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Try your first cello lesson on us!  In person or virtually.

We offer cello lessons to adults and kids age 4 and up using either the traditional or Suzuki methods of teaching. Beginners are welcome and our teachers are able to teach all musical styles.

For children we have regular recitals (now happening virtually) which gives them a chance to meet other young musicians and learn to perform in a friendly, social environment.

There is no obligation to continue past the trial lesson but if you do, half hour private lessons are $38 and we’re on a monthly enrollment so it’s $152 per 4-week month.

Taking lessons at ACM means being part of an organization that creates innovative programs like the Sound of Silent Film Festival and the Thirsty Ears Festival, Chicago’s only classical music street festival.

As a non-profit with the mission of integrating musical creativity into everyday life, we encourage our students to create their own music in addition to learning the fundamentals.

Student Testimonials

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Monday – Thursday 11:00 to 8:00
Friday 1:00 – 5:00
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 to 2:00


Gift Certificates available!

Cello Teachers

Our teachers have a combined 225 years of music teaching experience and are all active in performance or composition. Whatever you're looking for, we have the teacher for you.

Desiree Miller

Cello, Piano | Ravenswood

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David Keller

Cello, Piano | Ravenswood

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"My daughter had her first virtual 30 minute piano lesson last week and it worked out remarkably smoothly!  Christy was able to effectively see and hear what my daughter was playing and provide instruction as though they were in the same room together."  Jennifer Fong

"In this bizarre reality, we're all adjusting to, it's comforting to hear Christy's voice once a week reminding my son to slow down and count the measures correctly. My son 's online piano lessons have been a bright spot in the week.
The quality of the lesson is exactly the same as in studio. Although I know he misses the hands-on and in-person approach, he's still learning and growing with each lesson. My family is grateful that this is an option.
In the past, we've taken the summer off from lessons because we travel but now that the online lesson has been conquered, when we're on the other side of the quarantine, it's nice to know that virtual lessons will be an option for the summer as well."
-Kelly Spitznagel