Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago offers music instruction for all ages. We understand and endorse the value and joy of music education. To that end, we provide high quality music instruction for serious-minded musicians, for those who just want to have fun, and for everyone in between!
Sherwood takes great pride in offering a variety of classes for young children that nurture their innate musical abilities. Most young children learn best in a playful and informal learning environment. At Sherwood, we create that environment through a curriculum that emphasizes informal learning and play, and by hiring teachers who are trained in early childhood development and music.
The Suzuki Method was developed by Japanese music educator Shinichi Suzuki, based on his belief that in a nurturing environment, every child can learn to play an instrument. Through the Suzuki method, children as young as three master basic music skills, improve listening ability, and acquire physical comfort with their instrument and with performing.
Sherwood offers opportunities for students to learn and enhance individual skills while experiencing the joy of making music with others. Our range of group classes covers many instruments and styles, and offers something for everyone!
Sherwood has a wide variety of class offerings for teen students. Group guitar, piano and voice classes are available for beginner to intermediate students and the Pre-Collegiate Music Program is available for more advanced students.
The Sherwood Pre-Collegiate Music Program provides accelerated training for talented young musicians. This tuition-free comprehensive honors program allows middle and high school students an opportunity to acquire the skills needed to gain acceptance into major universities and conservatories across the country.
Sherwood offers a robust selection of classes for adults of all ages and ability levels. Group guitar, piano, and voice classes form the basis of our adult student offerings, and more advanced students may select from several specialty classes as well as join one of Sherwood's adult ensembles.
Individual Lessons enable students to learn technique and repertoire that is best suited to their particular needs, and are a vital part of a musician's education. Individual lessons also foster important life skills such as discipline, perseverance, self-motivation, patience, focus, time management, and confidence.
Summertime is the right time to enroll at Sherwood! In addition to our usual assortment of class offerings, we also offer several great summer programs for talented young musicians that are not to be missed.