Randi Russo

Randi R.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



Randi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 25

Teaching since:
January 2005

I'm recent transplant from NYC and I am so excited to bring the kind of teaching I did there to people here in Chicago.

I've worked at some of the most prestigious institutions teaching guitar (The Dalton School, 92nd St Y, NYC Guitar School -- this last location, I taught both children and adults), as well as established a private clientele of wonderful students with whom I developed strong relationships over the last eight years.

As a musician, I have released three full-length albums and two EPs. I have toured the U.S. and Europe. I've opened for some of the bigger indie-rock acts out there and played some prestigious festivals (Milwaukee Summer Festival and the Truck Festival, both US & UK). I am also a visual artist with a studio here in the city.

While pursuing a career in music, I fell into teaching... and then I fell in love with teaching. I realized that I have a gift that goes beyond making music and that I have a need to share it with others. I love giving encouragement and support to those who want to learn. I have patience and a sense of humor that just seems to connect very well with kids. And even adults appreciate my laid-back approach.

Becoming a teacher was a gift that I did not expect in life, and once I experienced the difference it made in the lives of others, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for the difference it has made in mine.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach comes from a singer-songwriter perspective by playing songs students like, they stay interested and motivated, which is the most important part in making progress!

Creativity is highly encouraged in my lessons. Many of my students write their own songs while learning the basic tenets of guitar-playing, as well as some music theory along the way.

I do note-reading with children, in addition to them learning chords and playing the songs they want to learn. If adults want to learn note reading, I can accommodate that wish!

I'm laid back. I like my lessons to be easy-going and fun. That being said, I will be a stickler if your rhythm is not quite right or if you're making some awkward-looking chord shapes! If the lessons are enjoyable and two people in a room are connecting in a way that goes beyond music, then the student will be coming back with enthusiasm each week. When I taught at NYC Guitar School, I had one of the highest student retention rates for several years in a row.

My lessons are not super-conventional. They're based on the love and enjoyment of music. We can do scales, note-reading and more -- but my main goal is to make sure you are having fun and losing yourself in the moment of playing music. Even though I moved to Chicago nine months ago, I still have students and parents of students sending me audio clips of songs they're working on or writing. When I teach, I'm not just there to show up... you are getting much more than a regular guitar lesson when you work with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You will have to bring your guitar to the Transistor location. Those who come to my Andersonville location do not need to bring a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
I mostly teach rock, pop, folk, country and blues. My method comes from students learning songs that they like so that they stay motivated.

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Photos & Videos

Original song by Randi, performed live at Sidewalk Cafe in NYC.
Photo by Randi R.

Photo by Randi R.

Photo by Randi R.

Photo by Randi R.

Photo by Randi R.
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7 Reviews

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Erle F. Feb 24, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I had taken a long break from guitar and chose Randi to help me get reacquainted. Randi was always very well prepared. Having allowed me to pick what songs I wanted to learn in advance, she prepared tabs and/or sheet music. My time with Randi was huge in springboarding me back on my music journey and gave me the confidence to periodically perform in ensembles. I would not hesitate to recommend Randi for anyone interested in guitar.

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Jeannine L. Apr 25, 2013
Guitar ·

Randi is the best!

My son took lessons with Randi for four years in NYC (from ages 8-11). She catered the lessons to his musical tastes and fostered his love of music, performing and even practicing! She was well organized, well prepared and always reliable. As my son's ability improved, Randi kept him challenged and interested.

Don't hesitate to hire Randi! You won't regret it!

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alissa N. Mar 23, 2013
Guitar ·

Randi was a joy to have in our house

Our 9 year old daughter looked forward to her guitar lessons every week with Randi. She learned so much, so quickly, my husband and I were amazed. After only 3 months of working with Randi she performed in front of all Randi's students and families in a cafe. We were so proud of her, and she was fantastic, confident, and capable! We would recommend Randi unequivocally for guitar lessons. Good luck in Chicago Randi!!!

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Kathryn F. Mar 23, 2013
Guitar ·

Randi is a gem!

Randi is a fabulous guitar teacher and she had a stellar reputation in NYC. She has a great vibe and her students adore her.

Robert B. Mar 21, 2013
Guitar ·

Randi Rocks!!!!

I had Randi as a guitar teacher for 3 years! She was the best teacher I ever had!!!!! She made me LOVE music and the guitar. She is professional, flexible, and lets you learn by teaching you how to play songs that you love. It was not until Randi left, and I got a new guitar teacher, that I realized how good a teacher she is. She makes it really easy to learn too! If you like the guitar I PROMISE YOU, YOU NEED RANDI AS A TEACHER!!!!

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Blues K. Mar 20, 2013
Guitar ·

Great teacher

Randi's an excellent teacher. Very down to earth, and friendly. And will never stiffle an interest or question. No regement, whatever you enjoy. Remember, if your not enjoying yourself, you won't get anywhere.
Great Teacher.

Harry L. Mar 18, 2013
Guitar ·


Randi taught my kids for many years and I have to tell you, she is absolutely superb. Tremendously caring, technically superb and a great communicator. My kids loved her! We want her back in New York City!!!!

She also held an annual performance for all of her students at a cafe and you could really see the genuine warmth that all of her students had for her.

If you can grab some lessons from her, you will be very fortunate and very happy.

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