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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Forest Park

James P.

Wheaton, IL
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Justin L.

Chicago, IL
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Owen B.

Chicago, IL
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James P. Wheaton, IL

Acoustic, electric & classical guitar lessons.

About James

Early Guitar Studies & Pit Orchestra Performances (1995-2002)

I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 11 with blues/jazz guitarist Tom Castonzo, a frequent performer, bandleader and teacher in and around the Chicago area. My studies with Tom lasted for many years and covered various musical and technical aspects of many different styles ranging from jazz to classical and everything in between. In 2002, I began performing in pit orchestras for various musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserable, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Seussical the Musical.

Original Music Projects (2003-Present)

From 2003-2008, I wrote and performed music for 2 different progressive rock bands: Dream Haven and The Unit Theory. Dream Haven released the EP entitled ...

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Lisa G. March 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Talented Teacher and Guitarist

Jim teaches my daughter guitar. He is her fourth guitar teacher and by far the best one of all. She has had lessons from him for the past two years. Besides talent, he has the schooling to back him up. She has learned a lot from Jim, and he truly listens to her input. It's amazing how good he is and how good my daughter has become. Jim is also very patient, positive and motivating.
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Julian V. January 20, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Jim is a top-notch professional

I contacted Jim through TakeLessons because I saw that he had the best reviews on the site and he is not far from where I live. I came to him as a beginner guitarist, with my only experience being teaching myself some basic stuff with the aid of YouTube.

Jim started out by first figuring out what my goals were in playing guitar so that he could take the most suitable approach in teaching me. At our first lesson, he had me play what I could and he gave me advice on all the fundamentals that are really important. He even noticed that I had an unorthodox way of making a G chord and gave me tips on the proper way to position my fretting hand so that, decades down the road, I do not run into trouble with pain and that sort of thing. Whheeeeeewwwww. Good save there.

Jim is very good at seeing the big picture in context with your goals as a student and delivering the lesson accordingly. He takes notes and emails them to you after the lesson, which is very nice to have. He makes videos during the lesson and then sends you a link to the video so that you can watch it a million times if you need. He does his best to accommodate your schedule if anything comes up and you have to reschedule, which I have done several times.

Jim is easy-going and has a good sense of humor, which makes the lesson more enjoyable.

In addition, Jim also performs very often in the local area and one time I was fortunate enough to see him perform in his band. His guitar solo gave me chills in my spine. This might seem off-topic, but it's not, because the reason I bring it up is because I was inspired to want to play more often and learn more because I see my guitar teacher rocking the stage and who doesn't want to do that, and also if you're going to pay for something, don't you want to make sure you're getting the best product out there? Jim is a true professional and boy can he play. Please excuse the run-on sentence.

I'm leaving this review because I'm moving and I just had my last lesson with Jim and the money I invested was money well spent.
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Rahul H. May 3, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
An awesome teacher

I have been learning acoustic and classical guitar from James for more than 2 years now. His technique of teaching, the motivation, tips and videos he provides are simply exceptional. I would surely recommend him for anyone interested.
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
Verified Student
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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

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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Isaac L. December 19, 2014
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Owen is a great teacher who is very attentive and always open to help me with my learning. I unfortunately had some technical problems and had to stop playing with him but even after that he offered to continue to help me. He is a great choice of an instructor at a good price.
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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.

David E.

Forest Park, IL
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Matt B.

Chicago, IL
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Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL
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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.
Shaun Z. Chicago, IL

Classical guitar is my primary instrument. My degree is in Music Education, majoring on classical guitar. It is an amazing instrument.

I teach all skill levels and styles. I provide a progressive curriculum with topics ranging from music fundamentals, to advanced concepts of improvisation.

About Shaun

A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 6 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.

Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;

Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.

Fingerpicking playing style

Ability to read written sheet music

Ability to read and count rhythm

Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical

Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.

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