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Welcome to The Music Connection, LLC

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

Registration is open year-round. Call for a free sample lesson.

Winter/Spring 2024 Registration now open — contact us today to schedule your music lessons!

Stop by our booth at the Sycamore “Back2School Bash” on August 8th, 2023 from 5-7pm in downtown Sycamore, IL

Winter/Spring Semester — January 7th-May 4th, 2024 — Registration now open — call or email

Fall Semester ’23 – August 13th-Dec.9th

Congratulations to our very own Matt Alfrey as he toured England over the summer with Cor Cantiamo. Matt performs regularly with Cor Cantiamo around the Northern Illinois area and teaches voice and piano at The Music Connection, LLC. Way to go Matt!

Fall 2022 Recital

Congrats to all of our student performers and instructors for performing at our recent Fall Recital in Sycamore! After 16 weeks of lessons, it was great to hear everyone performing so well on their solos, duets, and cover songs. Everything from Chopin to Joan Jett! What a great recital! Enjoy some pictures that my wonderful wife, Laura, took. She also provided great logistics support that night…

News update: 9/11/22

Join our voice instructors Ashley Zuhn and Matt Alfrey as they perform in the 2nd annual “Big Sing” community choral concert on 9/18/22 at the Egyptian Theatre in Dekalb, IL. More information and tickets can be found by clicking on the link here:


Congrats to all the students for a great semester!

Great job to all the recital performers at the Spring Recital (5/15/22 — First Baptist Church of Sycamore). Congratulations to all of the students that have participated in the 100 Day Practice Challenge.

Special congratulations to those students that completed all 100 days of the Practice Challenge: Jim B., Calvin E., Jack D., Natalie D., Liam E., and Tucker W.

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

January 30 — 1pm (studio)

February 27 — 1pm (studio)

March 20 — 1pm (studio)

April 24 — 1pm (studio)

May 15 — 6pm (details TBA)

Welcome back students! And great job to those that performed at the Fall 2021 recital. Enjoy these snapshots of the student performers and their instructors!

Dr. Tim Bowlby — the studio’s Theory and Composition Instructor

New guitar instructor — Troy Nussbaum

— now accepting new students (all levels and ages)

Enjoy this funky YouTube clip of Troy:


Choir Concert — Sept. 19th — Egyptian Theatre — 3pm

Mark your calendars to attend this wonderful concert. Our voice instructor, Matt Alfrey, will be performing with Cor Cantiamo, along with many other local choral ensembles.

Visit for ticket information!

Sycamore CUSD # 427

“Back 2 School Bash”

Great night of music exploration at our booth! Thank you to the Sycamore Education Foundation! Welcome back students and staff!

Lessons are taught either online or in person. Call for more details.

Mission Statement:

“We help each student reach new musical heights through strong music fundamentals and performance techniques and help them become confident life-long learners.”

Open enrollment year-round.

Theory and Composition Zoom class is taught by Dr. Timothy Bowlby.

Call for more details!

Contact Ben to register:

# 815-217-5648

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-


Looking for a private music teacher? 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! 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