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Michael S.
Chicago, Illinois
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From topics such as reading sheet music to playing the guitar solo of your dreams, we can do it all! The desire and drive to learn is all you need!
About Michael S.

Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across! Like any musician, music is my life. I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of The Ramsey Lewis Quartet. *** Lesson Details *** Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you? I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed. A typical lesson plan includes:  physical technique  chord and scale knowledge,  soloing concepts  and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love! All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice! *** Studio Equipment *** My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2011

Education

Bachelor's of Art in Music

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Teaches ages 8+

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Michael S.
Chicago, Illinois
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Play guitar like never before with expert guidance from an experienced guitarist and teacher
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
From topics such as reading sheet music to playing the guitar solo of your dreams, we can do it all! The desire and drive to learn is all you need!
About Michael S.

Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across! Like any musician, music is my life. I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of The Ramsey Lewis Quartet. *** Lesson Details *** Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you? I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed. A typical lesson plan includes:  physical technique  chord and scale knowledge,  soloing concepts  and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love! All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice! *** Studio Equipment *** My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

Education

Bachelor's of Art in Music

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 8+

Speaks

Speaks English, German

Speaks

Has background check

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Great lesson, easy to understand, and I left with great materials to practice.

Posted May 11, 2021
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Michael helps you with whatever you need. If you want to play a song, he probably has the tab. For example, I learned 3 KISS songs. Best instructor ever!!!

Posted May 4, 2021
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michael is the man to go to when you need guitar lessons

Posted Jan 12, 2021
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Instructor
Nov 2018 - Present
School of Rock
Guitar Instructor
Mar 2011 - Present
Independently and with TakeLessons
Music Theory Tutor
Aug 2012 - May 2013
Columbia College Chicago
Bachelor's of Art in Music
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Columbia College Chicago
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Substitute Teaching License
Jan 2019
State of Illinois
Background checked license to teach in Chicago public and private schools
Performance Scholarship
Aug 2012
Columbia College Chicago

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Instructor details
Guitar
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
$24
45 minutes
$34
60 minutes
$50
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30