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Matt O.
West Chicago, Illinois
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My Ukulele teaching style consists of a fun, relaxed, and engaging student paced learning environment. My instruction is always tailored to my student's short term, and long term goals. My promise to you as my student is that together we will discover what it takes for you to become a proficient musician with the ability to perform in front of any audience. My classes with you will include the following content: • Warm up exercises • Fundamentals • Mindfulness techniques • Note reading • Tab reading • Sight reading • Left hand/ right hand techniques • Burst practicing (burnout prevention) • Micro movements/economy of motion • Proper posture both sitting and standing • Stage performance techniques • Embellishments • Improvisation • Unorthodox techniques • Scales and Keys • Theory • Fretboard mastery • Chords (all types) • Songwriting • Transcription • Memorization • Self sufficiency
About Matt O.

***LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN PERSON AT MY STUDIO OR ONLINE USING ZOOM*** Whether you are starting from square one, or you've reached a point where you can't go further on your own, or you would like to sharpen skills you already possess and want to take them to a higher level, I'm your guy. I've helped thousands of students reach their goals and I've shown every single one of them how to have the level of success with their instrument that they've always desired. I have 20+ years and 20,000 hours of guitar/string instrument teaching experience and a total of 30 years of guitar playing experience with a bachelor of arts degree in music. I focus my lessons strictly on the needs and skills required to ensure my students can perform ANY genre of music in front of ANY audience. I have taught various forms and techniques in basically ALL genres of music both past and present. I embrace ALL forms of music and I will always encourage my students to pick out songs that they enjoy to make the lesson rewarding and engaging! I will also provide the student with exercises and drills that will strengthen their core, empowering the student to learn newer songs quicker and easier. I firmly believe I'm the teacher for you for one reason: you will see instant results, not only on the first lesson, but also in every lesson moving forward! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR LESSONS IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS!

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Ukulele
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I've been taking guitar lessons from Matt for over 2 years and I'm further along than I expected to be at this point. Last year we did mostly rock songs, this year we moved into jazz and next year will be the blues. No matter which direction I want to go, Matt is always prepared to take me to the next level. Highly recommended.

Posted Dec 21, 2022
Teacher's Studio

I've known Matt since '92. We met as co-workers at Dominick's. His 1st conversation to me was, "Hey, do you play guitar?" I said, "Yes!" And ever since then, every time we hung out, there was a guitar involved! Whether it was electric, acoustic, or even bass. Unfortunately, I didn't stick with playing, but it was always fun to watch him play and expand his horizons. I've watched him excel from playing Nirvana and Metallica in our teen years, to playing classical on a 12 string, metal on a 7 string, a bango, a ukelele and even writing his own material for his concept albums! It's been amazing to see how talented he's become over all these years. He definitely has the talent, the motivation and the discipline to play, learn and teach. I can honestly say, watching him has motivated me to pick up the guitar again. I made my purchase a few months ago. And certainly didn't give it too much thought on who would teach me. I knew right away that Matt would be my best choice!

Posted Dec 14, 2022
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Matt is a wonderful instructor. He is patient and easy to get along with. His lessons are catered specifically to each individual student and he always sends a lesson follow up. I find this helpful for my individual practice. Matt is a well-versed and talented musician. I highly recommend him for lessons.

Posted Nov 16, 2022
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Guitar Instructor
Mar 2020 - Present
Guitar Lessons and More
Whether you're starting from square one, or you've reached a point where you can't go any further on your own, or you would like to sharpen skills you already possess and want to take them to a higher level, I'm your guy! I've helped thousands of students reach their goals and I've shown every single one of them how to have the level of success with their instrument that they've always desired.
Guitar Instructor
Mar 2006 - Mar 2020
Private Studio
Guitar instructor at the family-owned Hix Bros Music since 2006. I taught 6 days a week which included 40 to 60 students weekly and 3 student bands.
Cycle of Infinity
Mar 2011 - Apr 2016
Io Records
My full length, science fiction, heavy metal concept album. Available through most streaming apps and music sites. I began writing my album with guitar riffs I had created during breaks of teaching guitar lessons. Utilizing all my musical knowledge, skills, and techniques I'd learned throughout my musical career, this album allowed me to showcase my abilities not only as a guitarist, but also a composer and producer.
Music
Aug 1996 - Jun 2001
Roosevelt University
Undeclared
Aug 1994 - Dec 1996
Illinois State University
English
Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Norwegian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Jun 2001
Roosevelt University

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Instructor details
Ukulele
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Apple Tree Ln
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$39
60 minutes
$76
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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