Owen Burton

Owen B.

Chicago, IL

About Owen B.

Owen teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: December 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I am a university trained guitarist whose goal is to pass my love for music down to my students. Most of my students, whether child or adult, start as absolute beginners. Some have gone on to win auditions in collegiate music programs, while others simply gain the ability to play their favorite songs. I have become the guitarist I am today because my teachers kept me inspired and having fun from the very beginning. Passing this on means each lesson entails a balance of playing, listening, technique, stories, and laughs!

Photos and Videos

My group, Ask Your Folks.

Experience

Guitarist/Composer

Aug 2013 - Present
Ask Your Folks

My composition-based folk trio gigs frequently in Chicagoland. Check us out online!

Children's Camp Counselor

Jul 2012 - Present
Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly

I work with children K-6th grade at a YMCA camp each July.

Guitar Teacher

Dec 2010 - Present
House Lessons

I have taught children and adults of all experience levels and interests.

BM Classical Guitar Performance

Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
DePaul University School of Music

Education

Bachelor of Music

Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
DePaul University School of Music

GED

Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
Lyons Township High School

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Chicago Classical Guitar Society Evaluated Recital

Oct 2014
Chicago Classical Guitar Society

Invited to represent the collegiate age group for a performance before a jury of experts who sit on the board of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Chicago Classical Guitar Society Evaluated Recital

Oct 2013
Chicago Classical Guitar Society

Invited to represent the collegiate age group for a performance before a jury of experts who sit on the board of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Awards

Summa Cumme Laude

Jun 2016
DePaul University

Chicago Cultural Center's Chamber Mondays

Dec 2015
Chicago Cultural Center

Master Class with Eliot Fisk

Nov 2013
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

DePaul Honors Program

Sep 2012
DePaul University

Northwestern Summer Guitar Workshop

Jun 2012
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Master Class with Oscar Ghiglia

Jun 2012
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Talent Scholarship, Guitar Performance

Apr 2012
DePaul University School of Music

WFMT's "Introductions"

Oct 2011
WFMT Chicago

Outstanding Soloist (Big Band)

Apr 2011
Evanston Jazz Festival

Outstanding Soloist (Combo)

Apr 2011
Evanston Jazz Festival

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Nov 2014
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Sep 2013
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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

Chicago Classical Guitar Society

Aug 2012
Chicago classical guitar

The Chicago Classical Guitar Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the classical guitar. The society serves as a means of communication among guitarists throughout the Chicago area and the Midwest. CCGS publishes a newsletter “Chicago Guitar,” and sponsors recitals, master classes, evaluated recitals, lectures, and other events on topics of interest to classical and flamenco guitarists.

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17 Reviews on Owen B.

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Nicholas W. Jun 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He does a good job of explaining his expectations and is is great with kids.
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Julia Apr 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We just started, but the experience is great so far! Teaching my 11 year old--very patient and keeps it fun. Very happy.
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Heidi K. Dec 3, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have had a wonderful introduction to guitar with my first pack of lessons from Owen. I was hesitant to purchase lessons online fearful that I would be learning with a great guitar player verses a great teacher. Owen has proven me wrong! He clearly taught many before me; exhibited by his patience, knowledge, lesson planning and valuable feedback. As an adult learner, I am surpising myself each week with my progress due all in part to his teaching! Totally, 100%, recommend.
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Dave Nov 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Explains concepts in various ways to help one understand. Off to a great start.
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Kev K. Oct 26, 2015
Ear Training · Online
Verified Student
Today I've just had my 5th lesson with Owen and I am really happy with the lessons. Originally I was going to take guitar lessons but then decided to leave those on the back burner for now and focus on ear training.
He is prompt, knowledgeable, patient, and overall a nice guy. I would highly recommend him for ear training lessons.
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Sam Voelkel Sep 16, 2015
Bluegrass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Off to a great start with Owen!
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deb Sep 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Owen is great. He lilis skills and then took it from there. he recommended an age appropriate book. lili loves him. he is on time and gives good feedback.
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Sloane S. Aug 27, 2015
Ear Training · In home
Verified Student
Owen's awesome! I started taking lessons with him to prepare for my next year in music school and he's helped a lot. He has great ear training tips and is super patient. Definitely recommend!
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Andrea Jul 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I had a great first lesson with Owen - he made me feel comfortable right away and explained everything so well. I can't wait to continue learning with him!
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Eli B. Jun 14, 2015
I've worked with Owen in both teaching and performance settings. He is always on time, reliable with his part and has great ideas in rehearsal. On stage, he is energetic and musical. I have also had the opportunity to observe his teaching; he is very easy to work with and able to articulate his ideas clearly so that they can be best absorbed by the student. Owen is a great teacher and a very fine musician.
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