I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, 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 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 typically be applied to all of them. Ultimately, I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, and to build the skill sets required to work in any style of contemporary music.
I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For several people at the same skill level, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.
Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. And, as soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study (instrument), day and time. Thanks for your interest.
I look forward to working with you!
I began teaching here immediately after my return to Chicago.
In addition to teaching privately one day a week at each of their two locations, I coach some of the student bands for the quarterly "Flatts and Sharpe Rock Show" at a major Chicago venue.
I have been teaching privately from my own studio since living in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1991. While living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 2010 to 2016, I also taught from my own studio, as well as every year in between while living in my hometown of Chicago.
While in Chicago, my private studio has been located both in my home and at each of The Chicago Actors Studio's two locations.
I have also taken small groups in my home, done house calls, and worked with bands in the recording studio.
My online coaching has literally spanned the globe.
I've been a working singer, songwriter, guitarist for 30 years. I've released eight CDs to positive reviews, and toured nationally.
I perform regularly both in the Chicago area and regionally. My performances vary from solo acoustic to 3-piece to a full electric band.
I have appeared on several Chicago radio shows and often return to many of them, even co-hosting on occasion.
I have also produced extensively.
I was a private instructor in guitar, bass, ukulele, and voice. I also conducted a couple of workshops in songwriting. My roster included about 20 thirty minute lessons a week, at its peak.
As a private instructor in guitar, bass and voice, I also started a summer program for student bands. Two other teachers and I would combine students of various instruments, teach them a short set of music, and put on a show, all in one to two weeks with daily rehearsals. My roster at Quinlan and Fabish included 55 thirty minute lessons a week, at its peak.
I was a classroom teacher of General Music for several Chicago Catholic Schools, as placed by Fran Center, and educational provider for parochial schools.
I taught from Pre-K through 8th Grade.
I also occasionally subbed for other subjects, directed the choirs, and put together classroom shows with the students.
At my busiest, I taught from 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday.
I graduated in the top of my class at Columbia College Chicago. My diploma was presented with honors.
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.