Course Offerings

etc. Music School Offerings
Registration is now open! E-mail to register!

Current Academic Calendar: Spring Term, 2017:
Monday, Sept. 9: Spring ’17 term begins for all private lessons/classes
Sunday, March 26 – Sunday, April 2: NO classes or private lessons (Spring Break)
End of Private lessons for the term: Friday, May 19

Spring Term ’17 Show Dates:
March 18 – etc. TinyShows Show
April 7-9 – etc. Presents Show
April 21-23 – etc. KidShows Show
May 18-21 – etc. Ambassadors Show

etc. Offerings are also available to browse online here: etc. Music School online storefront

Please Note: Scholarship and work-study options are available for students in need! We do NOT turn anyone away for inability to pay. Please contact director Mike at with possible scholarship/work-study inquiries!


Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in piano, voice, composition, flute, violin, viola and guitar in 30-min., 45-min. and 60-min. increments, with the following pricing:

$55 per 30-min. lesson
$70 per 45-min. lesson
$80 per 60-min. lesson

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off private lessons if your student is also enrolled in The etc Choir, etc KidShows or etc Presents!

The etc. Choir Summer Session

(Open to singers aged 13-21)

The etc. Choir:
The mission of the etc. Choir is to instill a love of vocal music within the ensemble through positive, focused rehearsals and to engage and support our communities through polished performance of eclectic and challenging repertoire.

The etc. Choir will remain committed to exciting new works of choral repertoire in all genres in 2017, and will be NON-AUDITION to join, but AUDITION for specific solos/opportunities throughout the year.

For singers looking to continue in our exciting, affirmative, unique and student-driven choral program, etc. will offer a Summer Term filled with fun!

From June 5 through August 13, 2017, the etc. Choir will be involved in several local civic events, spreading our unique mix of classical, pop, indie rock, and musical theatre to the masses!

Summer rehearsal time: Mondays, 6-8 P.M. from June 5 – August 13 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston

Performances: TBD; varied dates/times

Price: $300.00 for the summer extension; additional charges may apply if student wishes to go to out-of-town tour opportunities.

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off enrollment if also enrolled in etc private lessons or etc. Presents!

etc. Presents Summer Program

(open to actors aged 13-19)

etc. Presents Summer Program:
etc. Presents’ creations are main-stage, fully costumed/designed original musicals created with teens, for teens, about topics teens are interested in. Keeping true to our school’s mandate, the etc. Presents ensemble is NON-AUDITION to join, but AUDITION for specific parts. Everyone in etc. Presents’ shows receives named, ‘meaty’ roles, with several lines of dialogue as well as featured musical moments (solos, duets, dances, etc.)! Opportunities for student writing, choreography and/or composing are available for students who wish to take advantage of them!

In our Presents Summer Program, specially-timed to NOT interfere with local high school summer school classes, we’ll take the Presents program farther than ever before, dabbling in different staging, writing and composing techniques and culminating in a fully-original two-act piece of musical theatre. As well as the creation and production of a fully-staged and costumed musical, classes will be given in composition, lyric and book-writing, staging, choreography and dramaturgy!

Meeting times: Monday-Friday, 2 P.M. – 6 P.M. from June 26th – July 22nd (excluding July 4th) at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston

Presents Summer show: July 20-22
Price: $725.00 for the term

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off enrollment in etc. Presents if also enrolled in etc private lessons or the etc. Choir!

etc. Ambassadors (Auditioned ensemble)

Calling all 18+ actors, singers, dancers, musicians, composers, writers and directors !

Given the strong positive response to our first-ever etc. Ambassadors show “Catalyst”, and based on responses from both that cast and others, we have decided to hold a summer ’17 show – and we’d LOVE to have YOUR talents on our team!
This time around, we’re going to be crafting, composing, rehearsing and producing ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda: Or, What I’d Tell Young Me’.
Our next show is going to be a sometimes raunchy, sometimes tender, always hilarious comedy … and that’s all we know right now. We need YOU to help us fill in the blanks!
Whether you are looking to perform in this new show, are hoping to join us behind the scenes as part of the creative team, or looking to dabble in both, the etc. Ambassadors ensemble is here for you. Come audition!
Details below:
1. Audition date/time/location:
Auditions will be held on Sunday, June 4th between 4-8 P.M. in Suite 213 of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.
All interested in auditioning may simply sign up here at this event and/or e-mail director Mike O’Mara back at: to receive a timeslot that works for you!
Audition requirements below:
The audition will consist of a monologue reading provided at the audition, as well as a prepared 32-bar selection of your choosing. The musical selection chosen may be of any style/genre, but keep in mind that we will be looking to do a comedy this time around, so upbeat and/or comic numbers preferred!
The audition will require you to bring in a sample monologue of your own creation, which will then be read by actors at the audition. If you are auditioning to be considered as a director of scenes as well, you will also be asked to quickly stage a short one-page monologue at the audition. Potential composers should prepare one song of their own composition for the audition; they may perform or provide sheet music for a provided accompanist.
If you wish to be a part of this ensemble and absolutely CANNOT make the June 4th audition date, don’t worry – we will accept e-mailed taped auditions as well! Just e-mail director Mike O’Mara at:
2. Regular rehearsals:
Due to a shortened schedule for summer, and knowing that we’re all busy with work/school/life demands, we’re going to have 4 potential meeting times each week!
We will have rehearsal availability each week on Wednesdays, 11-1 P.M., Wednesdays, 6-8 P.M., Fridays, 11-1 P.M. and Fridays, 6-8 P.M.!
Each week, we’ll take a poll as to everyone’s availability, and set our rehearsal process off of those (i.e., set who gets called when for what based on when everyone can come).
Everyone (cast and creative) will be REQUIRED to make at least one rehearsal a week, plus our tech. week/shows – and if an artist wishes to be a part of the writing, composing and/or directing team as well, they will be required to come more often as needed to complete those duties. This setup also allows for any member of our cast who wishes more coaching/rehearsal time to have the opportunity each week to get it!
Rehearsals will be held in Suite 213 of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, and will begin on Wednesday, June 7th.
3. Tech. week/performances:
July 24 through July 27 will be our tech. week. We should plan to meet for 3-4 hours each evening that MondayThursday, most likely 6-10 P.M.
We’re looking at the following for a performance schedule:
Friday July 28: 7 P.M.
Saturday July 29: 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Sunday July 30: 2 P.M.
Again, if you are passionate about auditioning and being a part of this ensemble but something in the above doesn’t work perfectly for you, let us know and let’s see if we can work it out!
4. Fee:
There will be a fee associated with this program. This fee will go towards paying our professional etc. staff (director/assistant director/choreographer), paying for materials (printing of scores/scripts, prop/costume items, etc.), and to help pay the rent on our studio space this summer.
The fee for this session will be $250.00 a person.
However, in cases of financial need, this fee may be alleviated by working towards the balance through assisting with other needs at etc. Music School this summer.

We hope to see you audition for the Ambassadors this June!