Nina Palumbo

Nina P.

Chicago, IL

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Nina passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Nina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
2013

Teacher with multiple studio locations who specializes in songwriting, indie, classical, folk, metal-hardcore, and open tuning lessons "I have a strong stance on crafting lessons for individuals. A teacher should present a balance of what the student wants to learn, as well as what they should."

teaches from two studio locations (Ohare and Logan Square)

"I will almost always encourage a student to do a songwriting exercise to establish a students understanding of a riff he/she has just played. It helps with learning long run!"

She has been performing shows around Chicago for 2 years as the musical act "Indisposed" and has toured the past year. She has worked with the Lane Tech Guitar Ensemble Program, lecturing in songwriting and composition. She is great with young kids, teaching students as young as 3.

"If you're a student who wants to learn anything from the Pop/Beatles to Spanish/world music, Classical, Punk, Metal, a 'niche' genre, or focus on songwriting/theory. I will provide custom made lessons each week for your learning needs. My method is a mixture of classical training and ear focused. You will always be sure to go home with video recaps of our lessons or a visual aid."

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Experience

Reverblessons.com Chicago Guitar Intstructor
Jan 2016 - Jul 2017
Reverb.com

Worked with Reverblessons (affiliate with reverb.com) for over a year, accumulating over twenty 5 star reviews and crafting my own lessons for each student individually.

Songwriting Mentor
Apr 2016 - May 2016
Lane Tech Guitar Ensemble

Mentored teens in groups in their original songwriting process for an annual concert. Coaching them in structure, theory, melody, and lyrical content.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2014 - Oct 2015
Tunes and Taps

Education

Ilustration
Jun 2010 - Jun 2014
American Academy of Art
Music Core Focus
Jun 2006 - Jun 2010
Lane Tech

Languages

Chinese
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

*Highest Reviewed Chicago Guitar Instructor*
Jul 2017
Reverb.com

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20 Reviews

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Rob Livingston May 4, 2017
Guitar ·

Nina is awesome, patient, and understanding of what i would like to learn and accomplish out of my lessons. I highly recommend her for anyone, who would like a highly intelligent teacher who wants her students to succeed in her lessons.

curtis willmore Apr 27, 2017
Guitar ·

Learning guitar is hard work! Learning music is hard work! Nina is patient, knowledgeable, and disciplined, yet flexible enough if you want to explore a tangent. Be prepared to put in the work on your own in order to make the most of your lesson time.

Brett Blessen Mar 24, 2017
Guitar ·

Nina is very talented, I have zero music experience and in just a few weeks I am learning timing, reading rhythm and tab and starting to play some songs I want to learn. She has a real gift for music and teaching and is able to assess how a student learns and can modify the lesson seamlessly to fit that learning style. She is very patient and positive and its clear that Nina really cares about your progress. She's good people.

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Angela Gonzales Mar 20, 2017
Guitar ·

I am so glad I found Nina. She's everything you could want in a teacher...patient, positive, clear, and prepared. She has taught me so much already about reading music and basic guitar skills to begin playing. Since I'm left-handed, Nina prepared reference sheets for me so that I can learn the fret board and how to play keys on my left-handed guitar. She's the best!

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Edwin Castro Jan 25, 2017
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Nina is a great instructor who is patient and provides useful insight. I am happy so far with my progress and will continue to work with her. I definitely recommend her to anyone completely new to playing guitar. I have no prior experience however she is making it easy for me to learn.

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April Nickel Jan 10, 2017
Guitar ·

Nina is an awesome teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and understands how to tailor the lesson to your skill level and goals for playing the guitar. She also teaches in a way that is easy to retain, and in only a short time I feel that I have learned so much, and because of her I'm motivated to keep learning.

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Patrick Puskarz Dec 28, 2016
Guitar ·

Nina has been an outstanding teacher. Very patient and great at explaining. I would definitely recommend Nina to anyone that is a beginner or wants to learn more.

Karl Tews Dec 3, 2016
Guitar ·

Very patient and understanding ,also very good at boosting your confidence . Always introducing new material to learn and practice and exercises to boost your playing ability.Nina is organized and I am pleased with her teaching style. Kt

Anais Catala-Walsh Sep 17, 2016
Guitar ·

Nina has been working with both my daughters for a couple of months now. They have shown great progress! One of my daughter's has never picked up a guitar, but since the lessons can not put it down. Nina does a great job finding out the music interest of my daughters and incorporates that into her lessons. Which makes learning easier and fun for my girls. My husband and I are completely satisfied!!

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Robert Reyes Sep 14, 2016
Guitar ·

I've learned a ton in the time i've taken guitar lessons with Nina. Whether she's teaching me to read music or introducing me to blues scales, she is always patient and encouraging. Nina has been very accommodating when it comes to my schedule and has been great at answering any questions I might have. She's a great instructor!

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Martin Felshman Sep 13, 2016
Guitar ·

I've been wanting to learn classic rock, and Beatles songs for a long time. Nina gave me an introduction to learning my first chords and rhythm. She's really determined and encouraged me when I felt challenged, and struggled to play. She has helped me a lot, and I really think she's a great teacher!

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Jim Cozzi Sep 13, 2016
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Nina is a cool and considerate teacher. I had some previous guitar experience but she helped further my understanding. She taught me intro to jazz and blues guitar, and even a bit of ear training. She's patient and very flexible with my schedule and I would recommend her to anyone!

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Alex Nuñez Aug 18, 2016
Guitar ·

Nina taught me phrasing, key changes, and beginning theory, She was very patient and helpful whenever it took me awhile to get something. She would even customize lessons to meet my needs and come to my place when her studio was very far.

Debra M Jul 22, 2016
Guitar ·

Nina is the most attentive teacher I've ever had. I moved two years ago and was sad to discontinue lessons. She taught me folk, blues, and classical style. Whatever I wanted she was adept at showing. I learned blues soloing and phrasing and was happy to find that when I jammed with other musicians I could now follow along. She is excellant. I hope to continue skype lessons through reverb soon.

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Rebecca Young Jul 19, 2016
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Nina is the best music instructor I've had! I've been taking the songwriting track, and right off the bat she was super attentive to my goals and keeps making sure we're on the right track and challenged along the way. She also helps me record my compositions and gives me advice on how to build on top of it. The lessons are a good mix of music theory, improvisation, and studying of similar types of music to what I want to make. Since I've started taking lessons I've also improved technically. Nina is a master at songwriting and guitar playing, take lessons from her and also check out her project Indisposed!

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Efrain Ruiz Apr 22, 2016
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Nina is a great instructor. Definitely gears towards the student and how quickly they can learn. An awesome choice.

Bruce Zhao Feb 10, 2016
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Nina is the best guitar teacher I've ever had. I've been taking guitar lessons with her for a year and I've enjoyed every second of it. She's patient, flexible, a never gets upset when I forget to practice at home. She gives unique practices written all by herself and never misses any details. She even cracks jokes when I'm tired.

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Aaron Flud Feb 9, 2016
Guitar ·

Nina emphasized the importance of perfecting techniques in playing heavier music, such as: hammer ons, pull offs, two handed tapping, trem picking, and the ability to compose songs from scratch. She worked with me on song structure, and was able to show me how to play various styles of metal and hardcore(with influences such as Counterparts, Deafheaven, and Svalbard). She was great to work with and was very patient with me.

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Lauren Lavin Feb 9, 2016
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Nina was an awesome teacher. She worked with me to learn skills that I wanted to develop. She came prepared to every session with lesson print outs. We went over a finger picking style and she placed emphasis for me to play with the appropriate form. She prepared exercises for each lesson in developing skills to play full songs that I picked out. She helped me to transpose non-folk songs into folk songs to better my craft and even taught me some solos from some of my favorite bands. I highly recommend Nina as an instructor. She is patient and well-versed in many styles of music.

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Fiza Javid Feb 8, 2016
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Never have I met a more attentive teacher. Nina truly has a knack for reading a student along with reading music. She aided me based on my comfort level and I came out of one lesson learning more than I expected. She has a unique style and she humbly helps you find yours. I would give her a 6/5 but that would break the scale. What you learn from her is truly priceless.

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