The Sound of a New generation




We offer piano lessons for children beginning at age 4 and for adults of any age. Lessons for very young children focus equally on playing at the piano and on rhythm and music games. Our approach makes it easy for children of all ages to learn while staying engaged and interested in music.

Lessons for adults are tailored to your experience level and goals. Our teachers are all gigging musicians and composers with years of experience teaching music lessons to all ages, abilities and learning types in all musical styles.

We offer frequent recitals, jam sessions, karaoke nights and other opportunities to play with others and be part of a musical community

Being a student at ACM means you’re part of an organization that produces wildly creative events like the Sound of Silent Film Festival, the Thirsty Ears Festival, Songs About Buildings and Moods on PBS and many others.

We have schools in the following Chicago locations:

Avondale/Logan Square: 2860 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Ravenswood: 1758 W. Wilson Ave
Rogers Park: 7002 N. Western Ave.



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 adults returning to piano or just starting out.

Pricing: $160 per month

Level: All

Location: Ravenswood Avondale & Rogers Park

Type: Virtual & In-Person

Duration: 30m - 1h

Phone: 773-334-3650



ACM's piano teachers have years of experience teaching to students of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

Amy Gadd

Piano, Voice | Ravenswood, Virtual

Christy Bennett

Piano and Voice | Ravenswood, Virtual

David Keller

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

Elaine Ubando

Piano, Violin | Ravenswood, Virtual

Jeff Kowalkowski

Piano, Composition | Avondale, Virtual

Jonathan Hannau

Piano, Composition | Ravenswood, Virtual

Mark Hardy

Piano, Guitar | Avondale, Virtual

Nathan Hack

Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

Mariah Kaplan

Voice and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

Desiree Anderson

Teacher | Virtual only

Rebecca Gaspelin

Voice and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

Gail Gallagher

Voice, Piano, Ukulele | Rogers Park, Virtual

Traci Huff

Piano, Violin and Viola Teacher | Ravenswood, Virtual

Gomeh Barack

Piano and Trumpet | Ravenswood, Virtual

Gita Srinivasan

Cello and Piano | Ravenswood, Virtual

Zhanna Bullock

Instructor | Ravenswood

Sandy Van Laningham

Piano, Voice and Children's Music Teacher | Location


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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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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