Chicago Music Store has a large staff of excellent, friendly teachers ready to help you reach your musical goals, and have fun doing it. And most of our teachers give the first two lessons for free, so you can be sure about it. You’ll find instructors for the following instruments:
GUITAR, BASS, FOLK STRINGS
Guitar, music theory, improvisation
Damon has been teaching guitar for twenty-five years. He also regularly performs around town in a variety of settings and has been recording and writing professionally since the late 80’s. Damon studied at the University of Idaho and welcomes students of all ages.
Kim Philip Bloom
As a classical guitarist, Kim maintains a tremendous passion for teaching. Having earned a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kim has taught and performed in California, Mexico, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands, and has attended and participated in many master classes by world acclaimed guitarists. He is a patient and personable teacher, a disciplined classical musician, who teaches repertoire, technique, interpretation, theory and has edited over 80 works for solo classical guitar. Scores of students, at all levels and ages, beginning to advanced, have benefited from his teaching. It is an honor for Kim to pass on the knowledge from the teachers before him. 30 plus years teaching experience.
Acoustic & electric guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, banjo, mandolin
Rich is a professional musician with over 30 years of playing experience in a myriad number of musical styles. Eight years ago Rich began accepting students in order to pass along the extensive knowledge he gained throughout his career, with a focus of shortening the learning curve for aspiring musicians. With an emphasis on the physical aspects of playing being the fastest way to learn, students from eight to eighty have come to appreciate his caring and patient teaching style.
Ryan David Green
Ryan has toured and performed with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, Lifehouse, and many others. He has a degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has worked as a visiting artist teaching guitar to children in the OMA (Opening Minds Through The Arts) program. He teaches guitar to students of all ages and skill levels. Note: This teacher does not participate in our Two Free Lesson program.
guitar, bass, piano, voice, banjo
As singer/guitarist and leader of the Bill Ganz Western Band, Bill has been performing throughout the Southwest for many years. In addition to four CD’s and numerous independent projects as a studio musician, Bill has worked with Jeff Haskell from the University of Arizona and performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions. Early years included study at the University of Nebraska (BA Ed) and University of Wisconsin (MST). Bill has been teaching locally for some thirty years and is recognized as one of Tucson’s finest active musician teacher/performers.
Guitar, Ukulele, Accordion, Banjo
J.P believes the primary benefit of private lessons is that you get just what you need at the pace that is best for you. He has more than 25 years of experience at breaking down music practicum and music theory into bite-size pieces for any student, whether that student is 8 years old or 80. Although J.P earned a B.A. in music from Arizona State University, his focus and background is in the non-conventional or ethno musicological fields such as folk strings and free reed areas.
Ryan hails from Washington State and has been playing bass for 23 years and studied under renowned Northwest jazz musician, Jay Mabin. He has been teaching since 2008 with a focus on technique, theory, and genre diversity. Ryan has played and recorded with numerous musicians and bands in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area as well as Tucson since relocating in 2012. All ages and skill levels are welcome.