Chord Theory

Certified Teachers

Solfege Ear Training

Age Appropriate Methods

Children ages 4 to 6 have access to our unique music program at Let's Play Music. This creative preschool music class for 4 to 6 year olds in Chicago introduces young students to music in a fun and engaging way. Families can help their children start a fantastic musical journey in our foundational music theory program.  

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1st Year Student Materials - $88

(plus sales tax for AZ residents)

2nd Year Student Materials - $64

(plus sales tax for AZ residents)

3rd Year Student Materials - $72

(plus sales tax for AZ residents)

Program Costs

The Let’s Play Music program includes fees for class tuition and student materials.

You’ll pay for your student’s materials online directly to Let’s Play Music at the start of enrollment every year.

Tuition can be paid monthly to your Chicago music teacher. Contact your local instructor directly by email to inquire about the exact cost of tuition. This fee includes parent communication, training, weekly classes, use of teaching tools and classroom instruments, and a yearly recital. At Let’s Play Music, your child will receive healthy social interaction and emotional encouragement as well as enriching musical instruction.
 

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What Parents Are Saying about Let's Play Music!

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I had heard great things about the program and decided to enroll my youngest. Oh, how I wish my older kids had had this program! He has learned SO much. As we are finishing up his 3rd year, I can honestly say I had no idea how much he would learn and be able to do! What a wonderful experience it has been! 

Cheryl M.

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I love Let's Play Music! It turned my monotone singing son into a now 12-year-old who has sung solos and loves to sing in choirs! As a music teacher, I am amazed at the wonderful musical foundation that Let's Play Music gives its students. It is so fun and yet so comprehensive!

Amy S.

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My kids have always loved music, but Let’s Play Music took them to the next level and has made them into mini musicians! I love this program because it develops a love of music in kids and helps them learn to be creative and explore music from a very young age.

Laura V.

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I love the Let's Play Music program! I love the carefully thought out, step-by-step process of teaching music fundamentals to children through age-appropriate methods. This is truly a life-changing experience for children and their parents!

Linda H.

During our Let’s Play Music preschool classes for 4 to 6 year olds in Chicago, music instructors teach comprehensive musicianship. This program extends beyond basic piano lessons. Students receive classical music instruction, ear training, sight singing lessons, and instruction in chord structure. Our program is designed around the idea that the human brain has the innate ability to absorb musical concepts at a very early age, so we teach musical concepts early in a child’s development in an age-appropriate way. Students learn through playing games and engaging in activities that focus on creativity, imagination, solfege hand signs, and folk songs.  

Why Let's Play Music?

Our Flagship Curriculum

Let’s Play Music’s preschool classes for 4 to 6 year olds in Chicago teaches advanced musical concepts in an engaging and fun manner. A few of the core components of our program are chord recognition, sight reading, and solfege. Learn more about each year of instruction below.

Students begin learning piano, chord notation, harmonic improvisation, and intervals during the second year. 

Second Year

Introduction to Keyboard

Keyboard Prep is our introductory year. During this year, we teach foundational knowledge in rhythm, reading, and harmony. Our instructors utilize tools such as games, songs, and tone bells. We also introduce children to the autoharp during the first year. 

First Year

Keyboard Prep

Third-year students start transposing and composing music. Additionally, they learn proper piano-playing form in preparation for more advanced music instruction. 

Third Year

Piano Skills

First Year

Keyboard Prep

Second Year

Introduction to Keyboard

Third Year

Piano Skills

The Let's Play Music curriculum is centered in the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze.  These men were revolutionist who changed the attitudes of teaching music to children.  Their philosophies are at the heart of our curriculum and you will see their methodologies in each detailed lesson plan.

Zoltán Kodály

In the Kodály Method children are first introduced to musical concepts through playful, natural experience. He emphasized the use of the folk song in all early music education, stating that they are the ‘mother tongue’ for teaching music.   Melodic patterning, the repetition of certain notes in a row, trains both the ear and the eye to read the patterns on the staff.  Adding solfeg handsigns and syllables further enhanced the learning experience. He used both folk music and songs that are based on the pentatonic scale to help teach the art of singing in tune.

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze

The Dalcroze method, taught in his Eurhythmics schools, is another approach music educators use to foster music appreciation, ear-training and improvisation while improving musical skills. In this method, the body is the main instrument.  Students learn rhythm and structure by listening to music and expressing what they hear through spontaneous bodily movement. (I.e. walking to quarter notes, skipping to dotted notes.)

Carl Orff

In the Carl Orff approach, children are taught concepts through improvisation, composition and a natural sense of play.  He taught using folk music and music composed by the children themselves.  All musical concepts were taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. He believed the order of instruments should be: 1. Body Percussion  2. Voice  3. Simple Percussion Instruments  4. Barred Instruments

(For example, our tone bell set is an Orff instrument!)

Let's Play Music was founded in great educational philosophies

Learning From the Masters

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Explore our classes!

Read more about our additional curricula below.

Ages 0-4

Children ages 0 to 4 and their caregivers are welcome to begin their musical journey in our introductory class. This class builds a solid foundation for music on the preschool level using instrument play, movement, stories, nursery rhymes, singing, solfege, and ear training. It’s a wonderful way for parents to bond with and build emotional security in their children. 

Ages 7-12

We offer an accelerated program for older students ages 7 to 12 who are just beginning piano. In this class, students learn composition, solfege, chord theory, music history, ear training, and proper technique.