Mission & History

The Gasse School of Music. founded in June 2001, serves Chicago and the near-west suburbs, including Forest Park, Oak Park, River Forest, Elmwood Park, and Berwyn. The school is dedicated to a simple, two-point mission:

  1. To provide quality, instrumental music instruction for children and adults of all ages, and
  2. Make the playing of a musical instrument a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life.

Bringing the joy of music to anyone is a gift of incalculable value and the academic and life-skill benefits of musical instruction are well-documented. Those benefits suffer, however, if the process of instruction is not infused with a sense of fun and love of music as well as technical excellence. It is here that the Gasse School of Music excels.

The Gasse School started with five students and two instructors and has since grown to 140 students and a faculty of five. More importantly, most of our younger students continue to study with us throughout their school careers, developing their skills and progressing through elementary, middle school, high school, and college orchestras and chamber groups.

The school provides individual and group instruction with an emphasis on self expression, creativity, teamwork, fun and proper technique. Lessons are given in instrumental music, elementary music for early childhood, chamber music and music reading. The school promotes public performances by its students, faculty and guest artists.