Schaumburg Piano Lessons

Our Approach to Piano Lessons

We recognize each aspiring pianist as a unique individual. That’s why our piano instructors foster creative expression in their students, encouraging them to pursue their musical goals. Our approach is flexible, fostering musical creativity while simultaneously supporting proper keyboard technique. We strive to ensure that our piano students acquire the fundamentals necessary to become literate musicians, so music reading/writing skills and relevant music theory are always incorporated. Below is a basic outline of our approach.

We Make Piano Instruction 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 Schaumburg Music Academy, 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 Tailor Instruction to Your 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), Schaumburg Music Academy helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.

Ages 4 and up

Learn to play piano from talented, experienced teachers. We have many piano teachers ready to work with you to enrich your talents.

Schaumburg Music Academy is proud to offer piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in the Schaumburg area. Our piano instructors pride themselves on customizing piano lessons to each student, providing well-rounded instruction for students of any age and skill level.

At Schaumburg Music Academy, we are passionate about creating a fun and engaging experience for each student, while providing them with a firm foundation to move forward. Our instructors are fantastic people and great musicians, and many of them perform professionally in addition to teaching. Their top-notch credentials and experience allow our teachers to customize lessons for each student, covering areas including technique, fundamentals and expression.

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Our Piano Teachers

Our piano teachers hold credentials from illustrious universities, and they perform regularly with various nationwide and community groups outside of the private piano studio. This wide range of experience allows them to pass on a more well-rounded musical perspective to their students.

Andrea Figueroa

Andrea Figueroa

Voice & Piano

Andrea Figueroa is a recent graduate from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Conducting focus, along with a Vocal Performance Certificate. In her 5 years at

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Carter  Schultz

Carter Schultz

Guitar/­Bass/­Piano/­Mandolin/­Banjo

Carter Schultz is a multi-instrumentalist and song-writer of 17 years. He has been teaching guitar, drums, piano and bass in the Schaumburg area since 2010 and has an Associate’s degree in Fine

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David  Shore

David Shore

Piano/­Guitar/­Bass/­Upright Bass/­Ukulele

David’s students enjoy learning and feeling like musicians while still getting the academic benefits that learning music provides. He includes many songs and pieces that his students are familiar with while making

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Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson

Voice & Piano

Jennifer Thompson is an accomplished vocalist who has performed many times in the Chicago area. She sang Elgar’s Sea Pictures for the Friends of the Windows concert series at St. James Chapel.

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Jim Meyer

Jim Meyer

Piano

Jim has been playing piano for over 20 years and teaching piano for 4 with a certification in piano pedagogy. He graduated last May from Elmhurst College with top honors, majoring in

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Jose  Guadalupe  Flores

Jose Guadalupe Flores

Voice/Piano/Woodwind

– Enjoy private music lessons tailored to your skill and level from a passionate and enthusiastic educator. Jose Guadalupe has over 5 years of international, private, and group teaching experience. Jose is

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Lenka  Nedvedova

Lenka Nedvedova

Piano

Lenka Nedvedova received her Master of Arts Degree in Music and English Literature from the Masaryk University of Brno in the Czech Republic in 1999. She was also a member of the

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Nadiya Mandziy

Nadiya Mandziy

Piano

Nadiya has been a piano and music theory teacher for over 30 years. She is an honors graduate from Ternopil Music College and went on to get her Master’s degree from Kyiv

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JT Butcher

JT Butcher

Brass, Piano, Percussion

Hello everyone! My name is JT Butcher and I am a sophomore at Elgin Community College studying music education. I went to Dundee Crown high school and graduated in 2019. I plan

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Many of our piano instructors love working with beginners, whether those beginners are children or adults. Others focus more on developing the skills unique to intermediate or advanced students. Once we learn more about your musical experience and goals, we can match you with a teacher who will be a great fit for you. Our piano department is equipped to serve students with collegiate and professional ambitions, and we invite you to see our review page for a selection of Schaumburg Music Academy success stories. Many of our teachers have memberships and openings for a variety of performance and competitive opportunities, but these are always optional. We are equally delighted to work with students of any age or ability who want to enrich their lives through music.

We offer piano lessons for all levels of experience, whether you’re a beginner or intermediate player. If you’re a beginner you will be taught music theory and eventually you’ll be able to sight read! Our instructors are more than capable of teaching classical, jazz, contemporary, and even rock music. It’s all up to you!

New to Piano Lessons? Here’s What to Expect

At Schaumburg Music Academy, we welcome all music learners, from absolute beginners to advanced students preparing for university or conservatory study. We understand that for those who are new to music lessons or piano lessons, getting started can seem a little daunting. Here’s what to expect if you’re new to piano lessons.

What Books Will I Need?

There are several great piano curricula used for beginners today, and our teachers use a variety of these at Schaumburg Music Academy. In or before a student’s first lesson, the teacher will provide a list of piano books to purchase.

What Should I Consider When Selecting an Instrument?

For many beginning students, the first and biggest obstacle is finding an instrument. It’s impossible to progress very far without consistent practice, and consistent practice requires consistent access to a piano or digital keyboard.

Deciding between an acoustic piano and a digital keyboard is a complex decision, and the right choice for your family depends on your living situation, your goals, and even your aesthetic preferences.

Your piano instructor will work with you in determining what’s best for starting out. You can get recommendations on what to get and where to buy it at your first lesson.

What is the Best Age to Start Piano Lessons?

We typically work with piano students aged 4-Adult. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our piano program and to help you find a good match for yourself or your child among our wonderful piano faculty. If you are unsure whether your child is ready for private lessons, give us a call to discuss your particular situation. We would be delighted to help you find a good fit!

While we generally don’t start piano students before age 4, that doesn’t mean that every 4-year-old who shows interest in piano is ready to start taking piano lessons. To know if your child is ready, take a look at your child’s development. To be ready for piano lessons, your child should be on par with peers in physical strength and dexterity. Similarly, as reading music is a big part of learning piano, your child should be at or above the kindergarten level when it comes to reading, phonics, pattern recognition and related skills.

It’s OK if your child is too short to reach the pedals. Beginning level instruction doesn’t require the use of them.

Lastly, your child needs an adequate attention span and ability to stay focused for 20 or 30 minutes at a time.

What Sets Schaumburg Music Academy Apart?

We know that there are multiple avenues you could take when it comes to choosing a music instructor. So, why should Schaumburg Music Academy be your top choice?

First, our staff of music instructors are the most qualified, most experienced, and most passionate. We have multiple piano instructors on staff, and we are confident we can find a teacher that will suit your specific personality and needs.

Second, our atmosphere of musical freedom is unmatched. Each staff member is interested in your personal growth as a performer. Our goal is that your experience at Schaumburg Music Academy will enable you to engage in the musical world with confidence and creativity no matter where your journey takes you.

Ready to Start Piano Lessons in Schaumburg, Illinois?

Are you ready to start piano lessons for you or a family member in the Schaumburg area?

Come learn from one of our experienced teachers and get meaningful piano instruction that’s tailored to your specific needs and goals. Contact Schaumburg Music Academy today to set up your first lesson!

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  • 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.

     

     

    Grant Dittmer
  • 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 closely

    Mary 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.
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