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Ryan M.

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Chicago, IL
Starting at $34
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Contemporary Urban and Popular Music from Columbia College Chicago
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Ryan M.

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I like to craft a lesson plan that revolves around the interest of the student. If you like country but not funk, we'll focus heavy on country and not do any funk. If you want to focus on theory, we will. If you don't want to learn "hot crossed buns" we won't. Let me know the music you like and what you want to accomplish and we can go from there!

About Ryan

Hello! My name is Ryan and I play guitar/sing/write/record with local alternative rock/jam band, Lunar Ticks. I also am a guitarist with the all improvised cover band, Fate Nite. I also book shows, produce a comedy show, started a podcast, write for a local music publication, have spoken at schools

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Patrick M.
Kind, helpful, and attentive - I enjoyed getting to know Ryan very much and despite the fact that first lessons can be a challenge, I feel as though it was time well spent. I look forward to more!
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Ian M.

8 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Ian M.

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About Ian

I started playing guitar originally in 1991. I picked up bass and ukulele (and then over the ensuing years, gradually a plethora of other instruments, such as voice, drums, piano, and harp). I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then people

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Bobby P.
Ian has been wonderful with my bonus son. He's learning the ukelele quickly, and I'm so excited to see the world of music beginning to open up for him!
Janet B.
Excellent!
William Z.
First lesson was great. It took a little time setting up and getting to know each other. For a first lesson, I came away with some very useful information on a song I was having a problem with. I like the direction it is going. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Spencer N.

Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Spencer N.

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I'm into recording and composition using simple apps - students will immediately learn fun sources for loops and ways to level themselves up by learning exercises and how they relate to their own recorded creations. By taking useful tools and making them available round the clock on a phone as well as handwritten notes during a class, students will explore midi, home recording skills, and flexibly learn a vast spread of cool handheld functions.

About Spencer

I'm so excited to get into music with the amazing spread of people out here! It's fairly daunting to take up a new skill, so I'd like to say that we're going to find a path that keeps interest and skill levels up. You are not required to suffer. Using several fun (and, importantly, very free) apps

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Cristine F.

4 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Communication Studies from Chaffey College
  • Teaches students Male: 8 to 45; Female: 6 to 45
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Cristine F.

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I am a guitar player, singer/songwriter performer and recording artist. I am self taught and formally trained, graduate from Musicians Institute. I play acoustic and electric guitar. As my student, I will work at your pace teaching you basic music theory, guitar chord charts and tab so that you can easily learn how to play your favorite songs and create your own songs.

About Cristine

I am a Musicians Institute graduate. guitar player, singer/songwriter, performer and recording artist. I have an Associates degree in Communication studies. I am a guitar instructor at Guitar Center and have been background checked by my employer. In addition to my self released album on Amazon and

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Jackie
Cristine is the best! Not only is she knowledgeable of music theory, etc., but patient! She makes learning fun!
Ludim Ferrusca
Cristine is the best she is so good with my daughter Harlow she is so patient and my daughter has learned so much we absolutely love Cristine!!!!!!!
Moe
After my 6 year olds first guitar lesson with Christine he went home and played the broom, toilet plunger and anything else that his imagination told him too pick up and start playing. Truly inspired...

Thank your Cristine.
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Blake P.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $15
  • Teaches students 8 to 70
  • Awarded Charles Ellison Scholarship - Concordia University from Charles Ellison
  • Teaching since 2015
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Blake P.

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Students can expect lessons with me to be personalized, professional and most importantly, rooted in inspiration and joy. Whether you’re just beginning or looking to get into a top music conservatory, we will work together to create a program with clear goals while working at a pace that suits your musical needs. My mantra is “music is easy,” and my goal is to break-down difficult musical concepts in a way that gives you the confidence of a master. We will unlock your potential and have a ton of fun along the way.

My “Complete Musicianship Course™” will not only make you a better guitarist, but a holistic musician. With lessons grounded in fundamentals we’ll start small and develop your musical identity within a larger musical tradition. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for your instrument and the music you love.

I hold a BFA with honors from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Bob Sneider. I’ve studied at Concordia University with Gary Schwarts and Greg Amirault as ...

About Blake

Students can expect lessons with me to be personalized, professional and most importantly, rooted in inspiration and joy. Whether you’re just beginning or looking to get into a top music conservatory, we will work together to create a program with clear goals while working at a pace that suits your

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Matthew
Blake is a great instructor. He made me feel comfortable and relaxed right away. He went at the pace I needed (glacial) and encouraged me every step of the way. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Max
Blake is a seasoned musician with experience in just about every genre imaginable. Whether it's technique, harmony, theory or aural skills, he can explain any seemingly difficult idea in a concise, logical way. With all the knowledge of a conservatory trained guitarist and gigging musician, he's a down to earth teacher who simply loves music and is passionate about sharing it with his students.
Michael
Blake is a dedicated teacher who helped me improve right away! I wasn't at all sure what I wanted (or needed) to work on next but he picked up right away what was best for me. So grateful to have worked with him.
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Jonathan E.

4 Reviews
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Starting at $27
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Jonathan E.

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Coming from 15+ years' experience learning, interpreting, & performing music; 7+ years recording, & 6+ years teaching, you can expect from me an enjoyable, streamlined lesson to help strengthen your musical understanding & ability to further utilize your love for music. I specialize in classical, jazz fundamentals, rock/pop, recording, composition, & live performance. I'm fairly well versed in many other genres, so I can easily meet your preferences across the board. Cultivate a deeper relationship with your instrument & unlock your potential! :)

About Jonathan

Coming from 15+ years' experience learning, interpreting, & performing music; 7+ years recording, & 6+ years teaching, you can expect from me an enjoyable, streamlined lesson to help strengthen your musical understanding & ability to further utilize your love for music. I specialize in classical, j

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Tina S.
My son enjoyed lessons with Jonathan. He is very knowledgable and friendly. I recommend him for lessons.
Keever
Jonathan is OUTSTANDING! He is effective, very patient and our son is enjoying music lessons . I highly recommend him to work with young children.
Bobby
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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Chicago is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $276 per hour.
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"I've been taking lessons from Marc for over a year. He's top notch. Great teacher no matter what your skill level is. I was a total beginner and have learned a ton from him. He is very patient and easy going so it's a very comfortable environment. I would highly recommend him for whatever you're guitar learning needs are."
Michael
Took Guitar lessons from Marc M.
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"This was an amazing 1st lesson! I know that I will be playing with the band very soon. His ability to teach me the way that I need to learn was beyond exemplary!"
Eric
Took Guitar lessons from Kevin M.
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"Guilherme is a wonderful teacher; I highly recommend him! He is knowledgeable, patient, and always kind. He adapts the lessons to my interests and musical taste and offers productive suggestions. He has assisted building my repertoire by noting the chords for songs I would like to play. He can teach all levels...you won't go wrong."
Amy
Took Guitar lessons from Guilherme F.
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"If you're thinking about taking lessons from Ahmad , do it. For years I thought I just couldn't play the guitar. I tried learning online, but nothing stuck. I even took a group class, which was better than trying to learn online, but I still wasn't satisfied. So, I decided to look into private lessons, even though I was nervous about the one-on-one dynamic. For years I have struggled with performance anxiety and was afraid that would prevent me from ever really learning the guitar and playing with other people. I discussed this with Ahmad before and at my first lesson. I can't tell you how amazing it felt a few months later when we played a song together and I had no fear or anxiety.

I credit this to the fun and relaxing atmosphere Ahmad has created in his studio space which makes it easy to learn, ask questions and enjoy my lessons. He has a deep passion for music which is infectious. I leave every lesson feeling energized and excited to work on my new material.

If you're interested in learning how to play the guitar or improve your skills, give Ahmad a shot. You'll be so glad you did. Before, I thought I just couldn't learn how to play the guitar, now I'm looking forward to years of honing my skills, playing with friends and experiencing the joy of creating music."
Ana
Took Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"Chris got me suuper excited about learning how to play the guitar. As a beginner, I was nervous for my first lesson but Chris made it fun from the start. Very patient and relaxed teacher. He calms your nerves and gets you doing a lot each lesson. I've only had a few and my friends are already (sort of) impressed!"
Katie
Took Guitar lessons from Christopher G.
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"Tim is a wonderful guitar teacher. He works with my son at his own pace and it has been a joy to watch his confidence and skills grow with every lesson. He recently became a member of his school's jazz band and has deeply appreciated Tim's support and encouragement."
Stephanie
Took Guitar lessons from Tim M.
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"Great teacher and very easy to talk to or ask questions. He clearly understands my needs and adjusts to meet my expectations. I'd recommend Jordan to anyone interested in learning how to play an instrument."
Dan
Took Guitar lessons from Jordan G.
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"Mr. Marvin is a fantastic teacher. My son really likes the class."
Marcus
Took Guitar lessons from Marvin A.
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"Matt is a phenomenal teacher! He is knowledgeable, patient and caters his teaching methods to the individual student. My son and I have been taking lessons from him for a little over a year know and and we could not be happier with Matt. We highly recommend him to our friends and family."
Chad
Took Guitar lessons from Mathew M.
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"An exceptional guitarist and an exceptional teacher! Highly recommended! Sam keeps me motivated and excited about my playing and what we are learning."
Thorn
Took Guitar lessons from Sam K.
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Guitar Lessons in Chicago, IL

By Will P. - Chicago Guitar Teacher While it’s impossible to pinpoint any one locale as “the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the city of Chicago has a strong claim to the title. In 1955, Chuck Berry came to Chicago to record for the already world-renowned Chess Records label. For years, Chess (and Chicago) had been home to some America’s most famous blues artists: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Sonny Williamson, just to name a few. So when Chuck Berry and fellow rock innovator Bo Diddley came to Chess to cut their first records, Chicago became an epicenter not only for blues but also for the exploding rock ‘n’ roll scene – and one central component to that new wave of music was the guitar.

Follow that track through the second half of the twentieth century to the present and it’s clear Chicago has always been a critical point on the map of American guitar music. Today, world class bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, OK GO, and Wilco all call Chicago home. Chicago is the permanent home to music festivals Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, and the city hosts its own jazz, blues and gospel festivals every summer, bringing some of the top guitarists in the world to Grant Park. Eric Clapton has even chosen Chicago as the site for his Crossroads Guitar Festival for the last few years.

Meanwhile, the independent music scene thrives in Chicago. On any given night of the week you can find excellent local groups and artists playing a myriad of genres and styles of music: jazz, blues, indie rock, pop, punk, and metal. As a student of bass or guitar lessons in Chicago, this is a critical factor: in a city with such a rich musical tradition and so many talented musicians, you’re bound to find a wealth of excellent teachers willing to share their knowledge and experience with you.

You might be surprised to learn that many of the musicians you see rocking out on stage on any given night also work as mild-mannered instructors teaching guitar lessons in Chicago during the days and evenings. This can be a tremendous resource for music students; you can learn from your instructor in a one-on-one setting and then go to see them and their peers in action onstage. Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of learning to play an instrument (aside from lots of practice!) is listening to music and going to concerts to see how the skills and techniques you’re learning actually play out on stage in a real performance setting. With so many great musicians to see perform and so many skilled teachers to work with, the opportunities to dive in and immerse yourself in guitar lessons in Chicago have never been greater.

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