Since beginning the study of guitar, bass guitar and cello in 2005, Sean Carolan quickly developed his skills to become a working musician, performing throughout the Chicagoland area. He has performed in a wide variety of settings including live on WGN News and to packed auditoriums in South America.
Sean attended Elmhurst College where he had the opportunity to play in the world renowned Elmhurst College Jazz Band directed by Grammy award-winning arranger Doug Beach. At Elmhurst College he studied with Ken Haebich and Frank Portolese.
Sean has performed a wide variety of musical styles with many different types of artists including Victor Wooten, Simone, Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd, Pistol Pete, Dennis Mackrel (Count Basie Orchestra), Gary Smulyan, Michael Abene (WDR Big Band), Mark Colby, Frank Portolese, Frank Caruso and many more.
Sean has a passion for teaching and he loves to share his expertise with students of all ages. He provides students with instruction on approaches to the physical technique of their particular instrument; music as a language and how music ‘works’; and finally, how to have fun playing music. “With this approach we always practice good habits that will benefit us in the long run while still having a good time.”
Whether working with an absolute beginner learning to fret the guitar or an advanced student studying and analyzing jazz harmony, Sean believes in taking time to communicate with each individual student effectively.
“Not every student will learn the same and not every student will communicate the same,” said Sean. “Figuring out how to communicate with each student allows the lessons to be very productive.”
First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: “Changes” –Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies
Music teacher who inspired me the most: Victor Wooten and Frank Portolese
How I am making the world a better place:
I carry a positive attitude, help whomever I can, and do what I love as much as possible.
Favorite quote about music: “If it sounds good and feels good, it IS good!” – Duke Ellington