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ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

Chicago’s ACM School of Music is part of our larger non-profit organization that promotes music by living composers and, as such, we are especially interested in teaching creativity alongside traditional note reading.

We incorporate music theory into the lessons so that our students, kids and adults alike, have a solid understanding of the building blocks of music. Understanding chords and key relationships is an important part of knowing how music works.

Our teachers are highly trained, and have years of experience in communicating musical concepts to all ages and learning types. By incorporating the music of living composers into our curriculum and encouraging musical creativity, we keep the lessons fresh, interesting and relevant to diverse groups of students.

Current Lessons

As a non-profit with the mission of bringing musical creativity to life every day, the ACM School of Music encourages our students to create their own music in addition to learning the fundamentals in all of our private lessons and classes.

    • In-Person
    • Virtual
    • All

    Piano

    We offer piano lessons for children beginning at age 4 and for adults of any age. Our teachers have a wealth of experience with young beginners and those returning to piano.

    Composition

    Learn the building blocks of music and how to notate your musical ideas for a variety of different instruments. 

    Guitar

    Our guitar teachers have a wealth of experience teaching students of all ages and experience levels and all are gigging musicians.

    Violin

    We offer violin lessons to adults and kids age 4 and up using either the traditional or Suzuki methods of teaching. Beginners are welcome and our teachers are able to teach all musical styles.

    Cello

    We offer cello lessons to adults and kids age 4 and up using either the traditional or Suzuki methods of teaching. Beginners are welcome and our teachers are able to teach all musical styles.

    Voice

    Voice lessons at ACM focus on the fundamentals and self expression.

    Viola

    We offer viola lessons to adults and kids age 4 and up using either the traditional or Suzuki methods of teaching. Musicians of all experience levels are welcome.
  • Classes

    As a non-profit with the mission of bringing musical creativity to life every day, the ACM School of Music encourages our students to create their own music in addition to learning the fundamentals in all of our private lessons and classes.

  • Film Scoring

    Work with a group to score a new silent film by a living director and hear it performed live to the film as part of our festival
  • INSTRUCTORS

    Meet Our Teachers

    ACM teachers have a wealth of experience teaching private lessons virtually and in person in an engaging way to all ages and all are gigging musicians.

  • Mary Halm

    Bass, piano, guitar | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Alec Tonno

    Violin, Viola and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Gail Gallagher

    Voice and Piano | Rogers Park, Virtual

    Rebecca Gaspelin

    Voice and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Hannah Spear

    Violin and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Stephen Anthony Rawson

    Piano, Composition | Rogers Park, Virtual

    Patrick Owen-Leary

    Guitar and Composition | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Mariah Kaplan

    Voice and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Otto Marloft

    Piano Teacher | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Megan Yao

    Violin, PIano | Location

    Josie Stracek

    Piano and Voice | Ravenswood, Rogers Park, Virtual

    Kyle Gregory Price

    Piano Teacher | Rogers Park, Virtual

    Traci Newhouse

    Piano, Violin and Viola Teacher | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Jonathan Hannau

    Piano, Composition | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Nathan Hack

    Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Christy Bennett

    Piano and Voice | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Angelo Hart

    Piano, Composition | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Lars Ebsworth

    Piano and Voice Teacher | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Jeff Kowalkowski

    Piano, Composition | Avondale, Virtual

    Casey Nielsen

    Guitar | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Lee Rothenberg

    Guitar | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Mark Hardy

    Piano, Guitar | Avondale, Virtual

    David Keller

    Cello, Piano, Guitar, Composition | Ravenswood, Avondale, Virtual

    Trevor Patricia Watkin

    Piano, Composition, Voice | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Desiree Miller

    Teacher | Virtual only

    Josephine Yang

    Piano, Violin | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Elaine Ubando

    Piano, Violin | Ravenswood, Virtual

    Amy Gadd

    Piano, Voice | Ravenswood, Virtual

  • TESTIMONIALS

    ACM currently teaches 340 students in three locations and virtually. Hear what our students have to say!

    Thank you for all that you’ve done for the Film Scoring Class If this class didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t have been able to explore and pursue this thing I’m so passionate about and so enjoy.

    Joanie Cox

    Student

    ACM is a great place to take lessons! My son Ezra has improved at the cello so much since starting there and he's even composing his own music now!

    Marcia Shuminas

    Parent

    Love this school! I came in wanting to learn a Yann Tiersen song and my teacher got it by ear, transcribed it and taught me to play it.

    Rob Ryan

    Student
    EXPERIENCE

    Explore our upcoming festivals / concerts

    The ACM School of Music is part of a larger non-profit organization with the mission of bringing musical creativity to life every day.  Check out some of our upcoming events!

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