Phil Circle

Phil C.

Chicago, IL

About Phil C.

Phil teaches: Ages 18 to 90
Teaching since: January 1990
Last sign in: Within two months


I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my past students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. In cases where a student works in more than one medium, one session can be applied to all of these. Ultimately, I strive to lead every student to find their own creative voice and to have the skill sets required to work in any style of contemporary music.

Photos and Videos

Phil Circle with members of his band performing "Bittersweet" by Big Head Todd in a 2016 Chicago performance.


Singer Songwriter Guitarist

Mar 1986 - Present
Guilt By Association Records

I've been a working singer, songwriter, guitarist for 30 years. I've released eight CDs and toured nationally.


Music Composition and Performance

Feb 1994 - Jun 1997
Columbia College Chicago

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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4 Reviews on Phil C.

Megan Nov 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Phil has the techniques and know-how to get the best out of you vocally. He'll also work with you on music theory if asked, which helped me greatly with improving my ear. Outstanding and highly recommended teacher!!
Dave Nov 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
At 39 I decided it was time to learn to play guitar, I had wanted to do it for years but just hadn't. So I bought an electric guitar and played around for a month or so before deciding lessons were in order.

I shopped around for someone cheap, don't do that, they are cheap for a reason. I eventually came across Phil and we hit it off well. He is very well versed in blues and rock music which I was looking for. He knows music theory and breaks it down well. He's a straight shooter and will call you out when you're lazy, but always gives kudos and encouragement when appropriate.

It's nice when your teacher has practical real world experience to back up the teaching. Phil can back up his teaching and truly loves entertaining people, he puts on a great live show.

I would certainly recommend Phil as a teacher as well as a musician. Phil is a "Rock Star"!

Years later I am still playing guitar and now bass with a band several times a week and having a blast.

Thanks Phil.
Ed Nov 3, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Phil is great. I took vocal training lessons from him years ago and still use training materials we created. My voice improved a lot, it's clearer and stronger now, thanks to Phil. Add to it that I sing in different language and Phil was able to customize his lessons to accommodate it and you have a best teacher your money can buy. Speaking of money - the rates were very reasonable! You can't go wrong with Phil as a teacher!
Jeremy Nov 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Phil is a great teacher. He really helped give me confidence in my ability to sing. And the lessons I had with him gave me skills that I can always go back to when I need to practice or warm up. I highly recommend him.
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