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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Chicago

Diego A.

Evanston, IL
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL
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Justin L.

Chicago, IL
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Diego A. Evanston, IL

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Diego A. has taught over 2000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

SUBJECTS

- Classical Guitar for Beginners
- Classical Guitar for Intermediate Students

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'll learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should always be enjoyable, relaxing, and should NEVER...BE...RUSHED. Ironically, by relaxing and taking it slow, you'll excel rather quickly and, more importantly, CORRECTLY.

Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. The goal of the Spanish Guitar Institute is to help students quickly and ...

About Diego

CURRENT LESSONS (2014)

- General Guitar Lessons for Beginners
- Finger-style Guitar for Beginners
- Classical Guitar (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Flamenco Guitar (intermediate and advanced)
- Rumba Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
- Latin Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'll learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should always be enjoyable, relaxing, and should NEVER...BE...RUSHED. Ironically, by relaxing and taking it slow, you'll excel rather quickly and, more importantly, CORRECTLY.

Lessons are based on time-tested ...

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Jonah K. October 30, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!
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Martin M. July 23, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous and patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. His studies in Spain make him a rare and sought after teacher in Chicago. In short, Diego have given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!
Paul W. Chicago, IL

About Paul

I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having ...

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Yuying S. November 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is AMAZING! He is the best music teacher I've ever had. He makes the class so fun and enjoyable, and he makes me love acoustic guitar even more. I started to take lessons with Paul as a beginner knowing nothing about acoustic guitar, and have learned so much from him. He is so patient and knowledgeable, he is able to answer all kinds of questions that I have relating to guitar and music. He has AWESOME personality, when you take lessons with him, time flies. He is very good at learning a new song quickly. Sometimes I pick songs that I want to learn, and show these songs to him during class, some of the songs that he has never heard before, he can recognize the chords right away, and wrote them down and teach me how to play. He is a great teacher, you won't be regretted to take his class!
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Magdalena L. November 12, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a fabulous instructor!! He is so enthusiastic about what he does and takes his time with our lessons. I have never felt rushed at a lesson and we always use up the entire hour. Paul is also very accommodating when it comes to the practice location. He adjusts his schedule to make it easier for me to commute to the destination of the practice. In addition, Paul picks up music very quickly, so any song you want to learn, he will write the notes down for you and teach you to play it! I highly recommend Paul as an instructor because he is very good at what he does.
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Jesse B. October 23, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have been taking online lessons with Paul for four months now. He creates focused lessons that not only help my playing but greatly expand my knowledge of theory. He is great at taking your input on what you hope to get out of the lessons. He is very open to working with my busy schedule. The online lessons are a great way for someone with limited free time to playing. I highly recommend taking lessons from Paul.
Justin L. Chicago, IL

I studied classical guitar under Peter Aglinskas at Loyola University Chicago.

About Justin

Music has always been my passion since I was young. Even before I played any instruments I was always glued to the radio, eager to hear the next great song. Not only am I passionate about music, but I am passionate about helping others learn and to achieve a similar relationship with music that I have. Patience is my biggest strength in teaching, and with it I am sure I can deliver the best possible atmosphere to help you learn!

After playing guitar all through high school and playing in its jazz band for two years, I realized I really did want to make music a career. I attended Loyola University Chicago and studied guitar and music theory, earning a BA in Music and graduating Cum Laude. I was awarded the Departmental Award for my performances in ensembles, and for my Senior Recital, ...

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Alysha M. August 21, 2012
Guitar
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Justin did a great job teaching me. I am 20 years old and i have always wanted to learn how to play acoustic guitar. He is very patient and has a lot of useful advice to give. I definitely recommend him and it is worth the time and money.
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GaryB2 June 26, 2012
musician

i think justin is a awesome teacher, very easy to work with and is always looking to find the right way to improve whatever your in need of focusing on.
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AlanH June 19, 2012
Great Teacher

This guy is truely amazing with older people, I'm 54 years young and he great with me since I have never played any kind of music instrument, I'm having fun and he really explained alots, and the best is he has a lot of patience...

Owen B.

Chicago, IL
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David E.

Forest Park, IL
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Chicago, IL
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Owen B. Chicago, IL

Classical guitar is the style of playing in which I am most fluent. It is what my degree is in as well as my primary stylistic focus. Ever since I was 15 I have been a freelancer, playing at weddings, art shows, churches, restaurants, and more. Let me help you learn the technique, the reading, the theory, the history, and expose you to the richest music written for the guitar.

About Owen

My primary goal for my students is to cultivate a love for the instrument every step of the way. I know I have become the guitarist I am today because my former teachers kept me inspired and having fun from the very beginning. Passing this on to my students means that each lesson entails a balance of playing, listening, technique, stories, and laughs! The best way to learn is to create an environment where you, the student, looks forward to picking up the guitar, and smiles every time you do. If you enjoy playing, improvement will come with more facility than you could ever imagine.

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Stephanie F. November 18, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Owen is energetic, enthusiastic and incredibly sweet with my daughter during her lessons. She is loving guitar and learning a lot.
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Chris S. September 20, 2014
I've played with Owen in a variety of groups, and he's always been prepared, professional, and super easy to work with regardless of the setting or genre of music. He's an extremely versatile guitarist and I'm sure an excellent teacher as well.
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Guilherme W. September 3, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Owen, is an excellent teacher, he is patient, and he always try to find a way to explain better and make things easier!
David E. Forest Park, IL

This is the style of music I earned my Bachelor's degree. Teach all levels to improve a student's technique and knowledge of the beautiful genre.

About David

A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord ...

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Greg L. December 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David is a great teacher for many reasons, but first of all he loves people and music. He's easy to work with, positive, fun and amazing at accelerating my guitar skills. I highly recommend him.
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Hayden M. November 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David was my first choice and I couldn't be more satisfied. He's prompt and polite. He shows patience in it's entirety yet he is very persistent as he just only wants to progress. Also, he is extremely encouraging and not just talk. I told David at our first lesson that I had never touched a guitar before and that he was out of his mind to suggest we start with The Beatles as a first song to learn. He just smiled and said I could learn it by the end of the month if I really wanted to. It came out like a challenge but I liked that he had faith in my abilities, and sure enough after only two months of practicing I felt confident enough to get up on stage and perform live. It was my first performance ever. David's passion for music makes him a stellar instructor!
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Carolyn R. September 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
When I met David, music had not always been a positive experience. As an older student, I am not always able to practice and I do have other things on my mind. He has never scolded me for not practicing, he is very patient with all my musical hangups, and he keeps meeting me where I am at. I may still not be comfortable with music, but I am comfortable with him.
Matt B. Chicago, IL

I teach ALL guitar styles to all ability levels.

About Matt

Here's a quick list of my qualifications and what I'm currently working on:

-Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance (Capital University - Columbus, OH)
-I teach all styles of music, but tend to focus on fundamental musicianship skills.
-14 years of professional teaching experience.
-16 years of professional playing experience.
-I have taught over 100 students of all age and ability levels.
-Guitar instructor on JamPlay
-Guitarist and vocalist for Chicago-based band Dead Parade.
-I have worked 8 years transcribing music professionally.
-I teach from my apartment in the Ukrainian Village area.

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Jarrelle S. October 14, 2014
Guitar · Online
Matt was the first teacher I ever took private lessons with.. and will no doubt be the last. There is not one thing I bring to Matt that he doesn't know.. Ear training, theory, song writing, he knows it all. You can definitely tell that he's been playing for most of his life.

Besides this, lessons with Matt are always enjoyable, he's an easy to talk to, chilled out guy who always takes the time to explain things properly, you can tell from the get-go that this is a guy that just really cares about the progress of his students, he sends me extra stuff to work on outside of our lessons and I can 100% say that i have vastly improved my music knowledge since taking lessons with him, which in my book is the most important thing, because not everyone that can play really well can also teach really well.
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Dale M. October 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
At first I was a bit shy about taking private lessons, but immediately overcame this when I met Matt. I had been taking lessons online (youtube, etc.) for a year and thought I was progressing well on my own, but decided to try out private lessons to change things up. I am so pleased with this decision and I have progressed faster than I ever could have imagined.

Matt clearly has the expertise of a well seasoned music instructor. He seems to know exactly what to teach and how to effectively convey how to learn it - it is clear that he has taught many students and has years of experience. He is comfortable to be around and his lessons are well structured and curtailed to my level and skill. I am very pleased with the way Matt teaches, the pace in which we learn, and most of all, how much fun I am having! Before I felt like an decent guitarist, now I feel like I’m well on my way to be an excellent guitarist.

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