Guitar 1 - Kids

$188 ($178 members) · 55 minutes · Weekly for 8 weeks · 8 - 12 years

When you have completed Guitar 1, you will be a brave and confident guitarist comfortable playing and peforming in the classroom, in our jams, and with your friends on stage at a celebration or community event at Old Town School.

In Guitar 1, you’ll train your ear to tune your guitar, you’ll learn the names of the musical notes, you’ll learn the language of playing guitar and making music, you’ll be confident in your right hand rhythm playing, you’ll learn what a musical scale is, you’ll learn how to play a scale, you’ll learn how to make a chord out of that scale, you’ll learn 5 chords, you’ll hear when to change chords in a song, you’ll learn how to sing and then, play a tune, you’ll learn how to keep rhythm and tempo when you play alone or with others, you’ll learn how to make a good tone with your guitar, you’ll learn 4/4, 2/4, 3/4 and stop time, you’ll learn how to play the chords, melody, and sing along with a tune, and you’ll build a base of skills, tunes, and musicianship to cultivate a lifelong connection to music and guitar!

Wow!! Let’s DO music! You’ll leave the first class playing a tune!


Teacher recommendation after completing Strummers program or beginners in 3rd-6th grade.

Special Info

Instrument Rentals and Required Materials »

We recommend 1/2, and 3/4 size guitars purchased from the Old Town School Music Store. Bring your guitars to the first class!

Class Schedules and Availability

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