Lyle Raymond

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I cannot learn something without wanting to immediately begin sharing what I know. That's what inspired me to begin teaching, and it continues to drive me today.

My credo is, "Take fun seriously." There is a reason we say that we "play" music; it is meant to be entertaining, for the listener and the performer. I know you want to learn to play an instrument so that you have one more pleasure in your life, and not to take up a new profession. But I also assume the highest potential in my students. If something is worth learning, it's worth learning well. My goal is for people to say to each other, "There seem to be a lot of good guitarists coming out of the Madison area. What's in the water?" My bottom line: Whatever your personal objectives, it is my job to discover them and help you meet them, whether you're interested performing at the campfire or the concert hall.

If you do not live nearby, we can learn together through online chat via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout. I have openings during early daytime CST, which means if you're in the UK or Europe and you're an English speaker, I would be happy to schedule you.
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Lyle teaches



Lyle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1989

- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.


Private Music Instructor
Aug 1996 - Present

Private music instructor, guitar, piano, bass, banjo, ukulele, and woodwinds. Freelance, with some work at academies including Lake Country Conservatory (Oconomowoc), Arboretum Music School (Waunakee), SoSonic (Madison) and MusicWorks (Madison). Current owner of MusicWorks.

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Bachelor of Music
Aug 1991 - Aug 1998
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

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20 Reviews

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Janet Nov 7, 2018
Banjo · In home

Great first lesson. I like goal setting and getting email about lesson.

Evie Jun 14, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.

Danielle Mar 7, 2018
Piano · In studio

I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!

Mack M. Nov 7, 2017
Banjo · Online

When the lesson started we got right to the point and decided the best direction to take with the limited experience I have. I have goals for the next lesson and something to work with and someone to help me along the way.

Mack M. Nov 7, 2017
Banjo · Online

Mack M. Nov 7, 2017
Banjo · Online

Char Oct 9, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I am a complete novice - my first ever guitar lesson. This lesson started from holding the guitar, pick, fingers and finger movement, and form. I started the book and I learned lots. Lyle was very efficient and professional.

Jalen Mar 18, 2017
Piano · In studio

Lyle is very knowledgeable and seems to have a good method of teaching piano. My son is enjoying it very much.

Patrick Jan 31, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Awesome teacher! only first time and I already know he is very nice and patient!

Sri G. Oct 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

He is been really good,explains very clearly. He can understand me very well. Good to have him as my teacher. These are words told by my daughter.

Patty May 15, 2016
Banjo · Online

I know nearly nothing about music, but just love to try. Lyle is patient, and able to be flexible if I have not been able to practice (as much as I should!)

kevin Z. Jul 7, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Lyle provided a great first experience in my bass guitar lessons. He is very knowledgeable and created a custom lesson plan to what I am looking for.

Jakob J. May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Excellent with my 9 year old son!

Adam K. Mar 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Lyle has been a great instructor so far. He has taught me how to think about and practice guitar better. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he shares in an easy-going way. I feel better prepared and confidant that I can reach my desired skill level, rather than it seeming like a fantasy. Highly recommended.

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Jen M. Feb 5, 2015
Banjo · Online

Good combination of book learnin' and improvisational instruction.

Katrina G. Jul 11, 2014
Banjo · In home

Lyle is awesome! Lessons are fun and helpful, he focuses on helping you meet your musical goals. I am an adult absolute novice, never played an instrument before, and I feel really good about my progress. If a year ago someone would have asked me "will you ever play an instrument?" I would have said absolutely no and that I didn't think I was even capable of learning an instrument, I considered myself to be very non-musical; but not anymore. 1 star off because we've had a lot of cancellations and reschedules but that's partially my fault as well since our lessons are on Friday nights and he warned me he often plays gigs or has to travel to gigs on that night.

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RAMA S. May 7, 2013
Guitar ·

Very Good Teacher

Very cool and has immense patience for my 6 year old son. The right guitar teacher for my son who has questions nonstop.

Nina H. Jan 28, 2013

Patient and willing to work with my son.

Lyle has been doing a wonderful job with my son. My son tends to lose focus a lot, but Lyle has never been cross or sharp with him. We are very pleased with the progress we are making.

JanF Jul 9, 2012

for Stella

she responds well to Lyle. We have worked flexibly with our schedules and she is getting along ok. She could practice more...but she likes what and how she has learned so far...

HortensiaG Feb 12, 2012

Excelent teacher; totally happy!

He's very knowledgable!!!His teaching is wonderful!!He cares for the student's learning and goals!!!

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