Jack Gordon

Jack G.

Lake Zurich, IL

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Jack delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2004

Hello students and parents, music has been a big part of my life since before I could walk. Starting in third grade, and continuing through college, I have 15 years of experience with singing. I was always eager to make music and to grow as a musician, which is why I decided to study music education at Eastern Illinois University. Due to the limited number of teaching jobs available I decided to change programs at the end of my third year and study counseling. I now work full time as a social worker. However I made it a priority to find ways to keep music as a big part of my life.

I have been teaching private guitar and singing lessons for more than 10 years. I have had dozens of students during that time, ranging in age from 6 to 60 years old. I have a fun and laid back approach to teaching. Music is meant to be enjoyed and I want my students to have fun as they learn and grow as musicians.

I know what it is like to be a student. I took private voice lessons for 7 years, including 3 years of classical training at Eastern Illinois University. I took four years of private guitar lessons, and one year of electrical bass lessons. As a teacher I use my experience as a student to enhance the learning environment for my students.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.

*In Song*
-Jack G.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am highly adaptive as an instructor. I will allow my students to bring their own materials or I will create custom materials designed to develop their skills and help them reach their goals. A lot of my custom exercises are designed to build the flexibility, strength, and agility of my students as musicians.

After several months of lessons I aim for my students to master the basic skills, and to be focused on personal goals in their development as a musician. I use audio recording to mark and measure student progress so you can hear how you have improved and find new ways to get better.

Lessons can be as laid back or intense as you want. Practice is key to improvement. The more you practice the more you improve. I realize that life can be busy, so if you can't get the practice in I will still work with you and help you get as much as possible out of our lesson time. However, I will always encourage my students to practice regularly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Recording software.

*** Specialties ***
For singing and guitar I design a lot of my own materials. I have strength and coordination exercises for the guitar, and I have vocal exercises designed to increase vocal strength and confidence.

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Jan 2012 - Present
JWG Music Academy

-Private Music Lessons
-Recording Sessions
-DJ and MC services
-Live Performances


Aug 2012 - May 2014
Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work
BA Christian Ministry emphasis in Counseling and Social Services
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Trinity International University
6 Semesters of Music Education (No Degree)
Aug 2005 - Jun 2008
Eastern Illinois University


Mar 2016
Association of Social Work Boards

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Eagle Scout
May 2005
Boy Scouts of America

7 Reviews

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Marissa Dec 11, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I messed up the time for the lesson and we showed up two hours early - Jack was available and took us when we arrived! He took the time to ask questions about history, experience and interests and tailored the first lesson to those answers. He is engaging and very encouraging. He provides support material and precise instruction on items to practice between lessons. My daughter (Marissa) left the lesson excited to continue. Her comment was "Best birthday present ever! I can't wait to go back!" We will definitely continue working with Jack!

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Nathan Nov 5, 2017
Singing · In home

The very first impression always matters and Jack did very well. My 7 year old son really likes him and can't wait for the next lesson.

Dirk Sep 4, 2016
Singing · In home

Great start! Jack got right down to business helping me improve my vocal technique. He gave me some great tips and exercises. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Weston Aug 13, 2016
Guitar · In home

Jack individualizes the lesson to met the needs of the student.

Jeremy Jun 11, 2016
Singing · In studio

Jack is a great instructor. Each week we have worked together I can see the improvement in my voice. Jack also is great about tailoring the instruction to benefit the individual student rather than simply following a "one size fits all" approach. I definitely recommend his instruction to everyone.

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Kyle C. Mar 12, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

After my first lesson with Jack, I must say he is a pretty good teacher and I feel very comfortable learning from him.

steve B. Feb 9, 2014
Guitar ·

Great experience

Jack, was a very well trained musician. He was able to take complex things he learned through years of schooling and simplified them to make learning guitar easy.

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