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St. Charles guitar teacher gives students studio experience

ST. CHARLES – To some, Andrew Bordoni’s home on the east side of St. Charles might not seem like a recording studio.

But Bordoni, who has given guitar lessons there since 2008, has turned his living room into a place where his students can experience what it’s like to record in a studio. The space isn’t perfect – outside noise can prompt a rescheduling – but various elements help make it a “really nice-sounding room,” he said.

People can judge for themselves.

The recordings are available as free downloads on his website, Click on “Student Recordings” under the “Our Students” tab.

“I work with them almost like a professional producer,” Bordoni said.

In 2015, he released “The Bordoni Music Student Recordings,” a digital album of his students covering such songs as Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days.”

While those recordings include a full band, Bordoni this year took a bare-bones approach with his acoustic guitar students.

“It’s all natural,” he said of “The Living Room Sessions.”

Some students might record multiple takes, but they have noticed that some magic is lost in trying to get it just right, Bordoni said.

“To capture a good performance, it doesn’t have to be pitch perfect,” he said.

Bordoni – whose students are of all ages and include “American Idol” contestant Kayla Mickelsen – said he enjoys watching them discover they have “incredible” talent.

In addition to helping them make a recording of themselves that they can be proud of, he has given them a true stage to perform on for their annual student concert: the Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles.

Bordoni already is promoting the Oct. 4 concert, which offers free admission and seeks to raise money for JDRF in support of Type 1 diabetes research.

“It’s been a passion of mine to change the world through the power of music, and there is nothing that makes me happier to help my students succeed and see them change the world with their gifts and talents,” Bordoni wrote in an email.

Mark the calendar

What: Bordoni Music’s annual student concert supporting JDRF

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4

Where: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles

Cost: Admission is free. Reserve a table with a $50 minimum donation or reserve a seat with a $10 minimum donation. Specify reservations in the “personal note” section when donating. Donations will benefit JDRF to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Visit for information.

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