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Five Hands Studio Online Music School In Skokie IL

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Our online music school continues to provide excellent music education for students of all ages. We keep it fun, while also optimizing student learning and accountability.

We see your musical flame burning brighter every day. 

Our job is to help you get there without your flame being blown out by frustration!

In order for you to freely express yourself, we need to ensure that you get command of your musical skills.  We show you how to break things down and master them, so you can play effortlessly.

In order to do accomplish this, we provide:
  • structured curriculum and method books – which we provide
  • accountability for practice time put in
  • coordinated communication between parents, students, and teachers
  • membership in local branches of National Music Teachers Association and National Piano Guild
  • online and offline help
  • extra coaching (included) when students are frustrated
  • teacher conferences with our music director in order to “keep our fingers on the pulse” of individual student progress and learning styles
  • meetings with parents and students regarding how to practice efficiently
  • options for those with different interests and learning styles
  • and much more

Reinforced Learning

Learning to play music is exciting!
At Five Hands Studio, we make it fun - and keep it that way - by supporting students through their musical "hills and valleys". The creation of good habits is essential to growth - and happiness. We help students efficiently master themselves in order to play music.
This is where the real learning begins.

We are a music school that has serviced the Chicago North Shore since 1992. From years of experience, we have cultivated techniques to help students keep track of their long term goals. With the help of parents at home, together we show children that obstacles are only rewarding challenges that help us learn.

Experienced Teachers

All of our teachers are degreed in music on the instruments they teach. They've performed with the CSO, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, as well as Dark Star Orchestra.

Performing Opportunity

We are committed to helping music students become familiar with their new “language”. We offer numerous performing opportunities throughout the year.

Support for Families

We assist students when they are challenged, and educate parents about how to help their children at home.

we've been teaching the joy of music For 28 Years

Since 1992, this music school located in Skokie has provided lessons for the communities of Skokie, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Morton Grove, Niles, and Wilmette. We also serve the Chicago North Shore, as well as the neighborhoods of Sauganash, Edgebrook, Wildwood, Jefferson Park, and Forest Glen – providing Piano, Guitar, and Voice Lessons for all ages.  We now provide that same quality and personal attention with online music lessons as we adapt to Covid-19. 

Members of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association
Members of the North Shore Music Teachers Association
Skokie Branch of the American College of Musicians

For over 28 years, Skokie's
first choice in music lessons. Now we are Chicago's North Shore online music school with a personal touch.

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Josh Noel
Josh Noel
19:30 14 Mar 20
My son started taking lessons at Five Hands at the age of 4. A brief "test lesson" demonstrated he was ready for proper... lessons, and here we are 6 months later ... he's playing Old MacDonald like a pro! (Among many other songs.) My son is now 5, and as you may know, 5 year olds aren't always the easiest people to deal with. Yet Five Hands brings an impressive professionalism to piano lessons while also making it very fun. We'll be taking lessons here for a long time to more
Dunkin 123
Dunkin 123
00:35 18 Feb 20
I have 2 kids learning to play the piano at Five Hands and it has been wonderful. My children had no prior experience... playing musical instruments, so we decided to look for something around our house. They started in Sep of '19. Rick and his staff have been wonderful introducing the piano and other musicals concepts to my kids. They do not have to be taken kicking and screaming. My kids really enjoy going to their weekly lessons. I definitely recommend Five Hands for parents looking to get their kids introduced to a musical more
Kristin Espinosa
Kristin Espinosa
23:30 07 Feb 20
LONG REVIEW -- I'm taking voice lessons from Matt Brennan, and he's an excellent teacher. I was one of those people... who would mouth "Happy Birthday" rather than sing it out loud, but Matt is wonderfully encouraging and has actually helped me feel comfortable singing in front of others. I haven't been taking lessons for very long, but I'm really happy with my improvement...I didn't expect it. I highly recommend Matt as a voice teacher (he also teaches piano). Full disclosure - I'm a member of the Desk Staff at the Studio. I have lots of positive stuff to say about working here, but I'll limit it to three (!!!) things. First, we have great students; it's so lovely getting to know those who I see every week and hearing them play. Second, the main reason I took this job and love it is the thorough dedication to personalized attention to every student. Rick Cinquemani embodies that and sets the tone for the whole studio. He is aware and up to date on how every student is doing and, when appropriate, works with teachers and parents to tailor lessons to students' different personalities, strengths/weaknesses, and needs. Finally, I believe strongly in Rick's approach of providing a comprehensive music education to students. There's a big difference between just being able to play things on a piano and having a holistic understanding. (And Rick, I'm not expecting a raise for writing this! 😃!)read more
Neerali Shah
Neerali Shah
21:38 07 Feb 20
We have had great experience since our little one has been learning piano here for about a year and a half. The staff... is great, and the teachers are wonderful. I would highly recommend Five Hands more
Joey Villanueva
Joey Villanueva
17:42 01 Feb 20
My son attends this school and I can say he enjoys learning the piano. Friendly staff and very attentive teacher. I... find it very helpful that they communicate with the parents to let them know where your child is struggling and what areas need improving. I highly reccomend this more
Mark Coutts
Mark Coutts
14:39 21 Jan 20
A terrific spot to bring our teenage son to learn piano and to learn about focusing in general...This age can be tough... but we found the teachers and staff to be patient,supportive and knowledgeable in their approach to teaching the fundamentals of the keyboard and to keep him challenged and interested...Super happy we found this more
Kelli Nelson
Kelli Nelson
00:23 17 Jan 20
My children have been attending Five Hands for the last two years. It is an amazing piano studio that fosters growth in... piano students of all ages of ability levels. If you want to learn piano, go to Five Hands more
Nic Dasovich
Nic Dasovich
19:33 03 Dec 18
Our son started piano lessons at the age of four. Many teachers are leery of students this young, but Mr. Cinquemani &... crew made it appropriately challenging and fun! In my opinion, carefully structured lessons helped him to develop an understanding that a set of skills need to be learned before you can move on to the next song, or the next lesson book. Only now as we reflect on how he handles the challenges of graduate school do we see how he applied those lessons to his more
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“I am most thankful to you for the teaching you provide that goes beyond the keyboard. My boy has learned a lot about setting goals and then working towards them. Participating in Guild and Achievement in Music helped in that regard. I also think he has gained self-confidence through this piano experience and that is so important in everything he will do in life. Thank you so much for everything you have done.”
Bernie Litton - Sauganash
“You get what you pay for - and I found that out the hard way. My daughter had been taking piano lessons at Five Hands for 2 years when my son decided to take guitar lessons. For financial reasons, we went elsewhere for less expensive lessons. Big mistake. Within 6 months, I asked Five Hands to take us back. My daughter was SO happy to be back! The quality of the instruction, the kid-friendly, individualized approach, the assistance offered to parents all add up to real value. I am a teacher myself and applaud Five Hands Studio for an approach that actually motivates kids to practice. We are here to stay!”
Jennifer B. Rousseau, WHNP
Assistant Professor Rush University College of Nursing
“Jack (7) practiced your way and he really got it, had fun and mastered the section. The next day he insisted on playing the piece through from beginning to end, but it was quite sloppy and he was frustrated. I suggested that he try just the bit we had worked on the day before and it was beautiful, which really impressed him. Claire (my 10-year-old) today insisted that I 'play the games' I had played with Jack during his practice, because she felt left out. We did it on one of her new pieces and she quickly saw how well it worked. Thanks again!"
Marny Turvill, M.D
Skokie Pediatrician

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