July 2, 2020 Email Broadcast

Good Morning!

We hope you are enjoying your summer and staying well. Here are our Reopening Protocols and Guidelines for in-person lessons starting next week, the week of 7/06. Please read through completely and let us know if you have any questions.


Please know there is an inherent risk to entering our building for in-person lessons. While we are taking every possible precaution to stop the spread of COVID-19, this does not guarantee you or the student will not be exposed to or infected by the virus. By agreeing to do in-person lessons at Clarendon Hills Music Academy you are accepting this risk and any exposure or infection of COVID-19 which may result in serious illness. By agreeing to in-person lessons, Clarendon Hills Music Academy will not be held liable and will be released of all claims against the company, teachers and directors as a result of COVID-19 exposure and/or infection.

Each teacher has the right to decide if they feel comfortable teaching in-person lessons and each teacher has the right to decide at any point in time to switch back to virtual-only lessons.



Positive COVID-19 Tests: Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive within the last 2 weeks must stay home and do virtual lessons.

Take Temperature Before Arrival: Every student is required to self-monitor their temperature prior to arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 99.5 degrees F or higher must stay home and do virtual lessons.

BYO Drinks: There will be no water, coffee or tea service available. Please bring your own drinks in a sealed container or water bottle.

BYO Supplies: Students must bring their own writing utensils, materials, guitar, picks, tuners, drum sticks, and any other supplies. We will be unable to provide any forgotten items.

Bathroom for Emergency Use Only: Students are encouraged to use the bathroom prior to arrival. If the student needs to use the bathroom, in case of emergencies, each teacher will need to unlock the bathroom and sanitize after use. This would cut into valuable lesson time so we encourage everyone to go before they arrive.


Masks Are Required: Every student, teacher, and caregiver are required to wear a mask over mouth and nose at our facility. (There will be a $5 charge per mask if CHMA needs to provide one.)

3 Person Limit: We ask only one caregiver per family to enter the building with active students. Please no non-active students, siblings, or friends.

3 Minute Rule: Students will enter the building no more than 3 minutes before the start of their lesson time.

Using the Stairs: Only one student and one caregiver at a time going up or down the stairwell.

Waiting Room Policy: The waiting room will not be available for sitting and waiting in the traditional sense. It is only to be used as a temporary standing area for students to wait until it is their turn for their lesson. There will be marks on the floor to indicate where each student and (1) caregiver should stand.


Hand Sanitizer: Every student will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and after their lesson.

Large Plexiglass Dividers: Available as an extra safety measure to provide an extra layer of isolation between the student and teacher.

6-Foot Social Distancing: Teachers, students, and caregivers are asked to maintain a 6-foot distance between each student whenever possible.


  • Sanitize Keyboards and Applicable Musical Gear
  • Sanitize Doorknobs
  • Stairwell handrail and front doorknob will be sanitized hourly
  • The bathroom will be sanitized after each use and at the end of each day


Separate Pianos: Piano teachers & students will use different pianos when demonstrating in order to maintain social distancing.

Air Circulation: Windows AC units and additional circulatory fans will be used in every room to ensure fresh air circulation

Students and Caregivers must be in good health and showing no signs of illness or fever in order to attend lessons. If the student has been exposed to COVID-19 or is showing any signs of illness, please isolate and take virtual lessons. The teacher reserves the right to ask a student to leave if there is a health concern (ie: coughing, running nose, sneezing, fever). Clarendon Hills Music Academy reserves the right to go back to virtual-only lessons if the safety of it’s students and staff has the potential to be compromised. The safety of our students and staff will come first.

Here's a link to this information on our website. We may update this information if needed.

Re-Opening Policies and Protocols

Derek and Becky Berg
Clarendon Hills Music Academy




June 25, 2020 Email Broadcast

Hi everyone!

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. We are excited to announce that CHMA will be reopening on Monday, July 6 for in-person lessons. Please know if you are not comfortable coming back to in-person lessons at this time, you can continue with virtual lessons. Please let your teacher know your preference. We will be emailing our policies and procedures next week. Thank you for your continued support.

Derek and Becky Berg
Clarendon Hills Music Academy

June 1, 2020 Email Broadcast


We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

We received direct communication from the state giving us permission to transition into 1-on-1 in-person music lessons.

That being said, it is up to the student and the teacher to make the decision to transition back into in-person lessons.

For that reason, we will always and forever offer a virtual option for students that want to transition on their own timeline.

For those who want to transition back into in-person lessons, we are tentatively shooting for the end of June or the beginning of July.  We are waiting for essential building materials to be delivered and training for staff.

Please understand that this timeline depends on the status of COVID-19 cases. We also must be mindful of following any guidelines alterations from the state. We reserve the right to transition back into virtual-only if the safety of students and staff has the potential to be compromised. The safety of our students and staff must come first.

  • We are going above and beyond to follow recommendations from the state.
  • Here are just a few safety enhancements in the works.
  • Large plexiglass dividers to ensure there is isolation between the student and teacher.
  • Implementing a scheduling system that decreases traffic in and out of the building.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocol in between lessons.
  • Masks will be required for teachers and students.
  • Signage to ensure social distancing.
  • Other facility enhancements and upgrades

These are just a few. We will be creating a dedicated webpage outlining the enhancements, policies, and protocols.

Just so we can get an idea of the families that are willing to transition into in-person and those who want to continue with virtual, please reply to this email and let us know.

Thank you so much for continuing to support CHMA during this time.

Derek & Becky
Clarendon Hills Music Academy

 March 15, 2020 Email Broadcast

Good Morning CHMA Community,

During this time of uncertainty, we want to prioritize the health and safety of our students, families, and teachers. In response to Governor Pritzker’s school closings, we have decided to make our lesson program available to you from the comfort and safety of your home by using Skype. Because of this virtual option, no lessons will be conducted from our physical location. This is effective starting Monday, March 16th until Spring Break, Sunday, March 29th.

After many tests and consulting with our colleagues in the music lesson industry, the Skype platform has proven to be the best for an interactive and comprehensive music lesson. There is a reason it has become an industry-standard in the digital age - you can even record your lesson for later reference.

We realize that with the disruption of sports and extracurricular activities, students need to be engaged more than ever. Because of this, we are also developing an “on-demand” music lesson content page to keep students busy during this downtime with extra material.

Your teacher will be contacting you directly to give you specific directions on how these lessons will be conducted, and to lend a hand if you need any help setting up Skype on your end. It is very quick and easy.

Please do not hesitate to contact us or your teacher directly with any questions. Again, we will keep our same Spring Break schedule the same and have no lessons the week of March 30 - April 5.

Stay safe and healthy!

Musically yours,

Derek and Becky Berg

Clarendon Hills Music Academy
Text or Call 630-986-8742

June 7, 2019 Email Broadcast


Well summer break is finally here. It is safe to say that our students were way less excited about snow days this last week 😀.

We wanted to invite you to check out our new summer programs. These project-based programs are really changing the musical education experience BIG TIME. We have programs for students 6 - Adults. We also customize each program for each students current level.
Derek & Becky Berg
If you love to sing and want the experience of recording in a professional recording studio, this 1-on-1 week long summer program may be exactly what you are looking for! During your week of recording sessions, you and your producer will dive into a creative experience that is unmatched! Together you will create your own professional sounding recordings complete with custom instrumental tracks designed to fit your voice and style. Each student leaves this life-changing experience with their very own audio recordings to share with friends and family. This program runs Monday - Thursday for an hour each day. Reply to this email to schedule your session.
Do you want to learn how to use powerful technology to create your own music from the ground up? If you are into creating beats, writing your own melodies, or simply interested in how the music industry creates music out of thin air, then Music Creation Laboratory Summer Program might be the perfect program for you! We will show you how to use cutting-edge software to create your own original instrumental or vocal-based music from the ground up. Even if you have never taken formal music lessons. This program runs Monday - Thursday for an hour each day. Reply to this email to schedule your session.
CHMA's 1-on-1 Summer Contemporary Music Lesson program strikes the perfect balance between mastery and creativity in a fun environment. We believe the perfect music lesson experience should simultaneously focus on building skills and incorporating the creative elements. Most importantly the student must have the power of choice when it comes to playing the music they LOVE. If you would like a fresh approach to piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, drums or bass, this program may be the perfect fit for you. Each lesson is conducted weekly. Reply to this email to schedule a time or ask any questions.

June 3, 2019 Email Broadcast



Congrats to everyone who performed in the show this weekend! If you did not perform this time around, we would love to invite you to participate in our winter show in December 2019.

As a reminder, lessons do continue throughout the summer as scheduled. We encourage everyone to periodically review our handbook for our calendar and policy updates https://clarendonhillsmusicacademy.com/handbook/

Attention Singers: Daisy Days Idol is Saturday, June 15th. Registrations will be accepted until Wednesday 6/12. Register here https://www.clarendonhillsmusicacademy.com/idol/

Derek and Becky Berg
Clarendon Hills Music Academy