Des Plaines Park District

Music Lessons

Music Lessons at the Des Plaines Music Academy

Let’s make music!

We offer private music lessons in
guitar, voice, ukulele, flute and piano,
for everyone ages 5–adult.
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Beginning, intermediate, and
advanced students are welcome.
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Lesson times are based on instructor
and student schedules.

The Des Plaines Music Academy is committed to offering quality music instruction and performance opportunities through private lessons, classes, and ensembles.

Our teachers are highly qualified professionals with many years of teaching and performance experience. Learn all about our instructors and their training: INSTRUCTOR BIOS

The Academy is dedicated to providing our students with an opportunity to express themselves through music and to share their talents through performing. Whether you are a beginning or continuing student, your instructor will customize lessons to your skill level and experience.

Five Reasons to take Music Lessons
1. Music develops creativity.
2. Music builds a community that brings people together.
3. Music helps you gain confidence by mastering a new a new skill.
4. Music is a worldwide art form found in every culture.
5. Music is fun!

Winter Session
10 weekly, half hour lessons • January 9–March 18
Scheduling is by instructor availability, and can be adjusted as needed.
R: $300/NR: $375

Prairie Lakes, Willow Room and Prairie Room
Fee includes Des Plaines Music Academy shirt.
Email Nancy with any questions or to set up your first lesson at 847-391-5700 or

Instructors: Mick Archer and Alexis Alverez


Lessons for beginning to advanced students, focusing on finger placement, strumming, sight-reading, understanding groove and chord placement. Students will learn to tune their guitar, as well as care for their instrument. From classic rock to current music, guitar lessons are sure to excite any musician.
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Instruction will focus on breath control, pitch, articulation, posture, and stage presence. A wide variety of genres will be covered.
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This beginner ukulele class will teach you all the skills you’ll need to start playing. You will learn how to tune and care for your ukulele, how to read chord charts and how to play several songs. You’ll be jamming along to your favorite music in no time! Students must bring their own ukulele, a clip on tuner, and should have some basic music reading skills.
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Beginning students will focus on piano basics; learning to read notes, read rhythms, play scales, play basic chords and other tools essential to play any style of music. Basic music theory will also be taught. Advanced students will learn how to use lead sheets.
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All music is rhythm! What a better way to begin a child’s musical journey than a fun class that teaches all of the fundamentals of drumming? Multi-instrumentalist Mick Archer presents bucket drums, the three types of hand percussion instruments, and introduces melody and harmony with Boom Whackers. No prior musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to listen, learn, and participate.
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Drum Group Lessons

Instructor: Mick Archer
Min/Max: 4/15, Prairie Lakes, Willow Room

Winter Session: 12 weeks • January 9–March 13
Mondays, 7:00–8:00pm
R: $135/NR: $169
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Music Lessons

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711