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 Study Hall & 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.

Steve Levitt »   

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 »   

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 »   

Beatles Fingerstyle with Michael Miles »

Join a truly amazing multi-talented teaching artist Michael Miles for a special journey in the fingerpicking realm. Beatles Fingerstyle will both enhance your songbag with a variety of memorable tunes from the Fab Four Songbook as well as give you tools which will enable you to make your own fingerstyle arrangements.
Mondays at 8:00 PM.

Michael's website »   Beatles Fingerstyle »   

List of All Musicianship Curriculum (41 found)

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. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

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 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, Jacob Sweet, Michael O'Toole or TBA

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)

Monday or Wednesday with Charles Kim or Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Friday with Dan Fulkerson

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

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.

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

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.

Building Chord Vocabulary

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.

Introduction to Fingerpicking

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Alvin McGovern

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)

Monday with Alvin McGovern

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

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.

Sinatra on Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

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.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Group ClassIntermediate

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

This class alternates with Flatpicking 2 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Let's get melodic

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Build speed and repertoire

Bluegrass Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with John Huber

Build a strong foundation of flatpick finesse.

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

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.

B.B. King Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($172 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

The thrill is far from gone. Let's dive into the master's method.

Riff Rock Part 2: The Modern Age

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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

Jerry Garcia Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Richard Pettengill

Time to gear up on some Jerry licks.

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)

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 2

Group ClassAdvanced

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.

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.

Southern Rock Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Twanging, chicken pickin' and finger-licking goodies all on your 6 strings.

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Django's Rhythm

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($25 members)

Sunday with Adrian Holovaty

Add a new strumming style to your trick bag

Extended Play

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Jane Hanna or Deanna Devore

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Lead Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Charles Kim

Build your chops and confidence.

Practice Smarter Using Apps

Group ClassOpen to AllNew!

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

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