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  • Jack Cecchini Classic And Modern Guitar Studios

    Jack Cecchini Classic And Modern Guitar Studios

    Chicago, IL 60640

    5.0 (13)

    Jack has devoted his life to the study, playing, and teaching of the Classic and Jazz guitar.  To be a master of both styles makes him singular; he is one of few who can perform both classical music and jazz.  Cecchini is equally at home whether accompanying famous stars, performing with The Chicago Symphony, The Lyric Opera or performing a guitar concerto with The Grant Park Orchestra.  Cecchini and his jazz quartet have played numerous concerts on college campuses nationwide.  He has performed difficult show scores such as "Jacque Brel" and "Promises, Promises". He has pe
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  • Reverb Lessons

    Reverb Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60657

    5.0 (3)

    Reverb Lessons is on a mission to make learning to play, sing or create music as easy as possible. Unlike a traditional music lesson company, Reverb Lessons has designed its customer experience around you: simply sign up online, book a time with your instructor and explore your creative side. You have the choice of taking lessons online, at the instructor's location, or at your place — whatever works best for you. All payment is taken care of head of time, so no need to worry about having cash for your lesson. Reverb Lessons puts all of its teachers through a rigorous interview process, ensuri
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  • Julia Merchant Music

    Julia Merchant Music

    Chicago, IL 60657

    5.0 (2)

    My passion for music and performing sparked from childhood, collaborating with my musical family. Much of our time together was spent singing next to Grandma at the piano, picking up an instrument, and learning how it all works. I believe each student learns in a different, unique way, and am committed to discovering what practices and techniques work best for the individual. My goal at each lesson is have a collaborative experience with a positive and productive atmosphere.  A professional performer in the city of Chicago for over a decade, I began teaching 4 years ago after a collegue a
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  • Marco Heiman's Guitar Lessons

    Marco Heiman's Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60634

    5.0 (2)

    I have been involved in music since 4th grade. Since then I have taught myself how to play many instruments with no lessons. I recently taught myself how to play the guitar and I feel that the way i taught myself can help others learn to play easier. I can teach you to play in a way that you will understand and be able to learn techniques easier than any other method out there!

  • Eric Thompson Music

    Eric Thompson Music

    Orland Park, IL 60467

    5.0 (2)

    I started teaching in 2000. I have been playing for 23 years. I teach most styles including rock, jazz, country and blues. I also teach ukulele and beginner bass guitar. I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Jazz Studies under a in state full tuition scholarship. I studied privately with guitarist Fareed Haque (Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Sting, Garaj Mahal) for 5 years and with trumpeter Art Davis (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles) for 2 years.  While in college and after graduation I performed with my own jazz groups in Chicago and Southern Wisconsin. You
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  • Matt Brown's Guitar Studio

    Matt Brown's Guitar Studio

    Chicago, IL 60622

    5.0 (1)

    My teaching approach: I teach all styles of music, but tend to focus on fundamental musicianship skills. I have 16 years of professional teaching experience and 17 years of professional playing experience. Over the past 16 years, I've taught over 120 students of all age and ability levels. In the past, I was a guitar instructor for JamPlay.com and Capital University's Community Music School. I'm currently the guitarist and vocalist for Chicago-based band Dead Parade. I also play various theater, wedding, and restaurant gigs around Chicago. My influences are: I listen to just about every style
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  • Garage Band U

    Garage Band U

    Downers Grove, IL 60515

    I have performed professionally for for more then 30 years, with extensive experience in upright and electric bass and guitar. I studied at DePaul University's School of Jazz Music and privately with Larry Gray, who plays bass with Ramsey Lewis. As a jobbing musician, I have done radio and television jingles, studio session work, a great deal of pit work and many orchestral performances, including Chicago's Orchestra Hall, the Chicago Children's Choir and several seasons with The Paducah Symphony Orchestra. My long-term band experience includes swing with The Riff Rockets, The Rhythm Rockets
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  • Clovis Bordeaux Piano Studio

    Clovis Bordeaux Piano Studio

    Chicago, IL 60653

    Khinuu is lifetimes of musical love and experience. The present moment brings all forces together to create a cosmiagical explosion on the world vibe groove. Future generations will ask "How did they make their music sound so GOOD!?"

  • Lessons & Beyond

    Lessons & Beyond

    Chicago, IL 60647

    I grew up in a musical family. I've been teaching guitar (and bass/ukulele) throughout the Chicagoland area since 2001. I have taught hundreds of students of all ages and levels. My best trait as a teacher is patience. If you are trying, I am happy- no matter how little. I gear all lessons towards the goal of the student.

  • Josh Garrett Music

    Josh Garrett Music

    Berwyn, IL 60402

    Greetings! My name is Josh Garrett. I have been playing guitar since I was a child, and throughout the years I have learned a variety of techniques and music styles that are utilized by the modern professional guitarist. I have taken four levels of music theory coursework in college, and countless hours of independent study. I currently write hymns for chorus, and songs for voice and accompaniment. The approach I take with lessons is very practical, with a focus on teaching the student guitar technique as well as music theory. The music theory instruction I provide basically includes readin
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  • EriksGuitarLessons.com

    EriksGuitarLessons.com

    O'Hare, IL 60701

    I’m a musician and teacher based in Central Illinois with the unique position of being both a classically-trained guitarist and an electric guitarist – I enjoy performing a variety of styles of music but my main focus as a performer is as a Jazz and Classical guitarist. I’ve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Bradley University and a Master’s Degree in Music from Illinois State University studying Classical guitar. Currently I am finishing coursework toward a Doctorate of Music at the University of Illinois. Since 2004, I’ve taught hundreds of guitar students – beginner, intermediate a
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  • Donna Del Valle Guitar Lessons

    Donna Del Valle Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: My goal is to guide my students through all the basics of guitar, and to make the learning process as simple and easy as possible. I am aware that not all all students learn at the same pace and having a patient and understanding teacher is extremely important and can make all the difference to these students. I teach both left handed and right handed students, for both electric or acoustic guitar.I teach Rock, folk, Gospel/Christian, R&B, Metal and more. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and have been teaching guitar for over 10 years. I teach kids and teens o
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  • Aaron Carlson Guitar Lessons

    Aaron Carlson Guitar Lessons

    Elmhurst, IL 60126

    My teaching approach: I can help you expand your skills and repertoire in Blues guitar. You'll be playing new songs right away. I take students age 10 and up. You will need your own guitar - I can help you choose one, or I can refer you to several locations to rent an instrument. All materials and recordings of each class are included. Students can contact me for answers to questions between lessons. Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Private lessons anywhere in Chicago area, group lessons in Elmhurst, near Grand and York Rd. Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Sele
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  • Klotz Guitar Studio

    Klotz Guitar Studio

    Chicago, IL 60640

    My teaching approach: My approach to teaching is to give you the information that you need based on an understanding of your personal goals and interests. That may mean teaching skills through songs in your favorite style, exercises that will give you the skills to play what you hear, or the theoretical background to understand and play all kinds of music. I will help you play the way you want to play. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Sc
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  • Olivia Wallace Guitar Lessons

    Olivia Wallace Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: My teaching style is creative and dynamic. I listen to the student and adapt to her current skill level, while at the same time encouraging the student to reach her full potential. I specialize in fingerpicking (I was trained in classical guitar) but I also play and teach folk and pop guitar. I am nonjudgmental, empathetic, and encouraging. I think it is important to build confidence in beginning guitar players. My influences are: Elliott Smith, the Magnetic Fields, Wilco, the Kinks, Fiona Apple, Joni Mitchell My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or th
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  • Dave Byron Guitar Lessons

    Dave Byron Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60626

    My teaching approach: I perform all over the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe for various events. My teaching approach is technical ability, control of the guitar, use of alternate picking, building speed and accuracy, finger picking (Flamenco & Classical). Rhythm technics for Jazz, Latin Jazz, Funk, Blues Rock & Metal. Finger board theory, sight reading, use of dynamics and how to put it altogether to make music My influences are: Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Joe Pass, Jeff Linsky, Yngwie Malmsteen My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons wi
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  • Sean Dunn Guitar Lessons

    Sean Dunn Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: My teaching approach is simple, I find out what the students goal is & then give them the tools they need to reach it. Its my belief that the student should not end up sounding like the teacher. In other words I teach you to sound like you! not me. This is a comprehensive study of theory from a college format taught in a logical order. Also technique, performance,record copying & live sound . My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My studio in Lincoln Square & Loop. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhyt
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  • Dwayne Richardson Guitar Lessons

    Dwayne Richardson Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: I have toured, played with and opened for Sara Kelly, Gatemouth Brown, Jabluehop music, Malik Youseff,Ramsey Lewis,Buddy Guy,Stevie Ray Vaughan,Billy Branch and many other artists. I also have worshiped with Mike Bickels I.H.O.P. Ministry, Greggory Dickows Life Changers Ministry.I teach by the student learning songs they love and forming a foundation of musical knowledge from the songs. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar
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  • Dino Balocchi Guitar Lessons

    Dino Balocchi Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: Please see my website for details- wpbucktownguitarlessons.com. I first learned how to play guitar following along with early 90s alternative bands like the Smashing Pumpkins but then quickly turned to blues and improvisation in rock/blues/pop oriented music. I have a pretty deep understanding of the blues and pop music of all kinds (from Motown R&B to power pop/rock of the 70s & radio pop today). My guitar lessons take place in: in the teacher's studio or student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakev
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  • Drew Krag Guitar Lessons

    Drew Krag Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: I have a unique philosophy to teaching guitar. For my beginners, I use a series of tricks that make learning the guitar a lot quicker and fun. I feel that anyone can learn how to play if they have the right teacher. For my more advanced students, I stress understanding the concepts involved (i.e. scales, rhythm, technique, etc.) in improvisation as opposed to just memorizing licks. My influences are: Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dave Gilmore, Grant Green, Eddie Van Halen... I attended the National Guitar Workshop for four years
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  • Guitar Lessons In Your Home

    Guitar Lessons In Your Home

    Chicago, IL 60601

    Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Guidance In Equipment Selection Music Styles: Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Metal Guitar, Classical Guitar, Pop Guitar, Jazz Guitar Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Our professional music school provides lessons to adult and children and have done so for 1
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  • Village Guitar Studio

    Village Guitar Studio

    Chicago, IL 60601

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: As the owner of Village Guitar Studio, I am a professional instructor offering guitar lessons in Chicago at my studio in the Ukrainian Village. In addition, I offer house call lessons in most areas of Chicago. I teach all levels of students, from beginners to advanced students. Lessons are built around the interests of each student. Please check out the website for more complete information! Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar Music Styles Jazz Guitar, Pop Guitar, Roc
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  • Bucktown Music

    Bucktown Music

    Chicago, IL 60647

    A family friendly music school in the heart of the Bucktown neighborhood.  

  • Guitar Chicago

    Guitar Chicago

    Chicago, IL 60601

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Guitar Chicago is a school in downtown Chicago that is set up to be convenient for those working there, as well as a good location for people who would like to commute to the Loop for guitar and bass lessons. Lessons are easy to sign up for; you can try them for a month or you can take them for years. Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Music Styles Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Country Guitar, Alternative Guitar, R & B Guita
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  • Nathan Niederkorn Guitar Lessons

    Nathan Niederkorn Guitar Lessons

    Winnetka, IL 60093

    My teaching approach: I approach each student individually in regards to how I teach. Every musician is different, and something unique to share. I try to draw that out. Whether you are just starting, or you need a nudge to get going in a new direction, I'll be there to bring you into focus. My influences are: Miles Davis, Beethoven, and Radiohead My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: I have scattered hours and half-hours available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please contact me for a current schedule of a
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  • Dee J Nelson Guitar Lessons

    Dee J Nelson Guitar Lessons

    Roselle, IL 60172

    My teaching approach: Now Teaching via Skype!!!!! Lessons in the comfort of your home! D.J. Nelson is a graduate of De Paul School of Music in Chicago, class of 1998. While earning his way through college Dee taught over forty students a week private music lessons and still managed to graduate with honors. Private lessons focus students on all facets of music including theory, reading, composition, technique, improvisation, recording, and just plain old enjoyment of music. My influences are: stevie vai to evrything rock and pop My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lesso
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  • Kevin McClain Guitar Lessons

    Kevin McClain Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60610

    My teaching approach: I offer an in depth look behind the techniques used and why. In conjunction with the physical form of the human body, certain techniques are the only logical approach when really looking at and considering the physics involved. Also, I engage my students into training the mind to analyze and comprehend the theory used in the composition of songs in order to recognize the creativity and strategies used in the structure and relationships between the notes, harmonies, and forms. This is the difference between just performing, and an over all understanding of the art of being
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  • Christopher Hopper Guitar Lessons

    Christopher Hopper Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60610

    My teaching approach: I believe that students interests should be addressed but also need to be prepared to be musicians. Reading standard notation and understanding how music works is essential to the process. I have a varied professional background, have performed in various parts of the country as a guitarist and bass player and have a BM in Music Composition and Classical Guitar Performance. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My primary teaching area is in Oak Park. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fin
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  • Britta Wakefield Guitar Lessons

    Britta Wakefield Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60626

    My teaching approach: I received a German Vocational Degree & Music License from the Kronach School of Music in Oberbayern, Germany. My music degree had an emphasis in Classical Guitar and Choir Leading. I have taught students ranging from elementary school to adults. My teaching approach is very step-by-step, according to the student's pace and ability, with a lot of positive reinforcement. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My home in Glen Ellyn Guitar Techniques: Fingerstyle, Performance, Reading Music, Music
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  • John Barrera Guitar Lessons

    John Barrera Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL 60601

    My teaching approach: the first 3 lessons are free and there is no contract. I do this because I think that people should get a chance to try something out that they are not familiar with. Musicians have their own individual voice on their instrument, I aim to develop that with my students. I am a very friendly and patient teacher because ultimately its about having fun. I encourage my students to ask me questions should they encounter during the week. My influences are: Paco De Lucia, Santana, some of the greats (David Gilmour Page, Hendrix etc..) Chili Peppers, Songwriters like Josh Ritter,
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