Piano Lessons in Palatine, Illinois

Learn to Play the Piano or Keyboard

Our Approach to Piano Lessons

Piano lessons are offered on a one-on-one basis with our highly qualified teachers and also through our group classes and pairs lessons. During private music lessons, the student will develop a plan for individual learning with their teachers.

Each teacher will work with the students to come up with repertoire suitable for their optimum learning. Some students excel at classical learning, studying the masters from all time periods of music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc.). Other students wish to integrate elements of pop music, church music, jazz music, or all of the above!

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 The Music Room, 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), The Music Room helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.

Students will learn music reading, performance skills, improvisation skills, and theory skills.

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Our Teachers

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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 bigger and more well-rounded musical perspective to their students.

Sean Carolan

Sean Carolan

Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin

Since beginning the study of guitar, bass guitar and cello in 2005, Sean Carolan quickly developed his skills to become a working musician, performing throughout the Chicagoland area. He has performed in

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Luke Chandler

Luke Chandler

Piano, Guitar, Trumpet

Luke Chandler received his BA in Music in 2006 from his hometown’s University of Texas at San Antonio and his MA in Music Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He comes

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Steve Kidera

Steve Kidera

Woodwinds, Piano

Steven Kidera graduated from Elmhurst College with a double major in Jazz Studies and Music Composition. He studied saxophone with Chicago jazz saxophonist Mark Colby as well as classical saxophonist Roger Birkeland.

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Jenny Laabs

Jenny Laabs

Piano, Brass

Jenny Laabs is a talented and versatile musician and educator. She received her bachelor of Music Education degree in 1984 from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. Jenny was the grade school

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Saori Tomura

Saori Tomura

Piano, Woodwinds (Flute), Voice

Mrs. Tomura, born in Japan, started taking piano and percussion lessons at the age of 3. At age 8, she became a finalist in the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition, and by age 9,

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Ashley Lynd

Ashley Lynd

Piano, Voice

Ashley Lynd ​ has taught performing arts in the North suburbs for over 18 years, including at New Trier’s Performing Arts Summer Workshop, Edgewood Middle School, Wilmette Children’s Theatre, Northlight Theater’s Summer

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What’s a Good Age to Begin Piano Lessons?

We offer lessons to children in the Palatine and Northwest Chicago, IL, suburbs area beginning at age 4. Additionally, we offer lessons through the high school years and teach adults too! The piano is a wonderful versatile instrument that can bring joy through a lifetime a learning.

Certain aspects of piano technique, such as interval reach, can be physically challenging to a young child. At the same time, there are plenty of basics to learn before large interval reach is necessary.

At The Music Room, we suggest beginning instruction no younger than age four. Have no fear: beginning at this young age will give your child plenty of time to progress in their keyboarding skills.

So, if you have the desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you—no matter your age.

Our Piano Teachers

All of the teachers at The Music Room hold university degrees in music and are experts in their field. Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions all over the country.

Do I have to know how to read music?

No. Beginners are welcome!

Do I need a piano to learn the instrument?

No, you do not need a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. Contact us to learn more about keyboard rentals and pricing.

Are there piano recitals?‍

Absolutely! Our students have the opportunity to perform. Private students are given the opportunity to participate in two recitals per year, one in December and one in May.

So, What Are You Waiting For?

If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional.

Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so why not get started today?


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Praise for The Music Room

  • My daughter took lessons at The Music Room for years. She tried a number of instruments over the years; violin, piano, and bass guitar. The Music Room’s team was unfailingly responsive and flexible whenever my daughter wanted to change instruments. I highly recommend The Music Room for rental and lessons. I felt like they really cared and they made working with them easy. Carol, Carley, and everyone else we interacted with was great. The Music Room taught my daughter a love of music without pressure or fuss.

    Rebecca F.
  • A great hometown music store!!! Not only do they have a wonderful selection of guitars, and amplifiers, but they also have orchestral instruments, sheet music, and lessons, all of which at very reasonable prices. The lessons there are friendly and helpful, not to mention fun. All together, I give this place an enthusiastic two thumbs up!

    Joel Roberts
  • Great place for an enthusiast, aspiring musicians, beginners or even just explorers. They offer variety of instruments and materials as well as personal lessons. They don’t have a huge selection of instruments as some of the competition but their staff makes up for that being very friendly and informative. Definitely recommend the place.

    Maulesh J.
  • Our youth have often struggled with more traditional forms of communication; at Lutherbrook we have found that the expressive therapies are invaluable in helping youth give voice to their experiences. We appreciate The Music Room’s generosity in helping us to expand these opportunities.

    Brent Diers
  • The Music Room is a mandatory store to shop if you are looking for great music lessons and good selection of instruments (rentals too!). Being a long time customer, I can say that TMR has been essential to the musical education of my kids (drums and piano). The staff and teachers are extremely knowledgeable and polite, and the atmosphere is hip and fun.This year I finally mustered the courage to start voice lessons, and now I am experiencing the “why did I take so long to do this” syndrome.

    Highly recommend!

    Marco Vidor
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