El Rey Music Center

El Rey Music Center 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.
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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.

Sheltered in place with nothing to do? Now's the perfect time to dust off that instrument and hone your chops. Our exper...
03/21/2020

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!

03/16/2020

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!

03/12/2020

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 wo...
11/10/2019

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

04/14/2019

great el rey show Nahum
and crew..

always....bill and sue

Timeline Photos
03/11/2019

Timeline Photos

El Rey Music Center is excited to host world-renowned guitarist @Alfonso Ponticelli for a jazz guitar workshop! No matte...
02/27/2019

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
02/13/2019

happpy Valentine’s Day el Rey.......luv

01/29/2019

We'll be CLOSED Wednesday 1/30. Stay safe and warm!

01/28/2019

El Rey Music Center is CLOSED Monday 1/28 due to inclement weather- stay home and practice!

12/02/2018
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Check out the first meeting of the El Rey Ukulele Ensemble! Also, watch Nahum throw a fit at the end!

08/10/2018

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 an...
04/18/2018

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...
04/05/2018

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!
02/15/2018

Opening day! Support CYT and check out El Rey students rockin' lead roles!

02/02/2018

el rey can really develop some more than incredible
musicians......great job...congrats!

01/14/2018

Lizzy and bandwagon
thanks for a much more than outstanding show saturday
In metropolis...
thank you for dedicating that song for me...
ALL my luv forever.... sue. 💜

12/30/2017
Small House Songs

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.

12/29/2017
AJP Music Haus

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

12/22/2017

We're closing up shop for the weekend! No lessons 12/23-12/26. Stay safe and have a great holiday, everyone!

12/04/2017

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!

Gig alert!
12/01/2017

Gig alert!

Join us this Saturday night at Senor Pollo in Arlington Heights! 9-10pm.

Hope to see you there!

www.senorpolloillinois.com

11/22/2017

Hey folks, no lessons today or tomorrow, as we'll all be busy prepping/eating/regretting overeating. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sending our love to Susan Manglaris today as we mourn the passing of her brother and our friend, Ed. Ed was a part of co...
09/17/2017

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...
08/13/2017

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!

Six on Friday
06/27/2017

Six on Friday

05/08/2017

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'!

04/24/2017
El Rey Music Center- The Jazz Couch! Ep. 3, feat. Riley

JAZZ COUCH!!
2nd-year student, Riley, chills on the Jazz Couch with Nahum and Dan for an all-uke version of Girl from Ipanema (with off-camera guitar percussion by Bill). The boys also talk microchip implants, baseball stats, the finest cults, and "light mind control."

#ukulele #kalaubass #bossanova https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8fm-6qFVAg&feature=youtu.be

2nd-year student, Riley, chills on the Jazz Couch with Nahum and Dan for an all-uke version of Girl from Ipanema (with off-camera guitar percussion by Bill)....

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Six on Friday representing El Rey's lineup at St. Zachary Fest.
Thank you Nahum for subbing in for Alex and providing Six on Friday your "John Mayer licks" at the St. Zachary Fest.
Video from tonight's practice with Bill Manglaris, Susan Manglaris and Nahum Smith.
This Friday, Breaking Ice has been invited to play acoustic at Madame Zuzu's Teahouse in Highland Park. Madame Zuzu's is owned by Smashing Pumpkin's founder Billy Corgan. Show starts at 7:00. Breaking Ice closes the show from 8:30 to 9pm.
Nahum Smith enjoying the show with Breaking Ice at Sports Page.
Bill Manglaris, former El Rey owner joins Breaking Ice for some blues at Sports Page.
Tonight. 5 bucks. Show starts at 9pm. Stop by and say hello.
El Rey's own Breaking Ice is performing at Sports Page this month. Charlie Verdico, Rachel Teeter, Michael Luzczak and Charlie Buehler will be rocking a full 90 minutes for this all ages show. Come out have some food and support these great kids and El Rey Music Center.
Thanks to El Rey Music Center for forming the Six on Friday band!!👍 https://www.facebook.com/sixonfriday/posts/851809378317617:0
Hi El Rey Center, Sounds great! Good radio potential. Email me at [email protected]. Mathieu www.hitxr.com/montreal
El Rey's Breaking Ice and 6 on Friday playing at 210 arestaurant today for Bands Battling Cancer. 6 plays around 12:30 and Breaking Ice around 3:30.