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Ryan M.

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Chicago, IL
Starting at $34
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Contemporary Urban and Popular Music from Columbia College Chicago
  • Teaching since 2014
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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 students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2001
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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
  • Communications from Southern Illinois University
  • 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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Christopher M.

46 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks English only
  • Teaches students 8 to 70
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Christopher M.

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Become the guitar player you've always wanted to be! Learn to play along to your favorite songs, how to figure out your favorite songs, how to solo in ANY genre and ANY key, how to use modes, construct any chord arpeggiate/sweep, write your own songs, music theory, ear training, reading music and more!

About Christopher

My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine. I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to

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Laura R.
Amazing teacher! I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to improve with their instrument. Lessons are fun and based on what you want to learn. I'm lucky to have him as a teacher!
Chad G.
Amazing recorded thee session so I could go back and look over on it!
Chad G.
helped a lot and let told me to practice with my dad
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Greg C.

275 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 1989
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Greg C.

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I am truly passionate about your success in becoming the best player you choose to be! I like to teach with repetition (wax on wax off) and prefer to present the big picture first so that every obstacle may potentially never be an obstacle for you. I take years of teaching experience and what have been topics of frustration brought to me from students in the past... I try to smooth the road and teach you so you get the highest yield of success for your money with as little headaches as possible :) I would LOVE to have the opportunity to show you how great you can be in WAY less time than a traditionalist private teacher would get you...

About Greg

Hey there! I am EXTREMELY excited to help you get to your best potential through lots of flight hours as quickly as you like! I hope you will pick me to help you avoid common setbacks in your progress. I look forward to helping you be your best on your instrument! I play fretted and fretless bas

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Sarah
Greg has taught me everything from the basics to playing songs and reading tabs and I still learn something new every lesson.
Brendan
My experience has been amazing so far with Greg. Greg took the time to understand my goals and has created a customized plan to meet my needs. He is patient and has a great way of making the experience fun and rewarding.
Mark
A true professional that has toured the US, Greg is equally proficient on Bass & Guitar. He is able to quickly take any player from beginning to advanced, to the next level. You owe it to yourself to allow Greg to help you achieve your goals!
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Joel Z.

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  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Awarded 2019 Lion Award from Jefferson County Education Association
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Joel Z.

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Joel is an accomplished performer, composer, songwriter, and educator who draws from several pedagogical techniques to create a curriculum that is fun, active, inquiry-based, and student-driven. He is a professionally licensed K-12 music teacher in the state of Colorado with a master's degree in music education who has taught in public schools and privately for 5 years. Work collaboratively to set goals, pick repertoire, and build a strong musical foundation. Come prepared to sing, improvise, analyze, and play.

About Joel

UPDATE: Available for online lessons at any location! I am a local Denver, CO music teacher currently accepting new students for beginner lessons on piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, and advanced songwriting, composition, and music theory. As an elementary school general music teacher I have tau

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Leanne
Working with Joel has been ideal. He is patient, knowledgeable and fun to work with. Joel is great at explaining things in a way that makes sense to a beginner. He gave me realistic goals that I could accomplish which really boosted my confidence. I history recommend him if you’re looking to improve in a low stress environment.

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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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"My 12-year old daughter has been taking lessons for about 6 months now and can already play some songs better than I expected.

She really enjoys lessons with Ahmad, for the following reasons (in her words):

"He's a good teacher because he's really patient."

"I like the one-on-one lessons because it's helping me learn faster."

"He always emails the materials after class."

During the lessons I've watched, Ahmad is indeed patient and professional, yet friendly, during the lesson. He is able to, in an encouraging manner, discuss with my daughter the things she needs to practice, and gives positive feedback about the areas where she is showing improvement.

I would recommend Ahmad if you're interested in learning the guitar!"
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"First lesson was great and looking forward to more."
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Took Guitar lessons from Christian L.
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"Keith has the patience of a Saint, he’s friendly and very knowledgeable about music skills. I’m glad I registered for these classes and I’d definitely recommend him to anyone!"
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Took Guitar lessons from Keith H.
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"My 6 year old son absolutely loved his time with Henri. He is so patient, kind, and such a wonderful teacher. I would definitely recommend Henri for ALL."
Ethan
Took Guitar lessons from Henri B.
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"Brad made sure to really understand my goals and interests and was able to quickly tailor our lesson to exactly what I want to learn. Looking forward to our next session"
Elyse
Took Guitar lessons from Brad F.
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"I wish I would have started with Shon along time ago. I am fairly new, and he is very good at being patient with me but still allowing me to progress quickly. Lessons are packed with content, and I leave with "homework "to work on so by the time the next lesson comes around I have learned a tremendous amount. Two thumbs up !!"
Sean
Took Guitar lessons from Shon M.
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"Betty will provide a great lesson experience showing you some of her tips and tricks to expedite the learning process that will benefit your playing and understanding of guitar. She brings in all her personal experience and knowledge to each lesson. Betty's approach and style of teaching makes it fun and easy to understand."
Stephen
Took Guitar lessons from Betty N.
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"It was a good getting to know you lesson. Trvor's a good lislener. He has a good easy going style. I am looking forward to future lessons."
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Took Guitar lessons from Trevor H.
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"keeping me moving though different skills and providing helpful tips to improve."
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Took Guitar lessons from Donnie E.
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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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