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Claire C.

20 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Bachaoler's of Music from Columbia College Chicago
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Claire C.

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Learning the basics is the best way to develop a solid foundation for your musical journey. We'll learn to tune, build chords and finger pick simple melodies. We'll learn to listen to songs and pick out the melody by ear, allowing you to learn any song you want!

About Claire

My name is Claire and I have been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last eight years. I studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago. I have played in a variety of styles, both solo and as part of a band. I currently tour with my band, The Lucky Dutch on

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Matthew T.
Great first lesson with Claire. She listens and understands and comes up with a plan accordingly. Very highly recommend.
Richard H.
All is well on the first day of class!
Alex Ivanov
Claire is extremely patient, positive, and most importantly knowledgeable. After only five lessons, she's given me a lot to work with and I can without a doubt say my singing has improved.

I recommend Claire to anyone interested in improving their singing, regardless of skill level, age, style, etc. She's fantastic!
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Ryan B.

75 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • BA in Ethnomusicology from University of Illinois
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2013
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Ryan B.

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I've been teaching ukulele for 4 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. Ukulele is a great instrument for an introduction into stringed instruments and as a casual pastime, but when pursued seriously can be as rigorous as any other. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming patterns and chord changes and even a few simple songs under your belt. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan

Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes

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Ryan
Great first lesson, Ryan!
Vincent
He seemed angry and disinterested, not really wanting to teach the lesson. Bad experience and bad teacher in general.
Kian
Ryan is a fantastic teacher who's love of music shines through in his lessons. No question is too tangential or unimportant, and everything you ask will be answered in a depth you didn't even realize existed!
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Ian M.

8 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • 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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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.
Krista S.
Well hello there budding musician- I started taking ukulele lessons with nearly zero previous experience and little idea what to expect a few months ago. As a teacher, Ian is extremely patient, accommodating, and attentive, but remains very much human throughout the whole process. His years spent teaching across instruments, ages, and levels of expertise make for a trustworthy experience. Definitely recommend.
Savoy
I have taken guitar lessons in the past and wanted to revisit one of my passions again. I decided to take lessons with Ian since he is in my neighborhood and I’m really glad I did. Ian has been very patient and attentive to my learning style. As our lessons have progressed so has the direction of each class. It’s really cool to see how all the concepts we have gone over build on each other. I feel like Ian really goes above and beyond to learn about his students and what they are hoping to achieve. Ian has also been very flexible with my work schedule. After several months of lessons with Ian I can say I’ve learned several things from finger picking, timing, and reading notes. I can’t wait to continue my journey!

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Nadav P.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks Hebrew
  • Awarded Excellence in Jazz Guitar Award from The America-Israel Cultural Fund
  • Jazz performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
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Nadav P.

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The Ukulele is great for younger kids who just want an easy fun instrument and also for adults who want to start playing songs right away!

About Nadav

Hi there, My name is Nadav and I have been a professional guitar player and teacher for most of my life now. I have a very extensive experience playing festivals and venues in the U.S and abroad and have been teaching beginner and advanced guitar/bass and musical ensemble classes for 15 years.

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Bill T.
Speaking from the standpoint of a colleague of Nadav’s for many years and professional musician/educator myself, Nadav is the real deal. He is my top recommendation, without question, for anyone looking to study the guitar and/or music in general.

Nadav is an extremely gifted and skilled musician, composer, and bandleader with very deep understanding of playing the guitar. He has the experience and versatility to so in a multitude of different styles ranging from R&B, Pop, Funk, Jazz and Ethiopian groove music (check out his incredible band: Abbess Orchestra). He is also extremely kind, has a gentle yet “matter-of-fact” demeanor and is the consummate professional.

For anyone who has interest in learning the guitar and needs an instructor, no matter their experience level, it’s impossible to go wrong with Nadav. Just check him out and sign up!
Eran
I was a self taught guitar player since a very early age, so when I met Nadav for the first time I already knew many songs and chords. But my technique was a mess.
Nadav helped me establish a healthy and meticulous practice routine that fixed my technique very quickly.
I would recommend him as a teacher for every level.
Randy
Great teacher with good vibes! Nadav showed me great ways to practice harmony and soloing on the guitar. Highly recommended.
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Ben S.

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Starting at $34
  • Teaching since 2019
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Ben S.

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I'm looking to connect with enthusiastic beginner musicians who need an experienced instructor for ukulele lessons. I've been teaching lessons for two years now, and I've discovered that I have a real passion for working with beginners especially. I love helping people play their first song.

About Ben

Hi! I'm Ben, and I've been studying music for ten years now. I hold degrees in guitar performance and jazz composition, and I love helping people play their first song. I have experience teaching all ages from 10 and up, including people with special needs.

Mark B.

26 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • No degree from University Of The Pacific
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded King Of The Blues from Guitar Center
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Mark B.

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I teach beginners and intermediate students how to get around on the ukulele and have fun playing songs they want to learn.

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 si

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Tomas
Best instructor ever
Scott F.
great slide lesson today - really patient and effective teaching - breaking the song down and getting into technique - thank you Mark!!
Richard D.
Great instructor, gave me tips that immediately improved my playing.

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Average Cost of Ukulele Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute ukulele lessons in Chicago is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $175 per hour.
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Took Ukulele lessons from Edwin I.
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"Clare teaches with a philosophy of "relentless positivity" that is both reassuring and motivating. She's in it with you."
James
Took Ukulele lessons from Claire C.
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"Ani is patient, kind and knowledgeable. I learned a lot and am looking forward to my next lesson."
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Took Ukulele lessons from Ani K.
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"Zachary has the patience of Jobe"
Cindy Dauphin
Took Ukulele lessons from Zachary D.
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"Loved working with Edwin. Looking forward to more lessons with him."
Nancy
Took Ukulele lessons from Edwin I.
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"Lesson was a bit challenging today but still enjoyed it. I'm purchasing more private lessons with Grant."
Martina
Took Ukulele lessons from Grant H.
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"Jordan is a great teacher! He is personable, encouraging, and consistent & has helped me to greatly improve my technique on ukelele in a short time. I would fully recommend him to anyone!"
Molly
Took Ukulele lessons from Jordan D.
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"Great teacher! Funny, easy going and went along with me at the right pace. Totally recommend him."
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Took Ukulele lessons from Richard W.
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"Very patient and encouraging, willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations."
James Michael
Took Ukulele lessons from Jeff S.
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"It was a No-Pressure first lesson so I’m looking forward to the next one."
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Took Ukulele lessons from John B.
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Everything You Need to Know About Taking Ukulele Lessons in Chicago

When you think about playing the ukulele, do you imagine yourself drinking out of a coconut on a tropical beach, with a salty wind in your hair? Think again! The perfect place to learn to play the ukulele is actually right here in the windy city. With great local music shops to choose from and a thriving community of ukulele players, you’ll find yourself in good company taking ukulele lessons in Chicago.

If you need to buy a new ukulele, Chicago Music Exchange (http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/) is a great place to start shopping. Chicago Music Exchange carries a range of new, used, and vintage instruments, so you’ll have a great selection of ukuleles to choose from. The friendly staff of musicians and experts at this shop will help you make sure you pick the perfect uke!

The Old Town School of Folk Music (https://www.oldtownschool.org/musicstore/ukuleles/) is another fantastic place to pick up a ukulele or have one repaired. Plus, all the proceeds from purchases at The Old Town School Music Store go toward supporting music programs in the Chicago community.

Once you have a few lessons under your belt and you’re ready to hit the stage, Chicago abounds with opportunities for you to jam and perform! The Chicago Ukulele Cabaret (http://www.ukechicago.org/) is one popular event uke-lovers have got to check out. It’s an open-mic style night just for ukulele players that takes place every few months at Silvie's Lounge.

You might also enjoy joining a Meetup group for ukulele players in Chicago. Through Meetup groups, you’ll meet other people who share your interests, you’ll learn a lot, and you’ll have a ton of fun, too! Luckily for you, there are several ukulele Meetup groups in Chicago for you to choose from.

Free Range Ukulele Society of Oak Park (http://www.meetup.com/Free-Range-Ukulele-Society-of-Oak-Park/) meets just about every week to “play ukulele, sing, and have fun!” Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player, you can have a great time with this group and join in the jam!

If you’re near Westmont, the UJM Ukulele Club (http://www.meetup.com/ujmukeclub/) gets together to sing and play on the fourth Saturday of every month. Beginners are welcome, and you can even borrow a ukulele if you don’t have one of your own yet.

In the Skokie area? Check out the North Shore Ukulele Society (http://www.meetup.com/NORTH-SHORE-UKULELE-SOCIETY/). They meet once monthly to learn new skills from various guest instructors. Past Meetups have focused on jazz, playing with a slide, and songwriting, just to name a few.

Finally, Wonderwall’s Ukulele Meetup Group (http://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/) has meetings both in the north and south suburbs of Chicago. When you join this group, you can expect to strum along to a traditional Hawaiian song or a classic tune by the Beatles.

With such a thriving ukulele community around you, your ukulele lessons in Chicago are sure to be a success! Just like any instrument, you’ll want to be patient with yourself and practice every day. Keep going to lessons, studying music that you love, and working hard. Soon you’ll be playing ukulele like a pro!

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