Gurnee Guitar Academy

Gurnee Guitar Academy

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4 years in business

About this pro

I teach what you want to learn. That is always my Prime Directive as they say in Star Trek. From Classical to Jazz, Rock to Pop, whatever you want to learn I'll make sure you learn it, and have fun doing it.

I teach lessons, in guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo.

I love sharing music and seeing progress in my students. I really like the connection wtih people and the mentorship side of what I do. I also love cracking jokes, I usually get my students (kids and adults) laughing every lesson. I don't take myself too seriously, but we will absolutely get a lot of work done!

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Gurnee, IL 60031
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First thing I like to do with a student after getting to know them, what their goals are, and what type of music it is that they want to play. I make sure they leave their first lesson knowing how to play a song!

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

I have two degrees in music, a BA in Classical Guitar and Jazz Guitar Performance from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. I received the top music scholarship when I auditioned. I have also been teaching since I was a freshman in high school, so I do have almost 20 years of experience teaching professionally at stores.

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

I charge $140 per month. If your lesson day falls on a five week month, I do not charge extra for the additional lesson. You end up getting 4 free lessons per year that way, and easy accounting for you and me!

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching my first week of high school in my small town of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. The store opened and I went the first or second day, I played Stairway to Heaven note for note on a Jay Turser Les Paul and the owner hired me to teach on the spot. I've been teaching ever since, and I love it!

What types of students have you worked with?

I currently have two 4 year old ukulele students who are doing great. I have adults in their 60's learning guitar and bass that are also doing a fantastic job. I even have a family doing (son)guitar, (mother) mandolin, and (father) banjo!

I teach almost everyone no matter their background.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just today, 5/16. I had a student, I've been teaching her and her brother for two years now, but, I asked what she wanted to learn next and she wasn't sure, but she just saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so we started on Southern Nights by Glen Campbell and she sounded out the intro by ear!! It was the first time she had ever attempted that, and I barely helped her at all. I could tell she was really proud of her accomplishment, and so was I :-D

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

Make sure your teacher has lessons that are printable. They shouldn't be hand writing in your lessons for 50% or more of your time. I know, because I used to be one of them. It's not a value to you at all.

Everything I have is printable in a minute, I spend well over 90% of my time actively teaching. I'm very much into making sure my lessons are as high tech and streamlined as possible. I invest a lot of resources into making sure your lessons are the highest quality.

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

Take time, or maybe you already have to think about your vision as a guitarist/musician. Be as specific as possible. Do you want to be the next Jimi Hendrix? Do you want to write your own music? Do you want to be able to strum chords for as a youth group leader?

Find that vision. There is no wrong one, because it is only yours. Then we can attack it!