Guitar Program

Welcome to the largest, longest running group guitar program in the world!

We are proud to offer a wide range of group classes in various styles and levels of play.

Beginners are encouraged to start within our Core Guitar Program.

Click for a PDF of the Core Guitar Schedule for Session 5 of 2016.

If you play already, we offer many opportunities to get better, play with others, and create your own music.

Click to download a schedule listing of classes, days, and teachers.

If you'd like some guidance with regards to which class or what level to enroll in, please contact our Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello at 773.751.3371.

Free Guitar Study Hall and Placement Center »

Mondays at 5:30 PM or Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

Don't know which level to enroll in? Bring questions about your skill level or any items on the guitar that you are being challenged by. Available to current students, former students or future students, our resident guitar sherpa, Steve Levitt is there to help you on your journey. Find him Mondays at 5:30 PM in the West building in room B7 aka "The Levittorium." On Wednesdays at 5:30 PM, the wisdom flows in the East building in room E229.

Read Steve's bio »   

Weekday Morning Classes »

Hey there early birds, retirees, second shifters, where else but the Old Town School Of Folk Music will you find a rich program of Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, 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.

Core Guitar Classes »   Voice Program »   Harmonica Program »   

Play It By Ear »

It's not magic but applied science. Mozart claimed that he tell the effect of every note he wrote. You can learn to hear chord changes, anticipate melodies and recognize sequences. Jon Spiegel is a brilliant musician who has played in orchestra pits, concert halls, niteclubs and festivals in Chicago and across the country. Get the inside story from an inside artist.We meet on Thursdays at 7PM.

Play It By Ear »   Jon Spiegel »   

Learn Music Theory »

Calling all players and singers. It's time to learn about the inner workings of Music. Join this class designed for all so that you can talk the talk and walk the walk. Cathy Norden presents the fundamentals of music theory in a fun, easy to consume manner. Mondays at 6:30.

Beginning Music Theory »   Music Theory: Continuing Work »   Cathy Norden »   

Guitar Fingerboard Theory…A MUST for any serious guitarist »

A highly recommended class for all students of the guitar. Examine the fundamentals of music theory from the perspective of the guitarist. Let our skilled instructors share insights into building scales and chords and finding ways to move up the neck of your instrument. Open to students at the Guitar 2 level and above.
Available Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM, and Mondays and Fridays at noon.1

Guitar Fingerboard Theory »   

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000