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.

Beatles Fingerstyle with Michael Miles »

Join a truly amazing multi-talented teaching artist Michael Miles for a special 4 week class in the fingerpicking realm. Fingerstyle Beatles 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. Starting Sept 29th

Michael's website »   Beatles Fingerstyle »   

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 unde4rstanding of chords, substitutions, color tones, augmentations and more. all this and the songs to play them with.

Building Chord Vocabulary »   Steve Hutchins »   

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 »   

List of All Musicianship Curriculum (47 found)

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.

RPA Ensemble

Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Steve Dawson

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

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, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, 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.

Beatles Fingerstyle

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Michael Miles

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Fingerpicking 1

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Thursday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

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)

Monday or Thursday with Michael Miles or Randy Morris

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

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.

3 Kings of the Blues Instrumentals

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

We're working on instrumentals only this session… no reason to hideaway

Classical Guitar Basics for Folk, Pop & Rock Guitarists

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Jacob Sweet

Add a new facet to your guitar playing style

Richard Thompson Songbook

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Steve Doyle

Celebrate the music and guitar stylings of one of the best players anywhere.

Band in Your Hands

Group ClassIntermediate

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

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)

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.

Lead Guitar Basics

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

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday or Saturday with Dan Fulkerson or Bob Goins

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

Singing and Strumming

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Scott Besaw

Concentrate on both things at the same time

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.

Applying Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Bob Goins

Following up on Guitar Fingerboard Theory - learn how to use your knowledge.

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 Bluegrass Guitar

Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with John Huber

Build a strong foundation of flatpick finesse.

Bluegrass Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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.

Blues Guitar Performance

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

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.

Intro to Brazilian Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Paulinho Garcia

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

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.

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.

Romantica Guitarra Latina

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.

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)

Monday with Bill Brickey

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

African Electric Intensive

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $100 ($95 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Nathaniel Braddock

Take an intense three evenings to delve into and celebrate African electric guitar styles with visiting artist Nathaniel Braddock!

African Palm Wine Essentials

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($33 members)

Sunday with Nathaniel Braddock

Learn a foundation world guitar style in this one-time workshop!

Argh! Writer's Block!

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Charles Kim

Don't panic! Learn to get around those songwriting roadblocks using new techniques.

Chord and Melody for the Guitar-Playing Parent

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

Share your guitar skills with the ones you love, and engage your entire household in the making of music!

Introduction to Desert Blues: Guitar Music of Mali

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($33 members)

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

Learn essentials of the haunting and influential guitar sounds of northern Africa.

Introduction to Fingerstyle Arrangement

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

Guitarists! Create solo fingerstyle arrangements for your favorite folk/pop songs. Walk out with a few in hand and the tools to create your own.

Lead Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Wednesday or Friday with Charles Kim or Dan Fulkerson

Build your chops and confidence.

The Guitar According to Mark

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Sunday with Mark Dvorak

Practical approaches and teachniques to enhance and advance your playing.

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