Guitar Lessons in Naperville, Illinois

Our Approach to Guitar Lessons

At Musical Expressions, our approach centers on a few key themes. First and foremost is creative expression. There are no limits to what you can achieve at our music school. Additionally, we strive to ensure that your guitar lessons are fun, you develop the proper technique, and have a customized experience that is tailored to your goals.

Guitar Lessons Should Be 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! Here at Musical Expressions, 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.

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 Musical Expressions, coupling technical instruction with elements of music theory and music history in each lesson.

We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals

Your unique interests and background will help guide your experience at Musical Expressions. We teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced students who are interested in a variety of styles – including rock, jazz, classical, pop, blues, and more. Whether you’re inspired by modern day singer-songwriters or the rockers of the 1970s, we can’t wait to get started with you!

Our seasoned instructors will draw upon years of playing, performing, and teaching experience to guide you in improving your skills and exploring the many possibilities of your instrument, and advancing toward your goals at a pace that works for you.

Are you interested in learning to play the guitar? There are many reasons to pursue music education – and guitar lessons are a great place to start! At Musical Expressions, we’re passionate about facilitating a warm, engaging, and fun environment where students can grow into their musical talents. Our experienced staff offer diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, making your options limitless when it comes to guitar lessons right here in Naperville. 

We’ve spent many years developing a teaching philosophy that maximizes growth and opportunity for musicians of all ages and skill levels. We believe in providing students with the skills to create a strong foundation upon which they can build, grow, and thrive. We’ll start guitar lessons with basic techniques and fundamentals that are essential to playing the guitar, bass, or even ukulele, before then exploring a wide variety of different styles of music so each student can find what truly excites them!

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Erik Swanson

Erik Swanson

Guitar & Bass

​An exceptional musician, Erik won a major Chicago-area bass solo contest early in his career. He was awarded the grand prize, a $2,000 Modulus bass guitar. He went on to participate in

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Michael Lockler

Michael Lockler

Guitar, Ukulele, Flute, & Clarinet

Michael Lockler received his Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies at North Central College. There he studied flute with Marie Bennett and guitar with John McLean. He received his Master’s in Performance, while studying

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Tom Navarro

Tom Navarro

Guitar

Tom Navarro is Guitarist from Chicago, IL. Tom started playing guitar at age 15 and was heavily influenced by 80 rock guitarists Eddie Van Halen and Neil Schon of Journey among others.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Lessons

What is the minimum age to start guitar lessons at Musical Expressions?

We work with students of all ages at Musical Expressions. The only requirement for successfully starting guitar lessons is basic comprehension and reading skills. Typically, around five years old is the youngest you’d want to explore guitar lessons, but once you’ve reached that milestone there’s no need to stop!

Do I need any prior experience?

Whether you’re a child exploring music for the first time or an adult who’s looking to try something new, we have a fit for you at our music school. We welcome students from all backgrounds – including first-timers and experienced musicians. If it is your first time learning the guitar, our teachers will walk you through every step of getting started to ensure that you have everything you need to succeed.

What styles of guitar can I learn?

We have a number of guitar teachers on staff who have varied experience in the music industry. From graduates of conservatory study to rock band stars, we have a teacher who can help you explore the style(s) of guitar that you’re most interested in learning, including rock, pop, folk, classical, blues, and so much more. There are no limits on your musical education at Musical Expressions.

What books will I need?

Once we’ve found you the right teacher, they will work with you to understand the goals you’re hoping to achieve through guitar lessons. Upon understanding the direction you’d like to go with your education, your teacher will provide you with a complete list of books and other resources that will support your journey.

Which type of guitar is right for me?

The type of guitar you choose can influence the style of music you’ll be able to play well. If there is a sound or style of music that you prefer, your guitar teacher can make a recommendation for the best fit – whether that be an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a bass guitar, or other type of stringed instrument. 

For younger and smaller students, the ukulele is a great starting point. The fundamentals aren’t too different and you’ll be able to properly execute technique on an instrument that is better suited to your size.

Why Come to Musical Expressions for Guitar Lessons?

When choosing a music school that will be the right fit for you, you want to look for an environment where you can truly thrive. Musical Expressions has been a staple for guitar lessons in Naperville for many years. We’re proud of the many happy and talented graduates who’ve participated in guitar lessons at our school. 

Our student-oriented philosophy means that you get to choose the direction of your musical journey. Our teachers have the knowledge and experience to support the unique path you choose to walk.

Our fun, supportive, and free environment means you can explore any and all types of music and find the right fit for your goals as a guitarist. There are no limits to the education and experience you can gain through guitar lessons at Musical Expressions.

Ready to Begin Guitar Lessons in Naperville?

If you’re interested in beginning guitar or bass lessons in the Naperville area, give Musical Expressions a call. Our experienced and enthusiastic instructors are ready to help you explore all that the guitar has to offer.

Contact us today to schedule your first guitar lesson.
















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Our Reviews

  • Musical Expressions is a great place to learn and experience music!

    Phil L.
  • As a band director and published composer, I was particular in finding a musically-rich studio environment for my son. Well, we found it. Musical Expressions is a bright and cheerful enterprise providing top-notch instruction in a most musician-friendly way.

    Tim L.
  • We are very satisfied with Musical Expressions and their teachers. The children love to come to their lessons with John Melnick. They have made a lot of progress within the past 2 years. We will continue to recommend the studio.

    Lucy D.
  • I love my lessons. As a teen I enjoy the independence and respect Erik [Swanson] gives me and his depth of musical diversity is only surpassed by his technical skill.

    Andrew B.
  • I recently signed up my grandson for piano lessons with John at Musical Expressions. The studio is friendly and inviting. Tim has only had a few lessons but we can already see improvement. John is a great teacher. He really keeps the students entertained and alert! It is great to see all of the smiling faces in the waiting room. The facility is very clean and well maintained. What a great place!

    Martha S.
  • I have to call out Rory’s piano teacher, John Melnick, for his awesomeness. In the year since Rory has been with him, I am blown away by Rory’s ease in picking up songs, his technique and enthusiasm for the instrument. Before it was a chore Rory had to tick off his list, but John’s down to earth approach coupled with his talent and love for music has obviously rubbed off! ‘Hats off’ to Musical Expressions for finding wonderful John for us.

    Wendell
  • Sue Good has given me so much more than just the ability to play the piano. Her positive approach to teaching has encouraged me to continue to grow both musically and as an individual. Sue, thank you for everything you have given me. You will always be special to me!

    Rachel R.
  • I have three children studying piano with Yee Seer [See]. She is a great teacher. The children enjoy working with her. She has given them great musical experiences.

    Martha B.
  • Dearest Sue [Good], you have been much more than a piano and music teacher to our family. You have become a dear friend and a part of the family. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all your care, wisdom, and love not just for our girls, but for everyone around you! We look forward to a long, happy relationship with you and the studio!

    Elena V.
  • John Melnick is an Excellent music teacher. John is so patient and relates well to all his students. Being 76 and wanting to play piano for the first time, John was able to make my learning fun. I highly recommend John for young or elderly lessons. You will be happy you did.

    Wendell K.
  • Kristofer has been a student of Greg Luberda for the past two years. I was looking for an instructor who was comfortable with teaching piano to precocious young boys and was assured Greg would be just the person. The advice was on target, Greg has the patience of Job as well as the level of firmness needed to ensure Kristofer stays on task. My son has grown in ability and musical competence over these past two years. He enjoys his piano lessons, maybe not so much having to practice piano daily, but continued piano development is clear.

    Irma S.
  • I love the creative ways different teachers explain the art of music. They make learning fun rather than making it seem like a chore. With Alex, he chooses fun warm ups and songs that you will not only learn from, but enjoy doing.

    Ella S.
  • I study voice with Bridget [Becker]. She is absolutely amazing! I feel very lucky to have such a fantastic teacher!

    Celeste C.
  • When my 12-year-old daughter and I decided she’d like to take voice lessons I searched the Internet for voice teachers near Glen Ellyn. Musical Expressions caught my eye because of all the types of lessons they offer. When I inquired about lessons via e-mail they got back to me the same day so I knew they were organized – definitely a plus! They said one of their voice teachers, Bridget Becker, had openings so I scheduled her first lesson. We were both so pleased to meet Bridget. I took voice lessons throughout high school and I think my daughter has already learned more in three months than I did! Bridget is such a genuinely kind and supportive teacher. We are so pleased to be part of the Musical Expressions family!

    Kathy N.
  • My daughter enjoys her voice lessons [with Bridget Becker] and looks forward to them every week. Singing makes her happy. I, as a parent, enjoy supporting her in activities that make her happy.

    Karen F.
  • As parents that studied music from grade school through college, we wanted to make sure our daughter received quality lessons once she started an instrument in school. We found that in Musical Expressions and Josh Malave!

    Since starting Cello lessons, 2 months ago, we have noticed a big improvement in not only her bowing and sound, but in her confidence level. She doesn’t shy away from playing at home, and actually has fun practicing!

    She is truly enjoying her lessons and we are excited to see her continued progress!

    Matthew & Stephanie F.
  • I just stopped in the office to let you know how much Emily is enjoying her cello lessons with Mary [McGinty]! Emily is practicing more and really progressing beautifully. We feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented teacher. We love Musical Expressions. This studio is such a gem!

    Keith D.
  • Being a musician and an athlete is definitely possible; it requires good communication and scheduling flexibility. Nicholas has been taking lessons with Bobby Clark for the last 2 years. During this time, she got to know who Nicholas was both as a musician and an athlete. She is extremely understanding with his schedule and works with us to schedule his music lessons around athletic activities. Nicholas has grown as a musician under Bobby’s guidance. We are extremely appreciative of the partnership that we have with Bobby that allows Nicholas to continue growing musically and stay involved in the athletics that he enjoys.

    Amy J.
  • Bobby [Calebaugh Clark] is a great horn teacher who has introduced me to a lot of new music and materials that I haven’t experienced before. She has wonderfully improved my skill level, confidence, and performance ability!

    Maria R.
  • Stephen has been a drum student with Ron [Spaeth] for several years. Ron has a great teaching personality and our son looks forward to every lesson. We will continue to recommend Musical Expressions to friends and family members.

    Christina G.
  • I’ve been taking lessons with Ed [Breckenfeld] for about a year and a half. He always finds ways to challenge my abilities and keeps it fun by giving me new songs to learn each week. Ed is a great drum teacher. I really feel like he cares about my progress as a musician.

    Patrick B.
  • For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.

    Chad B.
  • For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.

    Alex H.
  • Patrick Dugan is really great to work with. He has shown me many techniques for practicing at home and has managed to keep learning fun!

    Alex H.
  • Enjoying the lessons with Pat Dugan – they are taking me out of my comfort zone and making me practice (probably for the first time in 20 years!). I like learning the new cords & fingerings.” Outside of lessons I play in a band every week at my church.

    I would recommend lessons here at Musical Expressions to anyone – any age!

    Nick M.
  • My son is learning well and progressing with the help of his horn teacher, Bobby Clark. These lessons give him confidence to do better in middle school band class.

    Venkat D.
  • I feel like I am learning because I have improved a lot! I think I should go to one hour lessons!

    Punith D.
  • I love lessons! The music is a challenge and it’s really worth it! I absolutely love Bobby because I have learned a lot in the time that I have been here and I have made lots of progress. I look forward to coming every week! The recital was a great experience for me because it was the first time ever doing a solo with an accompanist. I look forward to many more years here. And, I think Bobby is wonderful!

    Christian Q.
  • My daughter takes music lessons with Bobby Clark. She is very helpful and it’s obvious that she loves to teach! We really like the teacher and the staff at Musical Expressions. They go the extra mile.

    S.F.
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