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Read more at the Daily Herald: The Music Room Named NAMM Top 100 Dealer

The Music Room (TMR) in Palatine was recently named one of the world’s Top 100 music stores by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) for the second time in two years.


The Music Room in Downtown Palatine: 20 Years and Still Going Strong

Despite the death of one of its founding partners, the business has pressed on and provided instruction in voice and for any instrument since 1994.

Summer NAMM pic

Founders John Giovannoni (far left front) and Carol Cook (far right front) are pictured with instructors in 2011.

The Music Room has been striking a chord in downtown Palatine for more than 20 years, helping people young and old develop their passion for music through voice or instrument instruction. The business also sells, rents and repairs a wide variety of instruments. Music accessories, amps and sheet music are also available for purchase.

In 1994, Carol Cook and John Giovannoni opened the business at 49 W. Slade Street. Both brought with them unique backgrounds; Cook previously instructed piano, voice and woodwinds, and Giovannoni taught drums.

They began to hire more instructors and the student base began to flourish. In 2005, they outgrew the location and moved down the street to where the business is today at 26 N. Brockway Street at Slade Street. (more…)