Eric Justen

Owner and Founder of GuitarSmart
Eric started GuitarSmart in 2014 and still keeps an active teaching schedule at the studio despite his increasingly busy gigging schedule. Eric currently plays guitar for the Tripping Billies, a very popular Dave Matthews tribute act in the Chicagoland Area. He also plays bass guitar for the 90's cover band Word to Your Mother, and also tons of gigs as a sideman for too many other bands to list here.

Eric has a lot of music theater experience. He got his start subbing as a swing musician for the Chicago production of Jersey Boys and has also played local theater runs at the Crystal Lake Raue Center, Woodstock Opera House, Dominican University and many more.


Noe Perez

Noe is the newest addition to the GuitarSmart team. Noe has many years of experience both teaching and playing music. He currently plays lead guitar for the group Ethereal Groove Inc. His band EGi has been touring the entire country and keeps a jam packed schedule. Luckily, we were able to convince him to bring his unique and exciting experience and expertise into our teaching program!


Brian Abraham

Brian is an exciting and versatile drummer and piano player from the Chicagoland area. He currently plays for the cover band Hooked on Sonics as well as other groups such as the Zeppelin Jazz Project and his own jazz fusion project The Brian Abraham Quartet. Brian is also the founder of Goodnight Nurse Music Publishing Company and music production house. 


Joshua Skaja

GuitarSmart is excited to welcome one of the busiest sidemen in the Chicagoland area to our team. Josh's plays guitar full time for the hit touring band Under the Streetlamp and travels the entire world playing the guitar. 

Josh also plays a ton of solo gigs throughout the Chicagoland area and manages his own music blog and music instruction website Fretboard Anatomy. 

Schedule Lessons online or call 312-600-8238