Guitar & Bass Lessons in Schaumburg, IL

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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.

Our Approach to Guitar & Bass Lessons


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.

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!
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.

<a href="">Eric Drazner</a>

Eric holds a Bachelor of Music from the Lamont School of Music at University of Denver. He has been teaching guitar for over 15 years. In that time he has taught students…

<a href="">Marty Binder</a>

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…

<a href="">David Shore</a>

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…

<a href="">Jason Wickland</a>

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…

<a href="">Michael Mckissack</a>

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…

<a href="">Paul Kutylo</a>

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…

Janet Cramer

Janet Cramer

Drums, Bass

Janet Cramer is an accomplished drummer and instructor with more than twenty-five years of experience. She obtained her Masters in Music…

Evie Hickman

Evie Hickman

Violin, Guitar, Piano

Evie Hickman is completing a degree in music education and performance at Elmhurst University. She has been teaching violin for 6 years and served as an orchestral assistant through middle and high school…

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.

“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!”

— Mark Bock

“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.

“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.”

— Katie A.

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit
Your Schedule & Budget


30 Min Lesson



30 minute lessons are great for learning the basics and building a strong foundation.



60 Min Lesson



Longer lessons, perfect for motivated, intermediate or advanced musicians.





Per lesson

Explore new instruments or prepare for performances.




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!