Mark B Heller

Mark B Heller

5.0 (1)
1 employee
51 years in business

About this pro

I started playing guitar when I was in 7th grade, back in 1963. I've been in numerous bands and still perform today as a solo guitarist in restaurants, bars, clubs, festivals, corporate events and private parties.

I put myself through college by teaching guitar. I work well with students of all ages, especially youth, as I make the experience fun by playing along with the students as they learn.

I don't rely on books that studernts hate to use. I teach them to play by feel and from the heart and because of this they learn quickly.

I also build guitars that are custom designed for the growing student and designed to be lightweight, comfortable to hold and easy to play.

It's rewarding for me to sit down with a student and watch them grow over time. I truly enjoy instructing as much as they enjoy being my student. My classes are fun; we all look forward to the next one.

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Grayslake, IL 60030
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  • Jonnathan Raz

    Mark is an excellent teacher with a great history of teaching and performing. Is great with people of all experience levels. His custom guitars are pieces of art and beauty. They feel so perfect in your hands and are like nothing else.

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

Beginners start by taking 45 minute class either every week or every other week. 

We don't work off of a book; we learn to play from the heart by doing and playing our instruments together.

I provide all training materials at no additional charge.

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

I've been playing guitar for over 50 years. I've been in numerous bands and I'm still a performing solo musician today.

I put myself through college by teaching guitar.

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

$20 per 45 minutes

Guitar rentals available.

Guitars for purchase are also available.

How did you get started teaching?

When I was in college I was asked to provide lessons for a young teen. After a few weeks the students parents told me how impressed they were with their child's progress in such a short time and that their neighbors wanted me to stop by because they wanted me to instruct their son as well.

My referrals came so frequently that I had developed a waiting list because I couldn't handle any additional students.

What types of students have you worked with?

From ages of approximately 9 years of age up to about 55 years of age.

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

Find an instructor that makes it fun. Learning an instrument shouldn't be a chore. It should be something that you look forward to and can't wait for the next lesson.

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

No question is a bad question but the best advice is to take a single lesson and see if you have a connection with the instructor. Did you have fun? Did you learn something new? Are you looking forward to the next lesson?

If those are yes's, then you found your instructor.

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