I've been teaching guitar/bass/ukulele professionally throughout the Chicagoland area since 2001. For many years I was the top teacher (meaning most requested/student longevity) at the Music Source in Grayslake, Guitar Heaven, and other schools/locations. Eventually I decided to start teaching privately at people's homes, mine and online- and have continued to do so ever since. 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. We will work on theory, technique and songs of your choice. Every lesson will be structured, with specific homework for you to work on each week.
Everything. I love music, playing it, learning about it (a good teacher never stops learning)- but most importantly for this job, I love imparting that knowledge to others. I'm great with people of any age because I care about each person individually. Nothing gives me more satisfaction with my job as a teacher than seeing student's having fun and achieving their personal goals- it means I am doing things right.
Fun and suited to my speed of learning
First off, I try to find out what they already know. Some people can be surprised to find out they may already know more than they thought. If they know little to nothing, that’s totally ok too! I just don’t want to waste time teaching anything they already know.
Then within the first lesson or two, I get to know what teaching styles work best for them. Everyone is different. And everyone has different goals. I always gear the lessons towards achieving their goals, mixed with bits of theory and knowledge that is useful on all fronts.
I was raised in a musical environment. My Dad and I listened to records throughout my childhood instead of watching t.v. I picked up my first guitar at age 15. As soon as I started playing, I knew I had found my calling. I borrowed every book I could from friends and family. By 17 I was in the winning band in my senior year battle of the bands. From there, I also picked up bass and ukulele. Since then I have played bass and guitar for several bands throughout the Chicagoland area (most of which I was the chief songwriter)- winning several awards in competitions One of those bands achieved second place in the country in the Emergenza festival in 2006. We might have got first place but the band broke up about a week before the final show. It's an interesting story, among many...
I started teaching at age in 2001- and I haven’t stopped since. Other than playing music, teaching brings me the greatest happiness in life. In 2006 I opened an all ages music venue/recording studio. We were open for over 9 years. There I met/recorded/and watched perform bands from all over the world. Many of the bands had some of my previous students.
Now I live in Chicago, teach privately full-time throughout the Chicagoland area at my home, student's homes and online- and I love it.
At your home:
30 min = $32
45 min = $42
60 min = $52
Subtract $7 if you come to me in Logan Square
Subtract $10 for online lessons
As for the different lesson lengths, here’s my philosophy/recommendation.
30 min for anyone 8 and younger.
45 min for anyone 10 and older.
60 min for anyone 10 and older and really wants to learn a lot and in a short amount of time and is willing to practice fairly often.
I also offer longer lessons as well. I have taught many 90 min and longer lessons.
I started teaching at a small music store in a nearby town to where I grew up. I began teaching at another music store about a year because the first store closed down (it's unfortunately a common theme amongst small time music stores). At the second location, I became the top teacher in about a year (eventually I had around 60 students per week) and I stayed there for over 5 years. I had to cut back when I opened my music venue in 2006, but I kept teaching while I could. Since then I have worked for over 10 teaching companies- physical stores/schools and online companies such as this. I’ve loved them all but now I teach privately to students at their homes, mine and online.
All types. As I type, I currently have a 5-year-old guitar student and a 73-year-old ukulele student.
Well although I’ve been teaching since 2001, I still get amazed by my experiences while teaching. And over those years, there hasn’t been a week that’s gone by where I didn’t add a new addition to my technique as a teacher. As I write, tonight I helped an adult student figure out a chord by sheer theory alone. In other words, instead of just showing her the chord I wanted her to play, I utilized recent information I had taught her and she figured out how to play the chord without me having to touch my guitar. It was an awesome moment and one I plan on re-creating again in the future with my students whenever possible. The amazing moments are endless.
Try to find someone who has experience as a teacher- not just experience as a student.
What are your goals? Do you want to just learn some songs to play for family and friends around the campfire? Do you want to write your own music? Do you want to play open mics at cafes? Do you want to start a band someday?
It helps to know where you want to go with all of this so you can start going down the right path. It’s ok to change your goals as you go or not even know what your goals are as well- but it helps to try to figure them out. It’s a great way to keep you motivated. And the right teacher should be able to help you along and keep it fun as you go.