Musicianship Curriculum



Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

A series of classes for players at our Guitar 2 Repertoire level or above who want to solidify their musical skills and take their playing to the next level. We suggest starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory. Trust us, spend a year or more going through these classes and you'll come out a new player.

The path you take is up to you but feel free to write our program manager Jimmy Tomasello at jtomasello@oldtownschool.org or call 773.751.3371.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory a MUST! »

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.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory »   

Building Chord Vocabulary »

Learn to talk the talk and walk the walk by increasing your chord vocabulary. Sure you can respond immediately to major and minor chords but what do you do when an Ebm7b5 pops up in a tune? Do you stop playing open up an app and look it up? This class will help develop a deeper understanding of chords, substitutions, color tones, augmentations and more. all this and the songs to play them with.

Building Chord Vocabulary »   Steve Hutchins »   

Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks »

What's in your bag of tricks? Let the magical mystical Jon Spiegel share some of his tried and true insights and witness your playing take on a new life of it's own. Tuesdays at 8PM

 »   Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks »    »   Jon Spiegel »   

Singing and Strumming »

Learn techniques that strengthen your singing voice as well as lesson the awkwardness of singing and playing guitar at the same time. Scott comes from a strong vocal background, and he's an amazing drummer.
Mondays at 6:30 PM.

Singing and Strumming »   Scott Besaw »   Vocal Technique for Guitarists »   

List of All Musicianship Curriculum (45 found)

Practice Smarter Using Apps

Group ClassOpen to AllNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($82 members)

Guitar Forever with Holstein

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Ed Holstein

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar Study Hall

Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Steve Levitt, Michael O'Toole or Chris Corsale

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey.

Lead Guitar Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Friday with Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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.

Singing and Strumming

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Building Chord Vocabulary

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Steve Hutchins

Learn to respond fearlessly to any chord chart.

Introduction to Fingerpicking

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Thursday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Randy Morris

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Arranging Fingerstyle Fundamentals

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Eric Lugosch

Develop some new skills to improve your guitar playing

Flatpicking Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Build up your flatpick skills with advanced fiddle tunes, and learn note for note solos by some of the bluegrass greats.

Jazz Guitar 1 Intro/Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Time to take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2 Skills and Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Jon Spiegel

Go from good to WOW!!! in 8 weeks.

Overdrive 1 Electric Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Overdrive 2 Electric Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Slide Guitar Essentials

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Play It By Ear

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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.

Applying Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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.

Bluegrass Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This class rotates with Bluegrass Guitar 1. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Bluegrass Guitar 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Saturday with John Huber

Build your songbag with this on-going class

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation 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.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Begin to improvise and learn more unique forms of the blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Brazilian Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Riff Rock Part 1: The Classics

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Monday with Charles Kim

Get some great licks under your fingers

Riff Rock Part 2: The Modern Age

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Monday with Charles Kim

Get more great licks under your fingers

Advanced Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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.

Django Guitar Styles 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Learn a distinct musical style that's loved all over the world.

Django Guitar Styles 2

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Continue your study of this inspired style.

Rock Unplugged

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

We're rockin' hard and heavy but saving our ears at the same time.

Soul Music for Acoustic Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Bill Brickey

Sit down to the table and partake in a fun funky meal unplugged.

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

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

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Monday or Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Effect Pedals Overview

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Wednesday with Charles Kim

A smorgasbord of Sounds

Extended Play

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Thursday with Deanna Devore

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Jerry Garcia Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Lead Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru 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.

Learn How to Jam

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $92 ($87 members)

Wednesday with Charles Kim

Join the circle with confidence

Learn a Guitar Solo a Week

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Master a handful of classic guitar solos and under both the how and why.

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