Matthew Steiner Gutar Bass And Mandolin Instructor

Matthew Steiner Gutar Bass And Mandolin Instructor

5.0 (6)
6 hires on
1 employee
34 years in business

About this pro

For over two decades I've been teaching guitar bass and mandolin.  My teaching style is contemporary and thorough.  I've worked with individuals from start to the point where they are giging, studying in college, recording etc...  

I have a large following on the north shore of Chicago and can provide as many local references as needed.

My students are always best in show at the vshows, battle of the bands, recitals etc...

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Des Plaines, IL 60016
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6 Reviews


  • David Schwarz

    Matt definitely has the knowledge and experience with the guitar, but in addition to that he is a good teacher, which makes all the difference. I look forward to more lessons.

  • Frank Morley

    Matt is a wonderful guitar instructor. He understands that everyone learns differently and works to make sure he's using techniques that work best for the individual. He's able to break down complex theories and/or techniques into easily digestible chunks that allow you as a player to progress faster than you ever could on your own. Highly recommend Matt for anyone looking for a great guitar teacher!

  • Tony Quinones

    Matt Steiner is a outstanding guitar teacher for my son! He has been giving my son lessons for at least 6 yrs and my son now is the lead guitarist for the Glenbrook South Jazz Ensemble. Matt prepared my son to learn how to read music and proper guitar techniques, and excercises. Also with Matts help, my son won the battle of the bands his first time trying. Matt came and had the band play in tune and set the volumes and coach them during their practices which was very helpful. Matt is a very patient teacher, we all know how kids get distracted. He seems to have a way with younger students to get them back on track during their lessons. I remember when we first started taking lessons with Matt, he warned us that my son would not stick with the practicing and lessons, and he was right! My son took a break for a few months and wanted to try again and he hasn't stopped since. You would be lucky to have Matthew Steiner as you Music Teacher!

  • Alec

    Matt is a great teacher and great player. Whether you're a complete beginner or seasoned vet he can teach you a bunch starting from the basic rudiments. I especially loved learning about blues guitar playing from him and learning how to improv and incorporate different scales into soloing and songwriting. Definitely recommended, reasonably priced and a great guy!

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

A new student will be working with basic chord and rhythm patterns as well as finger exercises and beggining scales.  Once a certain level of ability is shown we will start learning songs appropriate to the students level.  

As far as continuing guitar students, I will assess where the student is at and continue on from there.

Overall a new student will be taught basics but still have a good amoun t of imput as to what direction they would like to take.  Blues, rock, jazz, songwriting, fingerstyle, etc...

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

I have been teaching for 27 years.  After studying classical guitar, music theory, and enambles (Harper college, Columbia College) I taught at several private schools.  

Shuey Music in Mount Prospect 1989-1996

The String Project in Rolling Meadows 1990-1993

Quinlin and Fabish in Wheeling 1994-1995

Anderson Musik in EDeerfield 1990-2001

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

Lessons are 30 per half hour

60 per hour

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when I was in college, I was recruited by a local music school.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all ages from 6 to 83 (Yes 83)

Blues, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Classical

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Last year my Glenbrook South students competed at their battle of the bands.  They were all very nervous and claimed it would be imposible for a freshman band to win.  They claimed that every year it is a senior band tha wins.  

After some hard work one on one and some full band lessons I'm proud to say they not only won but were in a class by themselves.

My students perform in pit orchestra, jazz bands, vshows, and band competitions.  I'm very proactive getting them involved in performing.

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

Find someone who loves what they're doing.  Don't settle for someone teaching jsut to fill in some gaps in their schedule. Because someone plays well doesn't mean they can teach.  Read reviews!  I will provide as many local references as you'd like.

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

How long have you taught?  Are you a full time musician?  Can you provide local references?  Are you able to customise lessons to meet my needs.   Will you be able to take me from square one to the point where I reach my goals?  C