Woodwind Lessons in Palatine, IL

Learn to Play Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute or Oboe

Our Approach to Woodwind Lessons

At The Music Room, individuality is celebrated. The unique experiences and goals of each of our students drives customized programming that offers a comprehensive and well-rounded education. Combined with enthusiasm and encouragement, our distinct approach to music education allows students to achieve the highest levels of musical expression.

Woodwinds Lessons Should Be Fun!

Woodwind instruments produce rich, expressive, and emotionally impactful music in both solo and group settings. At The Music Room, we teach a variety of woodwind instruments – including clarinet, and saxophone – each of which plays a critical role in bringing to life the music we know and love. 

Regardless of your specific instrument, one thing is consistent across all of our woodwind offerings: fun! Simply put, we want all of our students to LOVE their music lessons. The Music Room’s experienced 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 – while having fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

We believe strong fundamentals are key to providing a strong foundation for a musician’s growth. At The Music Room, you’ll learn the key elements of strong woodwind technique including breath support, voicing, embouchure, articulation, finger technique, and posture. Understanding these necessities will help you maintain control of the tone and quality of your music.
Our lessons offer an enriching, well-rounded music education that pairs fundamentals with a strong foundation in music literacy. From sight reading and ear training to music theory and history, our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and extensive teaching résumés to foster an optimal student experience at The Music Room.

We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals

Every student is unique and their instruction should be, too. The talented team at The Music Room is committed to helping each student pursue their musical interest at a pace that works for them. We’re passionate about all things music and all things success!

Do you dream of becoming the next great jazz soloist? Earning a spot in your high school band? Turning a simple intrigue into a hobby? As our teachers get to know your goals, we tailor our lessons accordingly. Both beginner and advanced students will be challenged and inspired on their musical journey at The Music Room.

Woodwinds are equally distinct and beautiful instruments. Learning to play the clarinet or saxophone is no easy feat, but many students find that, with the help of an experienced clarinet teacher, they can progress quickly. Clarinets and saxophones are complex instruments and the instructors at The Music Room are well-versed in technique, execution, and the various intricacies of each instrument. They are excited to pass on their experience and knowledge to musicians who want to master a new instrument.

Our woodwind teachers come from different backgrounds, including professional performers, credentialed instructors, and graduates of some of the most prestigious programs around the country. With their experience and dedication, any student can master instruments like the clarinet or saxophone.

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Our saxophone and clarinet instructors are proficient on both instruments so a student can start with clarinet lessons if they wish and switch to saxophone lessons without having to change instructors. Instructors actively perform in bands and ensembles and also as soloists.

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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Wally Parchomenko

Wally Parchomenko

Woodwinds

Wally Parchomenko graduated from Sherwood Music Conservatory/University of Chicago in June 1968 in Chicago, IL. He earned his bachelors in Music Education and clarinet performance as a minor. During his four years

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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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Frequently Asked Questions About Woodwind Lessons

What is the minimum age to start woodwind lessons at The Music Room?

Learning the clarinet or saxophone requires that you not only be able to physically handle the instrument, but also have the lung capacity to produce the right sound and tone. We recommend starting woodwind lessons no earlier than age eight. At this point, students tend to have the necessary physical attributes that allow them to be successful when learning to play the clarinet or saxophone.

In addition to physical development, reading and comprehension skills must also be developing in order for a student to achieve proficiency.

Do I need any prior experience?

There’s no need to be intimidated by trying something new – especially at The Music Room. We welcome all musicians, from beginners to advanced professionals and everyone in between. You won’t find a more comfortable or supportive environment to learn a challenging instrument in than our music school in Palatine.

What styles of woodwind can I learn?

Our teachers have unique backgrounds that they bring to their lessons with students. This means that there is someone with expertise in any area or style of music you may want to explore. From classical music to trendy jazz, there’s something for everyone at The Music Room.

What books will I need?

Our lesson plans are completely customized to the wants and needs of our students. This means that your teacher will get to know you and your goals before providing you with the most relevant list of resources that will support you on your journey to become a master musician.

Why Come to The Music Room for Clarinet or Saxophone Lessons?

The Music Room has some of the most prestigious instructors in the industry providing music lessons for students of all ages and experience levels. You won’t find a higher-quality program for learning a new instrument than our school. 

Additionally, we operate on a student-oriented approach, encouraging our students to take the lead, exploring different styles and approaches under the watchful eye of our experienced teachers. The creative freedom you’ll experience through our woodwind lessons will be bar none.

Ready to Begin Playing a Woodwind Instrument?

Expressing yourself through music is one of the most joyful and fulfilling experiences. You, too, can take advantage of this with the help of our enthusiastic and passionate teachers.

Come meet our instructors and experience our creative environment for learning. Contact us today to schedule your first clarinet or saxophone lesson.



























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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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