Ian Meyer

Ian M.

Chicago, IL
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Ian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
September 2001

I started playing guitar originally in 1991. I picked up bass and ukulele (and then gradually a plethora of other instruments) over the ensuing years. I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then people's homes (including mine) and then online lessons.

Besides teaching and performing, I also ran an all ages music venue and recording studio from 2006-2015.

Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn. There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams, understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we will apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’re learning songs they like, and more about the instrument and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.

Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students as well. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with music- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.

*** Specialties ***
Patience. I feel like it is necessary to be a good teacher. Other than that, I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians take for granted and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after a beginner's first lessons.

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Experience

Guitar/bass/ukulele instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
Veritas Music and Learning Center

Guitar/bass instructor
Jan 2012 - Mar 2013
Guitar Fundamentals

Guitar/bass/ukulele instructor
Jan 2011 - Jan 2013
AMA Music and Dance Studio

Guitar/bass/ukulele instructor
Feb 2011 - Jun 2012
The Music Store

Guitar/bass/ukulele instructor
Apr 2009 - Oct 2011
Guitar Heaven

Guitar/bass/ukulele instructor
Mar 2003 - Nov 2009
Music Source

Guitar/bass instructor
Oct 2001 - May 2003
About Music

Guitar set-up technician
Jun 1999 - Aug 2001
Washburn Guitars


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5 Reviews

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Jen K. Aug 5, 2019
Ukulele · In home

Ian is an incredible teacher. Very patient and professional. The way he teaches is very straight forward and easy to understand. I can’t wait to learn more & more... less than a week has passed since my lesson. I already feel so comfortable with my ukulele,
All the utube lessons were useless for me. I realized this after 1 lesson with Ian. The frustration factor on utube was a waste of time for me. I am so happy I chose ian & this company.
Thank you so much, jen

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Michelle L. Mar 3, 2014
Classical Guitar ·

Great teacher

My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!

carolyn L. Feb 27, 2014
Guitar ·

great teacher for popular acoustic guitar

Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.

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Paul R. Feb 6, 2014
Guitar ·

A great experience.

As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.

He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.

He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

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Leo S. Dec 11, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

Acoustic guitar

Good teacher, very passion with kids. My son really likes this classes.

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