Schaumburg Guitar & Bass Lessons

Our Approach to Guitar & Bass Lessons

Our guitar, bass, and ukulele instructors foster creative expression in their students, encouraging them to pursue their musical goals. At Schaumburg Music Academy, we teach a wide variety of musical styles and genres, and enjoy personalizing lessons to make the learning experience fun for students of all ages.

In addition, we also support our students’ development as musicians by teaching relevant fundamentals, music theory, and proper instrumental technique for guitar and bass. Below is a basic outline of our approach.

Guitar & Bass 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 Schaumburg Music Academy, 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 Schaumburg Music Academy, 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 Schaumburg Music Academy. 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.

Ages 5 and up

Our excellent guitar teachers help cultivate growth in your instrumental and songwriting talents. Get personal, private instruction with one of our awesome guitar teachers.

At Schaumburg Music Academy, guitar and ukulele students receive personalized instruction from highly qualified professionals in a positive and supportive learning environment. We make learning fun by customizing guitar and bass lessons to each student, serving people of all ages and skill levels in the Schaumburg area.

Instructors at Schaumburg Music Academy begin by teaching healthy technique, including proper picking technique, fretting technique, and seated posture. However, our teachers are also attuned to students’ needs; their selection of exercises and repertoire will always be based on your musical interests and goals! Want to become the next singer-songwriter sensation, perform classical pieces as a soloist, or just learn to strum a few chords and sing along with friends? Our teachers can help you get there!


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Our Teachers

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Our Guitar & Bass Teachers

We have several extremely qualified guitar instructors to choose from for people of all ages. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player, we will find an instructor that will suit your individual needs. Each lesson is catered to you and your unique style of learning. Our instructors will teach you what you want to learn, whether that’s rock music or folk music, it’s all up to you!

Carter  Schultz

Carter Schultz


Carter Schultz is a multi-instrumentalist and song-writer of 17 years. He has been teaching guitar, drums, piano and bass in the Schaumburg area since 2010 and has an Associate’s degree in Fine

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David  Shore

David Shore

Piano/­Guitar/­Bass/­Upright Bass/­Ukulele

David’s students enjoy learning and feeling like musicians while still getting the academic benefits that learning music provides. He includes many songs and pieces that his students are familiar with while making

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Michael  Mckissack

Michael Mckissack


Mike was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, and has spent the last thirty years learning the intricacies of composing, performing, and teaching the guitar. He’s well versed in most contemporary

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Paul  Kutylo

Paul Kutylo


Paul Kutylo began playing acoustic guitar at Divine Word College. He played and sang for an overwhelming number of hootenannies, church services and talent shows in college and graduate school. Paul taught

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Jason Wickland

Jason Wickland


Jason Wickland is a Music Education Major at Elmhurst College with Classical Guitar as his primary instrument. Jason has been playing the guitar since 3rd grade and he is currently involved in

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Marty Binder

Marty Binder

Drums, Guitar

Marty Binder has been playing drums, touring, and recording for over 30 years. He keeps a busy schedule playing local venues, festivals, corporate and private events. He has played with Blues greats,

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Playing the guitar requires more physical dexterity than some other instruments. Pressing down on strings to create chord patterns, fingerpicking, and plucking the strings takes a certain amount of muscular development and coordination in the hands. For that reason, very small hands won’t be effective at forming many chord patterns. In general, we do not suggest beginning guitar lessons before age five.

At Schaumburg Music Academy, we typically work with guitar and ukulele students aged 5-Adult.  Adult students of all ages and levels are also welcome. You’re never too old to begin! Please contact us to learn more about our guitar and ukulele program. We would be delighted to help you find a good match for yourself or your child among our wonderful faculty.

New to Guitar Lessons? Here’s What to Expect

Schaumburg Music Academy welcomes all music learners, from total beginners to advanced students preparing for university or conservatory study. For those who are new to guitar or bass lessons, we know getting started can seem a little daunting. Here’s what to expect if you’re new to guitar lessons.

What Styles of Music Instruction Are Available?

Schaumburg Music Academy instructors specialize in a variety of styles including rock, pop, folk, classical, blues, R&B, flamenco, and classical, among others. If you are looking for something specific, feel free to get in touch and we can match you with a teacher whose specialty lines up with your areas of interest.

What Books Will I Need?

There are many popular guitar, ukulele, and bass method books in circulation today, and our teachers use a variety of these. Most teachers incorporate a number of different types of resources into their lessons, including method books, guitar tabs, song books, lead sheets, and online resources. In or before a student’s first lesson at Schaumburg Music Academy, your guitar teacher will provide a list of books to purchase.

What Should I Consider When Selecting an Instrument?

There are so many different types of guitars, ukuleles, and bass guitars available to purchase in today’s marketplace that it can be hard to know where to start. Many guitar types are specific to particular musical genres or styles of playing, so it’s important to learn more about them before making a decision on which instrument to purchase. Your guitar instructor will work with you to determine what’s best for starting out. You can get recommendations on what type of instrument to purchase and where to find it at your first lesson.

What Sets Schaumburg Music Academy Apart?

Schaumburg Music Academy  is so much more than a building. It is a greenhouse for growing musicians. We strive to make our school a fun and engaging environment that sparks the imagination. Our staff members are enthusiastic about music, and this comes through in every interaction with our students.

Not only are our instructors passionate, they care about each student’s individual growth, musical development, interests, and goals. During your private lesson you will catch a vision of what your musical future could be. This student-focused approach fosters a level of creativity and freedom unknown in many conservatory-style music programs. At Schaumburg Music Academy your goals are front and center.

Our instructors are the highlight of Schaumburg Music Academy. Each one of our instructors is highly qualified, experienced, and versatile. In addition to our flexible curriculum and approach, the caliber of our teachers is what sets us apart. They are not only talented, but also caring — facilitating your journey of musical self-discovery. Do you want to gain confidence and poise as a performer, learn some sick guitar licks, or maybe even develop your songwriting talents? You never know what you can achieve until you take that first step.

Ready to Start Guitar or Bass Lessons in Schaumburg, Illinois?

Are you ready to start guitar, bass guitar, or ukulele instruction in Schaumburg? Schaumburg Music Academy is here to serve you. Contact us today to learn more about our programs, or to set up your first lesson!


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  • My daughter started voice lessons with Gary at the Schaumburg location about a month ago. As a concerned parent I was interested in what she thought of him as her instructor. She likes him! Not in any romantic or crush sort of way, but as a highly trained and skilled professional who knows what he is teaching.

    In fact all of the staff at the Schaumburg location, in my opinion of course, are very dedicated, trained, involved, respectful, and completely committed to the session time. I work third shift and staying awake to take and pick-up my daughter is not always easy. I mentioned the situation once to them, and now when there is a cancelation they give me a call to see if we can get in earlier. If you have ever worked third shift you know how thoughtful this is.

    They have a great facility, convenient location, and a very easy going demeanor that translates into very productive training for the student. If you are looking for your child to receive solid foundational training in any of the lessons they offer, I do not believe you could do better than this Their prices are well within contemporary rates for the area, and would be an investment in the future fulfillment to your children´s musical development.

    Mark Bock Review
  • Three of my children, a nephew and I have been taking lessons from Schaumburg Music for about 8 years. Drums, Violin, Bass guitar & Guitar.
    I have been playing (blues, rock, folk) guitar as a main instrument for over 45 years and still learned things from their excellent guitar teacher Mike. David has taught my youngest son bass guitar and now he has a great foundation as a bass player. My oldest son was taught by two of Schaumburg Music’s drum teachers, Eugene (who moved out of state) and Nate. Nate has been a phenomenal teacher for my son, challenging him weekly with advanced studies in rhythm, while encouraging him to listen to all types of music to understand how rhythm moves the music. My oldest daughter took violin lessons from Codruta as a second instrument and i was very please and surprised at how quickly she learned a string instrument coming from a piano background. I also arranged for my nephew to take rock guitar lessons from Mike (after I could teach him no more) and now he shreds with the best of them.

    They have a very good selection of instruments at different price points. Band instruments, electronic pianos, violins, guitars & bass guitars to name a few. They recently picked up the Samick guitar brand and it fits in nicely with their lower priced beginner instruments. I often play them while waiting for my children to finish their lessons and I am surprised at the quality that goes into these fine instruments. They also have a great selection of music necessities. My daughters often send me in for reeds or cleaning kits for their various woodwind instruments (oboe, sax, flute) and I often drop in for a set of strings for myself.

    Over the years I have found the staff to be thoughtful and courteous, which is probably why i have remained a Customer for so many years. Also, each of the teachers has a passion for what they teach. If you are looking for a great place to teach a child (or adult) music, I highly recommend Schaumburg Music, where they will not only get a musical education, but also a passion for music.



    Grant Dittmer
  • I have been a customer of Marlena’s Music, Schaumburg Music Store since I moved to the Schaumburg area six years ago. What I have found and still find today is a personal touch that she has when she greets me when I enter the store. What I liked when I first came 6 years ago and still do now is the variety of piano method books, as I use different method books to suit each individual students´ needs. I am also impressed with this stores use of current technology as just the other day I needed a particular song in a different key and Marlena had the computer ready to download my song in the key I needed. I paid just a nominal fee. Schaumburg Music is a little hard to spot from Schaumburg Road but well worth the time to look closely

    Mary Helen H.
  • My daughter has been taking violin lessons at Schaumburg Music for 2 years. We have had a wonderful experience with the teachers. She was only 5 years old when she started and they made us both feel very comfortable. I am happy with the quality of the lessons, as she has made much progress over the 2 years. We enjoy the annual recitals. We hope to have many more years at this studio. I highly recommend this studio for your or your children´s music lessons.

    Chris Kolcz
  • For the past 6 years, Schaumburg Music has been a positive influence on our 12 year old son Josh. He has been taking piano lessons with Marlena at his side the whole time, and has grown quite into a very good piano student. Schaumburg Music Center, with its dedicated and inspirational instructors, is an excellent place for anyone who is considering learning how to play an instrument. We are very satisfied with SMC; rate is reasonable, location is ideal, and we all look forward Judson U! Keep up the good work! You guys are doing a wonderful job.

    The Manalansan Family
  • We have been sending our kids to the Schaumburg Music center for several years now. We started with our son taking piano lessons from Mr. David and my son loves learning from him. Mr. David has been such a wonderful teacher with a good mix of patience, humor and flexibility that we could hardly wait for our daughter to start her lessons at the center. She learns violin and initially we weren’t sure if she will like the experience, so rented the equipment from the center. We were very fortunate to get Ms. Corduta as her teacher, who was extremely sincere and methodical in her approach. Our daughter simply adored her teacher and we bought a violin at the center to continue with her education.

    Ms. Marlena puts in considerable efforts to maintain a very professional center where learning gets the highest priority. She organizes annual concerts for the children to showcase their talent in front of a live audience, and it is such a delightful present for the mothers on the Mother’s Day! Thanks to Marlena and all the teachers for their continued support in helping the children pursue their musical knowledge!

    Sukanya & Subbu
  • My children have been coming to Schaumburg Music for a couple of years. When my children first started at Schaumburg Music, they knew very little on how to play a musical instrument. The teachers are very knowledgeable; they really work great with the kids. They took the time to make sure the kids understood about the instruments that the kids wanted to play. They taught them how to read the musical notes and how to read the music sheets so they can play songs. Now my children are playing many different songs, it is amazing to hear and watch them play their instruments. The music teacher and support staff are very professional and easy to work with. You just need to let them know what you want to play and they will set you up with the things you need to get started.

    John Tarchala
  • I don’t think it gets any better than Schaumburg Music Academy. The excellent piano lessons by a well qualified instructor and a schedule that fits my needs brought me in. However it is the welcoming atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and friendly conversation that keep me here. I would definitely recommend anyone who loves music to come check it out!

    Katie A.
  • My son just started coming here for trumpet lessons with Sam. They are very friendly and encouraging and able to accomodate our schedule. My son is really enjoying his lessons here.

    Kelly L.
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