Parents, check out the new Threshold Youth Program!
Store Hours*: Mon-Thurs 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat- 9:00am - 3:00 pm
*Subject to change. Hours and appointments can be confirmed by phone. El Rey Music has been an Arlington Heights icon since 1947.
El Rey provides private instruction to guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, mandolin players, banjo players and even harmonica players, of all levels. The instructors are all active musicians in the area with years of experience performing. El Rey also helps younger students form their own bands and perform in front of large crowds at local music venues.
Parents, check out the new Threshold Youth Program!
Sheltered in place with nothing to do? Now's the perfect time to dust off that instrument and hone your chops. Our experienced instructors are available for online lessons for guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, voice, and all levels of music theory and improv. Shoot us a message to take advantage of our Online Special, available until April 7th!
El Rey Music Center will be conducting classes online from 3/16-3/21. No one in the El Rey community is ill, and yes, we are being "overly cautious," but we are all safer if we do this together.
Students, remember: this is the perfect time to "hit the shed" and connect with your instrument! Foregoing social time is often a big part of getting really good at something, and as musicians we've all gone through years where our gigs/jam sessions were our ONLY social outlet. So pick an album to learn by ear. Pick a scale or technique to really master. Practice changing your strings, setting your action and your intonation. Rock on!
El Rey students and families! To help us stay healthy this season:
-All piano students must thoroughly wash hands before using El Rey keyboards. (All other students are encouraged to wash their hands as they enter lessons as well!)
-Keyboards and common surfaces are sanitized daily with rubbing alcohol, which is available to instructors for additional use as needed.
-Students who are visibly ill (coughing, sneezing, complaining of fever) should stay home, or will be sent home by their instructor. Please do not risk your health or that of your instructors/fellow students!
Let's continue to follow common sense about not spreading germs, so we can keep the music going!
Set list is in! Get your heinies over to Durty Nellie’s next Sunday Nov. 17th to see what our student bands have been working on, and enjoy a great afternoon of raffle prizes, drinks, and food! #localmusic
great el rey show Nahum
always....bill and sue
El Rey Music Center is excited to host world-renowned guitarist @Alfonso Ponticelli for a jazz guitar workshop! No matter what style of music you play, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to the pick the brain of a master player, right in your own backyard!
happpy Valentine’s Day el Rey.......luv
We'll be CLOSED Wednesday 1/30. Stay safe and warm!
El Rey Music Center is CLOSED Monday 1/28 due to inclement weather- stay home and practice!
El Rey Music Center is CLOSED December 24-26, as well as New Year's Day. Here's some Festivus music arranged, recorded and performed by some killer local musicians, and one other guy.
track by Small House
Check out the first meeting of the El Rey Ukulele Ensemble! Also, watch Nahum throw a fit at the end!
Come hang with Authentic Pines, Six on Friday and Breaking Ice tomorrow (8/11) from 1-4 at St. Zachary's August Fest!
Check out our set list schedule for nellies this Sunday! Make sure you’re there at least a half hour before your song and stick around to check out the other students!
GIG ALERT-- The show is coming up soon, people! Our guys and gals have been rehearsing their butts off, so get ready for a great time. Remember to show your gratitude to Durty Nellies by enjoying some food and drink (it's how we're able to keep the shows going!) and buy up some sweet raffle tickets to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network! And remember, the student who brings the most people to the show wins a FREEEEE MONTH of lessons!
Opening day! Support CYT and check out El Rey students rockin' lead roles!
el rey can really develop some more than incredible
Lizzy and bandwagon
thanks for a much more than outstanding show saturday
thank you for dedicating that song for me...
ALL my luv forever.... sue. 💜
Shoutout to a couple of great local businesses- for the past two years, El Rey Music Center has been proud to be a part of the Threshold Martial Arts Summer Camp, during which we introduce kids to Rock instruments and the basics of music. Check out this short video produced by Small House Songs, a songwriting/production company based in the suburbs 🤘🤘🤘
Threshold Martial Arts approached Small House Songs to film and score something for them.
Check out this footage from last Thursday's Open Mic at Arlington Ale House, featuring several El Rey Student Bands! The T.O.M at Ale House is a great spot to see local acts, meet other musicians and shed your chops. Follow AJP Music Haus for updates!
Thursday Open Mic
We're closing up shop for the weekend! No lessons 12/23-12/26. Stay safe and have a great holiday, everyone!
Got a line on a FREE Everett upright piano located in Arlington Heights- it's first come, first served, so for anyone who's interested, call the store or message me ASAP!
Join us this Saturday night at Senor Pollo in Arlington Heights! 9-10pm.
Hope to see you there!
Hey folks, no lessons today or tomorrow, as we'll all be busy prepping/eating/regretting overeating. Happy Thanksgiving!
No lessons on Halloween, but you can still learn a thing or two!
The history of heavy metal's menacing tritone from Holst and Hendrix to Black Sabbath and beyond.
Check out our two newest instructors, Al Costis and Johnny Gutierrez, on our Teachers page!
Stay tuned for more updates!
Another in-house recording session with voice/guitar student, Charlotte! I guarantee you haven't heard NIN like this before!
We sat down with El Rey voice student Charlotte before band rehearsal to record a classic cover (of a cover) of a NIN song- enjoy!
From the Student Showcase at Durty Nellie's on 9/10/17.
Footage from Last September's show at Durty Nellie's!
Audience video taken from the Student Showcase at Durty Nellie's on 9/10/17.
Sending our love to Susan Manglaris today as we mourn the passing of her brother and our friend, Ed. Ed was a part of countless El Rey shows, and in addition to being a great player and a music encyclopedia, he also had a huge heart. RIP
Many thanks to Six on Friday, The Difference, Breaking Ice, and Authentic Pines for giving us a great show at St. Zach's Augustfest yesterday! We've got the best, most committed group of students, families and teachers at El Rey, and their dedication keeps this train rolling. Cheers to all!
We're playing this tune with a full band at our Student Showcase at Durty Nellie's on September 10, but we figured it'd be fun to give it a go acoustically. We didn't mess up "too much."
Impromptu post-band practice acoustic cover with Melanie, Nahum and Charlie.
Six on Friday
A big "Cheers" to our students in Chapter One, Breaking Ice, and Six on Friday for their dedication, positivity and ever-increasing musicianship! These guys and gals gave great performances today at 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge and Durty Nellie's which benefitted the American Cancer Society and breastcancer.org. Keep doin' what you're doin'!
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