Justin LaForte

Justin L.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



Justin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
June 2005

Music has always been my passion since I was young. Even before I played any instruments I was always glued to the radio, eager to hear the next great song. Not only am I passionate about music, but I am passionate about helping others learn and to achieve a similar relationship with music that I have. Patience is my biggest strength in teaching, and with it I am sure I can deliver the best possible atmosphere to help you learn!

After playing guitar all through high school and playing in its jazz band for two years, I realized I really did want to make music a career. I attended Loyola University Chicago and studied guitar and music theory, earning a BA in Music and graduating Cum Laude. I was awarded the Departmental Award for my performances in ensembles, and for my Senior Recital, where I performed all original compositions.

My experience in several styles of guitar can help you too! I feel that this versatility can help teach you exactly what you intend to learn from your lessons, and I will work diligently with you in order to reach your goals!

I am now available for Skype lessons online!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep my working environment casual and comfortable, yet still push you forward towards success on your instrument. Receiving a lesson requires work from both the teacher and the student, and if you give me a chance I'll guide you on your musical endeavors!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, electric bass, keyboard, living room, additional seating space

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must ideally own a guitar at home. I will provide basic things such as instrument cables, and very basic accessories for use during lessons if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz guitar, rock, blues, funk, classical guitar, music theory, music composition and arranging,

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Guitar Instructor
Jan 2003 - Aug 2013
The Music Shop

I worked for The Music Shop in Tinley Park, IL as an instructor for 5 years before going away to school to study music. I returned back again for another year before leaving for my current job.


Bachelor of Arts, Music
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Loyola University Chicago


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Walter Zanozik Scholarship
Jan 2009
Loyola University Chicago

Photos & Videos

This is one of several personal favorite jazz trumpet solos that I transcribed and then played on electric guitar.
This is my funk band Gramps the Vamp playing our original song St. Fawz
Photo by Justin L.


6 Reviews

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Wayne B. May 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

Justin is very knowledgable whatever level you may be. He's accomplished in jazz, classical, rock etc... Great teacher, amazingly talented.

Alysha M. Aug 21, 2012
Guitar ·

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Justin did a great job teaching me. I am 20 years old and i have always wanted to learn how to play acoustic guitar. He is very patient and has a lot of useful advice to give. I definitely recommend him and it is worth the time and money.

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GaryB2 Jun 26, 2012


i think justin is a awesome teacher, very easy to work with and is always looking to find the right way to improve whatever your in need of focusing on.

AlanH Jun 19, 2012

Great Teacher

This guy is truely amazing with older people, I'm 54 years young and he great with me since I have never played any kind of music instrument, I'm having fun and he really explained alots, and the best is he has a lot of patience...

JimW1 Feb 22, 2012

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Justin is a great teacher. He has been patient while at the same time giving challenging subject matter to help further my lessons. Would definately recommend as an instructor.

EliseR Nov 19, 2011

Wonderful instructor!!

Justin is a very talented musician and helpful instructor. His laid back personality and patience make the lessons very enjoyable! He is able to accurately gauge his students' competency and construct lessons that are both challenging and achievable. He incorporates the fundamentals of guitar alongside song-playing of the student's choice making practice both fun and productive. I definitely recommend him!!

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