With 30 years of playing experience, guitar sensei Mark Schimmoller has perfected a multitude of styles from rockabilly to indie to Crane Style. After years spent performing around Chicago and touring with the band The Hush, Mark settled down in Fort Wayne—where he now shares his expertise with students of all skill levels during private lessons and maintains his chops with his ’80s alternative band Weird Science. Lessons incorporate various forms of media to help students absorb knowledge more easily than a sentient ShamWow. Mark also keeps precious instruments in top condition by offering guitar setup services and minor repairs.
More than 10,000 students. That’s how many aspiring guitarists instructor Eric Mantel—an artist on three-time Grammy winner Steve Vai's Digital Nations record label—has reached since he began teaching in 1979. His guitar lessons cover a broad range of strumming techniques, from picking and finger rolling to trilling and vibrato. And to inspire his students, Eric pulls from the repertoire of guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.
Signature service: Piano Lessons & Music Classes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Faber, Alfred, Bastien, Hal Leonard, Marlais
Pro Tip: Come with a smile and prepare to have fun exploring all the "plusses" at Piano Plus LLC.
When you need something to do on your day off, visit My Music Lessons in Oak Park and indulge in a day filled with fun and adventure.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Harlem-Green (Green) and Oak Park-Green (Green).
If you're ready to try something new, come to My Music Lessons!
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We help students meet their music goals by providing the tools for success. From reading, writing, soloing, advanced theory, song writing, or just strumming. If your dream is learning how to record in a professional studio, play in live performances or play around the campfire, programs for everyone
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
During your private class we will decide on a program that best suits your needs. All you need to bring is a guitar. If you do not have one I can let you use a studio guitar during class.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
They always say if you look the door will open that you are supposed to travel. Since I can remember Music has been my life.
What do you love most about your job?
I have the best job in the world.
At Wayne's Keyboard Studio, the emphasis is on recreational music making as opposed to classical training. During social group classes, new musicians, including kids and adults, learn the songs that they actually want to play by picking up skills such as reading music. Students don't have to worry about bringing their own instruments, as the studio provides keyboards, pianos, and organs to tickle.