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About James P.

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Advanced acoustic guitar, both with a pick & fingerstyle. Questions? Message me here on Takelessons & I'll happily respond!

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 “Nostalgia is Five Frame” and The Unit Theory released a ful
l-length album entitled “Seed.” Both bands performed all over the greater Chicago-land area and helped me hone my skills as an electric guitarist. Throughout this time, we shared the stage with national touring & recording acts Fear Factory, Mastodon, Enuff Z’nuff, and Algernon, to name a few. I now play lead guitar in the Chicago-based alternative rock band Davenport Ed and am having started an all-instrumental acoustic/rock trio with two percussionists.

Undergraduate Studies (College of Dupage and Northern Illinois University: 2002-2008)

After high school, I attended the College of Dupage (COD) and began studying jazz guitar with Dr. Zvonimir Tot. Towards the end of my studies at COD, I developed an interest in classical guitar and took lessons from Steve Ramsdell. After I received my Associate’s Degree in Music from COD I started teaching private guitar lessons at various suburban Chicagoland locations. I graduated from COD in 2004 with an Associate in Music degree. In the fall of 2005, I started my Bachelor’s studies in Classical Guitar Performance at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with Fareed Haque (Winner of “Best World Guitarist” in Guitar Magazine). While at NIU, I continued to teach & perform up until I graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance.

Graduate Studies (New England Conservatory of Music: 2008-2010)

I started my graduate studies in August 2008 at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. As an active performer in the greater Boston area, I made it a goal to bring the classical guitar to unorthodox venues such as senior centers, local TV, hospitals, dialysis treatment centers, and even juvenile halls! While at NEC, I started to take an interest in transcription, which is the art of adapting a composition for a voice or instrument other than the original. Eliot Fisk is a master at this, and his guidance was profound. In June 2010, I graduated from NEC with a Master’s in Music (with Academic Honors) for Classical Guitar Performance. My master's recital was a tour-de-force of virtuosic classical, acoustic, and electric guitar pieces with music ranging from J.S. Bach to Joaquin Rodrigo to Steve Vai.

Flamenco Guitar & Ritmo Flamenco (2009-Present)

During my time at NEC, I was fortunate enough to meet Grisha Goryachev, a master flamenco guitarist. Grisha introduced me to the basic principals of flamenco guitar and proved to be a wonderful resource. I continue my flamenco guitar studies by learning historical flamenco recordings entirely by ear. Short of living in Spain for extended periods of time, I have found this to be the purest way of learning. I am now the flamenco guitarist for Ritmo Flamenco, an ensemble that features dancer Diane Campbell.

Professional Musician & Awards (2010 – Present)

I moved back to Chicago in July 2010 and have since had hundreds of performances that include weddings, corporate events, restaurants, recitals, and more. My reputation as a premiere performing guitarist has grown rapidly in the past 2 years, and I earned 2 awards at the end of 2012: “Top Solo Guitarist” on the world’s largest entertainment site which is Gig Master and “Best of Wedding” (the world’s largest wedding-planning site). I am a regular featured performing artist at premiere restaurants in the Chicago suburbs including The Cellar Bistro in Wheaton, Eddie Merlot’s in Warrenville, and Wildwood Steakhouse in Geneva.

*** Lesson Details ***
***Teaching students ages 10+***

My first goal as an instructor is to get an idea of what the student's goals are as a guitarist, and then we start working towards that goal. This means that while the basic concepts are covered (chords, some sight-reading in most cases, scales, etc), no student curriculum is exactly the same. After a few months of studying with me, no matter what style of music, we will have learned notes, chords, and songs that are of interest to the student. Then, we will discuss how all of those elements tie together and map out a practice routine. A goal I have for every student is to create a realistic, efficient, and enjoyable practice routine that produces results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitars (acoustic, electric, classical), cable/amp, appropriate paper materials & books for learning music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, rock, pop, & music theory.
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David June 29, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
James is a great teacher able to break down complex music and communicate how to play it.
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Mike McCullough April 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jim is a great instructor, and a great guy. I feel like I am making good progress after only 5 weeks.
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Lisa G. March 12, 2014
· Guitar ·
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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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James P.

James P.

Wheaton, IL 60187
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About Dan K.

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Become familiar with notes on the fretboard, learn chords, and learn how to play your favorite songs!

About Dan
Dan K. is a professional freelance upright and electric bassist and teacher. He hails from West Des Moines, Iowa, where in high school he performed with the Iowa All-State Orchestra and All-State Jazz Band. He arrived in Chicago in 2009 to attend DePaul University, where he studied with renowned Chicago bassists Rob Kassinger, Kelly Sill, and Jason Heath, as well as jazz faculty Bob Lark, Tom Matta, Ron Perillo, and Bradley Williams. Dan obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2013.

Dan plays with a wide variety of bands from Fleeting Suns (folk rock) to Calamity Flamtet (jazz/funk/fusion) to the Dog Patch Ramblers (bluegrass/swing/Americana). He also appears occasionally with many other Chicago groups, including The Right Now and Jared Rabin. He has played many of Chicago’s finest venues including Millennium Park, Gr
ant Park, The Jazz Showcase, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Cubby Bear, Schubas Tavern, Beat Kitchen, Reggies, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, and many others, as well as performances all over the United States, Ireland, and England. He has also contributed to some half-dozen albums by various artists. For much of the year he keeps busy playing both on stage and in the orchestra pits of musical theater productions for companies such as Porchlight Music Theater, NightBlue Performing Arts Company, and The Royal George Theater.

He loves helping students to become the best musicians they can be, and tailors his teaching style and material to suit each individual.
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Sam S. January 24, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Very attentive to my personal goals and experience. Patient but willing to push a little bit. Fun, chill.
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Jingyao November 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
very fun
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Rachel A. October 3, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Dan is very patient, kind and knowledgeable-an excellent teacher!
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Dan K.

Dan K.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Matt M.

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I have been teaching acoustic guitar for over 9 years. Curriculum is student-specific but in most cases will include chord theory, strum patterns, fingerpicking, songwriting, and soloing.

About Matt
Hi! My name is Matt M. and I am the owner and founder of Black & White Music Services, Inc., a professional music education and production company.
I began teaching at a fairly early age and moved to teaching privately over 9 years ago. I have a deep passion for music and the guitar and do my best to instill that same passion in new and experienced players alike. Throughout my playing career I have participated in numerous ensembles including jazz bands, classical groups and quartets, as well as solo performance groups. I am extremely thorough when it comes to my teaching style. I make sure the student has a clear understanding of not only the how but also the why while keeping my curriculum fun and interesting. Every student is different and I do my best to gain an understanding of the individual and build a lesson plan best suited for
that individual.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Mia G. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Matt was very knowledgeable and patient with Mia, she is a beginner and Matt went through all the parts of the guitar and helped her tune her new guitar and showed her how to read notes. She is very excited to go to her next lesson. Thanks Matt.
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Jesus S. February 2, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Very nice and outgoing instructor. My son is very excited with what he learned on his first guitar lesson.
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Brandon C. January 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My 18 year son had his first lesson and he was so excited to realize he will soon be able to play. He actually went home and started practicing!
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Matt M.

Mokena, IL 60448
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About Paul W.

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Chicago, IL

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I combine guitar pedagogy, music theory, and musicality to teaching all styles. I tailor my teaching to the students needs, desires, and interests and I strive to make every lesson a fun and educational experience. We'll work on

About Paul
I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.
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Samuel February 26, 2018
· Bluegrass Guitar · Online
Awesome instructor! Patient, thorough, articulate knowledgeable... Highly recommend!
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KEVIN January 5, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I am very lucky to have Paul as my classical guitar instructor. He is very good and patient with me, teaching and explaining me sight reading skills in details. I really like his fast forward teaching methods which encourage and motivate me to study guitar more and more. Thank you Paul for being my guitar teacher.
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Chloe January 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great first lesson. Paul was informative and patient. Glad we found Take Lessons.
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Cameron R.

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Chicago, IL

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I will teach you what you need to know to achieve your personal goals. If you want to make a living as a performing musician, we will go over recording and studio work, and information related to getting gigs. If you want to learn songs, we will focus on exactly that. I will not teach you information that is not beneficial to you and your individual dreams.

About Cameron
I'm a 22 year old guitarist and composer, with an education from Berklee College of Music. I am an active session guitarist and songwriter for myself and others. I can teach you how to reach your goals as a musician or songwriter. I have extensive recording and studio experience. I will teach you what is necessary for you to reach your goals. If you are interested in just learning songs, I will not focus on theory or songwriting. If you want to learn how to compose music, I will teach you about harmony and what makes the difference between a good song and a hit song. I can also help you get accepted to any music school in the country. The truth is, most popular songs only require a small amount of chord knowledge to be played on guitar, and I would love to make that happen for you.

My guitar lessons do not have a set curriculum, becaus
e the curriculum is made individually for each student, depending on their goals, strengths, and interests. I have always strived for my guitar lessons and teaching style to bring the student to the point that they truly want to be at. Many other teachers and music schools will teach you strands of information that may have been interesting to them, but the same might not be true for the student. We are all individuals and have different tastes, and the lesson plans must take that into account. I am here to help students achieve their goals and desires on the instrument, and that is why my lessons stand out.

My new studio is located in the South Loop of Chicago, IL and has all the equipment to help making guitar has easy as it can be.

As my student, you will have access to my studio and able to record your own music and ideas anytime.

Studio Includes:
-Recording Capability
-Music Stands
-Amps, Cords, Strings etc.
-Books and Sheet Music
-Logic/Pro Tools/Finale and other music software

I have played guitar in professionally produced musicals such as "Godspell" and "Once Upon A Mattress." I have also been a pit guitarist for high school and middle school show choirs, requiring excellent reading skills and on the spot adaptation to changes.
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Roger .. March 15, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Cameron is great. He is very interested in my progress and has a wealth of experience to share. He's always looking for student feedback to ensure you are getting just what you want. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

In case you have any doubts on what teacher to select, go watch his videos. He is a monster player with lots of singing in his note choice and phrasing. He is a top musician.
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Nick January 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great knowledge of guitar, music theory and composition. Cameron will keep you on track and focused on what you want to learn.
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Tessa January 23, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron was one of the best teachers i have ever come into contact with. What struck me most was his patience, understanding and independent thinking. He was very observant of what worked best for me and he made the teaching program fit my speed and comfortability,while at the same time pushing me out of my comfort zone. Cameron is very thorough and fills his lessons with personal experiences of his own,new ways of thinking, good starting points and things to remember. Feel free to ask him questions about whatever is on your mind when it comes to guitar playing. With Cameron's knowledge, he will leave you with new ways of thinking about guitar, questions answered, and a new understanding. I would strongly suggest sharing the knowledge given to you by Cameron with everyone you know. His lessons are accurate, thorough, and factual. I would recommend him to anyone, especially people who want the best for their money and for their time.
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Cameron R.

Cameron R.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Oliver H.

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I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

About Oliver
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am currently
co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play for a classical chamber pop group called the 9 Worlds Ensemble. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.
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Sonny G. February 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Oliver has been perfect for both me and my tween daughter. He is a fantastic musician and can break it down and dumb it down as need be for each of us. My daughter’s review is “he’s amazing”.
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Erica December 27, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Oliver was patient with my slow internet connection and willing to try different things to make it work. He gave me great tips to help me develop better technique, and was very encouraging. I really appreciated his perspective and skill and am so excited to be progressing with my playing!
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Lindsey July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.
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Oliver H.

Oliver H.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$34 / 30-min

About Curtis J.

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Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate guitar/bass student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in the first few weeks, but you will be building a strong foundation of ear training, fingering technique and more. So lets get our funk on!!!
Curtis "C Funk" Johnson

About Curtis
Professional Studio Musician and Live performance. Toured with many Country, Zydeco, R&B, Funk and Gospel bands. Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate guitar/advanced bass guitar students. Many of my students have gone on the become professionals, holding there own in the music industry. Even if you're not interested in becoming a professional player, by us working together we can accomplish your own personal goals. So, let's get started!!!
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Curtis J.

Curtis J.

Chicago, IL 60651
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$68 / 60-min

About Geordie K.

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I have been playing and recording professionally for 30+ years, to include 21+ years in the US Navy Music Program/Navy Band where I performed in ~60 countries world wide. I hold a bachelor's and master's degree in Music Theory/Composition and Jazz Studies, and I studied with jazz guitar legend Jimmy Bruno. I have taught guitar privately, at the community college level, and have five years experience teaching guitar, jazz improvisation, jazz combos, contemporary music ensemble (rock/top 40), and big band jazz ensembles at the Armed Forces School of Music and Naval School of Music. Additionally, my reading/sight-reading skills are outstanding, and I have many musicals under my belt in the pit orchestra. I have the prerequisite skill to teach you how to play any style, read musical notation, and studio record.

About Geordie
My skill-set and industry expertise are comprehensive and up-to-date. I make it my top priority to see that my instrumental performance and pedagogy is executed well and
efficiently. My career has also seen its share of achievements; while working as a Navy Musician, I became one of only 25 Bandmasters/commissioned officers in the Navy Music Program Navy-wide. Furthermore, my concurrent work throughout my career as a private, freelance musician has yielded two recordings as a leader, and my becoming an Endorsement Artist for Heritage Guitars in 2001.

During my time working at the Armed Forces School of Music, as Jazz Guitar, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Big Band instructor, I learned a great deal and achieved a number of goals. One of my highest achievements was earning the Master
Training Specialist designation for excep
tional performance as an instructor in a record 4 months. This typically takes 1-3 years to attain. Earning this designation led to my earning 5 Meritorious Commendation Medals and 4 Navy Achievement Medals to date,
which in turn led to the best trained Navy Musicians graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music during my tenure. In my recent capacity as Director, Navy Band Great Lakes, I was able to significantly expand my skill-set.

My responsibilities for programming music and managing travel for a concert band, parade band, ceremonial band, Dixieland band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and a blues band caused me to develop my musical knowledge across all genres, as well as my ability to manage large sums of money. I've
been stationed here since 2014, and I work regularly as a jazz guitar leader and sideman on the Chicago gig scene. Upon my retirement from the Navy Music Program in 2018, I will remain in Chicago and devote the full entirety of my efforts to performance, pedagogy, and recording as a private citizen-musician.

I have held a SECRET clearance for 21+ years. That is the most intense background check anyone can get, which is why I passed on the Take Lessons background check.

Currently available for tours, lessons, recording, and live performances.
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Geordie K.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Aaronson B.

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My aim is to guide you in your exploration of the full potential of your instrument. My lesson plan will help you learn tunes, composition techniques, and ways to improvise, through the lens of classical and jazz music theory. But I also hope to work with students looking to push the boundaries of their sound through extended technique, instrument preparation, and digital processing. If any of that sounds interesting, hit me up!

About Aaronson
I'm a 2015 graduate of Oberlin's Musical Studies program. I took several courses in electronic composition and signal processing, as well as classical music theory and ear training courses. I have been a performing jazz and rock bass guitarist for about ten years, and an earnest composer for about 8. I've been teaching freelance (but mostly just for free) for about 3 years, and I'm hoping to bring what I've learned, as a student and a teacher, to a broader audience.

I can sight-read well, and I can read tabliture. I can help you flesh out that riff you've been working on, or help with part-writing around it. I can talk your ear off about compositional techniques in the works of Brahms, Tina Turner, and Radiohead in the same sitting. But my passion is working with performers who want to learn foundational principles of theory and perfor
mance in their idiom, while pushing sonic boundaries with their instrument. I assure you, it's less sophisticated and pretentious than it sounds!

If any of that sounds interesting, definitely drop me a line!
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Aaronson B.

Aaronson B.

Chicago, IL 60608
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$17 / 30-min

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Peter Buys is one of Chicago's most sought-after classical guitar, folk guitar, and harmonica instructors. Graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor's in Music Education, he is well-equipped to provide the highest instruction possible to learners throughout Chicagoland. He is currently employed full-time as a music teacher with Elmhurst District 205 Schools. Peter has taught thousands of private lessons to children and adult learners alike. Outside of music education, Peter has performed nationally as a singer-songwriter alongside acts such as Dawes, Tall Heights, AA Bondy, Elvis Perkins, Lera Lynn, Nikki Lane and Carbon Leaf. His experience playing Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, Evanston Space, Schubas and the Metro is beneficial for advanced students looking to perform in Chicago.

About Peter
Peter Buys is one of Chicago's most sought-after classical guitar, folk guitar, and harmonica instructors. Graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor's in Music Education, he is well-equipped to provide the highest instruction possible to learners throughout Chicagoland. He is currently employed full-time as a music teacher with Elmhurst District 205 Schools. Peter has taught thousands of private lessons to children and adult learners alike. Outside of music education, Peter has performed nationally as a singer-songwriter alongside acts such as Dawes, Tall Heights, AA Bondy, Elvis Perkins, Lera Lynn, Nikki Lane and Carbon Leaf. His experience playing Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, Evanston Space, Schubas and the Metro is beneficial for advanced students looking to perform in Chicago.

Peter teaches with the belief that musi
c should never feel like a chore and that learning music should be curiosity-driven, active, enjoyable, and emphasize self-expression. Peter believes in building a strong foundation of musical knowledge with his students by providing the tools to create good habits from the beginning and to encourage effective, deliberate practice. It is his mission to inspire aspiring musicians as a music educator and bring a life-long love of music to his students.

*** Guitar Lesson Details ***
During a typical lesson, half of the allotted time is used to develop proper technique (i.e., learning proper playing habits, scales, learning to read music.) The second half involves playing songs and repertoire. The repertoire includes pieces chosen by Peter and pieces brought in by the student. The genre and style of music learned is dictated by the student’s interest.

***Harmonica Lesson Details***
Harmonica lessons specifically focus on blues harmonica, cross harp, and alternate harmonica positions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. Students are expected to have their own guitar or harmonica. Guitar rentals are available for beginning students.
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Rachel B. April 11, 2018
· Harmonica · In home
Cross harp was something that confused me, Peter was able to explain it better than I have ever heard. We are currently working on bends. He is always able to explain something in a different way when needed.
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Thomas R. April 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
My daughter has been taking lessons from Peter for about 1 year in Beverly. He has made made music fun for her, and has done a great job picking pieces for her skill level and walking her through.
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Tyler R. April 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Starting with scales, arpeggios and some basic repertoire I feel I am finally starting to read music and get the hang of it, which was my goal when starting several months ago. Would recommend!
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Peter B.

Evergreen Park, IL 60805
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