Raymaker
Piano Studio

Piano lessons for children leading to a lifetime love of music

“Your work with Ben made a real difference in his life. You helped us discover the musician in him, for which we are truly grateful.” – Judy C.

Helen Raymaker during an online piano lesson

My name is Helen Raymaker and it’s been my honor to teach piano lessons to children for over 30 years.  Your kids may be new to piano, or perhaps they’ve already started lessons.  In either case, I hope you’ll contact me for a free mini-lesson. I look forward to meeting you!

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Piano lessons in northbrook and glenview

Piano lessons at my studio

I teach a small group of students in person in my studio in Northbrook, Illinois.  I’m conveniently located near the Northbrook Metra station and my studio features a Steinway M grand piano.

I have dozens of music games for all types of learners.

With over 30 years of experience teaching piano lessons for kids, I have the expertise to help your children grow.

Piano lessons online

Virtual piano lessons

Most piano students studying with me take piano lessons online.  I have over 100 music games and activities we use every week.  These games and activities are all online.

During virtual piano lessons, we use platforms like  Zoom, FaceTime, RockOutLoudLive, and Google Slides.

How do Piano lessons work in your studio?

Private piano lessons

I’ll see your student in a one-on-one private lesson weekly.  At first, for beginning piano lessons or younger students, a 30-minute lesson will be the right length.  After that, most students take a 45-minute lesson.

In addition to my time exclusively with your child, group lessons build community in the studio.  For more, please read on to the Lessons page.

piano lessons at Raymaker Piano Studio

Coaching & accompanying

Coaching and piano accompanying for honors ensembles, competitions and recitals. Choral accompanying and church music substitution.  Please use the contact page to request fee and availability information.

what clients say

Testimonials

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“Mrs. Raymaker is very patient and makes piano lessons fun for each individual student, by combining our own uniqueness with what we love to do outside of piano lessons.”
Middle school student
Student
“My daughter started with Mrs. Raymaker with no knowledge of the piano. We are so impressed with how she plays now. With so much experience teaching, Mrs. Raymaker can really understand and pinpoint where our daughter needs help and how to develop her as a pianist. But more importantly, she is fostering a love for music in my daughter.”
Stephanie A., parent​
Have a Question about piano lessons?

FAQ

Instruments and Supplies

You will need an acoustic piano, digital piano or keyboard. While an upright acoustic piano is preferable, if needed you can start lessons with a keyboard as a temporary solution. With a keyboard, please try to choose one with weighted keys or is touch sensitive (this means that the sound is louder when there is more weight on the key), and with a sustain pedal. I am happy to talk with you about this.

No. Tuition at Raymaker Piano Studio *includes* most music and supplies.  This is what the Studio fee is for. I will order music needed when your student is ready, and have it sent to your home. 

Lessons

If your child is interested in the piano and music, it is best to set up a time where we can meet so I can assess their readiness.  There are good options for young children to learn musical concepts if they’re not yet ready for private lessons.

There are several options for missed lessons:

  • I have an online scheduling system where you can swap lesson times with another student.
  • I have overflow times each week for certain one-off lesson conflicts.
  • You can send me a video of what you’ve prepared, and I will send back notes and next assignments.

My philosophy is that performing should be a natural part of piano lessons.  In the Repertoire class, all the students in the studio get together online and share what they are working on.  Sometimes the pieces are polished; other times we will share a section of a work in progress. We learn from each other, and it is a fun social time.  We have at least 4 Repertoire classes each year.  They are a great way for younger students to learn from seeing older students play, and for older students to encourage younger students. 

The Repertoire class is where we learn about the Big Idea for the studio, a concept that the studio participates in together.  This past year the Big Idea was playing by ear.

Pop-up classes are smaller groups of students based on age.  Often there are concepts that beginners (who tend to be younger, but not always) or more advanced students are learning at the same time.  The smaller group classes give students a chance to get to work together.  I can give more individual attention in a smaller group.  Pop-up classes are held at least four times through the year.

The Studio

There is no charge for the mini-lesson. This is a time where you can tell me about your goals for piano lessons, see the equipment I have for teaching online, and see me interact with your child.  I will use the time to get to know your student and do a few simple assessments.  I will send you my policies and enrollment form.  If you feel there is a fit with my studio, we will arrange a time to start lessons. 

Piano lessons are given on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week.  I teach afternoons and evenings.

Typically ages 6 years old through adult.  I really enjoy working with older beginners.

With a classical piano base, I love to teach all styles. If there is a particular style you are hoping to learn, please let me know.

Raymaker Piano Studio is located in Northbrook, Illinois and teaching online through the US.

Tuition

Semester tuition includes a reserved spot in the studio. It also includes essential music and supplies as needed each semester, Repertoire classes, popup classes, and extra check-ins. Next year’s studio calendar is here.

Contact ME

Get In Touch

Contact me through the website here, or send me an email directly at helen@raymakerpiano.com.

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