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Music Lessons in Crystal Lake

Full Service Music Store In Downtown Crystal Lake, IL. 

Voted Best Music Store in  McHenry County!


  • Call Us At (815)459-8614 For More Information On Renting A School Band Instrument! Starting As Low As $29.00 Per Month! 


  • Players Bench Music - October 2019 Lesson Specials!
  • There is a one time enrollment fee of $25.00 - however through Oct. 19th we have FREE Enrollment!!!   After Oct. 19th - discounted enrollment fee of $10.00 vs. $25.00 - through Oct. 31st.  
  • With the enrollment - the student becomes a Player's Bench Member that receives discounts on almost everything within the store.    
  • Here is a brief overview of our lesson program. 
  • The student only has to commit to one month at a time - each week they would meet for the same 30 minute time slot. Our program runs on an auto payment system - with the option to put a credit or debit card on file.  If for some reason the student has to miss a lesson, we offer a “missed lesson coupon” one per month (we must have 24 hour notice). If they use the “missed lesson coupon” that is totally fine - if it's not that is fine too (they just can not be accumulated).  We charge for however many lessons there are on the designated day of the week - we do not charge for lesson closure days (you will be given all the date closures). The rate is $26.25 per half hour. We also offer discounts throughout the store to our active lesson students.  We hold two recitals are year for our active lesson students - at no extra cost to the student or guests they bring.
  • It is really easy to sign up - you can call us at (815)459-8614 or request lesson info right from the homepage of our website  


  • It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced player or a beginner; there is always more to learn when it comes to music. That’s why The Player’s Bench offers private music lessons taught by experienced teachers who are also professional working musicians.

  • Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as Columbia, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Syracuse, Northern Illinois, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, American Conservatory of Music, to name a few. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe, as well as having their own album. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

10 Benefits Of Becoming A Player's Bench Music Student

  • We are the only school in McHenry County that offers all of these popular instruments: Piano, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Voice, Singing, Bass, Harmonica, Ukulele, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Violin, Viola, and Cello in one location. 
  • The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in McHenry County. We have 14 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. We are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.    
  •  We offer lessons 5 days a week! 
  • A proven track record of excellence since 1973!
    That is over 40 years of serving our community! New ownership & staff since of June 2014.  
  • A comfortable waiting area within our store for our students & parents. 
  • We remodeled all of our lesson rooms to better serve our students in February of 2017. No more second floor lessons!
  • Free music recitals held two times a year!   
    Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.
    In May and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these at Park Place & Grand Oaks.
    For our students these recitals are free and unlike many schools in McHenry County, we do not charge recital participation or admission fees.
    Student Discount Cards.
    We are the only music school in McHenry County that offers student discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year.
    Player’s Bench Music sells music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount card that saves them money on all of their music supply needs.  
  • Located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, IL.
    Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of McHenry Country. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining and the quaint downtown Crystal Lake. 
  • Month to Month lessons.
    Player’s Bench Music does not require semester minimums for lessons
    . Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.
    If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract. 

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Player's Bench Music School

87 north williams st., crystal lake, IL 60014, us

(815) 459-8614


Open today

12:00 pm – 08:00 pm


Starting on Tuesday 9/3/19. 

Monday: 12-8PM

Tuesday: 12-8PM

Wednesday: 12-8PM

Thursday: 12-8PM

Friday: Closed 

Saturday: 9-3PM

Sunday: Closed