About Us

Located at 657 W. Lake Street, Altered Stage is a private club for recreational musicians of all skill levels – from absolute beginner to advanced players.

We offer bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, songwriting, voice, and virtual lessons to adults; yet Altered Stage is more than just music lessons. It’s a journey tailored to each member’s musical aspirations. It’s a dynamic community of people who love music and want to learn and play with others. It’s a place to escape and unwind.

Through personalized music instruction and programming, as well as live gigs at local venues like Reggie’s, Altered Stage is uniting Chicago’s recreational musicians by providing a unique and perpetual experience that takes instruction to a whole new level. It is a great place to plug in and crank it up. A place to meet new friends and live music. Everyday.

Call 312-953-ROCK (7625) to sign up for a tour and free intro lesson. Your musical journey can start today!

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What an amazing place! I started learning the guitar and within a month was playing a gig with a band! What makes Altered Stage so great is how kind and supportive they are to beginners. They make you feel like you’re never too old to start a new passion and the atmosphere is relaxed but exciting.

If you have ever felt like you wanted to learn an instrument and be a part of a band, but didn’t know where to start, Altered Stage is perfect.

– Celina M.

Got Questions? We got answers.

What is Altered Stage?

Basically, it’s a place where you can feel like a rock star, while keeping your day job. Never played? Take lessons – we can teach you everything you need to know to get started and how to have fun while you’re learning to play. Don’t own equipment? We got all the gear you’ll need. Don’t know any other musicians? That is what we do best. Meet, learn, play, record, and grow with others. All on your schedule.

What does Altered Stage offer beyond private lessons?

We call it member programing, and it includes participation in jam sessions, live gigs, recording sessions, workshops and being part of a music loving family. Take a look at our programming page to see a detailed list of what comes with a membership. It’s designed to be an all-inclusive experience.

What if I've never played before or don't even have my own instrument?

We welcome the absolute beginner to the seasoned player and will get you started no matter how overwhelmed you may feel about learning to play an instrument. We have the instruments you’ll need here, but we know you want to be able to practice at home, so our instructors will assist you in buying your own gear.

How long are private lessons, and how are they scheduled?

Private lessons are booked in 1-hour blocks and you book your lessons through our online booking software Pike13. Once you’re logged in, all you have to do is select your instructor and pick an open spot on their schedule. You can book as many as you like in advance and you can cancel them at any time. It’s that simple and convenient.

How much does it cost to join?

Memberships range from $150 to $400 per month. Think of it like a gym; a basic membership gives you access to the space to “work out” on your own with our equipment (or use your own). You can participate in group activities as well such as playing live gigs, jams and the workshops. All other membership levels include private lessons which is like getting a personal trainer to take you to the next level. If you’ve never played before, it’s highly recommended that you start with a monthly membership that includes private lessons. This way, our instructors will show you the ropes and get you jamming with the other members as soon as you feel ready.

What are the hours of operation?

Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm

Sat and Sun: By Request

Who are the instructors?

Bass Lessons:

Vinny Kabat

Alex Piazza

Justin LaForte

Drum Lessons:

Nick Kabat

Dave Agee*

Justin LaForte

Guitar Lessons:

Jerry Cusack

Justin LaForte

Vinny Kabat

Alex Piazza

Keyboard Lessons:

Nick Kabat

Songwriting Lessons:

Nick Kabat

Justin LaForte

Voice Lessons:

David Cangelosi

Aubrey Aikens*

Virtual Lessons:

All our instructors provide online lessons; however, David Agee* and Aubrey Aikens* only provide online lessons.

See if our unique vibe is right for you!