Guitar Teachers at Family Piano Co
Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Harmonica
An experienced folk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and classical musician with over 20 years of experience, Clayton will be graduating with his Bachelor’s in Classical Guitar from NEIU in December 2017. He recently retired from the Navy and has been a popular teacher for students of all ages. When he’s not teaching, he’s often helping out around the store and in the guitar department.
Teaches: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums
A professional musician since the age of 13, Mick Archer loves to get his students performing at their best. Whether it’s preparing students to perform “dueling piano” pieces, showing them traditional Irish guitar pieces in a DADGAD tuning, correcting their rudiments on a 5-piece drum set, or giving vocal instruction for theatre productions, Mick has an impressively deep musical background. Because his classical training at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago wasn’t challenging enough, Mick taught himself a wide range of musical styles and instruments before getting his Bachelors in Music & English at the University of Illinois Chicago. He has recently gone back to school for a Masters in Musical Liturgy, to study different styles of religious music from around the world.
His teaching experience is also far-reaching – not only has he been on the faculty of the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music for many years, but also at the City Colleges of Chicago, Guitar Center, School of Rock – Highwood, and the Irish American Heritage Center of Chicago. He’s taught classrooms of kids at Northside Catholic Academy, Most Blessed Trinity Academy, and Mary Seat of Wisdom. He also teaches percussion workshops through a fun & exciting “Mystic Drumz” program.
As a performer, Mick has wowed audiences in Japan, Holland, Germany, Ireland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Norway. He’s gotten national radio play from multiple songs off his 4 albums of original music. As an opening act, he’s worked with Ray Charles, Jay Leno, Styx and more. He currently performs with his Dueling Pianos act, Blues 88 piano band, Chicago Rovers band (with violinist Edgar Gabriel), and the Mick Archer Trio.
Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
James has been teaching guitar since 1973. After graduating from DePaul University, he has taught successfully at a variety of local music stores. He has traveled to China and around Asia to continue learning about guitar, from international virtuosos. He believes strongly that working in music helps to maintain focus and enhance the creative spirit that lies within us all. He specializes in Jazz, Classical, and Rock, but can teach more styles.
Teaches: Piano, Guitar, Bass *Se ofrecen clases en español
Hailing from Peru, Daniel is not only a master of Latin Folklore, but also Flamenco, classical, jazz and contemporary music. He has a Bachelor in Guitar Performance from Northeastern University and a Masters in Guitar Performance with distinction from DePaul University. He has won scholarships based on performance in both Universities. He has performed at: Midwest Guitar Festival, DePaul- Northwestern-Northeastern Guitar Festival, Looptopia, Chicago World music Festival, Junta Hispania Latino Festival. He has contributed to 3 separate Latin music albums. He is an articulate and experienced teacher.