The Sound of a New generation

Composition CLASSES



We offer private lessons in music composition and theory that can last 30 or 60 minutes and meet once per week in person or virtually.  As this is a private lesson the curriculum can be tailored to fit your goals.

Learn the building blocks of music and how to notate your musical ideas for a variety of different instruments.  Good music theory and composition skills are the bedrock to complete musicianship.

Taking music composition lessons at ACM means being part of an organization that commissions dozens of composers a year for innovative programs like the Sound of Silent Film Festival and the Thirsty Ears Festival, Chicago’s only classical music street festival.



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

Pricing: $160 per month

Location: Avondale, Ravenswood, Rogers Park

Type: Virtual & In-Person



ACM's composition and theory teachers are all professional composers with a deep background in musical theory and years of experience teaching musical creativity to all learner types.

Jonathan Hannau

Piano, Composition | Ravenswood, Virtual

Jeff Kowalkowski

Piano, Composition | Avondale, Virtual

David Keller

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

Gail Gallagher

Voice, Piano, Ukulele | Rogers Park, Virtual


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


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


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


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festivals / concerts

We produce a variety of festivals and concerts throughout the year designed to serve our mission of bringing musical creativity to life.

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