Shimmy Castle

Shimmy C.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



Shimmy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2005

Shimmy has been immersed in music dating back to his youngest moments in life. He began studying classical piano at the age of four and took up the guitar at the age of 10. Mostly self taught he was always interested in striving to obtain deeper knowledge in music.
After high school he became invested in learning music theory and studying multiple musical styles such as Rock, R&B, Funk, Fusion, Blues, and Jazz. Shimmy received his degree as an honors student in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago.


Degree in Music, concentration in Jazz Studies
Aug 2013 - May 2016
Columbia College Chicago

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13 Reviews

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Sophie Jul 31, 2017
Guitar · In home

Shimmy is such a great teacher. He is very patient and extremely knowledgeable about music and guitar. I would definitely recommend him to anyone trying to learn guitar. He's seriously the best!!!!

Zev Jun 17, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Patient and thorough, shimmy is an excellent teacher for beginners

Courtney Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In home

Shimmy is fantastic with my girls, ages 7 and 9 (started at 6 and 8). He incorporates learning how to read music and music theory, as well as memorizing music and learning to play by ear. He keeps the lessons fun and the girls engaged. He is always on-time and courteous!

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Leyka Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In home

Great teacher

Animax Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Great and fun teacher! His lessons are interesting and fun!

Nini Jun 14, 2017
Guitar · In home

Very strong desire to teach, play and explore music.

Eli Jun 13, 2017
Guitar · In home

Shimmy was a great teacher. Fully knowledgeable and passionate about his craft, I appreciated every lesson we had.

I am an amateur guitarist with a good knowledge of music theory. Shimmy was able to tailor our lesson plan to fit my skill set without making it too dry while at the same time challenging my fingers and mind.

Highly recommended!!!

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Shua Jun 13, 2017
Guitar · In home

I was nervous getting a teacher because I didn't really know where to start, especially because I had been playing by myself for a few years already. Shimmy took the time to see where my skill set was, what I wanted to do with my playing, and truly gave me individualized lessons for a while. I would highly recommend him. Worth every penny.

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Vincnet Jun 13, 2017
Piano · In home

Shimmy is an excellent instructor who is wonderful with children of all ages. He has been providing piano instructions for our 9 year old daughter since last October. We highly recommend him.

Nash Jun 8, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shimmy was/is an outstanding teacher. After jumping around from teacher to teacher, trying to find one with both knowledge of the craft but also familiar with the direction music is going, Shimmy gave me the confidence to continue playing and pursue my own musical goals. I reach out to him every few weeks to catch up and fill him in on what I'm doing (since I no longer live in Chicago), and he always makes time out of his busy schedule to do so. I could not have asked for a better teacher to kickstart my musical journey. I never hesitate to recommend him!!!

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Sruli Jun 5, 2017
Guitar · In home

Shimmy is a master. His approach to guitar in simple terms is amazing. His feel for music and his logical approach to guitar playing make him a fantastic teacher.
When I started with shimmy I only knew one scale shape and didn't really know what to do with it. Over time, with Shimmy's guidance, I built a basic library of music theory and learned how to apply it to the music I was playing. After about a year of lessons I am now a completely different player.
I recomend shimmy for people of all ages and experience. He is a five star guitar teacher.

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Chris Jun 5, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Learned a number of new songs. Shimmy is an awesome person!

Robert May 31, 2017
Guitar · In home

I was referred to Shimmy by a friend. My friend is a seasoned, gigging guitarist and he told me that Shimmy had helped him further his craft and his creativity. I was apprehensive at first to call Shimmy because I would consider myself more of a beginner so I wasn't sure if he would be right for me.
Shimmy was simply fantastic. He worked with me and gave me the understanding and confidence I needed to get good at playing guitar. He helped me get comfortable with making music, and I would recommend him to anybody - even beginners.

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