MUSIC PROGRAMS For all ages and skill levels
"At CHMA, we redefine the music learning experience. Our lessons are thoughtfully tailored, ensuring every student's journey resonates with passion and purpose. From our spacious studios promoting comfort to our commitment to providing an inspiring music experience. With CHMA, it's more than just music – it's a harmonious blend of care, quality, and commitment."
INGREDIENTS TO AN EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
FOCUS ON THE MUSIC YOU LOVE
Passion and relevance fuels progress. It's vital to connect with the music that resonates with your soul. Our lessons don't just teach; they let you immerse in the melodies you adore. Choose your tunes, ignite your passion, and watch as your love for music grows stronger with each lesson!
It's more than just a room - it's your haven for musical growth. We've seen others lesson providors squeeze their students into tight corners, but we've made the choice to prioritize your comfort. With larger studio spaces than most, we give you the breathing room to feel at ease and fully engage in every lesson. Because music should never feel confined.
OPEN DOOR POLICY
Trust and transparency are paramount. We believe parents should always have the opportunity to witness their child's musical blossoming. Not only does it promote confidence, but it's also shown that parental involvement can elevate a student's outcomes. You're always welcome to join, watch, and celebrate every note and nuance.
Go beyond the notes on the page! While many stick to the traditional, we dive deep into the vibrant world of musical creativity. Our lessons invite students to explore improvisation, songwriting, style studies, and the magic of playing by ear. By tapping into these expressive outlets, we spark a deeper engagement and passion for music. Let your creativity soar!
Every great masterpiece starts with a strong foundation. We prioritize the essentials, ensuring that students delve deep into skill-building exercises and the intricate world of music theory. By laying this groundwork, we empower each student to venture into intricate renditions of their favorite tunes, creating richer and more fulfilling musical experiences. Build it right, and the music will follow!
At the heart of every memorable lesson is the joy of the journey. We understand the importance of enjoyment – it's the glue that keeps students coming back! We mix a generous dose of fun with skill development, crafting an experience that is not only educational but also truly engaging. Dive in and feel the difference!
CUSTOMIZED LESSON PLANS
No two students are the same, and neither should their lesson plans be! We recognize the uniqueness of each individual, their tastes, and learning styles. That's why at CHMA, we craft tailored lesson plans that zoom in on the interests and aspirations of every student. Experience a learning journey meticulously designed just for you.
THE FOUR P's BEHIND AN OUTSTANDING MUSIC TEACHER
- Proficiency: Mastery over music, ensuring every note and nuance is taught with utmost precision.
- Passion: A burning love for music that ignites inspiration and sparks motivation in every student.
- Professionalism: Committed to creating an environment of respect, discipline, and punctuality, setting the stage for optimal learning.
- Personality: A touch of uniqueness, making every lesson engaging, memorable, and tailored to the individual.
At CHMA, we don't just seek teachers; we seek musical mentors who embody these four pillars. Dive into lessons where excellence meets enthusiasm, every single time.
PRIVATE MAKEUP LESSONS
We understand the value of personalized instruction. Despite industry trends leaning towards group makeup sessions, we stand firm in our commitment to you. If you cancel with a 24-hour notice, you're entitled to a 5 private makeup lesson per season, ensuring the quality and individual attention you deserve remains consistent. Your progress is personal, and so should be your makeup lessons.
FREE STUDENT SHOWS
Every budding artist deserves their moment in the spotlight! We celebrate our hard-working students by offering them the chance to showcase their talents yearly. And because we believe in championing their achievements without barriers, we proudly ensure that families can cheer on their stars without the burden of ticket fees. Let the music shine, and let the applause be heartfelt and free.
What They Are Saying About Clarendon Hills Music Academy
"My kids have played piano here for about 5 years. We love Derek who is their teacher and the owner. He mixes things up so they don’t get bored and lets them choose their favorite pop songs to play."
"My CHMA Instructor has been such an encouraging teacher and I have really grown as a musician over the past 5 years. I would highly recommend him. He is a phenomenal piano player and knows all of the theory to back that up. My lessons have been customized to meet my needs and interests over time. My instructor has helped me get up to speed when I joined a blues/rock band. He came up with creative ideas for me to become good at comping and soloing in my jazz combo group. Most memorable is when I needed to learn about 20 songs in a short amount of time and he helped me come up with a practice plan and a way to tackle the songs so that I was ready for the gig on time and not just winging it."
I took lessons with CHMA for a little over a year. Every lesson was brilliant because we went over old stuff, learned new stuff and I was able to bring in questions and songs I wanted to learn. If my teacher didn't know the answer (rarely), it became a learning opportunity for both parties.
CHMA is really in touch with technology, My instructor's passion for his craft, and you as the student, really is a great motivator to practice and be able to learn something new every lesson. Fantastic experience and I'd happily go back!
I’ve been playing piano for about 13 years I think, but I have never made more progress than I did within my first few months at CHMA. They perfectly cater their curriculum to each individual student, focusing on their specific strengths and interests. They balance typical ‘by-the-book’ learning with more interesting learning in a way that makes learning any topic fun and engaging. This is the place to go to if you want to advance in any way musically!
Best in town. Best around. The CH Music Academy team is amazing. All ages are welcome. They really take care of Their clients and community. Highly recommend!!!
I've been taking lessons at CHMA for six years as a voice student, piano student, guitar student, and a member of the Recording Artist Academy. I had tried many different music institutions before coming here, and I've never looked back. I grew as a student, a performer and as an artist in my time at CHMA. Thanks to Derek and the crew at the academy I was able to release my original music on all streaming platforms and have since gotten several hundred plays on my music! Clarendon Hills Music Academy has been a home for me for the past six years and I intend on going back whenever I'm home from school!
My daughter took both voice and piano for a few years with CHMA. I honestly can't say enough good things about it. From the time she was 7 until 10, she grew so much, both musically and with her confidence in singing. Her instructor was a wonderful teacher who never pushed her (unless she wanted to be pushed), and really bonded with her about music.
The staff was amazing, VERY easy to communicate with, and very understanding if schedules change. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Clarendon Hills Music Academy is a truly wonderful place. It is one that has had a deep impact on my life. If you want to dive deeper into your musical interests, and potentially further develop yourself as a whole, it is absolutely the place do it. Its owner, Derek Berg, sets the highest standards not only for himself but for the academy overall, putting together a selection of consistently excellent teachers. Previous to coming across it, I had had very little formal musical exposure, yet the growth that I have experienced thanks to them has been amazing. Whether it'd be piano, voice or almost anything in between that you want to learn or improve on, no matter your age, CHMA is a decision that you will be happy you made.
My daughter has been with CHMA for years. Most recently, she is doing the Recording Artist Academy. This endeavor has helped her grow her skills dramatically. She has developed her voice, but has also learned to write her own songs, and is discovering what her own music style truly is. She looks forward to her lesson each week and excitedly sends me recordings of her own songs. It’s a wonderful program
I wanted to play piano, but thought that being in my 40's was too late in life to learn. CHMA proved that it is never too late to learn, even if you have no music experience! Derek had me learn with the styles of music I enjoy-Jazz and Blues. After a short while I was playing songs and reading sheet music. He worked in lessons on music theory which really strengthened my understanding of how music is put together. CHMA is a fun, relaxing environment and I can attest that with lessons here, anyone can learn to play no matter what your age.
I learned so much here about music and recording a song and had a blast!! The instructors are super smart and talented. Great care was taken by the team here in recording my original song to make it the absolute best it could be. Anyone wishing to learn about music / or the recording process would benefit greatly going to this awesome music academy. I know i did! If I could live there I totally would!! Fun, educational, and inspirational. Thumbs up, they rock!!!!
I first started taking piano lessons at CHMA when I was really young, and I remember finding it so cool that I got to play music I listened to on the radio. The lessons were really entertaining because not only do you get to learn basic techniques, but also how to improvise and play along with chords and music. You get to basically choose your path and create your own experience. The coolest part about CHMA though is the recording artist program. I’ve loved writing songs since before I can remember, and a few years ago I wanted to start recording and releasing them on platforms. I went back to the academy and started recording, and honestly it’s the highlight of my week as well as a great way to get high quality recordings and work on your own original compositions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a way to get their music out there or learn an instrument in a more modern way.
The best part of CHMA is that the lessons are designed completely around the students’ preferences. The idea that a student can walk into a room and name a tune and instantly have an expert start working on it with them that day is something you don’t find at other music academies. For the most personalized lesson experience, whether it be traditional music lessons or producing a video with the Music Project Lab program that the academy offers, CHMA is the way to go.
I’ve been doing CHMA for a year and it’s been amazing having this great creative outlet. The instructors are so passionate about music and helping and encourgaing you in every way they can. I’ve really appreciated all the coaching and it has helped my work so much. It’s a super unique experience and definitely worth doing!