Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to take private lessons?

We start students at the age of 6 but please call if you feel you have a younger child who is ready for lessons

How much do private lessons cost?

Private lessons are $35 per half hour once per week. Click here for more information about our private lessons.

How much is band boot camp?

Band Boot Camp is $250 for the 8-week session 1 hour each week. Click here for more information about Band Boot Camp.

What is the schedule for band boot camp and other group lessons?

Please call us at 847-256-5400 to inquire about enrollment and session dates

What type of curriculum do your teachers use?

Our teachers do not have a set curriculum, as every student has different needs and goals. They are able to use their expertise and versatility to create a program tailored to each individual student. Click here for more information about our instructors.

Do I need to buy an instrument?

In order to get the most out of lessons, the student should practice several times a week (every day is ideal). If you do not own a guitar, bass, piano, or drum set, it is necessary to either purchase or rent one. Please call to check on rental availability.

Is it better to start on acoustic guitar, or is electric guitar okay?

Both types of guitar have advantages and disadvantages for the beginner, and in the end, it's really a matter of what style you want to play and which type of guitar is going to motivate you to practice!

What are your store hours?

We are open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard time. Visit us at 405 ½ Linden Ave. Wilmette, IL 60091, we look forward to seeing you.

Will my information be kept private?

It is our policy not to store credit card information. We collect phone, address, and e-mail information from people who have signed up for our newsletters and customers. We may from time to time send news about North Shore Guitar Academy to our customers; however, we will not sell or authorize the release of these names to any person or organization.

How long will it take you to repair my amp or guitar?

Repair times vary depending on the nature of the problem. Although most repairs will take a week or more, guitar set-ups can be done faster. Please call the North Shore Guitar Academy for an estimate: 847-256-5400 or contact us via email