Brad Conroy Music

Brad Conroy Music

5.0 (16)
5 hires on
1 employee
21 years in business

About this pro

Since 1998, Brad Conroy has dedicated his life to the performance, scholarship, and teaching of the classical guitar. During this time he has become an extremely accomplished and much sought after teacher. Many of his long time students have won competitions, entered collegiate music programs, and gone on to have their own professional careers; where the majority of his students are just looking for a creative outlet, a fun hobby, or a lifetime friend. Brad specializes in working with students of all ages, skill levels, and styles. No matter what your personal goals are with the guitar, Brad Conroy can help take your playing to the next level.

Brad’s teaching method is centered around classical guitar technique, but also stresses the importance of improvisation, jazz, modern music, and creativity. He works to help students develop a relaxed technique, disciplined approach, while also giving them the tools that they will need to grow on their own as both a musician and human being.

Brad Conroy has a private studio in Arlington Heights, IL.

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Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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16 Reviews


  • Jonathan Fitzgibbons

    Brad always pushed me to understand and master the process of a technique before applying it to a larger scale of a song. In other words, he made me appreciate the skill it takes to focus on the smaller building blocks involved with classical music, let alone classical guitar. To this day, he is one of my favorite music teachers I have ever had the pleasure of learning from!

  • John Cody

    Brad is a superb teacher. He's extremely encouraging and able to make you stretch without feeling pushed. He's also an excellent diagnostician; able to suggest easy changes that make mole hills out of mountains. I highly recommend him for anyone - beginner to advanced.

  • Tony T

    I have been an adult student of Brad Conroy for 12 years. Brad inspired me to stick with classical guitar; otherwise I probably would have given up taking lessons if Brad was not my teacher. He is patient, disciplined, knowledgeable, and well-liked by his students. He motivates me to work harder and he strives to improve his playing as well. I highly recommend Brad Conroy as a guitar teacher.

  • David Thunga

    I took lessons with Brad for about 8 years when I was learning guitar. He’s very knowledgeable on music theory, practice techniques, and many diverse guitar disciplines. Brad is probably the biggest influence on my appreciation for music today, and his lessons on how to listen and break down music is a skill I still use today. I would always look forward to every lesson with him, because his lessons are fun and his teaching techniques make you always strive to be a better guitarist. I would recommend Brad to anyone of any guitar skill level, especially beginners because he gives you a very strong base and he is a highly skilled teacher.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start with a 30 min trial lesson to access the students needs, level, and to make sure that we are a good fit. If the student feels that they are a good fit for my studio, we will begin with a 30 min weekly lesson, and as the student begins to make significant progress I will recommend that they move to a 45 min or 1 hour weekly lesson.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have both a B.M. and M.M. degree in classical guitar performance, have been extremely active as a performer, as well as a very committed and dedicated teacher for the past 20 years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$30 per half hour

$45 for 45 minutes

$60 per hour

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in 1998 while in undergrad.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with many types of students of all levles over the years. My more advanced students have won competitons, and gone off to schools like; DePaul, Northwestern, U.W. Madison, McNally Smith, and Illinois State University to study music and persue their own professional careers. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Performing in Vienna, Czech Republic, and Dublin during the summer of 2019.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

 Look for a teacher who has collegiate credentials, a website, a performing career, and have a trial lesson with them to see if they are a good fit.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I am a professional guitarist. I work in all fields of my profession; I teach, I play, I practice hours a day, I give both solo and chamber music concerts, write articles, and create online content. It is important and inspiring for the student to have a teacher who is not only a teacher, but an active performer as well.