Join Ms. Downs this summer for Arts Camp! We'll be exploring different techniques and mediums including Acrylic Painting, Clay, Weaving, Watercolors, Embroidery and Spirography. There are two sessions of camp, 1st through 3rd grades and 4th through 6th grades. We will be Virtual unless social distancing allows in person meeting.  If in person is possible camp will take place at 2124 W. Lawrence Ave. 

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We are currently offering both Virtual and In-Person lessons.  Please visit registration pages for details.  

For details regarding our In-Person Studio Health and Safety Protocol, click here

 Summer Programs  are available for registration. Musical Chairs is offering In-Person lesson resuming July 14th in a socially distanced environment.  We will continue offering virtual opportunities for any client who prefers them. 

Youth String Ensemble in Lincoln Square

Chicago Youth Orchestra

Strings Technique Workshops

The string techniques class is a training sidecar to the Chicago Youth Orchestra.  We highly encourage students who are not currently taking private instruction to enroll in these workshops.

Over the course of three and four week sessions, students will engage in social interaction with other string players as we develop techniques specific to string playing such as vibrato, shifting, playing in tune and ensemble tuning. Classes will build on each other for these musical skills that need patience, time, and repetition to develop. Each class will emphasize social interaction, support of our peer's musical progress, and the introduction of specific skill building exercises. Students will leave each class with a specific practice plan to work through during the week.

Classes will take place on Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 2:45.

Session 3 is July 10, 17, 24 and 31,   note there will be no class on July 3rd due to the Holiday weekend

Session 4 is August 7, 14, 21 and 28

The children's orchestra in Lincoln Square is for the advancing intermediate youth string ensemble players ready to begin a string ensemble in Chicago. Being a member of this youth orchestra in Chicago will enhance note recognition and sight reading, provide experience with conductors and learning to be a part of an ensemble rather than a soloist, all while learning new and exciting repertoire. There is space for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Harp in the ensemble. Young artists are required to have a working knowledge of their instrument and be able to efficiently read music. 

Weekly rehearsals are Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 and are currently being held virtually.  We are now registering for summer. 

For more information and to enroll 

$195 for Summer season plus a $25 materials fee