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Please note:  Due to Covid-19 security, all Guitar Works lessons have been cancelled until further notice.  Some of our instructors are offering online lessons, so please contact us here if you're a new student (or your instructor directly if you're an existing student) for details. Thanks for your understanding.


Beginner, intermediate, or pro, Guitar Works offers instruction in a wide variety of styles. Weekly ½-hour private lessons are available with experienced instructors for acoustic or electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo.  Check out our Staff pages for a list of our highly experienced instructors!

Lessons FAQ:

How much are lessons?

Compared to the cost of lessons elsewhere in the Chicago area, Guitar Works’ prices are an excellent value. The rate for a single ½-hour lesson is $30.00. When paid in advance, monthly, lessons are discounted to $25.00 each. To ensure the best rate, most students choose to leave a credit card on file for our convenient auto-pay system.

What happens if I miss my lesson? Will I still be charged for it?

As long as the instructor has 24 hours or more advanced notice, you will not be charged for the lesson or, if you paid in advance via our convenient monthly auto-pay system, you will receive a lesson credit to be applied to the next month’s lessons payment. Any lesson that is missed without at least 24 hours advanced notice will be subject to full payment at the instructor’s discretion.

When can I take lessons?

Lessons are held weekly at a regular time (eg: Tuesdays at 1:30 pm) and offered during all hours that we are open pending instructor availability, Monday through Saturday— we are closed on Sundays. After school, evening and Saturday lesson time slots fill up quickest, so it is best to contact us with a few preferred time slots in mind and we will have an available teacher get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Can I take an hour lesson?

Yes, if the instructor is amenable and has two consecutive ½-hour time slots open. The rate for an hour lesson is double the ½-hour rate ($50.00 when paid in advance, monthly, or $60.00 if paid for individually). Typically, our students have found that a single ½-hour is more than enough to keep them busy until the next week.

What is the best age for my child to begin lessons?

If your child is able to stay focused during each weekly ½-hour lesson and also practice at home for at least 10-15 minutes a day, he/she will have a greater chance of learning. Although every child is different, we have found that this typically occurs at around age 7.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

We feel that the key to success in any instrument is consistent practice and regular lesson attendance. Everyone learns at a different pace, which is why we do not have semesters. You may take as many or as few lessons as you like.

Are there group lessons?

No. Lessons are one-on-one with an instructor in a private studio here at the store.

What if I want to take a lesson at the same time with my spouse/child/friend?

People tend to learn at different rates, which can unfairly skew the quality of learning for one or both of the paired students. Ultimately, it is up to the instructor if he/she will be willing to teach pairs in the same session. Also, since each student must pay for their lesson, it’s kind of like getting half a lesson for twice as much.

All of this sounds great! How do I sign up?

You can call us at (847)475-0855 or fill out the email form on this page with your contact info. Be sure to indicate your instrument, current skill level and availability and we will have an instructor get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Store Hours: Mon & Thu 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Tues, Wed, Fri 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.,
Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun Closed

I'd like to take lessons!

Fill out the following form to be contacted by an instructor