• Ear Training
  • Sight Reading
Tuition and Session Dates

Fall Session runs September 13th - November 15th

Tuition:  $215.00

Location: Musical Chairs Studio 2124 W Lawrence Avenue
Saturdays 2:30 - 3:00 pm


Early Childhood Group Classes

Our early childhood group classes - Step the Beat and Step into Piano - are held in our Lincoln Square studio space as well as part of after school programs at St. Matthias School. Li'l Mustangs Preschool Prep is additionally offered as part of the St. Matthias School Program.  If you have a minimum of 4 children and would like a class at our studio locations on a specific day time, we encourage you to Contact Us to "Build your own Class"! We will do our best to accommodate your desired schedule.

​Step the Beat Music Fundamentals - Preschool Ages 3+

Our unique group lesson "pre-requisite" to private lessons. Through our combined teaching experience of more than 50 years, the instructors of Musical Chairs have created an innovative introductory music class designed to build a strong music foundation prior to beginning private instrument instruction.  Our 4 areas of focus are:

Additional classes are available based on interest. A minimum of 4 students is required to create a new class. Parents are welcome to collaborate with friends for a day and time that works for you and we'll provide the instructor!

Once these basic skills are mastered separate from the instrument, children can move into specific instruments with more confidence and significantly less frustration.

Step the Beat also works on building a strong practice routine which can be carried over into private lessons.

Preschool Ages 3+

 Location: St. Matthias School  4910 N Claremont Avenue

Wednesdays:  10:00 - 11:30 am

Tuition and Session Dates

Fall Session runs September 13th - November 15th

Tuition:  $200.00

Music Programs ages 2 - 7

Additional classes are available based on interest. A minimum of 4 students is required to create a new class. Parents are welcome to collaborate with friends for a day and time that works for you and we'll provide the instructor!  * Mornings on Thursdays and Fridays are also available if a minimum of 4 children are available. 

  • Note Reading
  • Rhythm Essentials

St. Matthias School Music classes

Location: St. Matthias School  4910 N Claremont Avenue
Wednesdays  2:10 - 2:40 

Location: St. Matthias School  4910 N Claremont Avenue
Wednesdays   2:10 - 2:40

Step into Piano - Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Step into Piano is phase II in our early childhood music program. Ideally, children will have completed a year or two of Step the Beat prior to entering Step into Piano, but this is not required. With Step into Piano. we offer a group option for children to begin learning basic piano skills. Children will work with various tools to learn notes on the keyboard as well as the staff. They will practice using rhythm and begin learning to read music. Each class will have keyboard time where children work directly on the instrument. The benefit to this program is children learn basic piano skills in a more affordable (and often more fun) group setting. They emerge better prepared for private lessons in piano as well as other instruments.

Kindergarten - 1st Grade:

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Tuition and Session Dates

Fall session runs September 13 - November 15th 

Tuition:   $300 (10 weeks)


Li'l Mustangs Preschool Prep - ages 2-3 (with caregiver)

Musical Chairs together with St. Matthias School are offering a program for 2 and 3 year old children who are not yet enrolled in preschool.  Classes are taught by teachers who create fun, developmentally appropriate lessons for children and caregivers to share.  Caregivers must attend classes with their children, and are asked to engage in activities with their children.
Children will be introduced to the basic preschool routine.  Children and their caregivers experience a welcome circle time, play time with creative activities, story time and music time.  The class provides activities that prepare children for preschool, an opportunity to socialize with peers, and a wonderful first experience of group learning.  Class size is limited to 10 children.  

Location: Musical Chairs Studio 2124 W Lawrence Avenue
Saturdays, 2:00 - 2:30 pm