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What should I expect from private guitar and ukulele lessons at Northside Music Academy?

The guitar instructors at Northside Music Academy will create a personalized program based on each student’s developmental stage, personal characteristics, and goals. The program will cover elements of proper guitar technique, music notation and theory, aural skills, sight-reading, exposure to various music styles. Our guitar instructors teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical guitar lessons on electric and acoustic guitars

What levels do you teach?


Northside Music Academy offers private guitar and ukulele lessons to students of all abilities. Our instructors are experienced at teaching students from beginners to very advanced.

Who are the teachers? 


All of the guitar teachers at Northside Music Academy are professional musicians with degrees from reputable schools such as Northwestern University, Berkley College of Music, DePaul University, and Roosevelt University, among others. We carefully select our faculty not only for their strong musical background, but also for their dedication and passion for teaching music. All of our faculty are trained in pedagogy and experienced in working with younger generations.


What is a good age to start guitar lessons?

Students must be at least 5 years old to enroll in private guitar or ukulele lessons.  


Do I need to buy a guitar/ukulele?

For the first lesson you do not need to bring a guitar/ukulele as we keep in stock a selection of instruments in different sizes for trial purposes. You will need your own guitar or ukulele for practicing at home though, and you will need to bring it with you for all the following lessons as well. Please contact us if you need guidance in buying or renting a guitar or ukulele. We advise you against purchasing an instrument online without consulting first with your teacher. 


Do you offer performance opportunities for the students?

Yes! Northside Music Academy hosts student recitals twice a year at churches and libraries around the Edgebrook-Sauganash neighborhood. We also offer opportunities to perform in professional venues throughout the city, such as Mellenium Room at the Chicago Cultural Center, Curtiss Hall in the Fine Arts Building, and the Recital Hall at PianoForte. 


At Northside Music Academy we believe that performing often is a very important aspect of a music student’s development. It teaches students how to present themselves in front of an audience, boosts self-confidence, and offers opportunities to share the joy of music making with others. In addition, performing at Northside Music Academy recitals provides students with the opportunity to learn by watching their peers as well. 

How can parents track their child’s progress? 


There are many ways parents can track the progress of their child in music lessons. Talk to your child’s teacher about attending the lessons and participating in home practice sessions. If you are not able to attend the lesson or your child is older or more independent, check in with your child’s teacher before or after the lesson to hear how the session went. Some of our families have found success using daily or weekly practice tracking charts. If you think this might be a good fit for your child, talk to his or her teacher. 


For dedicated students who are interested in tracking their progress in a more formal way, we encourage preparation for a standardized graded testing program such as Achievement in Music exams, Royal Conservatory Method exams, or ABRSM exams.

Northside Music Academy provides music lessons for the following Chicago neighborhoods: Edgebrook, Wildwood, Sauganash, Forest Glen, Jefferson Park, Mayfair, Norwood Park, Edison Park as well as the suburbs of Skokie IL, Niles IL, Park Ridge IL, Morton Grove IL, Lincolnwood IL.

Northside Music Academy | 6736 N Loleta Ave Chicago, IL 60646, US | | 773-455-6363

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