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Ready to Unleash Your Creativity? Discover a unique approch to GUITAR lessons!

Ignite your musical journey with Clarendon Hills Music Academy's guitar lessons! Delve into a guitar-centric experience that resonates with inspiration at every strum. By harmoniously blending contemporary technology with thrilling engagement and technical finesse, we curate an unparalleled learning odyssey for you. Our devoted guitar instructors tailor lessons to spotlight your musical passions, placing a premium on your creative expression and favored tunes. Embrace our innovative and spirited approach to guitar instruction. Join us today!

Is this GUITAR Lesson Program a good fit? Find Out Who It's Designed For!

Our guitar lessons at Clarendon Hills Music Academy are crafted to resonate with a broad spectrum of learners—from eager 8-year-olds to passionate adults. Whether you're strumming your first chords or a veteran guitarist seeking to sharpen your skills, our flexible curriculum accommodates every proficiency level. Dive into a contemporary training journey and witness your guitar artistry ascend.

Top Advantages You'll Gain from OUR GUITAR LESSON PROGRAM

  • Tailored Mastery: Guitar lessons meticulously shaped around your unique musical preferences and skill level.
  • Passionate Guides: Vibrant and motivating instructors set to amplify your musical exploration.
  • Cutting-Edge Techniques: A dynamic blend of engaging activities and effective skill-building exercises to keep your passion ignited.
  • Harnessing Digital Power: Engage with the future using state-of-the-art recordings and immersive backing tracks tailored for guitarists.
  • Inclusivity in Age: Catering to aspiring guitarists from ages 8 to 80 and beyond, we resonate with every stage of your musical journey.
  • Purposeful Instruction: Beyond mere lessons, dive into a transformative journey that pledges noticeable advancement with each session.



Jennifer S.

"My kids have played piano here for about 5 years. We love Derek who is their teacher and the owner. He mixes things up so they don’t get bored and lets them choose their favorite pop songs to play."

Karyn V.

"My CHMA Instructor has been such an encouraging teacher and I have really grown as a musician over the past 5 years. I would highly recommend him. He is a phenomenal piano player and knows all of the theory to back that up. My lessons have been customized to meet my needs and interests over time. My instructor has helped me get up to speed when I joined a blues/rock band. He came up with creative ideas for me to become good at comping and soloing in my jazz combo group. Most memorable is when I needed to learn about 20 songs in a short amount of time and he helped me come up with a practice plan and a way to tackle the songs so that I was ready for the gig on time and not just winging it."

Rory S.

I took lessons with CHMA for a little over a year. Every lesson was brilliant because we went over old stuff, learned new stuff and I was able to bring in questions and songs I wanted to learn. If my teacher didn't know the answer (rarely), it became a learning opportunity for both parties.

CHMA is really in touch with technology, My instructor's passion for his craft, and you as the student, really is a great motivator to practice and be able to learn something new every lesson. Fantastic experience and I'd happily go back!

Tristan R.

I’ve been playing piano for about 13 years I think, but I have never made more progress than I did within my first few months at CHMA. They perfectly cater their curriculum to each individual student, focusing on their specific strengths and interests. They balance typical ‘by-the-book’ learning with more interesting learning in a way that makes learning any topic fun and engaging. This is the place to go to if you want to advance in any way musically!

Jackie E.

Best in town. Best around. The CH Music Academy team is amazing. All ages are welcome. They really take care of Their clients and community. Highly recommend!!! 

Hannah S.

I've been taking lessons at CHMA for six years as a voice student, piano student, guitar student, and a member of the Recording Artist Academy. I had tried many different music institutions before coming here, and I've never looked back. I grew as a student, a performer and as an artist in my time at CHMA. Thanks to Derek and the crew at the academy I was able to release my original music on all streaming platforms and have since gotten several hundred plays on my music! Clarendon Hills Music Academy has been a home for me for the past six years and I intend on going back whenever I'm home from school!

Sonja G

My daughter took both voice and piano for a few years with CHMA. I honestly can't say enough good things about it. From the time she was 7 until 10, she grew so much, both musically and with her confidence in singing. Her instructor was a wonderful teacher who never pushed her (unless she wanted to be pushed), and really bonded with her about music.
The staff was amazing, VERY easy to communicate with, and very understanding if schedules change. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Ander Iturralde

Clarendon Hills Music Academy is a truly wonderful place. It is one that has had a deep impact on my life. If you want to dive deeper into your musical interests, and potentially further develop yourself as a whole, it is absolutely the place do it. Its owner, Derek Berg, sets the highest standards not only for himself but for the academy overall, putting together a selection of consistently excellent teachers. Previous to coming across it, I had had very little formal musical exposure, yet the growth that I have experienced thanks to them has been amazing. Whether it'd be piano, voice or almost anything in between that you want to learn or improve on, no matter your age, CHMA is a decision that you will be happy you made.

Jamie Shifley

My daughter has been with CHMA for years. Most recently, she is doing the Recording Artist Academy. This endeavor has helped her grow her skills dramatically. She has developed her voice, but has also learned to write her own songs, and is discovering what her own music style truly is. She looks forward to her lesson each week and excitedly sends me recordings of her own songs. It’s a wonderful program

Steve Loan

I wanted to play piano, but thought that being in my 40's was too late in life to learn. CHMA proved that it is never too late to learn, even if you have no music experience! Derek had me learn with the styles of music I enjoy-Jazz and Blues. After a short while I was playing songs and reading sheet music. He worked in lessons on music theory which really strengthened my understanding of how music is put together. CHMA is a fun, relaxing environment and I can attest that with lessons here, anyone can learn to play no matter what your age.

Suzan Ganzer

I learned so much here about music and recording a song and had a blast!! The instructors are super smart and talented. Great care was taken by the team here in recording my original song to make it the absolute best it could be. Anyone wishing to learn about music / or the recording process would benefit greatly going to this awesome music academy. I know i did! If I could live there I totally would!! Fun, educational, and inspirational. Thumbs up, they rock!!!!

Rita Nelson

I first started taking piano lessons at CHMA when I was really young, and I remember finding it so cool that I got to play music I listened to on the radio. The lessons were really entertaining because not only do you get to learn basic techniques, but also how to improvise and play along with chords and music. You get to basically choose your path and create your own experience. The coolest part about CHMA though is the recording artist program. I’ve loved writing songs since before I can remember, and a few years ago I wanted to start recording and releasing them on platforms. I went back to the academy and started recording, and honestly it’s the highlight of my week as well as a great way to get high quality recordings and work on your own original compositions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a way to get their music out there or learn an instrument in a more modern way.

Ben Waverley

The best part of CHMA is that the lessons are designed completely around the students’ preferences. The idea that a student can walk into a room and name a tune and instantly have an expert start working on it with them that day is something you don’t find at other music academies. For the most personalized lesson experience, whether it be traditional music lessons or producing a video with the Music Project Lab program that the academy offers, CHMA is the way to go.

Kate Buikema

I’ve been doing CHMA for a year and it’s been amazing having this great creative outlet. The instructors are so passionate about music and helping and encourgaing you in every way they can. I’ve really appreciated all the coaching and it has helped my work so much. It’s a super unique experience and definitely worth doing!


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Evan Graham Dunn has a Bachelor's Degree in Audio for Visual Media from Columbia College. When he isn’t teaching multiple instruments, songwriting, and music production, you can find him working out of his studio in Chicago producing and recording clients, mixing and scoring for commercials and film, or touring and gigging out in one of his multiple bands.

Along with his international success on BBC Radio and magazine coverage with his progressive rock band Alaya, Evan has charted on iTunes and Amazon while holding 4 songs in steady rotation on Sirius Radio’s “Coffee House” with his Folk Rock / Americana band “Edward & Graham”. Evan loves what he does, and can't wait to help you do the same by maintaining a light-hearted, down-to-earth and humorous approach in all of the courses and lessons he offers with CHMA.

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Ryan's musical journey is deeply rooted in his passion for the guitar, spanning a wide range of genres and styles. From his early days of theater training, which sharpened his expressive capabilities, to his intensive study of songwriting and instrumentation, Ryan has dedicated his life to mastering the art of musical expression. His influences include guitar legends from classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin to innovative artists like Wes Montgomery, shaping his versatile approach to guitar playing.

With a belief that everyone has a unique musical voice, Ryan is committed to helping his students discover and nurture their own guitar skills. His teaching method is built on patience, care, and a deep understanding of music, offering students the tools they need to explore various guitar techniques and genres. Ryan's lessons are tailored to individual interests and skill levels, aiming to inspire creativity and a personal connection with music. Whether a beginner or an advanced player, students under Ryan's guidance learn to draw from a broad spectrum of musical influences to develop their own style and proficiency on the guitar.


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