Testimonials & Reviews

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Carlos and his staff are amazing, talented and fun people who know how to motivate the young and the old!
— Robin D.
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The whole team came together with local musicians to help Kendra produce her first original song—such an awesome experience! [...] I could not be more happy. Thank You!
— Paulette D.
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Great community music school offering the best instructors and facilities. Private music lessons, recording studio, concerts, recitals and more.
— Chris B.
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My son has been taking guitar from Brandon at Glencoe Academy of Music for 4 years now and still loves it! My son is reading music and playing songs from main street pop/rock to flamenco. Most of all Brandon creates a relaxed, professional environment that is conducive to successful learning. We highly recommend him and the Glencoe Academy of Music!
— Christina H.
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I love this place.
They have a several highly qualified professionals for everything you could want to learn....
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals......anything.
The atmosphere is like a music studio.
I see kids, teens and adults walking in and out here. All levels taught; from absolute first timers to seasoned players.
Great North Shore location.....steps from Metra station!!
— Ron H.
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I have been taking lessons from Carlos since I can remember. He holds the highest expectations for his students and goes for nothing less then professionalism. I have loved taking lessons from him and working him. He and the Glencoe Academy of Music have helped me become the best guitar player I can be!
— Esther F.
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I recently finished my first year of guitar lessons with Carlos at Glencoe Academy of Music and cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience. Carlos really understood what I was looking to learn as a new musician. I have a new-found passion and I’m grateful to GAM and Carlos for helping to get me started. I would highly recommend GAM!
— Brook B.
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Taking lessons from the Glencoe Academy of Music has been a greatly rewarding experience for me. I have been taking guitar lessons from the academy for five years and have greatly improved my guitar and songwriting skills. Overall, the academy has helped shape my music with its amazing teachers, and I could not recommend it more strongly.
— Rachel R.
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We learn new songs every week of my preference and are able to perform in recitals and do duets. I have learned so much from Carlos like how to project my voice and all these strumming and fingerpicking patterns.
— Lizzie K.
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I can’t recommend the Glencoe Academy of Music highly enough. I have been taking guitar lessons with Carlos for a few years now and he does a great job of providing a serious musical education while still making it a lot of fun. He is great with adults and, as I have seen first hand with my son’s lessons, he is also great with kids. If you have ever considered taking lessons or are considering getting lessons for your child, definitely give the Glencoe Academy of Music a call!
— Keith R.
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We are so fortunate to have this school in our town. Carlos and his incredibly talented staff have created a exceptional, nurturing environment for music students of all ages. Both of my children are delighted to take lessons with Matt, and Carlos personally mentors my adult rock band with unqualified devotion. Carlos and Matt are passionate about music and education, and both are completely committed to providing an extraordinary learning experience.
— Gary G.
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I have had a great experience playing guitar at Glencoe Academy of Music. I take one-on-one lessons with my teacher Brandon. He helps me become a better guitar player by teaching me how to finger pick. He builds up my confidence by giving helpful advice on singing while playing. As well as individual lessons, I take a lesson with one of my friends. Carlos, another guitar instructor, works with us as a duet. He is really good at making sure we both can participate in recitals and many other fun opportunities together. Overall, I have loved my time playing guitar at Glencoe Academy of Music.
— Lizzie F.
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Our son, a graduating senior who will be studying music engineering in college, has worked at GAM since he was in fourth grade. From the start, Brandon’s relaxed, yet professional, approach perfectly suited him. Brandon taught him not only how to play complicated songs, but theory, composition, ear training, and recording. When it came time for his NT senior project, he collaborated with Brandon to produce original tracks in the GAM studio. We cannot thank Brandon and Carlos for their influence on our son’s growth as a musician! They are truly the best teachers and musicians you will find!
— Meg M.
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