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Care & Repair University: Trombones & Baritones

October 28, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trumpets

October 28, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Strings

October 21, 2017 at 2:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Clarinets

October 21, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Saxophones

October 21, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trombones & Baritones

October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trumpets

October 14, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Strings

October 7, 2017 at 2:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Clarinets

October 7, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Saxophones

October 7, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trombones & Baritones

September 30, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trumpets

September 30, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Strings

September 23, 2017 at 2:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Clarinets

September 23, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Saxophones

September 23, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trombones & Baritones

September 16, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Trumpets

September 16, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Strings

September 9, 2017 at 2:30pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Clarinets

September 9, 2017 at 2:00pm by Kenny Sobotka
You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.
The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.
All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!


Care & Repair University: Saxophones

September 9, 2017 at 1:30pm by Kenny Sobotka

You have obtained the instrument, your child has started playing in band and perhaps they are also taking private lessons. Now is the perfect time for your child to learn how to maintain their own instrument. We all know how important regular oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance practices are for our cars. Musical instruments are no different! They are intricate machines with many moving parts and components that are delicately balanced.

The Music Room’s Our Care & Repair University seminars are designed to give new and returning band and orchestra students a hands-on experience as they are shown basic maintenance routines. These practices are designed to help keep their instruments in proper working order. We will also teach students how to avoid some of the most common perils and pitfalls that can render an instrument unplayable: stuck mouthpieces, overtightened bows, bent keys, sticky or corroded valves and dirty pads.

All Care & Repair University seminars are free and open to band and orchestra students and their parents. Attend as many as you like!



7 Tips for Making Your Child’s Private Music Lessons a Success

August 17, 2017 at 11:04am by Joanne Costin

By Carol Cook

You want to give your child an exposure to music and an opportunity to perform.  You might love music and want to share it, or you might wish you understood more but want to give your child the advantages you never had. Whatever the case, here are 7 tips to make the most of this experience for your child.

  1. 1. Make attendance and practice a priority. 
Receiving instruction week-in and week-out ensures accountability between teacher and student and maintains the continuity and momentum of the learning experience. It is between the lessons, however, that the true investment is most fulfilled: without consistent, disciplined practice, efforts at progress from one lesson to the next are exercises in futility!
  2. Be positive about your expectations. 
Attitudes are contagious. Make the decision right now to enter into this venture with nothing but successful intentions for your child. Share your vision of success with them.
  3. Create a mutual agreement with your child and follow through. 
Gaining motivation to practice is neither easy or automatic. This is one of the invaluable benefits of studying music! Create an agreement with your child that addresses how much time will be spent practicing (ask your teacher for help with this). A mutually agreed upon practice routine should be a consistent, nonnegotiable part of a child’ s schedule.
  4. Be prepared for varying degrees of frustration. 
As soon as the newness wears off and the lessons begin to get difficult, students often experience frustration. Being committed to their success means not letting them quit out of frustration. You are in charge. Remind them of the above agreement.
  5. Encourage them to play for family and friends. A short mini concert for family and friends will go a long way in boosting confidence and pride in a student. Investing five to ten minutes as an audience member for your child will do wonders for their motivation. Offer compliments and encourage them regularly.
  6. Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher. Sit in at the beginning or end of the occasional lesson, or simply come into the store when you drop off or pick up for some face- to-face time; it is the best way to keep current on the status of their progress. Don’t hesitate to ask the teacher for help if you need clarification on any aspect of the lesson. Also, encourage your child to talk with you about their lessons. What are they working on? Did they learn something new today? Ask them to demonstrate. This kind of interaction requires a minimal time investment and will boost progress levels immensely.
  7. Help your child build their own music library. 
Building and maintaining a student’ s own music library is tangible evidence of their accomplishments! Keep in mind also that students of every instrument and of voice need variety and balance in their materials in order to experience progress and motivation. Complementing with fun and interesting music will provide added motivation, particularly if it is music they recognize.

As a music student, what guidance helped you focus and learn?  As a parent, what seemed to help your child overcome frustrations and grow musically?   Please share them in a comment.

Are you struggling with your child’s frustration over private lessons?  I’d be glad to talk to you.  Just email me!



Come Blow Your Horn (Try the instruments!)

June 20, 2017 at 9:00pm by Carol Cook

What is Come Blow Your Horn?

It’s a chance for any and all students who are considering playing an instrument in band or orchestra next fall to come in and try out each of the instruments for free! The Music Room’s staff will be on hand and available to give each student the opportunity to touch, hold, feel, blow, strum or pluck any flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola or cello.

The Music Room has a fantastic instrument rental program.  All payments are applied toward the purchase of the instrument, but there is no obligation to purchase. After students have played the instruments and chosen what they want to play in the fall we can reserve the instrument for you so it’s ready for pickup before school starts.

Early pickup is also available for those students who wish to get a head start on their instrument before school starts. We can also get you started with private lessons during the summer on your chosen instrument.

Can’t decide which one to play? Try them all! Come Blow Your Horn is offered three times throughout the summer. Check the events menu on our website for dates and times.



Recital for the students of Carley La Pointe

June 15, 2017 at 5:00pm by Carol Cook

The students of Carley La Pointe will be performing at a recital on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm on The Music Room’s lower level. Join Carley and her students as they perform pieces they have been preparing to share with friends and family. The recital is open to friends, family and the general public.



Recital for the Students of Jenny Laabs

June 2, 2017 at 7:00pm by Carol Cook

Come and enjoy music played by students of TMR instructor Jenny Laabs. This recital will be held at Immanuel Lutheran School, 200 N Plum Grove Road in Palatine.



Come Blow Your Horn (Try the instruments!)

May 24, 2017 at 9:00pm by Carol Cook

What is Come Blow Your Horn?

It’s a chance for any and all students who are considering playing an instrument in band or orchestra next fall to come in and try out each of the instruments for free!

The Music Room’s staff will be on hand and available to give each student the opportunity to touch, hold, feel, blow, strum or pluck any flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, viola or cello.

The Music Room has a fantastic instrument rental program.  All payments are applied toward the purchase of the instrument, but there is no obligation to purchase. After students have played the instruments and chosen what they want to play in the fall we can reserve the instrument for you so it’s ready for pickup before school starts.

Early pickup is also available for those students who wish to get a head start on their instrument before school starts. We can also get you started with private lessons during the summer on your chosen instrument.

Can’t decide which one to play? Try them all! Come Blow Your Horn is offered three times throughout the summer. Check the events menu on our website for dates and times.



A Guide for First-Time Band Parents

May 5, 2017 at 12:06pm by Joanne Costin

Band_InstrumentsFirst time band parents trying to navigate their instrument options have a lot to think about. The Music Room is here to answer your questions.

Q. What’s the right instrument for my son or daughter?

A. Students often don’t know what they want to play. Sometimes they are influenced by friends or the music they like. We suggest letting your future musician try out different band and orchestra instruments at one of our Come Blow Your Horn events. They can see for themselves what feels right for them and get an idea of what to expect. The next event will be held on May 24, 2017.

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Parlor Performances For Students Of All Instruments

March 13, 2017 at 4:45pm by Luke Maslanka

Studies have shown that students who have the opportunity to share performances with other music students find greater satisfaction in learning the craft of their instrument. Parlor Performances give students a chance to share their musical accomplishments with other students, friends and family in a relaxed and impromptu setting.

The Music Room invites students and players of all instruments to join in this unique performance opportunity! Bring one or two pieces to play and invite everyone you know. Any genre or style is welcome, from classical to jazz to pop! It’s a great experience for anyone who wants to gain more confidence in a performance setting. At the end of the performance, the instructor will hand out personalized comment sheets for all performers. 2 years of experience required.

Register Here



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

March 11, 2017 at 4:22pm by Luke Maslanka

Did you know that regular maintenance of your fretted instrument is critical to achieving optimal tone and playability?  Just as your car needs regularly scheduled maintenance activities in order to properly run, your guitar needs regular attention and adjustments in order to properly play!

This class will provide an explanation of the mechanics of the guitar and other fretted instruments, including bass guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By studying the craft of a proper guitar set up, students will understand just how important it is to maintain their own instruments at regular intervals.

The class will cover the basics of guitar maintenance and performance. We will show you how your instrument can be influenced by humidity and other climate variances. Maintenance practices from simple string changes to fingerboard card, action height, and truss rod adjustments will be covered.

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of performing these maintenance tasks yourself.  Supplies such as strings, polish, winders, and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class. This is a hands on class and students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

Register Here



Find Out Why Everyone Loves the Ukulele

March 2, 2017 at 12:52am by Joanne Costin

Explore Ukulele Classes at The Music Room

UkuleleUkulele Lessons Palatines have seen a revival and we know why. This instrument is easy to play, affordable and fun. You can get a beginner’s ukulele for less than $100. Eddie Vetter won a Grammy award for his Ukulele Songs album in 2011 and the pop group Twenty One Pilots has inspired a younger generation to play. George Harrison of the Beatles once said “Everybody should have and play a uke. It’s so simple to carry with you and it is one instrument you can’t play and not laugh! ”

Experience the joy of ukulele for yourself by joining one of the group ukulele classes at The Music Room. “The Ukulele 1 class is for beginners, so everyone is starting from square one,” said instructor Bob Thompson. “Joining a group class is a great way to try out the instrument. It can be less intimidating than one-on-one lessons.”

In just a few one-hour sessions, and with some home practice, you will be strumming simple songs at a slower tempo. Classes run for 10 weeks.

The Ukulele 2 class covers additional chords, discussion of key signatures and intermediate rhythmic notation, and group playing with melody and accompaniment. Learn more about our ukulele classes and schedule. Spring classes start the week of April 3.



Parlor Performances For Students Of All Instruments

February 20, 2017 at 8:23am by Carol Cook

Studies have shown that students who have the opportunity to share performances with other music students find greater satisfaction in learning the craft of their instrument. Parlor Performances give students a chance to share their musical accomplishments with other students, friends and family in a relaxed and impromptu setting.

The Music Room invites students and players of all instruments to join in this unique performance opportunity! Bring one or two pieces to play and invite everyone you know. Any genre or style is welcome, from classical to jazz to pop! It’s a great experience for anyone who wants to gain more confidence in a performance setting. At the end of the performance, the instructor will hand out personalized comment sheets for all performers. 2 years of experience required.

Register Here