Dave Kohut

Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching guitar for over 18 years and have taught hundreds of satisfied students. When you sign up for guitar lessons, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, tone production, rhythm, first position notes,basic chords and notation. Once you get the basics down, you will learn how to play your favorite songs regardless of style. All of this can happen within the first 4-6 months of playing.

About Dave K.

Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fareed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.

In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.

I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.

​As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.

Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
Music business
Recording techniques​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical


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22 Reviews
Howard W.
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I haven't played the violin since I was in middle school, and I wanted to re-learn to play it. I am so glad I picked Dave, he is very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I jumped in with both feet and Dave made the instructions at our first lesson easy for me to understand. Excellent location and studio is awesome.

Posted Dec 6, 2019
Rushia Hendricks
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Excellent lesson. Does a wonderful job at taking older students and gently holding their feet to the fire to bring out the best- even under the most challenging of circumstances. Kudos to being such a uniquely great teacher!

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Tom L.
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I realize it was the first lesson but I was a little disappointed that we spend nearly the entire time on housekeeping items, like canceling and re-scheduling appointments. I think that could have been covered with an e-mail or handout. I also thought we spent too much time going over the differences between acoustic and electric guitars - considering my age and background. Would have liked to see him demonstrate what I was asked to practice before the next lesson instead of just being told to refer to the workbook.

Posted Jan 10, 2018
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Dave had a relaxed informative approach, a knowledgeable teacher who took his time with me, a real novice.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Chuck M.
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Dave is a very experienced teacher. His vast knowledge of music and outstanding teaching methods are helping me become a better bass guitar player.

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Israel C.
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Dave os always smiling and he is so friendly to everyone . My son loves the lessons.

Posted Jun 28, 2017
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All Good
Dave is thorough and knowledgeable
Looking forward to future lessons

Posted May 4, 2017
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Great teacher, I'm learning a lot. Can't wait to try what I learned after every lesson. Working with Dave will have you shredding in no time.

Posted Apr 2, 2017
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Dave has increased my banjo skills greatly since I started taking lessons.

Posted Nov 15, 2016
Sam L.
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Very patient with beginners!

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Renard L.
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Dave's teaching style made me feel at ease and I found my first class informative, and, very inspiring.

Posted Jan 29, 2016
Ava D.
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Really enjoyed the professionalism and cleanliness of the studio.

Posted Jan 22, 2016
Lee T.
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Great first lesson. Never been musical but the instruction taught me stuff first time.

Posted Jan 9, 2016
Myat L.
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Excellent! I am very excited. He is a GREAT Teacher!

Posted Nov 14, 2015
Jack K.
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Dave has a great deal of knowledge but his best credential is patience , which is important to an older learner like myself.

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Jim W.
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Dave personifies an experienced guitarist and a great choice for anyone wishing to learn to play the instrument. He introduces students to technology that proves easy to use, a great help in practicing, and finding music online. He accommodates my preferences for the instructional subject matter and for the songs that I wish to learn. Dave interacts with students in a very supportive manner, not a hyper-critical one. I highly recommend him.

Posted Oct 14, 2015
Reba Chaisson
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I've tried taking guitar lessons before but I never felt I was progressing past 'Beginner.' There is much to be said for an excellent teacher who can adjust his style to the student's way of learning. Dave has been this good fit for me. After only five weeks, I am able to play several chord progressions and interestingly, I enjoy practicing the guitar at home. Dave has made learning the guitar fun for me again and I now feel hopeful that I can become a pretty decent guitarist with his continued support. I highly recommend him.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Sarah O.
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Dave is an exceptional teacher!

I am a beginner guitar player, Dave has been patient and kind at every lesson. This has been an inspiration and a great help for me to continue learning the guitar. I wanted to find a guitar teacher and not just a guitar player; his approach to teaching is outstanding. He has a love for music and a gift of being an excellent teacher. I always leave my lesson feeling good about my progress and inspired to continue learning to play the guitar. I recommend him for any player at any level; he he teaches good practice habits and is very knowledgeable of music theory and how to teach each person individually. It is rare to find someone knowledgeable in music and apply their knowledge to teaching. I was fortunate to find him!

Posted Oct 16, 2014
kiara J.

He's awesome. :)

He makes learning the guitar so comfortable. He makes things easier to review and doesn't mind going over things you may have forgotten. If I could, I would get everyone I know to take lessons from him. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!

Posted Jan 18, 2014
Carla J.

l love this guy.

Dave is such a great teacher. He is very patient and understanding. I have learned so much with him in one month, then l have learned in four months with the other instructor l had. He makes learning fun, and I'm understanding what I'm doing now.

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Great teacher.

Dave is a wonderful guitar teacher. He has an unique ability to help you understand the music. Great ear for music.

Posted Aug 17, 2013
Harry W.

Dave's a fantastic teacher!

I have been playing guitar for over 25 years, and I been a student of Dave's since 2008. As part of his teaching style, Dave works with his students to identify their goals and expectations for studying guitar. He uses this information to tailor lessons to the individual students based on their level of expertise. Dave incorporates his terrific knowledge of music theory into his lessons so his students learn to play guitar (e.g., the theory behind a particular music style or technique), not just how to repeat a song. Dave's instruction has helped me become a more well rounded guitar player with better practice habits focused on improving my playing. I would strongly recommend Dave for beginner, intermediate, or advanced guitar players that want to learn how to play guitar.

Posted Aug 17, 2013

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Guitar/Orchestra Director
Aug 2012 - Aug 2013

Rolling Meadows High School

Guitar Teacher
Jun 2000 - Aug 2012

Rossi Music


Master of Music Education
Aug 2009 - Dec 2011

VanderCook College of Music

Bachelor Music Performance
Aug 1996 - May 2000

Northern Illinois University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Illinois Teacher Certificate K12
Jan 2012

VanderCook College of Music


National Association for Music Education
Jan 2012
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jul 2007
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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