2018 Rates and Availability
Studio rate lessons in my Carol Stream studio
Afternoon 3-5pm $20 1/2hr $40 1hr
Evening Prime & Saturday
6 to 9pm $30 1/2hr $55 1hr
Rate for private lessons in your home
$35 1/2hr $60 1hr
2018 CURRENT OPENINGS
SATURDAY MORNING OPENINGS IN STUDIO. REPLY TODAY. JUST OPENED
MON-TUES - WED AFTERNOON AND EVENING OPENINGS IN MY STUDIO AND SOME OPENING FOR IN YOUR HOME.
WEDNESDAY EVENING OPENING FOR LESSONS IN YOUR HOME
THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING OPENING FOR LESSONS IN YOUR HOME
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING LESSONS IN YOUR HOME
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO START MUSIC LESSONS?
Typically students starting private music lessons are age 6 and up depending on the instrument.
DO I NEED TO OWN AN INSTRUMENT TO TAKE LESSONS?
It is necessary to have an instrument for regular practice to enable the student to learn and progress with his or her newly acquired skills. For those who do not have an instrument, I offer convenient and affordable student instrument rental plans for new players.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
New students with regular practice will see results very quickly on their chosen instrument. It is important for the students and parents to approach the study of a musical instrument as a long term process much like we would look at learning a new language. The results should be both fun and rewarding as the student's skill level improves incrementally. Hopefully, the study and learning to play a musical instrument will become a fulfilling life long pursuit.
WHEN CAN I START LESSONS?
Lessons can be started at any time of year including the summer months. In fact, many students enjoy the opportunity of learning a new skill during the less hectic summer months.
WHAT IS THE BEST INSTRUMENT TO LEARN ON?
Certain instruments may be "age sensitive" due to their physical size, but for the most part, the best instrument is the one that the student is most interested in. Their prospect of achieving positive results will generally be higher with an instrument that the student wants to play and practice on a daily basis.
CAN WE TAKE A "TRIAL" LESSON TO START?
We would encourage prospective students to try their new instrument for a least a month.
Music lessons at DGL are prepaid on monthly basis. Although we do not offer single "trial lessons", students are able to discontinue lessons at any point with notice and would receive a refund for any prepaid lessons that were not taught.
WILL MY CHILD LEARN MUSIC THEORY AND TO READ MUSIC?
Regardless of the musical style (rock, metal, folk, funk, pop, jazz, classical) it is important to establish a strong musical foundation with all beginners that includes an understanding of music tab, notation, music theory and technique specific to the instrument. Students will be working with my personal method book as well as supplementary handouts to achieve this. The vast selection of innovative materials and resources for beginning players on all instruments has never been greater.
DO YOU OFFER LESSONS FOR ADULTS?
Adult students are always welcome and in fact make up a sizable segment of new lesson students. It's never too late! Whether adult students pursue a recreational approach to music making or select a more traditional curriculum, I have many excellent lessons and materials to help them along their new pursuit.
WHAT'S BETTER TO LEARN ON, THE ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC GUITAR?
In most cases, the exact same method books and teaching approach are used with beginning guitarists on either steel string acoustic or electric guitar. If they are asking for an electric guitar they probably are interested in learning rock and pop styles as their skills progress. Electric guitars are the best choice for this style. As someone who has played both electric and acoustic for over forty years, I believe it doesn't matter what guitar you start on. It could be a Mickey Mouse guitar with one string. Just start. Play. Enjoy.
Our advice to most parents is to go with the instrument that the student has expressed interest in. Electric guitars of course require an amplifier as well to get started and I offers suggestions for affordable starter guitar/amp packages. Guitar and bass amplifiers are provided at the music lesson in my studio.
"To me it feels as if Robert teaches because he truly enjoys helping others achieve their musical goals, and to me that makes all the difference. "
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630 687 7787
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Guitar Lessons with Robert Simkus
Dupage Guitar Lessons
Guitar lessons for ages 6 to adult. Teaching for 28 years.
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Rock Band Ensemble, Vocals and Home Recording
Weekly Lessons In your home or my Carol Stream studio. Serving Dupage since 1990.
If you want to give music lessons as a gift, I have a couple of styles of gift certificates that fit nicely in an envelope.
To provide a good start, most people purchase a month of lessons.
After the initial lesson most people do fine with regular weekly half hour lessons however the recipient can use the time however they prefer.