Never too late for music lessons at Quinlan and Fabish
Iordanka Kissiova, left, of Des Plaines and Jean Rejniak, of Woodridge, play together during Rejniak's cello lessons at Quinlan and Fabish in Burr Ridge. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
NAME: Quinlan and Fabish Music Company
SPECIALTY: Providing all ages of musicians with musical instruments, supplies and instruction.
HOURS: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday
LOCATION: 6827 High Grove Blvd., Burr Ridge
CONTACT: (630) 654-4111, QandF.com
Updated: October 8, 2012 1:56AM
BURR RIDGE — Jean Rejniak receives no special treatment for being the oldest among Iordanka Kissiova’s music students.
“I treat her exactly like a child,” said Kissiova, who teaches violin, viola and cello at Quinlan and Fabish in Burr Ridge.
Rejniak had long dreamed of learning to play the instrument she so admired.
“This is something I’ve been thinking about for years and years. It has been on my bucket list,” she said.
When the 52-year-old company started offering lessons earlier this year, she was among the first adults to sign up.
The company’s new location at 6827 High Grove Blvd. includes offices just right for private lessons. It was Rejniak who made Customer Service Manager Gary Wheaton realize those rooms didn’t have to sit idle all day. They could be used to teach adults while children are in school.
Now in her 50s, Rejniak is on her way to realizing her dream.
“I’m really amazed by her,” Kissiova said.
Quinlan and Fabish has 11 professional musicians available to teach lessons in brass and woodwinds, strings, percussion, guitar and piano. Weekly lessons cost $105 per month, plus a one-time registration fee of $30.
Betty Jensen of Burr Ridge is rediscovering her flute by taking lessons at Quinlan and Fabish. The last time the 63-year-old played was in junior high.
“It was a challenge I wanted to give myself,” she said.
Both women said they’re learning to play for their own enjoyment. And they’re not alone in their desire to learn to play.
Wheaton cited a 2009 Gallup Poll that found 85 percent of Baby Boomers who don’t play an instrument wish they would have learned.
Wheaton wants them to know it is not too late.
“Music ain’t just for kids,” reads a sign posted above a blue bucket filled with pamphlets about Quinlan and Fabish’s lesson program. When school is back in session, Wheaton hopes a few more adults will decide the time is right to pursue their musical ambitions.