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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


Tuition and Session Dates

Spring Session runs April 14th - May 26th for 7 weeks

Tuition:  $150.00

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+

Tuition and Session Dates

Spring Session runs April 12th - May 24th. 

Tuition:   $235 


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

Thurdays:  10:00 - 11:30 am

Tuition can be prorated for rolling admission

Tuition and Session Dates

Summer Session runs June 25th - August 27th

Location: Musical Chairs Studio 2124 W Lawrence Avenue
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00am

Tuition and Session Dates

Spring Session runs April 12th - May 24th. 

Tuition:   $210 (7 weeks)


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!

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  • 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.  

 Dramatic Debut (pre-drama):           Ages preK - 1st Grade                                 
Fall Session runs September 16th - November 18th. 

Saturdays 11:00-11:45 PM.  

Location: Musical Chairs Studios        Tuition: $235.00.

A special drama program for our younger actors suited to their energy and imagination! In a games-based format, children will express themselves dramatically, using lots of props and costumes, and will exercise their acting skills. Activities are inspired from familiar contexts like poems, fairy tales, picture books, pop songs and show tunes and from the children's own inventive pretend play. They include miming, charades, team-building acting, improvised endings, and much more. 

The program for younger actors prepares them to participate successfully in the annual school musical production starting grade 2, or just to have fun expressing their dramatic flair. 

  • Ear Training
  • Sight Reading

Location: Musical Chairs Studio 2124 W Lawrence Avenue
Mondays 4:00 - 4:30

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