Shaun Zimmerman
Chicago, IL
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Shaun Zimmerman

Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all skill levels and styles. I provide a progressive curriculum with topics ranging from music fundamentals, to advanced concepts of improvisation.

About Shaun Z.

A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree and Illinois Teaching License. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 7 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.

Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;

Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.

Finger picking playing style

Ability to read written sheet music

Ability to read and count rhythm

Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical

Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.

And most importantly, musicianship.

I prefer to have one, one hour lesson per week. I offer "in home" and "in studio" lessons.

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Pedro V.
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Shaun is really patient and explains you pretty well any question you got. He has a lot of experience in playing guitar.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Jim
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Wow! Shaun has far exceeded my expectations. He is an amazing teacher. He is prepared every week with lesson plans, he is a walking Encyclopedia for all things music and he is an extremely nice guy. Shaun is the real deal. He has the skills to teach everyone form the beginning guitar player to a seasoned professional looking to advance their skills. He is a patient person that takes the time to make sure you understand what he is teaching and more importantly he can explain why something has to be done a certain way. Shaun takes some the most complicated aspects of the guitar from rhythm to scales and makes it easy to understand and apply in the real world.

Posted Oct 18, 2015
Ashley
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I have been working with Shaun for about a year, and have truly enjoyed my experience with him. He is an excellent instructor, very focused on technique and learning to play guitar the RIGHT way. I have learned to read music, improv, and am now learning performance pieces. I would definitely recommend him as an instructor.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Alex A.
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I had been playing primarily heavy metal guitar for the past decade or so, but recently I had been itching to give classical guitar a shot. I chose Shaun primarily because he lived in my area and because he offered in-home lessons at a very reasonable rate.

After 6 months of lessons or so, I have to say I've had every expectation met and exceeded. He puts a lot of effort into designing his own instructional materials (exercises, theory work, etc), and he always comes to the lesson with a plan. He's also done a great job helping me develop proper technique (particularly in the right hand) and certain musicianship skills (e.g., improv, inflection/mood). The pieces he has chosen for me to work on have been both challenging for my skill level but also musically compelling.

Most importantly, he's just the nicest guy in the world, always has a lot of enthusiasm (but isn't over the top), and has an open mind when it comes to others' taste in music and what his students want to get out of the guitar.

In sum: my lessons with him have been very effective and have been a blast, I highly recommend him!

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Ashley
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I have been working with Shaun for about a year, and have truly enjoyed my experience with him. He is an excellent instructor, very focused on technique and learning to play guitar the RIGHT way. I have learned to read music, improv, and am now learning performance pieces. I would definitely recommend him as an instructor.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Susan
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Shaun is an outstanding teacher. In a very short amount of time, he took me from knowing absolutely nothing about guitar, to reading music and actually playing songs. He's patient, enthusiastic, and knows what he's doing. I would high recommend him to anyone interested in really learning to play guitar, the right way.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Jay
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Shaun has been a great teacher. We've been working together for well over a year and I have made great progress. He is patient, professional and a true musician.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Olivia P.
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Shaun always confirms he's coming, arrives on time, is a wizard with the guitar, and has a real gift for teaching kids.

Posted Aug 11, 2015
Marcus N.
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Shaun very knowledgeable and intuitive with his teaching. I think if I continue with my studies I will become the talented musician that I want to be.

Posted Jul 12, 2015

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Experience

Director of Guitar
Aug 2016 - Present

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

- Helped promote and grow the guitar program to over 120 students - Taught beginner to advanced group and private lessons - Composed and arranged pieces for guitar ensemble - Co-Curricular sponsor of 4 clubs; Musical Pit Director, Tri M Music Honor's Society, Guitar Club, and Stevenson Live

Private Lessons
Jun 2008 - Present

Shaun's Guitar Studio

I have provided private guitar lessons to students of all ages, experience levels, and styles.

Student Teaching
Feb 2014 - Jun 2014

Lane Tech High School

Full semester of full-time student teaching. Lane Tech has an amazing guitar program. I was fortunate to have the chance to work with 5 classes on a daily basis. Each class had 20+ students. Duties included teaching, curriculum planning, classroom management, guitar repair, studio recordings, and working with music technology.

Education

Bachelor's of Music Education
Aug 2011 - May 2014

VanderCook College of Music

Associates Degree in Music Theory
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010

Kirkwood Community College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Illinois State Liscensure
Aug 2014

Illinois Board of Education

Entitlement for teaching K-12 in the state of Illinois
Professional Teaching License
May 2014

State of Illinois

Certified K-12 Music Teacher

Awards

Xi Kappa Chapter Membership
Dec 2013

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Aug 2011
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