Take Guitar Lessons in Deerfield IL!
“Our teacher’s warmth and patience really connect with our daughter. The recitals are a great opportunity too.” -Jodi, parent, Deerfield
Why is it great to be a music student in Deerfield?
Deerfield is home to one of the largest contingents of Piano Power students. Over the past decade plus, we have grown right alongside our Deerfield students. We’re thrilled with the achievements they’ve made.
Deerfield High School has a wonderful theater and music program thanks to Deerfield High School Friends of the Arts, and we love the Summer Sampler Concert Series held every year through the Deerfield Park District.
Learning guitar takes more initial muscle strength than learning piano, and it also has less instant gratification– in other words, it’s harder to play something that “sounds like a song” in the first few months. Therefore, we recommend that students wait until age 7 or 8 before starting guitar.
Piano is the foundational instrument– it gives a great theory background and a great sense of how music works. Once a student has two or three years of piano under their belt, it’s a lot easier to transition to another instrument.
Your guitar teacher will work with you to create a practice plan that works for your student’s schedule. The single most important element of guitar practice is regularity. We know our students are busy! But devoting even a modest amount of time each day to guitar practice produces much better results than relying on weekly “cram sessions.” Ideally, your student will make guitar a regular part of his or her day.
We don’t have a guitar. Where should we get one?
In general, it’s better to start with acoustic guitar– it’s always easier to transition to electric later, rather than the other way around.
We also recommend that, no matter where you get the guitar from, your student comes with you so the store can get the right size. (There are three-quarter-sized guitars for young students, and full-sized guitars for older beginners.)
Keep in mind that a beginner doesn’t need a top-of-the-line guitar — something around $200 or $300 is probably fine. Guitar Works in Evanston is a great store, and Guitar Center in Highland Park is a decent backup option.
Read this Guide to the 10 Sizes of Guitar from National Guitar Academy.
Piano Power recitals
If your student has been receiving guitar instruction with Piano Power for three months or more, he or she is invited to participate in our annual spring recital. Held in June and December, the recital is a wonderful, low-key way to celebrate your student’s achievements. Our guitarists perform a huge variety of repertoire — from classical to original compositions to Top-40 radio hits.
Read more about what makes Piano Power recitals so cool
We’re ready to match you with a great guitar teacher!
We’d love to talk more with you about our terrific Deerfield guitar teachers, and how to get the most out of your guitar student’s experience. Our abiding goal is that our students develop a lifelong love of music.
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