There's a basic rule which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don't know what it is. But I've got it. ~ Ron Wood


Spring Group Music Classes Begin

April 7, 2014

All classes meet one hour per week, for ten weeks.

Cost:  $230

Classes are offered for beginning guitar, and ukulele as well as jamming band classes: 

School of Rock, Blues Jam House and Adult Rock Band (formerly, Adult Guitar Jam)!

See below for class descriptions . . . .

(Note:  not all classes are offered every session.)

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Guitar Classes



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Beginning guitar classes are offered in three different levels for both children and adults.  Whether you are a new player with no prior experience, or a student with modest playing experience, there is a class that is designed to address your level of experience.  Each class lasts one hour and continues for ten weeks.  Advancement to the next level continues when the next session resumes. (Registration is required for each continuing class). 


All guitar classes meet for an hour each week for ten weeks.  The price of the class is $230.  Please refer to the schedule or for a listing of class days & times.


Beginning Guitar, Part 1 is the perfect class for the student with no prior experience. Part 1 will teach students how to hold and tune the guitar and will cover proper playing position as well as guitar maintenance.   Students will learn notes in the first (root) position on the first four strings and will be able to play with elementary rhythms (whole notes, half notes, quarter notes). Class will emphasize music reading and theory.  Theory at this level will introduce the following concepts: the staff, lines and spaces, note names, measures and time signatures. Simple songs will be learned using a combination of all these elements. 


Beginning Guitar, Part 2 is for students who have completed Beginning Guitar Part 1, or who have a very basic knowledge of guitar skills.  Students will learn notes on the 5th and 6th strings.  Chords will be introduced (C, G7, G and D7) as well as finger exercises to develop dexterity and coordination.  Theory skills will continue with learning half and whole steps, key signatures and rests.  Basic strumming patterns will be covered and the students’ song repertoire will be increased.


Beginning Guitar, Part 3 is for students who have had four to six months of group or private guitar instruction.  Class will focus on autonomous playing and will introduce more difficult and varied strumming patterns.  Chord repertoire will expand to nine different chords, including Em, D and A7.  Eighth notes will be introduced and finger exercises will continue at a faster tempo. 


Guitar Ensemble is for students who have completed Guitar 1, 2 and 3 or for anyone who has a proficient knowledge of the skills covered in those classes. Guitar Ensemble classes are available for both children and adults.  The focus of this class will be learning expanded repertoire specific to the guitar in the form of duets, trios and larger ensemble pieces.


All classes meet for an hour each week.  The price of the class is $230.  Please refer to the schedule or visit the group class calendar for class listings.

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Ukulele Classes


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What’s so great about Ukulele?


First of all, it’s easy to learn!   There are only four strings instead of the normal six on guitar, making chords and fingerings much easier.  Even with no prior musical experience, new students of all ages can become accomplished players in a short period of time.  Ukes are small, light weight and easy to carry.  Any genre of music can be played on the this instrument and best of all, they’re inexpensive!  For about $50, you can own your own ukulele.


Ukulele is the perfect instrument for all age groups!  Children’s little hands and fingers can easily adapt to the ukulele’s small narrow neck making this the perfect instrument for them.  Small motor skills and hand to eye coordination are enhanced.  Older kids love it as well, because the songs are easy to learn and play with groups of friends.  Learning any musical instrument is great for kids because it helps develop skills needed in today’s workforce including critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and best of all, confidence!


So, the ukulele might just be the perfect instrument for all people.  You’re never to young, or too old to learn to play.  One thing is for sure: once you pick it up, you’ll never want to put it down. Beginning Ukulele classes are offered for both children and adults. Basic chords, notes and beginning fingerpicking techniques are covered.


Ukestra is a class for any non-beginner ukulele student with modest experience.  Expanded song repertoire will be introduced along with new chords and accompaniments and ensemble playing.


All classes meet for an hour each week.  The price of the class is $230.  Beginning classes are offered for kids and adults.  Please refer to the schedule or visit the group class calendar for class listings.


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Jamming Bands


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Jamming Band classes at The Music Room provide a unique opportunity for students to play together in a band setting.  Ensemble playing cultivates new skills for students.  These skills include the ability to listen to others while playing their own part, stage presence, teamwork, responsibility and band etiquette as it applies to rehearsal and performance.


Blues Jam House

Discover and enhance your creative guitar abilities!  Intermediate students will learn how to improvise the blues and jam on the electric guitar in a fun and easygoing group environment.  Students should have a basic understanding and ability to play power/barre chords, as well as pentatonic scales to succeed in this class.  Other topics covered will include 8 and 12 bar structures, moveable scale positions, dynamics, and fun guitar licks. Class will conclude with a performance for friends and family.


NEW School of Metal

Fashioned after our very popular School of Rock classes, School of Metal allows students to perform music of some of the most popular metal bands.   Band members will choose repertoire with the assistance of their instructor and four songs will be learned over the eight week period.  Instrumentation includes guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocals.  Classes is suitable for students who have had one to two years of private study, or who have had some experience playing together in a structured band setting. 


TMR School of Rock

Students come together to learn to play together as a band.  Band members will choose repertoire with the assistance of their instructor and four songs will be learned over the eight week period.  Instrumentation includes guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocals.  Classes are divided into three different levels:  beginning, intermediate and advanced.  The beginning class is for students who have had one to two years of private study, or who have had some experience playing together in a band.  The intermediate class is for students who have had two to three years private study or who have had three prior School of Rock classes, or with instructor approval.  The advanced class is by audition only.  Audition criteria is listed here.  TMR School of Rock provides a fun and supportive environment in which to learn to play together with others.  Rockers learn teamwork and cooperation while building confidence.  Ensemble playing strengthens functional skills that have been established in private study. Class will conclude with a performance for friends and family. 


Adult Jam Band (formerly Adult Guitar Jam)

Adults 18 and over with moderate playing experience get together and jam in a structured setting. Each week we will explore a new approach to concepts in blues, country and rock.  Special emphasis is placed on improvisation in each style.  Instrumentation is open to Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums and Vocals.


All classes meet for an hour each week.  The price of the class is $230.  Please refer to the schedule or visit the group class calendar for class listings.



Why Study Music in Groups?

Group classes provide a valuable experience for students of all ages. Whether you’re enrolling as a supplement to private study or as an alternative, group classes provide a wide range of benefits.  Inspiration through peer performances, motivation through healthy competition and a platform for social interaction are just a few of the rewards studying music in a group can bring.  They bring out the best in students through the challenge of cooperation while  providing an environment that encourages the development of functional skills.  Group music classes develop and enhance . . .


Poise and performance skills

Critical listening skills through listening to others

Musical understanding by hearing and studying a broad range of musical styles

Rhythmic security and counting ability through ensemble playing

Communication skills and the ability to work in a group

A social outlet surrounding a common interest

Motivation from other students as well as from the teacher

Exciting performance opportunities




Group Class Policies


The Fall Group Class Session runs from October 14 through December 21, but please refer to individual class descriptions for exact dates and times.

All classes will be held at The Music Room. The Music Room is located at 26 N Brockway Street in Palatine.

To register for Group Classes, please use the registration link on this page.

Refunds for weekly group classes will be granted up to one week prior to the first week of class unless the class is cancelled by The Music Room.


Refunds for day camps will be granted up to one week prior to the camp, unless the camp is canceled by The Music Room.


The Music Room reserves the right to exchange teaching personnel at any time.

The Music Room reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment. 

There is no discount for late enrollment.  Students enrolling after the session begins will be admitted through the third week of the session.

There are no refunds for missed classes, but students may make up classes if an alternate time exists for the same class.


A separate registration form must be submitted for each student.