Our Approach to Jazz Lessons
Jazz is known as America’s classical music, and it’s our privilege to teach aspiring musicians like you to play this unique style. We implement a flexible teaching approach that prioritizes your individual needs. Whether you plan to pursue a professional music career, audition to join a school ensemble, or simply play for your personal pleasure, we teach you the fundamental tools and techniques you need to master jazz and achieve your goals.
Jazz Lessons for All Ages
Jazz music is an entertaining and emotional language that speaks to your body and soul. While it’s true that jazz relies heavily on improvisation, you first need to know how to play your instrument and understand fundamental music theory before you can become a true jazz player.
That’s where we come in. We give each of our jazz students a solid foundation in music theory, playing techniques and jazz appreciation. When you know and understand chords, scales, pitch collections, rhythm, harmonies, progressions, and your instrument, you’re better prepared to play swing, use bent and blue notes, and participate in call and response patterns. You can use your intermediate and advanced skills to master America’s classical music.
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Our Jazz Teachers
Our experienced jazz teachers know the ins and outs of jazz music. With credentials from renowned universities, they also perform regularly with various professional and casual groups across the nation and in the local community. Like you, our teachers are musicians who continue to learn and hone their craft.
Each of our teachers uses their extensive knowledge and experience to prepare customized lessons based on your skill, interests, and goals. We can match you with the teacher that best fits your needs. Your teacher will then nurture, challenge, and motivate you to develop skills and enjoy playing jazz.
Frequently Asked Questions About Jazz Lessons
What is the minimum age to start jazz lessons at Schaumburg Music Academy?
There is no official minimum age to start jazz lessons at Schaumburg. However, we typically recommend jazz lessons to intermediate or advanced students. You’re more likely to learn this complicated style when you know music theory, scales, chords, and rhythms and are able to play your preferred instrument with skill and confidence.
Do I need any prior experience?
Jazz is a fun but complicated style of music to play. That’s why we recommend jazz lessons to students with an intermediate or advanced knowledge of music theory and playing ability.
What styles of jazz can I learn?
Jazz styles vary across the globe and range from traditional to modern. You can learn the jazz style of your choice as you prepare to play for your pleasure, in an ensemble, or professionally. Some styles of jazz that you can learn to play include swing, big band, bebop, gypsy, hard bop, cool, soul, modal, bossa nova, Latin, free, avante-garde, fusion, and modern contemporary.
What materials will I need?
Our teachers offer customized jazz lessons to each student. Before or during your first lesson, you’ll discuss your unique needs, interests, and goals with your teacher. Your teacher will then provide you with a list of books to purchase. The books you need will change as your skills, interests, and goals develop.
Is jazz the right fit for me?
If you enjoy a wide array of music that allows you to express your emotions and creativity, jazz could be a good fit for you. This musical style can make you laugh, cry, and experience all the emotions in between. Jazz also requires you to play the standards and know how to improvise. Have fun playing music and expand your repertoire with jazz lessons.
Ready to Begin Jazz Lessons in Schaumburg, IL?
Contact us to learn more about jazz lessons in Schaumburg. We look forward to helping you grow and mature as a musician while you learn to play jazz.
My daughter started voice lessons with Gary at the Schaumburg location about a month ago. As a concerned parent I was interested in what she thought of him as her instructor. She likes him! Not in any romantic or crush sort of way, but as a highly trained and skilled professional who knows what he is teaching.
In fact all of the staff at the Schaumburg location, in my opinion of course, are very dedicated, trained, involved, respectful, and completely committed to the session time. I work third shift and staying awake to take and pick-up my daughter is not always easy. I mentioned the situation once to them, and now when there is a cancelation they give me a call to see if we can get in earlier. If you have ever worked third shift you know how thoughtful this is.
They have a great facility, convenient location, and a very easy going demeanor that translates into very productive training for the student. If you are looking for your child to receive solid foundational training in any of the lessons they offer, I do not believe you could do better than this Their prices are well within contemporary rates for the area, and would be an investment in the future fulfillment to your children´s musical development.Mark Bock Review
Three of my children, a nephew and I have been taking lessons from Schaumburg Music for about 8 years. Drums, Violin, Bass guitar & Guitar.
I have been playing (blues, rock, folk) guitar as a main instrument for over 45 years and still learned things from their excellent guitar teacher Mike. David has taught my youngest son bass guitar and now he has a great foundation as a bass player. My oldest son was taught by two of Schaumburg Music’s drum teachers, Eugene (who moved out of state) and Nate. Nate has been a phenomenal teacher for my son, challenging him weekly with advanced studies in rhythm, while encouraging him to listen to all types of music to understand how rhythm moves the music. My oldest daughter took violin lessons from Codruta as a second instrument and i was very please and surprised at how quickly she learned a string instrument coming from a piano background. I also arranged for my nephew to take rock guitar lessons from Mike (after I could teach him no more) and now he shreds with the best of them.
They have a very good selection of instruments at different price points. Band instruments, electronic pianos, violins, guitars & bass guitars to name a few. They recently picked up the Samick guitar brand and it fits in nicely with their lower priced beginner instruments. I often play them while waiting for my children to finish their lessons and I am surprised at the quality that goes into these fine instruments. They also have a great selection of music necessities. My daughters often send me in for reeds or cleaning kits for their various woodwind instruments (oboe, sax, flute) and I often drop in for a set of strings for myself.
Over the years I have found the staff to be thoughtful and courteous, which is probably why i have remained a Customer for so many years. Also, each of the teachers has a passion for what they teach. If you are looking for a great place to teach a child (or adult) music, I highly recommend Schaumburg Music, where they will not only get a musical education, but also a passion for music.
I have been a customer of Marlena’s Music, Schaumburg Music Store since I moved to the Schaumburg area six years ago. What I have found and still find today is a personal touch that she has when she greets me when I enter the store. What I liked when I first came 6 years ago and still do now is the variety of piano method books, as I use different method books to suit each individual students´ needs. I am also impressed with this stores use of current technology as just the other day I needed a particular song in a different key and Marlena had the computer ready to download my song in the key I needed. I paid just a nominal fee. Schaumburg Music is a little hard to spot from Schaumburg Road but well worth the time to look closelyMary Helen H.
My daughter has been taking violin lessons at Schaumburg Music for 2 years. We have had a wonderful experience with the teachers. She was only 5 years old when she started and they made us both feel very comfortable. I am happy with the quality of the lessons, as she has made much progress over the 2 years. We enjoy the annual recitals. We hope to have many more years at this studio. I highly recommend this studio for your or your children´s music lessons.Chris Kolcz
For the past 6 years, Schaumburg Music has been a positive influence on our 12 year old son Josh. He has been taking piano lessons with Marlena at his side the whole time, and has grown quite into a very good piano student. Schaumburg Music Center, with its dedicated and inspirational instructors, is an excellent place for anyone who is considering learning how to play an instrument. We are very satisfied with SMC; rate is reasonable, location is ideal, and we all look forward Judson U! Keep up the good work! You guys are doing a wonderful job.The Manalansan Family
We have been sending our kids to the Schaumburg Music center for several years now. We started with our son taking piano lessons from Mr. David and my son loves learning from him. Mr. David has been such a wonderful teacher with a good mix of patience, humor and flexibility that we could hardly wait for our daughter to start her lessons at the center. She learns violin and initially we weren’t sure if she will like the experience, so rented the equipment from the center. We were very fortunate to get Ms. Corduta as her teacher, who was extremely sincere and methodical in her approach. Our daughter simply adored her teacher and we bought a violin at the center to continue with her education.
Ms. Marlena puts in considerable efforts to maintain a very professional center where learning gets the highest priority. She organizes annual concerts for the children to showcase their talent in front of a live audience, and it is such a delightful present for the mothers on the Mother’s Day! Thanks to Marlena and all the teachers for their continued support in helping the children pursue their musical knowledge!Sukanya & Subbu
My children have been coming to Schaumburg Music for a couple of years. When my children first started at Schaumburg Music, they knew very little on how to play a musical instrument. The teachers are very knowledgeable; they really work great with the kids. They took the time to make sure the kids understood about the instruments that the kids wanted to play. They taught them how to read the musical notes and how to read the music sheets so they can play songs. Now my children are playing many different songs, it is amazing to hear and watch them play their instruments. The music teacher and support staff are very professional and easy to work with. You just need to let them know what you want to play and they will set you up with the things you need to get started.John Tarchala
I don’t think it gets any better than Schaumburg Music Academy. The excellent piano lessons by a well qualified instructor and a schedule that fits my needs brought me in. However it is the welcoming atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and friendly conversation that keep me here. I would definitely recommend anyone who loves music to come check it out!Katie A.
My son just started coming here for trumpet lessons with Sam. They are very friendly and encouraging and able to accomodate our schedule. My son is really enjoying his lessons here.Kelly L.