Brian Quinlan
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Brian Quinlan

Brian Q.

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Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
The bass is the foundation of all modern music. With that comes great responsibility and power to shape the sonic and rhythmic characteristic of a song. We will learn scales, arpeggios, and music theory, as well as how to read and interpret the song from the point of view of the bass. When you play bass, you're driving the bus! Let's get down and funky...

About Brian Q.

Hello there!

Getting a music education is fun, and it should be. Why else would you put yourself through the gauntlet of learning a new instrument? My philosophy is simple: I teach people first, and music second. What I'm interested in is developing your sound and love of the craft of music, and all the technical aspects that go into playing music well.

I can safely say that no two students are alike. We’re all different and have different needs! Music is at the intersection of our emotional, creative, scientific and spiritual selves and I consider myself very lucky to be able to share the joy of music through teaching guitar, ukulele and bass.

A 30 minute lesson is quick so we have to make the most of it! If nothing else you will always have a good time in the lessons because there is no pressure other than to HAVE FUN (and hopefully learn something new).

I have 15+ years of playing jazz, rock, pop, funk, and gospel and more with groups such as Mike Zabrin's Funktastic and Kevin Presbrey, as well as 10+ years of teaching under my belt. I’ve played thousands of gigs at clubs in Chicago such as Andy’s Jazz Club and The Green Mill. I’ve played to thousands of people at outdoor festivals, to the tiniest coffee shop gigs. I’ve played inside in the nice air conditioning and outside in the rain! Basically, I’ve done some of everything.

I have had many great teachers over the years, including Kelly Sill, Geof Bradfield, Art Davis, Neal Alger, John Moulder, Zvonimir Tot, and Adam Roth, and have a BM in Jazz Guitar from Northern Illinois University, where I studied with jazz and classical guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. My NIU experience was centered on “jazz”, or more correctly termed BAM or Black American Music, but there was always something going on there, from Balinese gamelan music to The Afro Pop ensemble led by Mathew Tembo (guess which one I was in!)

For the duration of this COVID crisis, I’ve decided that I’m going to do online only lessons for everyone’s health and safety, including my own.

Take care,

Be safe,

And keep shredding,




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9 Reviews
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Brian has been great! My son really enjoys lessons with Brian. Before the pandemic my son attended in person lessons. I sat through the lessons outside the door and Brian was amazing. He had lots of patience with kids. He explains the lesson thoroughly! Anthony learned allot from him. Now because of the pandemic Emmy son does online classes with Brian. Which seems as if they are in person lessons. Anthony responds to Brian. After each lesson Brian follows through with suggestions, and homework for Anthony to practice through the week! It has been a real pleasure working with Brian! I would definitely recommend Brian. He’s great!

Posted Jul 21, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Brian is a great instructor, always offering great tips for practice, and songs that fit the appropriate level of experience. Would highly recommend!

Posted Jul 20, 2020
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I'm 10 years old. I started lessons with Brian 1.5 years ago. He's an awesome teacher. He's very good at making guitar concepts easy for me to understand. He's very patient. I started lessons in person, and when quarantine started, we did lessons online. Brian is great at teaching both online and in real life.

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Brian is really good with accommodating to your needs. If i ever need to reschedule he is willing to change, without any issues. He’s a great teacher and takes things at the pace you feel you need to learn them. He’s also a really great guy and extremely talented:)

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

I highly recommend Brian for online instructions. He is an excellent musician and is well capable of transferring his knowledge into sessions that are interactive and fun. He has a wide range of skill across different genres, so depending on your interest, you can go deep into one type or keep it fresh and vary. His teaching style is positive and laid-back while encouraging challenge and learning.

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Brian is an excellent teacher, in addition to teaching music , Brian teaches my child listening and conversation skills through his interaction and patience.
Although my child didn’t like guitar at the beginning now he enjoys playing music.

Posted Jul 18, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

I am a mature woman and Brian is teaching me the guitar and how to read music. You are never too old to learn new skills. Brian has introduced me to jazz/blues and other music I had no experience with in my youth. The more you practice the more you get out of each lesson. I started in January with face-to-face lessons I miss them but Brian has transitioned to Zoom lessons well. Brian is a very flexible instructor and utilized every method he can find online to advance your learning experience.

Posted Jul 18, 2020
Teague Hosack
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Brian is very nice and he always helps me out when I need something.

Posted Jun 26, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Brian is an outstanding teacher! Brian is very patient and encouraging. That is what I need from an instructor. He also gives me a variety of tools to help me find which ones work better for me to learn more fully and to really enjoy the process of learning an exciting new craft, especially at my young age of 61! These qualities I believe great teachers possess.

Posted Jun 26, 2020

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Guitar Teacher
Jul 2015 - Present

Uncle Jon's Music, Westmont, IL

Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele Teacher

Guitar Teacher
Mar 2013 - May 2015

Axe in Hand, DeKalb, IL

Guitar Teacher, Recital Coordinator


Bachelor's of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Northern Illinois University


Aug 2016
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