DuPage Guitar Lessons

About Me

Copyright © Dupage Guitar Lessons 1990 - 2024 34 YEARS TEACHING GUITAR

​​​​​​​​​​​​​with Robert Simkus, Jr.

DGL Mission

102 N. Cross Street,

Suite 8 , Wheaton IL


🎸  ​630 687 7787  🎸

Teaching all ages for over three decades.

Simply put, my mission is devoted to you making the most of your musical talent and helping you achieve your goals.

Robert Simkus, Jr

DuPage Guitar Lessons 1990 - Present


First and foremost, I grew up in a household of music. One of my first concerts was at Chicagofest to see Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Chubby Checker (My dad was a huge Chuck Berry fan) at Navy Pier. I will never forget Bo's rectangle guitar. My father loved music and took the family downtown to the fest just to enjoy this day back in 1979.

My house was filled with everything from the sounds of Neil Diamond and 'Sweet Caroline' to Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog'. On Sunday morning it was the church choir. Music was and has always been a big part of my life. 


My three older sisters all had record players in their rooms and my parents had a hi-fi player in the living room. There was always music playing in our house growing up. Someone was always making some racket.

"Robert is capable of teaching multiple guitar styles, and his skill is unquestionable."

My name is Robert. I've been teaching electric and acoustic guitar in DuPage County since 1990. I've been intrigued by guitar since I found my father's beat up Regal acoustic guitar ( his childhood guitar ) in his closet when I was very young. I had my first taste of real guitar lessons with that same guitar at the Carol Stream Park District. I bought my first guitar with paper route money in the 1970s. It was an electric Les Paul copy and it came with a small practice amp. The neighbor kid ( my guitar playing buddy ) and I learned Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". I was hooked on guitar for good.

"Whether you are just starting to play or an experienced guitarist I highly recommend Robert as your next guitar teacher."

We had so much great guitar music to listen to and play along with in the 1970's. Over the years I've explored many guitar styles from the old blues of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and a million others, to James Brown funk, the early rock of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Bill Haley, the finger style acoustic guitar ala Tommy Emanuel, James Taylor and Chet Atkins, country guitar of Johnny Cash and modern country of Brad Paisley, the metal of Metallica and Megadeth, the rock of just about everybody from the Beatles, Stones-Zep-Jimi-SRV-U2-Aerosmith-Creedence Green Day, Foo Fighters,

Miles Davis and Grant Green Jazz, to the latest rock songs, you name it, I've played (most) of it.

I love to play and teach both electric and acoustic guitar. You can learn to rock with the band or get yourself a set of campfire sing-along tunes. Or, do both. My promise.

"The great thing about Robert is that he is a down to earth musician with amazing skills, who can somehow teach you chords/your favorite song/and guitar theory all at the same time. "

In 1990, I started to teach guitar. It was very slow at first. I had just finished college and still worked my regular day job. My path to teaching began with a neighbor wanting to learn a few songs. He then gave me a few referrals. Before I knew it, I was teaching ten students, adults and children, per week. The demand continued to grow through referrals. By the mid 90's, I had transitioned to teaching and playing music as a profession and a way of life. 

After years of teaching on my own, I switched gears and worked in the local music stores. I've taught locally at Wheaton's Suburban Music, Mar-Cole Music in Bloomingdale and Guitar E.R. in Lombard, Illinois. In 2006, both Mar-Cole Music (in business since 1959) and Guitar E.R. (in business since 1988) closed. 

I returned to teaching private lessons in 2006. I have taught music for over three decades.

"...it feels as if Robert teaches because he truly enjoys helping others achieve their musical goals, and to me that makes all the difference. "

I teach private lessons in my professional guitar studio in Wheaton. I always have a few available spots for aspiring guitarists. Check out the Student Testimonials page on this web site to see what my students have to say.

"If your child is thinking about taking up the guitar, I would highly recommend Robert as a teacher."

My students range from age 6 and up. I am especially good at teaching beginning students of all ages who have never touched a guitar before. I am also adept with the player who may have dabbled on the guitar for the last few decades and wants to take their playing and understanding to the next level.

I'm not only a teacher. I've performed nationally at music fests and have toured the country extensively playing music. I have recorded and published nearly 200 songs and have ten albums released to date. My is played on television and radio around the world. I have millions of video and audio streams over the last two decades. My music is on Spotify, Itunes Apple, Amazon, TikTok, Instgram and every other popular streaming and download service with tens of thousands annual plays.  I have been featured on VH1's and MTV's websites and many others, have had top ten college radio airplay. I am also a member of the songwriter's performing rights agency BMI, located in New York, New York.

I love my music and enjoy sharing the passion for guitar.


"Within three lessons, my son went from playing Twinkle Twinkle to Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer".


I promise you or your loved one a great learning experience! 
Make your or their dream of playing guitar come true.

Book your first lesson today!!!

Call 630 687 7787
email PlayGuitar1@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the rest of the site...Robert 
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