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The Music Gallery Academy's priority is to identify and achieve each student's unique musical potential and provide the challenge, guidance, and inspiration to equip them for life-long enjoyment of music and learning through study, performance, and focus on the arts. 

The Music Gallery Academy has been offering the best private lessons in the Chicago area since 1974. We aim to continue our forty-five year commitment to excellence and student success by offering personalized and professional instruction to students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.




Guitar Lessons with our instructors have helped countless guitarists of all ages and skill levels unlock the fretboard. Explore a variety of techniques and genres while learning simple to advanced music theory, improvisation, rhythmic studies, fretboard visualization, and more! Jam on your favorite tracks and discover the tools to make any guitar sing.  

Singing Lessons | Music Gallery AcademySinging Lessons:

Our vocal coaches can help you discover the full potential of your voice in a comfortable and supportive environment with exercises specially designed to help develop your musical ear, breath support, tone production, and vocal control.


Drum Lessons | Music Gallery AcademyDrum & Percussion Lessons:  

Our drum instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles. Drum language can be complex and our instructors will challenge any drummer with a wide variety of technical exercises designed to improve your speed and comfort while reinforcing the rudimentary concepts the give drummers great time, technique, and control.


Piano Lessons | Music Gallery AcademyPiano Lessons:

Our piano teachers help students understand the language of music with a method that is practical and accessible to absolute beginners and experienced musicians alike. Our piano lessons cover sight-reading, music theory, rhythm, technique, ear training and more. Lessons are tailored to each students ability and style preference.

 


Ukulele Lessons | Music Gallery AcademyUkulele Lessons:

The Ukulele is a  school favorite for entry level children through adults. The ukulele can be as beautiful and interesting as any other instrument, but its small size and soft strings make it the ideal choice for delicate hands. The chord shapes learned on the ukulele transfer easily to the guitar, making it an excellent option for young aspiring guitarists.

 


Bass Lessons | Music Gallery Academy Bass Guitar Lessons:

Our bass instructors have helped many students construct strong bass lines, develop a great sound, and relax into a groove. We cover styles and techniques from Larry Graham's funky thumb to Paul McCartney's melodic walk. The Bass Guitar lessons also cover slap bass, fretless bass, rhythm and groove, music theory, technique and reading.

 


Band Classes | Music Gallery AcademyMusic Gallery Band Classes:

Have you always wanted to play in a band? Music Gallery Academy lets you live that dream in the Band Classes where you'll learn to play with others, organize rehearsals, and perform on stage!




Songwriting Lessons | Music Gallery AcademySongwriting & Music Technology Courses:

Learn fundamental composition skills with score writing software and recording technology with songwriting lessons or music technology courses. Make beats, cut samples, arrange melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, and structure to create a sound that is uniquely and totally you!


     
 
 

How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain - Anita Collins

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | Blog

10 Benefits of Music Education

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | Blog

Here are a couple of interesting facts about music that I found on Do Something.org

    1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
    2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
    3. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics.
    4. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
    5. In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
    6. Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.
    7. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
    8. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
    9. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.
    10. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

Acoustic Performance Group - Enrolling now!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Courses

Hey Musicians!

We're opening up enrollment for our Acoustic Performance Group led by our highly celebrated instructor, Bill Uhler! 

We have a few students who are good players and want to do solo performances, but performance anxiety makes it difficult for them to perform well whenever the opportunity to play for someone arises. Our teachers have discovered through years of trial and error that the absolute most effective way to work through the nerves is to perform regularly.

In our Acoustic Performance Group, We'll focus on performing as soloists or duos to small groups of peers and instructors who will be able to offer feedback, encouragement, and settle some of those performance-altering nerves.  

The group will meet for 1 hour with a limit of 6 performers. This should allow plenty of time for everyone to play 3 - 4 songs. The group will meet weekly on Tuesday at 7:00pm starting June 11.

Call us at (847) 432-6350 or email us at musicgalleryacademy.com to enroll today!

Recital Reminder

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Events

Spring Recital | Music Gallery Academy

We are one week away from our Spring Recital!

Recitals are fun and exciting, but can also seem stressful. The pressure turns up to 11 for some people when they think about performing in front of an eager crowd.

Here are some tips for entering the performance phase of your musicianship.

1. Know how you sound and how you want to sound

Record yourself when you can. You can do this with small personal recording devices like a Zoom or a free recording software like audacity, but a smartphone is usually the most practical option.

Practicing in a large space whenever possible is also a good idea. The demands of projecting in a concert hall are different than a practice room.

2. Don't try to be better on stage than you are at home

We are all here to support your progress in music. If you don't sound as good as you want to sound, no biggie. Keep your head up, celebrate where you are, and recognize that you're better now than you were 6 months ago. It's all part of the process.

3. Downplay The Importance of Performing

Nerves will get you down if you let them. It's hard to play with shaky hands and a nervous voice. Performing definitely can definitely be nerve wracking (and even disappointing) if you've invested your hopes and dreams in the few moments you'll be on stage. It's best to frame the idea of performing as a practical extension of your journey as a musician and enjoy those few spotlight moments. 

4. Address the physical cause and effect of nerves before you hit the stage

What happens to your body when you get nervous and how can you prevent it? We get tense, short of breath, maybe a little shaky, or anxious. Trying to take a deep breath when you're already shaking in your boots doesn't do much good. The trick to getting anti-anxiety breathing exercises to work for you onstage is to incorporate them into daily practice. If you’re used to breathing while you play every day in the practice room, you can do it in performance too!

5. Be kind to yourself and silence the negative self chatter

Artists can be a little self defeating in this way. We tend to attach a lot of negativity to what others might think of our performances, but frankly, nobody shows up to the performance to have their minds blown. People show up to performances because they want to see somebody really enjoying something they love and that's exactly what you are doing. These performances aren't about how good you are or how much people should love your performance. They're about giving something you love to an audience you love. Make a habit of thanking of your imaginary audience with gratitude so that you will feel this emotion as you walk out on the stage.

Student Spotlight: Gen Nehrt

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Gen Nehrt | Music Gallery Academy

Congratulations to Music Gallery Academy student, Gen Nehrt! ☺

Gen was recently declared a top performer at the Uncommon Ground Open Mic in Chicago where she performed Lost Boy by Ruth B.

Gen demonstrated something we love to see in students. She sought performance opportunities and used the skills she learned here to gift others with her music. She faced the terror of pre-performance, the relief of adrenaline, and is experiencing the lasting confidence that follows vulnerability in a public space. Gen’s experience is especially remarkable to us because she just started playing the guitar within the past year. Within this short time of dedicated practice, her playing went from beginner to performing musician and she discovered the tenacity to overcome the crippling anxiety that sometimes accompanies pre-performance. 

Gen realized a valuable lesson of performance. She was secure enough to say to herself, “Even if I tank, it will be okay”

This reminds us that wrong notes are just steps closer to the right ones. We should all celebrate where we are and let our best efforts speak for themselves and trust that each performance serves to make us better performers over time.

Thanks to Gen for her ambition and congratulations to her success!