Laurels
Best Guitar
Teachers in
Chicago
2017

Why These Guitar Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored guitar teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best guitar teachers in Chicago, IL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Altered Stage

Altered Stage is a music school in Chicago with lessons that are suitable for seasoned guitarists as well as novices. Jason Steele, the team's principal guitar instructor, has been teaching students of all age and skill levels for more than 10 years. He holds a degree in Jazz Composition from the well-regarded Chicago College of Performing Arts and has performed on stage with numerous jazz luminaries, including Charlie Persip, Mike Smith, George Lewis, and Ron Miles.

Chicago, IL(312) 953-7625

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Avenue N Guitars

Avenue N Guitars, in Chicago, is primarily a music supply store. Its selection of products includes bass, electric, and acoustic guitars, mandolins, basses, keyboards, banjos, ukeleles, and drums, as well as sheet music and accessories. Seven days a week, from noon to eight p.m., Avenue N Guitars additionally hosts music lessons. All of Avenue N Guitars' teachers are graduates of top-ranking music colleges, any many of them have extensive experience as professional performers.

Chicago, IL(773) 252-5580

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Bella Angel Music

Bella Angel Music is a Chicago music school where Ellen Bartolozzi helps Chicago students learn how to play a variety of instruments. She specializes in vocals and piano but has the experience and training to help aspiring drummers, flutists, clarinetists, saxophonists, trumpeters, and songwriters. Bella Angel Music offers a series of "Lessons for Two" options, from vocal lessons for siblings to special "mommy & me" and "daddy & me" guitar and piano lessons.

Chicago, IL(773) 745-9100

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Cappelli Institute of Music

At the Cappelli Institute of Music, instructors can work with students who are interested in learning how to play virtually any instrument. Pupils of all ages are accepted. Central to the institution's teaching methods are the foundational skills that are critical to succeeding at virtually every level of performance. Instructors are particularly adept at helping students to avoid stage fright and other forms of anxiety.

Oak Park, IL(708) 445-8460

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Chicago Guitar Teacher

Nicholas Ferrer, the owner and operator of Chicago Guitar Teacher, has been helping Chicago guitar students since 2004. Mr. Ferrer can work with students of nearly any age, from six to 63. For each student, he designs individualized lessons, suited to his pupil's skill level and musical interests. Mr. Ferrer has more than two decades of guitar performance experience, including a dozen years teaching guitar performance in and around Chicago.

Chicago, IL(773) 330-7223

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Chicago School of Music

At Chicago School of Music, which relocated in 2012 to venues in River North and the Near North Side, is a school for piano, voice, violin, and guitar performance. Since its beginnings in Old Town in 1998, the Chicago Schol of Music has given lessons to students of all ages and experience levels. Many of the institution's younger students have since become professional performers.

Chicago, IL(312) 416-0622

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Flattis & Sharpe Music Company

Flattis & Sharpe Music Company is a musical instrument and supply shop with two Chicago locations, one in Rogers Park and the other in Norwood Park. Children, as well as adults, can sign up for instruction from one of Flattis & Sharpe's staff music teachers. The staff includes highly trained and experienced drummers, guitarists, pianists, and vocalists, as well as cellists, bassists, and even banjo players.

Chicago, IL(773) 465-5233

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Jeremiah Benham

Jeremiah Benham, based in Chicago, is an accomplished performer, teacher, and composer. His emphasis on classical performance makes him suitable for a variety of special occasions, such as cocktail parties, weddings, and galas. Mr. Benham meets with students at two locations, one at the DePaul University Community Music School, and another in South Loop.

Chicago, IL(773) 820-1545

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Kevin M. Buck

Kevin M. Buck is a guitar player and songwriter living in Lockport, who can impart his vast knowledge of guitar playing to students of any age and experience level. The only requirement is that the students themselves are serious about learning how to play. Mr. Buck has experience and training in numerous styles, including rock, metal, blues, classical, jazz, country, and reggae. In addition to guitar performance, he can teach home recording, songwriting, and music theory.

Lockport, IL(708) 655-3882

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Learn Guitar Chicago

At Learn Guitar Chicago, owner and founder Mitch Lavin works with guitar players and other musicians of any experience level, from newbies who have never played the instrument before to seasoned performers who want to expand their abilities and their grasp of musical styles. Mr. Lavin always focuses on developing his students' fundamental skills, namely chords, rhythms, and improvisation.

Chicago, IL(773) 425-7214

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Michael Rory Powell

Guitarist and guitar instructor Michael Rory Powell teaches his students how to play electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar. Lessons are available for students of various skill levels, from novices figuring out how to hold the instrument, to professionals who need some help recording their first CD.

Chicago, IL(773) 885-5171

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Music Gallery Academy

Music Gallery Academy, established in Highland Park in 1974, teaches Chicagoland students how to play guitar as well as piano, drums, banjo, mandolin, and ukelele. The Music Gallery Academy's full-time teaching faculty includes several successful guitarists and bassists from the Chicago music scene. AJ Hanson, Dave Krater, Bill Uhler, Spencer Johnson, Torin Hopkins, and Frank J. Rumoro have years of experience in both performing and teaching.

Highland Park, IL(847) 432-6350

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Muzicnet School of Music

Muzicnet School of Music is a team of professional music instructors, led by brothers Alan and Aaron Franklin. In addition to its Chicago location, Muzicnet School of Music has a satellite location in Park Forest. Since 1995, the Franklin brothers have partnered with local churches. Their unique instructional method combines Bible study with musical training.

Chicago, IL(773) 487-7529

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Nathan Niederkorn

Guitarist Nathan Niederkorn has extensive training and experience in guitar performance and guitar instruction. He meets with students at the North Shore Music Institute. Musicians of all ages and skill levels can meet with Mr. Niederkorn to learn about guitar, ukelele, and bass guitar lessons.

Chicago, IL(847) 800-6879

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New Music School

New Music School is the Chicago Metro area's only curriculum-based private music school, offering lessons in guitar and other instruments. Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as college professors and world-class performers, comprise the New Music School's staff. These faculty members work to provide an atmosphere that is at once rigorous and fun. Furthermore, students who cannot make it to the New Music School's main location, downtown, can opt for lessons at-home or at one of the institution's satellite locations.

Chicago, IL(312) 612-1969

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North Shore Music Institute

North Shore Music Institute, sometimes called "NSMI," has provided Chicago Metro students with high-quality music instruction since 2002. The course catalog includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced music lessons for pianists, vocalists, cellists, violinists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers. Instructors at the school have undergone state and federal background checks and have been screened for musical skill as well as teaching ability and enthusiasm.

Northfield, IL(847) 441-4150

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Silbernik Music Academy

At Silbernik Music Academy, located in Highland Park, aspiring guitarists and pianists can take group or solo music lessons. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome to sign up for classes at Silbernik Music Academy. They can expect the teachings to be both fun and challenging, with lessons tailored to their individual skill levels and personal taste in music. Private lessons range in price from $30 to $60.

Highland Park, IL(847) 861-4240

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Tobias Music

Tobias Music is a Downers Grove shop catering to Chicagoland guitarists of any skill level. Since founding the business in October 1978, co-owners Margaret and Ken Tobias have prided themselves on creating the perfect spot for guitar and folk music enthusiasts. In the decades since the shop opened, the staff has taught tens of thousands of lessons, to thousands of local students.

Downers Grove, IL(630) 960-2455

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Upbeat Music

Established in 2000, Upbeat Music is a Chicago music school that provides local students, both young and old, with lessons in playing piano, violin, bass, guitar, vocals, and drums. The school's 15 music teachers all have university training and on-stage performance experience. And in addition to being accomplished musicians, Upbeat Music's faculty members are all accredited teachers. Parents praise the school's waiting room, which includes comfortable chairs, Wi-Fi, and a selection of magazines.

Chicago, IL(312) 842-5896

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