Community Music Program

Individual Instrument Lessons

The Community Music Program offers music instruction in an environment that nurtures both excellence and creativity. 

Children and adults alike can take private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, all orchestral instruments and jazz techniques at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Personalized learning environments are tailored for each individual student.

Community Music Program private lessons are taught on a weekly basis at VanderCook on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. Instruction is provided by current upper-division and graduate music majors at VanderCook. Instructors are recommended by the applied faculty and are appointed to teach in the Community Music Program.

Tuition for 8 lessons of 30 minutes each:
$200 - student instructors
$320 - college faculty instructors

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Contact our Program Director

Dr. Leah Schuman

phone: 312.225.6288 ext: 271



Lesson Scheduling

Scheduling of lessons is arranged directly between the you and the instructor. Instructors will contact students by phone to introduce themselves, welcome you to the Community Music Program, ask a few questions about your past experience and your expectations, and schedule lesson times.

Once your lessons are scheduled, the next step is to sign the student agreement. The student agreement is a standard service agreement that describes lesson policies. Signing of the agreement ensures that all new students understand our business policies and procedures as they are documented.


All lessons are paid for in advance. All payments must be made by the 25th of the month preceding the following month/quarter. For example, a monthly student will pay for June’s lessons by May 25.

Instruments & Materials

The Community Music Program does not provide instructional materials, music or instruments. Community Music Program students should seek the advice of their instructor before purchasing any materials or music.

Current Community Music Program Students

Payment Information

Lesson payments can be made via major credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) or paypal via our online payment portal.

Community Music Program Payment Portal

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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