Owen Burton

Owen B.

Sheboygan, WI

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I specialize in the bluegrass style of mandolin playing. But whether you want to pick tunes or just strum and sing, these step by step lessons will give you the tools you need to get your mandolin playing started, or take it to the next level.
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Owen teaches



Owen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
December 2011


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!


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


Bachelor of Music
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
DePaul University School of Music
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
Lyons Township High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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.


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 (Combo)
Apr 2011
Evanston Jazz Festival
Outstanding Soloist (Big Band)
Apr 2011
Evanston Jazz Festival


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Nov 2014

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

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.

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Chicago Classical Guitar Society
Aug 2012

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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Photos & Videos

My group, Ask Your Folks.
Playing rhythm on this track.
My degree recital. Scroll around and listen to a couple different pieces!
Photo by Owen B.

Photo by Owen B.

Photo by Owen B.

Photo by Owen B.

Photo by Owen B.

Photo by Owen B.


20 Reviews

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Phillip S. Feb 10, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Owen is great! He has helped me so far in refining my technique as well as developing repertoire! Would highly recommend!

Pam Nov 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I enjoyed my first lesson with Owen. He was a good listener and he tailored the lesson to what interested in. I look forward to more.

JoAnn T. Nov 12, 2016
Blues Guitar · Online

It was a good first session. Owen seems to be very patient,reassuring and positive. I enjoyed his instruction.

Nicholas W. Jun 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio

He does a good job of explaining his expectations and is is great with kids.

Julia Apr 22, 2016
Guitar · In home

We just started, but the experience is great so far! Teaching my 11 year old--very patient and keeps it fun. Very happy.

Heidi K. Dec 3, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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

Explains concepts in various ways to help one understand. Off to a great start.

Kev K. Oct 26, 2015
Ear Training · Online

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

Off to a great start with Owen!

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.

Sloane S. Aug 27, 2015
Ear Training · In home

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!

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!

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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Sharon Giankos Jun 3, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Very patient and knowledgeable. An excellent teacher!

Isaac L. Dec 19, 2014
Harmonica · Online

Owen is a great teacher who is very attentive and always open to help me with my learning. I unfortunately had some technical problems and had to stop playing with him but even after that he offered to continue to help me. He is a great choice of an instructor at a good price.

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Stephanie F. Nov 18, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home

Owen is energetic, enthusiastic and incredibly sweet with my daughter during her lessons. She is loving guitar and learning a lot.

Chris S. Sep 20, 2014

I've played with Owen in a variety of groups, and he's always been prepared, professional, and super easy to work with regardless of the setting or genre of music. He's an extremely versatile guitarist and I'm sure an excellent teacher as well.

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Guilherme W. Sep 3, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Owen, is an excellent teacher, he is patient, and he always try to find a way to explain better and make things easier!

Deborah L. Aug 15, 2014
Music Performance ·

Owen performed at our school for an all-school concert. In preparing for the performance, he was prompt, professional, and easy to work with. His performance was breathtaking. He puts such soul into his playing. I recommend him highly!

Adam J. Aug 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Every lesson that I have taken with Owen has greatly increased my ability to play. It seems like after each lesson my skill increases a months worth of practicing in just one hour. Not only have I increased in skill but also in understanding of the guitar and music theory which has made practicing on my own and playing with friends a lot easier. On top of all of that every lesson is just fun and littered with jokes and laughs along with some great guitar playing.

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