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Phone: (815) 217-5648

Welcome to The Music Connection, LLC.

We are located at 515 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore, IL.

Registration is open year-round.

———-> Ready to register? Click the “Register Online” button at the top of the Home Page!

————–> Spring Recital <————-

May 4th, 2024 — 5pm to 6pm —

******* students should arrive between 4:15pm and 4:30pm to warm up *******

First Baptist Church of Sycamore

(530 W State St, Sycamore, IL 60178)

Open to the public — reception to follow — call for details — # 815-217-5648

Call for a free sample lesson.

New studio jazz combo class,"Jazz Vanguard", starts January 7th, 2024! Register today! We have open enrollment year-round.

The class instructor is Jack Watson, along with other staff instructors. Learn more about Jack here or down below.

Click here to register for Jazz Vanguard —

****** Play the video below for a sample of the Jazz Vanguard combo:

Jack Watson

Woodwind Instructor (saxophone/flute/clarinet)

Learn about our Jazz Vanguard instructor, Jack Watson:

Jack Watson is currently a Jazz Studies major at Northern Illinois University and has been playing saxophone for eight years, clarinet for six years, and flute for five years. As a performer, he have been a leader of a jazz quartet based in the Quad Cities and a sideman for groups like The Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, singer/songwriter CJ Parker, and Quad Cities rock band The Mamiltons, as well as experience as a pit musician for musicals like The Little Mermaid and Footloose. Along with performing, he has experience in composing and arranging music for classical, jazz, and popular music ensembles. Recently, he was featured on CJ Parker’s debut album “I” on Saxophone and Flute, and he recorded and independently released an original composition, “Slowly”, with his jazz quartet. Both are available for listening on all streaming platforms. As a teacher, he believes that students learn best when they are in an environment where they feel comfortable to make mistakes. In his opinion, mistakes are essential to the learning process and he strives to create that space in private and group lessons. He also believes that a good teacher sets an example for their students, which is why he tries to keep an active schedule of local live performances. He wants his students to feel inspired and see music not only as a hobby, but a potential career. Above all, he believes that the goal of music educators should not be creating the next Mozart or Charlie Parker, but instilling a great appreciation and understanding of music in their students. He hopes to make music with you soon!


Jazz Vanguard is now accepting student musicians for the combo class starting January 7th, 2024! Register today using the lesson and ensemble link below:

Contact us for more details: # 815-217-5648 or

New studio choir,"Vox Sanare", starts January 7th, 2024! Register today! We have open enrollment year-round.

Click here to register for the choir —

** Learn more from our Facebook page below:

Learn more about choir instructor Matt Alfrey below:

Evangelina “Evie” Combs

Voice & Piano Instructor/Co-director of the Vox Sanare choir

Evangelina Combs is a current undergraduate student at the NIU School of Music studying Vocal/Choral Music Education. She has studied with many faculty including Professor AJ Wester, Dr. Orna Arania, Dr. Eric Johnson, & Dr. Mary-Lynn Doherty. Evangelina has various teaching experiences ranging from Children’s Church Choir & Elementary School General Music to serving as the Music Director of her collegiate a cappella group, The Harmelodics. At NIU, she’s performed with the NIU Concert Choir, NIU Chamber Choir, NIU Opera Theatre, and Harmelodics A Cappella. Through NIU Opera Theater, she has sung in and led multiple productions under the direction of AJ Wester.

Evangelina received the 2020 National Choral Award as well as multiple Division 1 Superior Titles at IHSA Solo/Ensemble Contest. While her studies primarily focus in classical singing, she also brings a heavy theatrical and vocal jazz background.

Her philosophy of teaching is that practice is key. She brings a fun but professional environment into her lessons and strives to bring out the best in each student. She wants each student to leave her studio with a new love for music and a growing confidence within their musicianship.

More instrument rentals now available! Contact us for more information and pricing: # 815-217-5648.

Great job students at the Fall recital! Thank you parents and teachers for supporting the student performers!

Winter/Spring 2024 Registration is now open

Winter/Spring 2024 semester: January 7th – May 4th, 2024

Contact us today to schedule your music lessons

Fall semester: August 13th-December 9th, 2023

Instrument rentals and repairs are available…call for details!

Tune in on our Facebook page to watch our monthly recitals:

Next recital — Fall 2023 — December 10th — 6pm — First Baptist Church of Sycamore

November 19th — 1pm (studio) —

October 22nd — 1pm (studio) —

September 24th — 1pm (studio) —

August 27th — 1pm (studio)

July 23rd — 1pm (studio)

June 25th — 1pm (studio)

May 15th — 6pm (details TBA)

April 24th — 1pm (studio)

March 20th — 1pm (studio)

February 27th — 1pm (studio)

January 30th — 1pm (studio)

Let the Music Connection, LLC in Sycamore help you

reach new musical heights, one note at a time, and

become a confident life-long learner!

We support math, reading, and other school subjects through lessons!


News Announcement: Voice teacher travels to England for performances!

Congratulations to our very own Matt Alfrey! He traveled with Cor Cantiamo over the summer of 2023 and performed around London, giving several concerts in beautiful cathedrals. Way to go Matt!


Sycamore Community School District 427 — “Back2School Bash” — 2023 — downtown Sycamore — Thank you to all of the students and parents that stopped by our booth on August 8th! It was so wonderful to see everyone! We hope all students and staff have a wonderful school year. We are here to support you reach new heights in your educational journey! Thank you also to our studio instructors and booth assistants for working so hard to share the joy of music with all students and families that day!

All teachers are background checked through the

State of Illinois. Parents are welcomed to observe

all lessons and child engagement. Nothing is a

higher priority than your child’s safety and well-


Call us to schedule a free sample lesson! 

Congratulations to Oraya Karkavatsos-Ziegler on completing all 100 days of the Winter/Spring 100-Day Practice Challenge for 2021! Way to go Oraya!

Congrats also to Heidi Morgan on participating in the 100-Day Practice Challenge!
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“Friendly staff…was great with my children and encouraged musical exploration. The company’s vision for the future sounds perfect for nurturing musicians. Definitely a place to grow musically.” Sarah R. (Illinois) — Nov. 8, 2018 — Verified

“Local talent providing a great service. Very flexible and happy to have my child learning the piano here.” Dain C. (Illinois) — Nov. 5, 2018 — Verified

“My two children take lessons at The Music Connection, LLC. We love both our instructors. They work great with the kids. They are patient with the beginners. The kids have learned and grown alot since we started lessons. Ben is great to work with. He’s very responsive to questions via email or phone. I would highly recommend The Music Connection, LLC.” Debbie B. (Illinois) — March 2, 2018 — Verified

June 2024

Summer Lessons


Registration is now open. Summer lessons are scheduled for June 7th through July 30th.

Summer lessons are a great way to change things up with new music and new learning experiences.

Contact Ben to register:

# 815-217-5648

Sign up today!

Winter/Spring Lessons — 2021

Winter/Spring Lesson Sign-up is here!

Start the new year off right…make private music lessons part of your overall life experience!

The new session starts January 4 through May 9.

Spring Recital — TBD

Register now!

Thank you for a wonderful 2020 Fall Virtual Recital!

(575) The Music Connection, LLC – YouTube (click here for virtual recital videos)

Thank you for a wonderful 2019 Fall Recital!

(1) Facebook (click for a group photo of the wonderful student recital performers)

Fall Recital Thanks