Penny Lane Music Lessons (In-home/virtual lessons)
Penny Lane Music Lessons (In-home/virtual lessons)

Penny Lane Music Lessons (In-home/virtual lessons)

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Introduction: IMPORTANT NOTE: We are located in Chicago, IL. We can only offer in-person lessons if you are within a 10 mile radius of Chicago. I am a guitarist, songwriter, touring artist and aspiring record producer. Like most young guitarists, I grew up learning classic rock songs from Tom Petty, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Jimi Hendrix. I started performing in bands and writing original music by age 15. In 2014 I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance and composition. My approach to teaching primarily involves building a curriculum around a student’s musical interests. Through my work as a private lesson instructor and outreach educator in Chicago Public Schools, I have found that when students are learning things they're interested in, they actually want to practice and put in the work outside of lessons. My goal is to make learning guitar, bass guitar, piano or ukulele a positive experience and with loads of useful information.

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Linda J.

Guitar Lessons

Shane is so great! My daughter loves her guitar lessons - Shane makes the lessons very engaging and fun. They work very well even in a remote format.
Oct 13, 2021
Patrick H.

Guitar Lessons

I am picking up playing guitar again after a number of years off and was looking for an instructor to help guide me on a path that would allow me to progress at my own pace. Shane had been the perfect fit. He allows me to decide on what I want to focus on and is very flexible around our lesson plans. He is extremely knowledgeable and patient and knows how to guide me along so I am able to improve on a week to week basis. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve improve there skills.
Jun 25, 2021
Adam R.

Guitar Lessons

Shane has been great to work with. He creates lesson plans thoughtfully tailored to your skill level, goals and interests. I’ve seen a huge improvement in my knowledge and skill level. I’m really excited to keep working with him.
Oct 17, 2021
John V.

Guitar Lessons

Shane is an excellent guitar instructor. He tailors his lessons to provide the greatest learning experience for me. I highly recommend Shane.
Sep 14, 2020
Lalitha M.

Guitar Lessons

Excellent teacher !! My kid started learning guitar from basics , he teaches very patiently, my kid is very comfortable learning from him.. anytime recommend Mr Shane.
Jun 1, 2021
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I schedule and bill for lessons on a monthly basis. For example, in the instance that a month spans 5 weeks, I will send an invoice at the start of the month for all 5 weeks. I invoice through Square but can also take payment through Zelle, Venmo, Cash App and check. My current lessons rates are: 30 min // $35 45 min // $50 60 min // $65 Travel fees apply and range between $10-20 per lesson.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    In the first lesson I like to see what knowledge the student is coming in with about music and the instrument they're learning. In the instance a student wants to learn guitar we'll go over basics like proper form while holding the instrument, how to hold a pick, proper left/right hand placement, parts of the electric or acoustic guitar depending on which style the student is learning. In the first lesson we'll discuss what your goals are and make a plan that's right for you. I typically recommend beginner students take my 100 song challenge first but I am flexible to each students unique interests. The 100 song challenge is a playlist I have curated over the years that takes a step-by-step approach using popular rock, blues, country, pop, r&b and folk songs from the last 50+ years as the curriculum.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been writing, recording, and performing music for 20 years. I have been teaching all ages for 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance with a focus on guitar from Columbia College Chicago. I have pedagogical training which has helped me develop fun and effective curriculum. By planning with the bigger goals in mind, it's easy to set small achievable goals that compound over time.

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