christian Q.
My daughter takes music lessons with Bobby Clark. She is very helpful and it’s obvious that she loves to teach! We really like the teacher and the staff at Musical Expressions. They go the extra mile.S.F.