Justin C.

Justin C.

2 Reviews
Chicago, IL

About Justin C.

Justin teaches: Males 18 and up
Females 18 and up
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: More than two months


Hi, my name is Justin. I am a professional, gigging guitarist in the Chicago area and am currently a private guitar instructor at School of Rock in Naperville. I just graduated from
Columbia College Chicago with my Bachelor’s in Music with a focus in Jazz Studies. I have gigged (and am gigging) in numerous bands of various genres ranging from rock, funk, jazz, R&B, and hip-hop and have performed at venues such as The Metro, Concord Music Hall, The Cubby Bear, City Winery, Martyr's, Subterranean, and many more.

My number one priority as a teacher is to ensure that the lessons are focused on what the STUDENT wants to learn. I feel as if this method will truly help bring out the best in a student, as it will give them a genuine, self-inspired goal to work towards.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will vary depending upon the student and their goals in taking guitar lessons. If the student is looking to become a professional guitarist, study at music school, or anything of a very serious nature, I am happy to set up lessons in a very regimented fashion to help improve every facet of their playing (improvisation, solo transcriptions, theory, harmony and ear-training, sight-reading, technique, composition, etc.) On the other end of the spectrum, if the student just wants to have a relaxed lesson and just learn how to play some of their favorite tunes that is absolutely cool too. The lessons can go as far as you want to take them!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide an amplifier, guitar, extra cables, tuner. I would expect the student to have a guitar, an amplifier and cable (if playing an electric), a tuner, and whatever material that would be covered in the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
While my degree is in Jazz Studies, I have played in gigging bands of various genres ranging from Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Jam Band, etc. I am a very comfortable and accomplished improviser and composer (I have written a good chunk of the music for most of the bands I have played/are playing with) and have a great understanding of Music Theory, ranging from intro theory to advanced Jazz theory.

Photos and Videos

JT- J-Roc and the Biz (Live @ Subterranean)


Private Guitar Instructor, Band Director Sep 2013 - Present
School of Rock

I teach one-on-one private lessons, direct and run a "Rookies" class (Introduce music and give very introductory instruction on guitar, bass, drums, and keys through song and games to first and second graders), as well as directing bands for kids ranging from the ages of 5-18 beyond the beginner phase.


Bachelor of Arts in Music Sep 2009 - May 2013
Columbia College Chicago

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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2 Reviews on Justin C.

Brian W. Feb 20, 2014
Verified Student
Awesome instructor

I was brand new to guitar when I started taking lessons with Justin and he has been outstanding throughout the entire process. His laid back approach, plus patient and positive environment, have made learning fun and really helped my progression. Super knowledgeable and talented instructor that I highly recommend to anyone of all skill levels.
elizabeth Z. Feb 15, 2014
Verified Student
Great teacher!

I bought the guitar lessons with Justin as a birthday present for my husband, we are very pleased with his professionalism, and teaching skills. He communicates frequently and accommodates his schedule, keeps my husband motivated and actually learning!! Highly recommended!!