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 call or write our program manager Jimmy Tomasello at jtomasello@oldtownschool.org or call 773.751.3371.

Greenwich Village Voices »

Join Chicago Folk Icon Ed Holstein as he provides the keys to unlock the legendary styles and songs of Dave Van Ronk, Fred Neil. Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and others. We are excited to offer this course as popular culture sheds light on Van Ronk and others with the latest movie by the Coen Brothers, "Inside Llewyn Davis". NOW AVAILABLE MONDAY NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS

Greenwich Village Voices »   Inside Llewyn Davis »    »   Eddie's Website »   

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 6:30PM.

Singing and Strumming »   Scott Besaw »   

Fingerstyle Repertoire with Michael Miles »

Join a truly amazing multi-talented teaching artist Michael Miles for a new class in the fingerpicking realm. Fingerstyle Repertoire will both enhance your songbag with a variety of memorable tunes from Broadway, Motown, pop music, and the Great American Songbook as well as give you tools which will enable you to make your own fingerstyle arrangements.

Mondays at 8:00PM.

Michael's website »   Fingerstyle Repertoire »   

List of All Musicianship Curriculum (40 found)

Guitar Forever with Holstein

Adult 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.

RPA Ensemble

Adult Group ClassAdvancedNew!

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

Thursday with Steve Dawson

GUITAR STUDY HALL

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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.

Fingerpicking 1

Adult 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 2

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Randy Morris

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

John Martyn Fingerstyle Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Michael Miles

A Special 4 week overview of a fingerstyle legend.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Adult 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.

Flatpicking Repertoire

Adult 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.

Band in Your Hands

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

The strummer is the drummer and more.

Easy Licks and Rhythm Tricks

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Jazz Guitar 1 Intro/Skills

Adult 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

Adult 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 Repertoire

Adult 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.

Lead Guitar Basics

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday or Friday with Charles Kim or Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Adult 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

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Scott Besaw

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Bob Goins, Jacob Sweet, Steve Levitt or Michael O'Toole

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

Advanced Fingerboard Theory

Adult 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.

Applying Fingerboard Theory

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Bob Goins

Following up on Guitar Fingerboard Theory let's learn how to use your knowledge.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn to respond fearlessly to any chord chart.

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Adult Group ClassBeginner

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.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Adult 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.

Essential Blues/Rock Guitar 1 Skills

Adult 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 Guitar Repertoire

Adult 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.

Blues Guitar Performance

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Perfect your blues skills and develop your own sound

T-Bone Blues

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Learn the licks that influenced every electric guitarist in history.

Intro to Brazilian Guitar

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

Learn this specific style of playing and it will inform all of your guitar playing from now on.

Brazilian Guitar Repertoire

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Paulinho Garcia

Build your Brazilian rep with a true master of the genre.

Chicken Pickin' Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Guaranteed to make your chops fingerlickin, good.

Django Guitar Styles 1

Adult 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

Adult Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Adrian Holovaty

Continue your study of this inspired style.

Eric Clapton Guitar Styles

Adult Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($160 members)

Saturday with Richard Pettengill

Submerge yourself in the styles of “Slowhand”.

Romantica Guitarra Latina

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Nelson Sosa

Join this bilingual celebration of Latin guitar music.

Rock Unplugged

Adult 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 Food for Acoustic Guitarists

Adult Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Bill Brickey

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

Southern Rock Guitar Styles

Adult 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.

Approaches to Teaching Groups with Frank Hamilton

Adult WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($15 members)

Saturday with FRANK HAMILTON

Join the school's first teacher for this special workshop.

Jamming Skills for Leading & Participating

Adult WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($15 members)

Saturday with FRANK HAMILTON

There is so much to learn every time Frank comes to Old Town.

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