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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



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

February 18, 2017 at 8:07am by Carol Cook

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



Making Music on the iPad

December 23, 2016 at 6:33pm by Joanne Costin

Did you know you could make incredible music on an iPad?  A new class for teen and adult musicians of all levels opens up the world of musical composing using readily accessible software.  “You no longer have to get your friends together to hear your song played by a full ensemble,” said Andrew Capone, a professional composer and music teacher who designed the course for The Music Room. Students will learn how easy it is to create music on their own, using tools like GarageBand and Notation software.

Andrew Capone

Andrew Capone will teach “Making Music on the iPad” beginning January 16.

Your Mac already contains GarageBand, a whole music creation studio with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. No matter what instrument you play, you can learn to record, create, and share your music.

According to Capone there will be equal emphasis on learning the technical tools and developing songwriting skills.  Students will share their work and get valuable feedback. Capone will demonstrate how he uses these tools to write professional music for video game developers and other clients.

Capone teaches guitar and classical guitar, bass, brass instruments, ukulele and piano at The Music Room. He is excited to share the musical technology that is so readily available to students today that makes composing so easy and fun.  Click here for additional details about the class and to register.



Christmas Recital for the students of Carley La Pointe

December 22, 2016 at 11:59pm by Carol Cook

The students of Carley La Pointe will be performing at a Christmas recital on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 pm on The Music Room’s lower level. Join Carley and her students as they perform festive pieces they have been preparing to celebrate the season. The recital is open to friends, family and the general public.



Christmas Recital for the students of Luke Chandler

December 22, 2016 at 11:59pm by Carol Cook

The students of Luke Chandler will be performing at a Christmas recital on Thursday, December 22 at 5:00 pm on The Music Room’s lower level. Join Luke and his students as they perform festive pieces they have been preparing to celebrate the season. The recital is open to friends, family and the general public.



Parlor Performances For Students Of All Instruments

December 9, 2016 at 2:41pm 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



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

November 26, 2016 at 4:14pm by Carol Cook

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



Parlor Performances For Students Of All Instruments

November 18, 2016 at 2:36pm 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



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

November 5, 2016 at 4:12pm by Carol Cook

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



Parlor Performances For Students Of All Instruments

October 28, 2016 at 4:00pm by Justin Ashley

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

October 15, 2016 at 2:00pm by Justin Ashley

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



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

August 11, 2016 at 7:30pm by Justin Ashley

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar. Class will focus on fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class.



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

July 14, 2016 at 7:30pm by Carol Cook

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar. Class will focus on fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class.



Boomwhacker Fun

May 26, 2016 at 6:00pm by Carol Cook

This class is a riot! Boomwhackers are lightweight, hollow, color-coded, plastic tubes, tuned to musical pitches by length. The tubes produce musical tones when struck together, on the floor, or against nearly any surface (such as one’s head). This class will include basic improvisation using this cool tubular instrument. We think you’ll love Boomwhackers so much you’ll want to take home a set of eight, in C major – only $24.95. All ages welcome.



How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

May 14, 2016 at 1:00pm by Carol Cook

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar. Class will focus on fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class.



Chamber Strings

April 30, 2016 at 9:15am by Carol Cook

Do you wish you had more friends to play chamber music with? Come make some! Are you intrigued but intimidated by counterpoint? Don’t be! Instructor and chamber music devotee Andy McDonagh shows you how easy it can be at TMR Chamber Strings. Participants will wade in the comfortable waters of small group playing and learn important skills crucial to playing with reduced ensembles, such as how to keep rhythm without a conductor, dynamic balance, rhythmic subdivision, studying full scores, and more. Music of the baroque period will be covered in this session, with future classes to feature expanded repertoire. At least one year’s playing and sight-reading experience necessary for this course.



Boomwhacker Fun

April 21, 2016 at 6:00pm by Carol Cook

This class is a riot! Boomwhackers are lightweight, hollow, color-coded, plastic tubes, tuned to musical pitches by length. The tubes produce musical tones when struck together, on the floor, or against nearly any surface (such as one’s head). This class will include basic improvisation using this cool tubular instrument. We think you’ll love Boomwhackers so much you’ll want to take home a set of eight, in C major – only $24.95. All ages welcome.



Brass Choir

April 13, 2016 at 4:00pm by Carol Cook

BOLZANO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15: View of orchestra in concert on September 15, 2013

Are you looking for a break from solo horn endeavors? Do you love band but wonder what small group playing would be like? Trumpet instructor Rick Jordan will guide participants through the world of music written and arranged for small brass ensemble. Learn how to listen and perform in a collaborative setting where every player’s musicianship and individuality has a chance to shine through. At least one year of playing experience and sightreading proficiency required for this course.



Set Up Your Own Guitar

April 5, 2016 at 3:00pm by Carol Cook

Want to make sure your guitar always plays its best? Does something not quite sound or feel right? What if you could set up your guitar at home with a screwdriver and some Allen wrenches? Technician and instructor Michael Mills walks you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, including fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Addition topics will include winter storage and humidity regulation. Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers available for purchase at the event. All ages welcome.



Boomwhacking

March 24, 2016 at 5:00pm by Carol Cook

Do traditional instruments bore you? Do you prefer to make music by hitting colorful plastic tubes against the ground or your friends’ elbows? Do we have a class for you –  Boomwhacking, as the name suggests, explores the diatonic world of boomwhacker performance. Topics covered will include basic sightreading on this cool tubular instrument, watching for specific notes and counting rests in a group performance, and techniques for getting the best sound from your boomwhackers. We think you’ll love boomwhacking so much you’ll want to take home a set of eight, in C major – only $24.95. All ages welcome.



Chamber Strings

March 19, 2016 at 9:15am by Carol Cook

Do you wish you had more friends to play chamber music with? Come make some! Are you intrigued but intimidated by counterpoint? Don’t be! Instructor and chamber music devotee Andy McDonagh shows you how easy it can be at TMR Chamber Strings. Participants will wade in the comfortable waters of small group playing and learn important skills crucial to playing with reduced ensembles, such as how to keep rhythm without a conductor, dynamic balance, rhythmic subdivision, studying full scores, and more. Music of the baroque period will be covered in this session, with future classes to feature expanded repertoire. At least one year’s playing and sight-reading experience necessary for this course.



Brass Choir

March 16, 2016 at 5:00pm by Carol Cook

Are you looking for a break from solo horn endeavors? Do you love band but wonder what small group playing would be like? Trumpet instructor Rick Jordan will guide participants through the world of music written and arranged for small brass ensemble. Learn how to listen and perform in a collaborative setting where every player’s musicianship and individuality has a chance to shine through. At least one year of playing experience and sightreading proficiency required for this course.