New Music School and GEMS World Academy Chicago partner to provide all primary and elementary students with a comprehensive conservatory based music education program and private individual lessons.
New Music School’s mission is to advance excellence in music education. Through world-class faculty, comprehensive artistic exposure and pioneering approaches to the learning process, our students develop their talents for a life- time of musical achievement.
The following instruments are available for study privately at GEMS.
VIOLIN and VIOLA (5+)
WHAT IF I DON'T SEE THE INSTRUMENT WE WOULD LIKE TO LEARN?
Easy, you can (as a GEMS family) sign up with lessons at our convenient location at 900 N Michigan Ave (the Bloomingdales Building). We offer a variety of instruments and voice. Please let us know you are a GEMS family when signing up.
New Music School (NMS) is a conservatory-based music education program in Chicago. The program is overseen and taught by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, renowned collegiate professors, and world-class teachers and performers. Lessons are offered in all orchestral and band instruments, piano, voice, and guitar for students of all ages. Lessons and group instruction can be taught in classical, popular, rock, and musical theatre genres. Additionally, both private and chamber size music groups are available for instruction. New Music School has been recognized by Chicago Magazine as Best in Chicago for students under 18 and Best in Voice by CBS News.
NMS CONSERVATORY CURRICULUM
At New Music School, we believe in preparing the whole musician through a set of core musical principals - private lessons, theory/ear training, performance, collaboration, and Juries.
NMS students follow a specialized curriculum, which is divided into 5 levels. Each level is designed to achieve these core musical principals. Juries are the milestones through which students advance through the NMS curriculum. They are performances where students are required to demonstrate their abilities with level-specific technical exercises and repertoire.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
The process is very simple. Before we ask new families to commit to a session of lessons, we want to make sure the student and teacher relationship is a strong one. So, we ask you to pay for one single lesson with the teacher. If it all goes well, then you can sign up for a semester of lessons.
FALL SEMESTER 2017
August 27, 2017 - December 23, 2017 — 16 Lessons
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Just click on their names below and it will connect you to their bios. Depending on the demand, teachers may be added that are not listed here.
MIO NAKAMURA, piano
SONGHEA SACKRIDER, violin and viola
SCOTT RAMSAY, voice
GORAN IVANOVIC, guitar
MARK ALLEN, clarinet
STEVE YEPEZ, flute
GRACE HONG, oboe
VICTOR SOTELO, cello
Interested in starting music lessons? Sign up for your first half hour lesson by clicking add to cart and we will handle the rest! After your initial lesson, a more permanent time will be assigned.
LESSON FEES — Please note that the exclusive GEMS lesson rates are for the teachers listed here. Any other teacher, outside of those listed here, may have a different rate due to their experience level within the NMS faculty structure.