Guitar & Ukulele Lessons in South Elgin, IL

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Guitar & Ukulele Lessons for All Ages & Musical Styles

Learning guitar & ukulele should be a fun process and something that students can enjoy for many years to come. That’s why our guitar teachers teach songs and material that students like. From rock to jazz and pop, we teach all genres and styles.

We teach children through adult players and tailor each lesson to the student’s goals and interests. Whether you are just starting out or if you are tired of trying to figure it out yourself on YouTube, we’ll help you reach your goals.

If you live in the Elgin area and are thinking about starting guitar or ukulele lessons, schedule a risk-free lesson with one of our awesome, professional teachers!

Student learning to play the guitar  in SOUTH ELGIN, IL

Guitar & Ukulele Lessons

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01 We Make Guitar & Ukulele Lessons Fun!

We all know the feeling: you hear your favorite song come on and you can’t resist the urge to play along on your air guitar or ukulele! Here at Music Education Center, we can help you convert your musical fantasies into reality – while preserving that irresistible sense of joy you feel when playing along. We want each of our students to LOVE their musical experience with us!

Whether you come to us planning on becoming the next Jimi Hendrix or simply wanting to play songs around the campfire with your friends, our top-notch instructors will help you progress quickly toward your goals while ensuring you have fun along the way.

02 We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Regardless of your ultimate goals, our teachers will prioritize strong fundamentals including proper posture, hand positioning, chords, fretting, picking, and strumming. As students progress, these basics will become second nature – and serve as the foundation from which students can apply their skills across a variety of genres and styles.

We want our guitar students to be literate, well-rounded musicians. Beginners and seasoned performers alike will find value in our approach at Music Education Center, coupling technical instruction with elements of music theory and music history in each lesson.

03 We Care About Your Musical Interests

Take ownership of your own musical style and grow your talents at Music Education Center! Our dedicated instructors are committed to hearing your goals and helping you reach them. We pride ourselves on equipping each student with the tools they need to reach their fullest musical potential.

Creativity, self-discovery, and passion come to life at Music Education Center. Whether your goal is to pursue the guitar professionally in an orchestra or as a soloist, or just to play for your own personal enjoyment, your guitar teacher will support you throughout your musical journey.

Our Guitar Teachers:

Samantha Paige

Samantha Paige

Guitar & Bass (Beginning-Intermediate)

Samantha is a graduate of St. Charles East where she participated in the music department’s programs and has been teaching at MECA for over a year. She was enrolled in AP Music

Bobby Reck

Bobby Reck

Guitar & Bass, Ukulele

Bobby has played guitar for over 11 years and has taught over 5 years. In addition to playing the guitar, he loves to play soccer, video games, spend time on the computer

Terin King

Terin King

Guitar & Ukulele

Terin picked up the guitar in 2010 and has been playing (lessons at MECA) and refining her skills ever since and is bringing her skill-set to MECA as a beginning guitar teacher.

Brett King

Brett King

Beginning Guitar & Bass (Online Only)

Brett is a 2019 graduate of St. Charles North high school and currently attends the University of Iowa. He picked up a guitar in 2010 and has been practicing (lessons at MECA)

Diego Gomez

Diego Gomez

Guitar, Violin & Viola

Diego is currently a junior at Elgin High School and is able to teach violin, viola, and guitar! Diego’s main instrument is the viola, but he also practices and learns both voice

Zak Reiter

Zak Reiter

Piano (Beginning & Intermediate), Voice, Guitar & Bass

Zak has played the guitar for over 9 years and classical guitar technique for over 5 and has been teaching for over 5 years. Zak has a degree from Judson University where

Vito Bellino

Vito Bellino

Guitar

Vito graduated with a degree in classical guitar performance from UIC in 2022, but takes a profession in both electric and classical guitar! Vito has opened for many national acts, some of

Jacob Butcher

Jacob Butcher

Guitar

Jacob has been taking music lessons since the age of 6. He has taken music classes in Jazz guitar at the University of Illinois Chicago as well as classical guitar and commercial piano at Belmont University.

Jae Evensen

Jae Evensen

Guitar, Violin & Viola

Jae is a student at Larkin High School in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA). She has been teaching guitar, violin and viola since the fall of 2023 and has been playing for 7-8 years.

How it works

Together we explore student musical goals.

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.

“MECA is an amazing family-run local business. If you are in the area and you want to learn how to play an instrument or sing, this is the place to do it! Great personal customer service, and a warm welcoming environment!”

— Debbie F.

“Great and knowledgeable teachers. Friendly staff.”

— Peter Kruse

“I was looking for a Piano tutor for my 9 year old when I came across the Music Education Center (MECA) in South Elgin. It is conveniently located for me, and the website is very informative. When I called, the staff was kind and helpful.”

— Xan X.

We offer a variety of plans to fit
your schedule & budget

HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE

$98 / $104

Monthly

Beginning to Early Intermediate

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ADULT TEACHER

$116

Monthly

Beginning to Advanced Intermediate

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DEGREED TEACHER

$128

Monthly

All Levels

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MASTERS TEACHER

$140

Monthly

All Levels

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Frequently
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What Age Should My Child Start Guitar or Ukulele Lessons?

The minimum age recommended for starting guitar lessons is 5 years old. Due to the thickness of the strings and fine motor skills needed to play the instrument, we do not recommend starting guitar any younger. For younger students, we recommend learning the ukulele.

The minimum age we recommend a student start ukulele lessons is 4 years old. For younger students, we recommend an intro to music program. Starting age will largely depend on the student, some may need to wait longer than others depending on factors such as fine motor skills, attention span and overall interest in music.

Do I Need a Guitar or Ukulele to Start the Lessons?

Yes, you will need a guitar or ukulele to start the lessons. Without an instrument, you won’t be able to practice between lessons and make weekly progress. If cost is a concern, good beginner guitars are inexpensive and most music stores have a 30-day return policy if it’s not for you.

The #1 Reason to Study Guitar or Ukulele at Music Education Center?

Our instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you, or your child, to craft a lesson plan that fits individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music.
Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the guitar after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.
We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod, or iphone to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes. If you have an interest in ukulele, banjo, bass or mandolin lessons – we got you covered! Guitar lessons in Music Education Center will have you rockin’ in no time!

How Qualified are Your Guitar & Ukulele Instructors?

Our guitar and ukulele teachers instructors have received their education from prestigious institutions all over the country. Each is highly qualified to teach and create personalized lesson plans for their students.

What Will I Learn from Guitar or Ukulele Lessons with Music Education Center Teachers?

Beginner guitar students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory.
Our instructors balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson presents a new technical challenges or theory concept, and ends with something fun, such as your favorite riff or song.
We use a variety of guitar method books, and encourage students to bring their smartphone or CDs to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.
Our guitar teachers teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical guitar lessons on electric and acoustic guitars. Students have fun with guitar lessons at Music Education Center! Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory.

Ready to Get Started?

We are ready to partner with you to help you become a more accomplished musician. We truly believe that consistent, compassionate private instruction is the key to your musical growth. We are happy to evaluate and discuss your interests, goals and plans!