A Chicagoan from birth, John Glines has been playing music since childhood. Having played jazz, classical, hip hop, rock and blues, John has a diverse musical background suited to many interests. John has studied under the likes of Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, and Neal Alger and has performed in masterclasses with world-renowned musicians such as Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, and Sharon Isbin. John holds degrees in Music Performance, Cognitive Science, and Human-Computer Interaction from Northwestern and DePaul Universities. Currently lead guitarist of the band Austice, John can also be found playing at the occasional Irish session across Chicagoland. Beyond guitar, John also teaches bass, ukulele, and beginning piano.
John’s teaching philosophy is to encourage students to enjoy the music they learn and to instill a curiosity for the language of music and its expression through instruments. Students need to enjoy what they’re doing if they are to become dedicated learners, but, particularly at the start, practicing can prove difficult. By encouraging fun exploration, John brings his students to spend more time with their instrument and gain a greater appreciation for the craft. Having studied guitar pedagogy and taught people of all ages, John knows how different each student is and strives to customize lessons around their interests.
"If I could play any other instrument, it would be the harp, absolutely. It's obviously similar to the guitar, but I've always found it to be a beautiful instrument, and a lot of Irish/broadly Celtic music (which I love) is played on it."