Instructor Patrick Dugan – Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Ensembles
A Chicago area native, Patrick grew up in a music-friendly family. Patrick’s early influences include his dad who plays blues-harmonica and his mom who encouraged him to study piano. Around the age of fourteen he became exposed to a broader musical spectrum including guitarist Jimi Hendrix and formative local musicians. This began a relentless, lifelong pursuit of music.
Patrick studied with Berklee graduate Tom Castonzo from 1999 to 2003 and learned about blues, rock, musicianship, and the industry. From there, he followed Tom’s advice and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
At Berklee, he was fortunate enough to study with many great musicians including Marty Walsh, Julien Kasper, Jim Peterson, Matt Jenson, Richie Hart and many others. Patrick graduated from Berklee cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music. Upon completion of his degree, Patrick returned to the Chicago area and continued his musical career.
At Musical Expressions Patrick teaches private guitar and bass lessons to students ages 7 – adult. Patrick also has been Musical Expressions ensemble program director for the past 5 years.
Currently, he plays guitar and sings with his band Harlan Flo. (Check out the video below!) He also plays guitar with Lauren Wolf, is a guest guitarist at Casa Santiago, and is also singing with the COD chamber singers.
“For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.” – Chad Buttell
“Patrick Dugan is really great to work with. He has shown me many techniques for practicing at home and has managed to keep learning fun!” – Alex H.
“We are very satisfied with Musical Expressions and their teachers. The children love to come to their lessons with John Melnick and Patrick Dugan. They have made a lot of progress within the past 2 years. We will continue to recommend the studio.” – Lucy D.