Music School

Call us to enroll at (815)469-6321

weekly 1/2-hour lessons for $135

One-on-one instruction for all ages, styles, and skill levels

Lessons available Monday-Saturday for most instruments

Welcome to The Down Home Music School!

Down Home Guitars offers private music lessons and ensemble classes on a variety of instruments for people of all ages and skill levels. Our mission is to provide a friendly, encouraging learning environment where people can develop their craft and better express themselves musically and creatively. Whether you are new to an instrument or have been playing for decades, the Down Home Music School will help you realize your goals while having fun!

We offer lessons 6 days a week on a wide variety of instruments: guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, violin, piano, voice, drums, and more, taught by our qualified staff of teachers. We pride ourselves on having a professional, clean music school with the focus on personal musical growth. We currently teach over 300 lessons every week, and the testimony of happy families is our best advertisement!

The Down Home Music School is located directly above the store on the 2nd floor of the Trolley Barn, easily accessible via stairs or elevator. Our spacious, wood-floored facility includes 6 carpeted, insulated lesson rooms with glass doors, a piano/percussion studio, group classroom, recital stage, and large waiting area with complimentary refreshments.

We also provide performing opportunities in the form of monthly open mics and all-school recitals in May and December. Both family-friendly events allow you to practice your music and get feedback in a low-key, positive environment. Performing is not required, but encouraged as an incentive to practice, as experience preparing and presenting music to an audience, and as a way to celebrate your progress and boost your confidence!

Private Lessons

At Down Home Guitars, our focus is personalized instruction. We realize that everyone learns at different speeds and has different tastes. Because of this, you will work one-on-one with your instructor to determine your skill level and preferred direction, and from there they will build a curriculum tailored specifically for you based on your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.


We offer one-on-one instruction on the following instruments:

GuitarPianoUkuleleMountain DulcimerFlute
Drums/PercussionViolaBanjoPedal SteelSaxophone


All our instructors are highly skilled, highly trained, working musicians with a love for music and a passion for instructing future musicians for generations to come. Read more about them here!

Rock On Band Program

Students who have achieved a certain level of proficiency on their instrument have the opportunity to join forces with other students to form a band. In each 12-week session, you will learn 5 songs with students on other instruments, get instruction from experts in the gigging world, and organize, promote, and perform a local concert! We group students based on instrumentation, age group, skill level, and availability so they can grow and improve at the same rate. Performing with a band is the perfect way to get over “stage fright” nerves and the perfect incentive for students to practice more; the more you play, the better you’ll get!

Band class themes have included:
-Three-chord songs
-Beatles cover band
-Creedance cover band
-Hawaiian ukulele music
-The music of Star Wars
And more!

To apply for the Rock On Band Program, fill out the online application here.

**Students must be enrolled in private lessons to participate.**

Tuition and Policies

Tuition is $30 for a single half-hour, but most students make an ongoing weekly commitment of $135 for 5 weeks of half-hour private lessons ($27 each). Instructor schedules vary, but spots are available Monday through Saturday depending on the instrument. Contact us for available days and times.

**Check out our Policies page as well as FAQ page for more information. All students are expected to agree to our music school policies when they enroll.**