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Choosing the right music teacher can be a difficult decision. That's why we offer a free trial lesson for all new students.
Because every child processes information differently, we strive to tailor our curriculum to meet each student's unique needs. Your free trial lesson gives us the opportunity to learn about you and your child; and gives you the opportunity to visit our studio, meet your instructor, have a free lesson, and see how we do things at Da Capo.
"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime."
We believe an effective lesson experience encourages students to eventually teach themselves. It is our goal to instill within each student a passion for music that will inspire them to be musicians for a lifetime.
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Few artists realize the beauty of a perfectly played scale. And too few teachers insist upon it..."
"A painter paints on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."
"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang the best."
~Henry David Thoreau
When Da Capo Music Studio opened in 2009, owners and instructors Ben Westfall and Kristin Paxinos, had only a handful of students. Now, almost nine years later, they have a roster of over 120 students, have recently hired four new instructors, and have added voice, saxophone, and clarinet to the list of lessons they offer.
Da Capo started in the Elburn and Countryside Community Center. In less than four years, they had outgrown that space, and moved to their current location on the corner of Routes 47 and 38 in Elburn. Their new location features a recital space and a third sound isolation booth for private lessons, technique classes, and ensemble rehearsals.
Because students who perform regularly practice more consistently and stay in music lessons longer than students that don't perform, recitals have always been a core component of Da Capo's curriculum. While researching his book, "The Savvy Music Teacher," David Cutler, author and Professor of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina, discovered how many recitals Da Capo has hosted. When he contacted Ben and Kristin and learned how they have made recitals an integral part of their curriculum, he decided to feature them in his book as one of 100 music teachers from around the country that are making an impact.
"Ben and Kristin care about our community and it shows. My kids really like them and I think a big part of that is because they treat them like aspiring young musicians instead of just kids."
"Da Capo offers conservatory trained teachers. The level of professionalism here is seldom matched in the western suburbs."
"My daughter has been a piano student at Da Capo for 6+ years. Kristin is a phenomenal teacher! She is patient and kind but firm when needed. She has built up my daughter's confidence so much. I am amazed at her piano playing abilities."
"Da Capo strives to provide a fun, professional learning environment that achieves results. I would highly recommend them!"
"Students at Da Capo are taught proper technique and musicianship in a fun and creative environment. (guitarists learn to read music, which is rare) My family has been attending Da Capo for more than 5 years and we are extremely pleased with our progress. Highly Recommended!"
"I have been able to expand my horizons to include not only classical guitar, but many different types of music, including playing duets in a guitar ensemble."
"Ben is always kind, patient and encouraging. He is dedicated to his students enjoyment of and success in music."
Dedication to our Community
Ben and Kristin believe that businesses should give back to their community. They both live in Elburn, and have been actively involved in the Elburn Chamber of Commerce and other causes since Da Capo first opened. Because of their contribution and dedication to their community, Da Capo was awarded the Elburn Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award for two consecutive years: 2015 and 2016. Ben and Kristin co-chaired the Elburn Christmas Stroll in 2014 and 2015, and they also created and co-chaired Folks on Spokes: A Community Bicycle Adventure! Folks on Spokes is a community bicycle ride that encourages families to explore their community on their bicycles.
Through both of these events, they helped to raise funds for the Elburn Chamber's Kaneland Scholarship Fund; the Elburn Elementary School PTOs; the Kaneland High School Marching Band; and the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters.
Frequently Asked Questions
We strongly believe that starting music lessons at a young age is beneficial for children. Music education for young children increases learning abilities in all areas, plus helps students develop problem solving skills, discipline, and learn how to work toward goals. If your child is old enough to go to school, even pre-school, he/she is old enough to take music lessons.
For guitar and piano, students can start at 5 years old, or sometimes even younger. We have had many students start begin lessons at 4, and they have been very successful and continued lessons at our studio for years.
Children can begin voice lessons at just about any age. To avoid injury to young vocal chords, we prefer to wait until they are about 12 years old to begin working on vocal technique and expanding their range.
For wind instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone), we recommend students be at least 7 years old to be sure that their lungs are strong enough, and their hands and arms are big enough to properly hold their instrument.
At Da Capo, we offer monthly recitals for our students. Recitals teach students to work towards and achieve goals, overcome nerves or fear of being in front of an audience, build confidence, and it's exciting for their friends and families to hear them perform. Students that regularly perform, practice more consistently and stay in music lessons longer than students that don't perform. That's why recitals are a core part of our lesson curriculum.
Yes. We offer a 10% discount for families that have more than one person enrolled in lessons.