Core Level Classes



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Where else but the Old Town School Of Folk Music will you find a rich program of Guitar, Harmonica and Voice classes available on weekdays! Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 AM walk through our halls and hear the sounds of singing, strumming and sawing. Gospel, Folk, Old Timey, Pop, Rock, Blues you name it, someone is teaching it and others are learning with joy.
Check out the '60s Ensemble and the Daytime Beatles Ensemble at noon on Weds & Fri

‘60s Classics Ensemble »   Daytime Beatles Ensemble »   Memory Singers: Voices of the Heart »   

List of All Core Level Classes (25 found)

Accordion 1

Accordion  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Accordion 2

Accordion  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

Get comfortable with the violin, even if you've never played a string instrument before!

Fiddle 1

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday or Sunday with Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes in no time.

Fiddle 2

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

In Fiddle 2, you'll really start feeling the rhythm that defines the fiddle.

Fiddle 3

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

Fiddle 3 is a good place to start for intermediate fiddlers or advanced classical violinists.

Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Carlos Chacon, Mary Peterson, Joel Frankel, Steve Doyle, Mark Dvorak, Shelley Miller, Rebecca Toon, John Abbey, Steve Dawson, TBA, Louis Bardales, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Linda Smith, Jimmy Tomasello, Shelley Miller, Anne-Marie Akin, Jason McInnes, Cathy Norden, Tom Ryan, Paula McKernan, Steve Levitt, Tommi Zender, Matt Gallagher or Deanna Devore

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Bob Goins, Tom Ryan, Paula McKernan, Steve Levitt or Deanna Devore

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Shelley Miller, Cathy Norden, Steve Levitt, Steve Dawson, Louis Bardales or Matt Gallagher

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Bill Brickey, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Cathy Norden, Steve Levitt, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Shelley Miller or Steve Dawson

Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.

Beyond Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Mike Blackburn, Chris Walz or Tommi Zender

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar 4

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Chris Winters, Bill Brickey, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Shelley Miller, John Abbey, TBA or Chris Corsale

Students of Guitar 4 are well on their way to being able to perform and to express themselves musically.

Guitar 4Ever

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Chris Winters, Mark Dvorak, Dan Fulkerson, Jacob Sweet, Rebecca Toon, John Abbey, Andrea Bunch, Steve Levitt, Steve Dawson or Chris Corsale

Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly! And of course, learning the guitar is a lifelong journey.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Chris Corsale

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Extended Play

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Alvin McGovern, Chris Winters or Dan Fulkerson

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Many of our Bass classes rotate through the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Harmonica 1 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Skip Landt

Learn the basic skills used in blues, gospel, folk, country, and more!

Harmonica 2 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Skip Landt

Students will play songs in the first three "positions" and will learn/develop note-bending skills.

Piano 1: Introduction to Piano

Piano  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Cassie Fox, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

Piano 2

Piano  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Wednesday or Saturday with Cassie Fox, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

Piano 3

Piano  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Cassie Fox, Renee Nanzer or Andrew Doney

Piano 4Ever

Piano  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Renee Nanzer or Andrew Doney

Piano: Beginning Repertoire

Piano  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

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