Jazz Piano Lessons and Popular Music Keyboard Lessons with Thomas Gunther

Jazz Piano & Popular Music Keyboard
Lessons in Chicago or Online
Thomas Gunther

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Are you ready to take your keyboard playing to the next level?

If your answer is ‘yes’ contact me and let me know what you want to learn. Include also any questions you may have about lessons with me.

Don’t forget to include a link to where I can hear/see you playing (never mind if you don’t have anything online yet).
I will give you a free evaluation of your playing. Yes, FREE.

By contacting me you won’t have to commit to anything – not now, not later, not ever!
With me you can take a lesson whenever you think you need one or on a regular bases;
online or in person;
mornings, evenings, or in-between.

It is all totally up to you!



Itching to take keyboard lessons with me?

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Follow your heart and contact me now about lessons with me.
Not quite sure yet? No worries, just keep reading.

Why taking lessons with a real person is so beneficial

Although there is certainly a ton of great information on this website and other places on the web about piano and keyboard playing, nothing can replace keyboard lessons and piano lessons with an experienced and passionate instructor and performer who can

  • evaluate you properly to develop a progressive and effective practice plan that is perfectly tailored towards your personal needs,
  • give you instant and constructive feedback,
  • motivate you to stay the course should you get frustration with your playing,
  • recommend books and other sources relevant to your needs
  • and much more.

Who is Thomas Gunther?

Who am I?

Of course you want to know a little bit more about your teacher. I would too! So in the following I tell you a little bit about me.

My hobbies

You probably already guessed that music is an important part of my life. But I also have other interests besides music like tennis, soccer, dancing, and healthy foods. In addition I love to exercise, and to hang out with interesting people who are ready to solve the problems of the world over a nice cold German beer (alcohol free of course 😜).
But to be honest, music is what drives me the most!

My experience as a performer

Having performed and recorded with professional jazz and pop bands of all sizes, from solo piano all the way up to jazz big band and symphonic orchestra – live and in the studio (and occasionally for girls privately at home), I have learned a little bit something about what it takes to be a serious well rounded keyboardist.

Check out my music to get a better idea about how I play.

To get the full picture about me visit
All About Thomas

My ‘Teaching is learning’ revelation

Still not convinced I am your guy for taking private keyboard lessons with?
Is it perhaps because someone told you that not every experienced performer is necessarily a great instructor? That’s at least what I thought until the following happened:
When I was 15 years young – an up-and-coming jazz pedagogy genius named Jamey Aebersold (who by the way became a millionaire by producing jazz play-along records) told me something very valuable: “TEACHING IS LEARNING”.
Thankfully I took his advice to heart and started teaching private lessons shortly thereafter, although I really didn’t understand what he was talking about. But today I can say with great conviction that he was absolutely right! I really learn a lot from teaching! And apparently so do many my students as you can read in my STUDENTS TESTIMONIALS section further down on this page.

Still not convinced you want to take lessons with me. Ok. Hang in there.


I hold a masters degree in teaching and performing jazz and popular music from State University of Stuttgart/Germany for Music and the performing Arts, with emphasize on piano and electronic keyboards.

I have had the privilege of taking lessons with fantastic musicians and educators, such as Jamey Aebersold, Bill Dobbins, and Chuchito Valdes, to name a few. Nothing beats sitting right next to guys like this. I also participated in many workshops when I was still a teenager. Of course I also studied a ton of music books, training videos, and online articles. And then there are the many recordings I transcribed. Maybe the best education I received was from performing with phenomenal musicians throughout my career. They really show you the way.

Teaching Experience

Professor Gunther at Columbia College Chicago

With Columbia College Chicago Students in 2005

Today I can proudly look back at having taught many talented students as part of Columbia College Chicago’s faculty and its award winning music program, and I am looking forward to teaching many more!

Presently my teaching assignments at Columbia College Chicago include Contemporary Keyboard Styles, Pop-Jazz Arranging & Production, Pop-Jazz Theory (renamed to Harmony & Rhythm), Technology for Musicians, and Music Fundamentals.

My 2014 Pop Arranging Class at CCC

Columbia College Chicago has a fantastic music program for students interested in contemporary music genre like jazz and pop. Our Contemporary Urban Music Program (CUP) has been rated to be among the best in the country of its kind, and I am proud to say that I played a big roll in developing the curriculum for it, and designing set syllabi for courses such as Pop-Jazz Arranging & Production, Pop-Jazz Keyboards, Technology for Musicians, and Pop-Jazz Theory.

Other teaching activities

For the past 4 years I also taught keyboard group and private lessons at German International School Chicago, to give back to the German community. After all I was born a German.

Much of my other teaching time goes into developing video tutorials and articles for PopJazzKeys.com, TipsForPianists.com, and MusicTrainingOnline.com.

And of course I am teaching private lessons (to you too hopefully soon?!)

Besides keyboard lessons, I can also teach you the following:
Music Notation & Arranging lessons
Recording & Music Production with Logic Pro

Student Testimonials

I think the best way to learn about an instructor is to have his students talk about their experiences with him. So here are a few testimonials from students in have taught in the last 5 years.

Ready to take some keyboard lessons with me now?

Remember, by contacting me you commit to nothing yet. But you take a really important step towards learning a ton of stuff that will kick your keyboard playing in overdrive in no time.