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Re-opening Strategy: What you should know

June 6, 2020 at 4:17pm by Carol Cook

The Music Room is now open for in-store shopping and browsing as well as instrument repair pickups and drop-offs.  Our hours for the month of June are Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Of course we will be taking extraordinary measures to keep our environment clean and sanitized. We ask that you please wearing a mask while shopping and use the hand sanitizer available at both entrances upon entering the store. Contactless payment methods protect you and our staff.

You can also reserve rental instruments for the upcoming school band and orchestra season either in the store or through a form on our website.

Our virtual lesson program is going strong and we will continue with virtual lessons through June. We hope to begin easing in to in-person lessons beginning in July for many students, but that will depend on future developments and guidance from our state and local governments.

We’re excited to see you in person. Please stay safe and be well.


Keep Playing … The Music Room is here to support you

May 6, 2020 at 7:42pm by Carol Cook

Instructor Jenny Laabs with Anika Tsau

Since the state of Illinois issued its stay-at-home order on March 20, The Music Room has transitioned all of its lessons to a virtual format. Classes are taught by the same staff you know and love with easy-to-use video conferencing technology. All of us at The Music Room are extremely grateful for your support and patience during this huge transition. Because of you, together we can continue our musical journeys until we can meet again.

We realize these are stressful times and we don’t want anything to come between you and your music. If you or your student are struggling to adapt to online learning or would like some tips to get the most from your lesson, please feel free to email me at

Whenever we get the green light to open for regular business hours and in-person lessons, our focus will be on the safety and health of our employees and customers. Rest assured, we will follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines regarding social distancing, hygiene and sanitation.



Should you need supplies, sheet music, instruments, rentals or repairs during this time, please call (847) 934-5440 or email We will be happy to gather what you need, take payment over the phone and arrange a convenient curbside pickup. In the near future our website will allow online ordering of both merchandise and lessons. We so appreciate you buying locally.


Remember you earn one reward point for every $10 of retail merchandise you purchase. (Lessons, rentals and repairs do not earn points). When you redeem points, one point equals one dollar. We track your purchases and points.  There is nothing to swipe, carry or present. Just provide your name at each purchase so that your points will be credited to you. Points can then be redeemed for up to 50% off the regular price of any in-stock items during Exchange Weeks, which happen twice a year.


While we all want to go back to seeing friends and family, playing sports and going to concerts, we’re grateful to still be able to enjoy music through this time.Let your favorite musician choose what they like. A gift of music is one that lasts a lifetime. Gift cards can be ordered online at




Carol Cook













Important Message From The Music Room

March 16, 2020 at 7:20pm by Carol Cook

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Students and Parents:

I’m reaching out to you today, asking you to partner with us as we navigate the uncertainties of this global crisis affecting each and every one of us. The fear and panic that surrounds us today is unprecedented. I’d like to present to you the following solutions and alternatives:

  1. Keep music in your lives. Keep playing your instrument. Practice more than ever! Consider all the conflicts or commitments that have kept you—but no longer keep you—from doing so at this time. Imagine the possibility of your progress . . .
  2. Keep attending your lessons at The Music Room. Effective March 15, 2020: The CDC has recommended avoiding institutions and events where gatherings include more than 50 people. Luckily, at our full capacity, The Music Room serves 11 students and 11 teachers at one time, well below the recommended cutoff. We are a safe haven.
  3. If you feel uncomfortable attending, consider having your lesson through remote electronic technology. We are currently testing systems that will allow us to teach remotely through electronic sources. We do not have that technology in place for this week, but beginning with next week’s lessons, we will.
  4. If you don’t want to attend, and you don’t want to have your lesson via remote technology, pay to maintain your lesson time. We are in this together, and we will make up any missed lesson without limitation or restriction. There are 30 teachers and staff members at The Music Room whose livelihoods depend on your patronage. Otherwise, we may not survive the economic impact of this crisis.

Finally, if you’re going to buy any music related materials online, thoughtfully consider what your local businesses have to offer. Shop with us, and every other small business that supports your community. Order carryout from our local community restaurants. (They stand to lose as much, if not more, than we do.) Buy a guitar, a ukulele, sheet music. Send your friends in to do the same.

During this time of upheaval, many changes have been thrust upon our school children. School has been canceled along with all the activities they participate in through those institutions. Many other intramural sports are affected as well. These are, for many children, the activities they look forward to and are their emotional outlets. We would encourage you to allow them to keep this outlet. It is low risk and can keep them engaged and occupied emotionally and developmentally. Something structured and stable. As a parent, finding purposeful activities which occupy their developing minds (and do not require screen-time) is difficult.


Carol Cook, Owner

The Music Room


Why Every Adult Over 50 Should Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

July 31, 2019 at 5:05pm by Carol Cook

When we hear the words “music lessons”, a variety of memories may come to mind. Perhaps we think of our own history with piano lessons at age 7, performing our first Christmas or Hanukkah song at a festive holiday gathering.

Maybe we remember anxiously awaiting our first recital, which wouldn’t have been complete without sweaty palms, shaking fingers and wrong notes played in our nicest dress-up clothes. Boys in ties, girls with ribbons in their hair. We may not have sounded like a virtuoso, but we sure looked the part.

Then again, those memories may not have existed for those of us who never picked up any instrument of any kind, but always longed for the experience – well into adulthood.

Think music Lessons are just for kids? Think again. A wealth of scientific research over the last several decades attests to the tremendous benefits of music education and its power to maximize intellectual, social, and creative potential in the adult population, particularly in older adults.

According to researchers, most activities use only a few areas of the brain at a time. Playing a musical instrument, on the other hand, sets off a symphony of activity all over your brain.

Watch this short TED video for an explanation of exactly how playing a musical instrument affects your brain.

Still, by far the deepest benefit music gives us, is the ability to connect with our emotions. Moreover, playing a musical instrument in a group with others allows us to share and build camaraderie.

So, whether it’s a private lesson or a group class, students of all ages exercise and develop attentiveness, cooperation, and collaboration—all necessary for personal and professional relationships.