Chris Depoian
Minneapolis, MN
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Chris Depoian

Chris D.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Chris grew up hearing his dad play guitar around the house and at live shows. He “caught the bug” around age 13 and hasn’t stopped playing since! He’s been teaching guitar since 2003 and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music at North Central University in 2008 where he studied jazz, blues, rock, classical, songwriting, and church music. He’s taught about two dozen lessons a week for the better part of 10 years; from age 8 to retiree, beginner to advanced, hobbyist to college-prep or gig-ready. He specializes in blues, rock, improvisation, ​and songwriting. What he loves most about teaching is being able to pass on everything he has learned and continues to learn in his 20+ years as a musician, helping students take step after step to achieve their musical goals. As an active musician, Chris has been the lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist for a local rock band and has performed/recorded as the lead guitarist for a number of other bands/artists. He currently plays lead guitar for a blues-rock band and is working on writing his 2nd solo singer-songwriter album.

About Chris D.

Chris grew up hearing his dad play guitar around the house and at live shows. He “caught the bug” around age 13 and hasn’t stopped playing since! He’s been teaching guitar since 2003 and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music at North Central University in 2008 where he studied jazz, blues, rock, classical, songwriting, and church music. He’s taught about two dozen lessons a week for the better part of 10 years; from beginner to advanced, age 9 to retiree, hobbyist to college-prep or gig-ready. He specializes in blues, rock, improvisation and songwriting. What he loves most about teaching is being able to pass on everything he has learned and continues to learn in his 20 years as a musician, helping students take step after step to achieve their musical goals. As an active musician, Chris has been the lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist for a local rock band and has performed/recorded as the lead guitarist for a number of other bands/artists. He currently plays for a blues-rock band and is working on writing his 2nd singer-songwriter solo album.

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Renee
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My 15 year-old son started guitar this summer. He has truly enjoyed working with Chris. Chris is patient and encouraging, as well as being a cool guy that my son looks up to.

Posted Nov 9, 2019
Helen
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My 13-years old son was reluctant to take music lessons. He had not liked piano (with a different instructor) when he was younger, but agreed to try guitar. Since the first trial lesson, he has been excited to learn more!

Chris is a fun teacher who knows his stuff and who communicates well with both his students and their parents. I have three kids and have found it’s difficult to find a teacher who is responsive to parents + engaging with youth + gifted at music.

His rates are very reasonable for our area. His in-home lesson space is professional and comfortable — I get to sit on a comfy couch and get work done during my son’s weekly lesson. In addition, Chris goes above and beyond to make sure the lessons are meeting our expectations. He tracked down strings for us when we accidentally broke one. He has rescheduled lessons due to our busy schedules. He is genuinely kind and such a pleasure to work with — we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Posted Oct 29, 2019
Brian
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Our kids have loved working with Chris. He picks songs they're excited to play, teaches them patiently, and has a lot of fun with them. They've made a ton of progress since they started with Chris, and they're always excited to see him!

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Linh
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My son really enjoys Chris as his Ukelele teacher. Chris is flexible, approachable and honest about my son's progress.

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Amy
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My daughter (now age 8) has been taking lessons from Chris for over a year now. He has taught her so much already and she is always eager to learn more! He is so patient with her and always willing to teach her new fun songs which she loves! He is a great teacher.

Posted Oct 6, 2019
Stephan
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My son took Bass lessons from Chris for a couple of years. Chris is a great teacher. He was also really good about organizing performance events for his students to showcase their talents.

Posted Oct 6, 2019
Gretchen
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My Son has been taking lessons from Chris in our home for a little over a year now. Chris is very patient, kind, knowledgable, creative and fun...I can't say enough good things about my sons time with him. My Son looks forward to his lesson every week!

Posted Oct 5, 2019
Jan
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My son took lessons from Chris at our home school location called CHAT.
Chris was very patient and creative to help my son learn music and to make the guitar learning experience fun!

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Josh
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Chris is a very good teacher. I’ve been taking lessons from him for about 8 years and I’ve learned so much. Acoustic, electric, bass, even ukulele. I may be bias, but you should take lessons from him!

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Laura
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Chris taught guitar lessons at our academy for several years. He's a great guy with an incredible talent of teaching students at all levels. He also has a gift of really connecting with students.

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Nicole
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Chris is an amazing guitar teacher and really cares for each of his students. He recognizes and realizes that each student is uniquely gifted in different ways and also learns in different ways and really catered to this. He was also extremely encouraging and helped me grow in a love and passion for music and guitar that I never knew I had!

Posted Oct 4, 2019

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Aug 2018 - Present

All Things Musik

In addition to teaching independently, I teach for this great organization on guitar, mandolin, and ukulele.

Guitar Teacher and Musician
Jun 2008 - Present

Music

This is my self-run business I've managed as I teach private lessons and serve as a musician, performing, writing and recording.

Guitar Teacher
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015

C.H.A.T Homeschool Co-op

Taught 20+ private guitar/ukulele/bass lessons a week at this homeschool co-op.

Guitar Teacher
Nov 2010 - Nov 2012

Virtuosos Music Academy

This was a great local music lessons studio in Plymouth, MN. They gave me the opportunity to break the mark of two dozen weekly private guitar students.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Music (Performance and Pedagogy)
Aug 2003 - May 2008

North Central University

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