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  • Ear Training
  • Sight Reading

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

* Mornings on Thursdays and Fridays are also available if a minimum of 4 children are available. 

Location: Queen of Angels School  4520 N Western Avenue            
Tuesdays, Wednesdays from  11:15 - 11:45 am     or                      
Tuesdays from 3:15 - 3:45 pm THIS CLASS IS FULL

Location: St. Matthias School  4910 N Claremont Avenue
Wednesdays  11:50 - 12:20  or   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:

Music Programs ages 2 - 7

Location: Queen of Angels School  4520 N Western Avenue    
 Thursdays, 3:15 - 3:45 pm  

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

Tuition and Session Dates

Winter session runs January 9th - March 17th.

Tuition:  $200.00

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+

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 in local schools. Li'l Mustangs Preschool Prep is offered as part of the St. Matthias School Program.  We also offer a "Build your own Class" option! 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! 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:

preschool music classes in chicago

 Location: St. Matthias School  4910 N Claremont Avenue

Wednesdays:  10:00 - 11:30 am

Tuition can be prorated for rolling admission

Tuition and Session Dates

Winter Session runs January 9 - March 17

Tuition:  $185.00

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

Tuition and Session Dates

Spring Session runs March 8th - May 17th

Rolling Admission can be prorated - Tuition:  $300.00

Tuition can be prorated for rolling admission


Weekday classes are offered in Fall Session 1 only.  Saturday classes are available in both Fall Session 1 and 2.

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!

  • Note Reading
  • Rhythm Essentials

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.