Band Program Overview

Music Education Services provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools, which include two weekly sessions totaling 80-90 minutes of instruction, instrument rentals, and a team of 19 dedicated state certified professional teachers.  We are currently serving over 110 schools, both public and private, and enrolled over 2,300 students in our band program this past fall.  We have been teaching at area schools for over 29 years. Over the past ten years, we have averaged a retention rate of over 85% for students from sign up through the end of the school year. 


Our Program:

• Our program includes two group 40-45 minute lessons per week.  The spaced repetition offered by twice weekly lessons on separate days ensures young instrumentalists of the close supervision they require to progress rapidly. Normally lessons are scheduled with one in-school and one out-of-school time each week. Scheduling can be customized to fit your school’s needs. Additional lessons are also given as the children prepare for upcoming events.

• Our comprehensive curriculum utilizes both sequential and performance based learning with documented learning outcomes.

• Sequential learning includes lesson books with theory exercises, graded band arrangements, and solos and supplemental exercises.

• Each student will perform in at least three concerts, have the opportunity to participate in a solo and ensemble festival, an honors band concert and various social activities.

• Students may begin instruction in the fourth, fifth or sixth grade.  Advanced classes will be formed as needed through eighth grade.  In new schools, all children in fourth through eighth grade may sign up.

• Progress reports are mailed directly to the student’s home twice per year.  As part of each child’s grade, parents are urged to sign a practice record at the end of each week.

• Newsletters are sent during the school year detailing upcoming musical events and contain informative articles about band, practicing and the arts.

• Our recruitment program is a three-step program at the beginning of the school year.  The first step includes a one half hour performance by a professional trio.  During this performance, all the band instruments are demonstrated and explained.

A few days later, each child has the opportunity to try a few instruments in order to determine his interests, natural ability and match their physical characteristics to an appropriate instrument.  We then set up a parent sign-up evening for parents to ask any questions and register their children. 


Our Faculty:

• Our faculty is supervised and evaluated throughout the year by our Director of Education, a 20-year veteran with a Master’s Degree in Education.

• All of our teachers hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and are licensed in the State of Illinois.

• Our teachers receive ongoing educational and band specific in-servicing once every three weeks at our faculty meetings.

• Our teaching staff maintains extensive mandatory parent contact, both by phone, e-mail, and by written correspondence.  Each teacher has their own voice mail/phone number so they can easily be reached.

• On average our teachers have been with Music Education Services for over 7 years.  Most of them also have previous teaching experience.


Other Points:

• Tuition is billed directly to the parents of participating students for most of our schools. Parents only pay for the months their child is in band.  Additional children from the same family are charged ½ the normal tuition.

• Music Education Services also provides an optional rent-to-own instrument program, which is extremely competitive with local retailers.  Instruments available include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion kits.

• We carry two million dollars in liability insurance in the unlikely event a student was to sustain an injury while under the care of our director.


We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with your child. We are confident that your child will enjoy band and you will be pleased in their development.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to give us a call us at (847) 805-1800, or visit our website We would be happy to provide you with more detailed information. Thank you for your consideration.



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1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL

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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.