The instructors at ACM School of Music pass the torch of musical aptitude with piano lessons and music-theory classes that kindle classical-music appreciation in a new generation. With a focus on teaching students to write their own compositions, experienced musicians explain the rudiments of the form, from a piece's first quarter note to its adolescent experimentation with mixed-meter phrases to its emergence as a full-grown adult arrangement. The school's resident ensemble, Palomar, breathes life into contemporary compositions with an annual concert series. As a nonprofit driven by the goal to expand the cohort of composers and audience members, ACM also facilitates educational initiatives in local schools and offers programming to Boys & Girls Clubs.
Originally founded in 1957, Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and facilitates performances of arts rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. More than 700 accredited music, dance, theater, and visual-arts courses expand the cultural horizons of students of all ages and abilities, and more than 300 concerts and events reach more than 200,000 audience members every year.
Founder Frank Hamilton hoped that through his nonprofit academy "teacher and student would be partners in learning." Today, the school continues that tradition, fostering supportive learning environments that draw from an accessible education model. The school also presents performances by internationally known touring artists and Chicago's local artists—as well as its own staff and students—nearly every weekend, with free world-music concerts on Wednesday nights. Old Town School operates three facilities in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square, including one 425-seat and two 150-seat concert halls, 64 classrooms, two music stores, a café, and a resource center.
With more than 20 years of sound-shredding experience, Chicago Music Exchange meets the needs of veteran axe slingers and newly minted musicians. Expert technicians christen six-strings with a standard setup, restringing an electric, acoustic, or bass guitar and manicuring the minutiae that lives inside. Technicians adjust truss rods and nut height and tighten hardware before cleaning instruments of scuffs garnered during street fights with oboes. Setup includes oiling and cleaning of the fingerboard, as well as a top-to-bottom 40-point inspection. Experts pore over the fingerboard, frets, and body while also inspecting action and electronics. The sound-savvy staff at Chicago Music Exchange will ensure that wires and bridges are secure and that smooth fret ends are configured to channel the spirit of Jimi, Elvis, or Tchaikovsky's black-sheep brother, Thad.
With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
Jakub Rojek’s love affair with music has taken him from his native Poland to Boston, where he studied at the prestigious New England Conservatory, and finally to the windy streets of Chicago. An accomplished jazz pianist and composer, Jakub leads a staff of professional performers and educators at the East Lakeview Music Studio. The school strengthens confidence in budding musicians by tailoring classes and lessons to meet each student’s unique goals, and offering a well-rounded curriculum covering performance, theory, composition, and ensemble training.