Teachers at the Old Town School

Alex Farha

Guitar, Oud

Music Styles - Rock, Metal, Jazz, Classical, Latin

Techniques - Fingerpicking, Imrovisation

Alex began teaching guitar and piano in 2006 at Music Tech Studios in Pembroke Pines, Florida where he taught students of all ages and levels. He amassed a loyal clientele of over forty private students that performed regularly at student recitals and spanned from age four to seventy five. In 2009 he led Music Tech's first Summer Rock Band Camp, playing the drums along with his students and mentoring them in how to arrange and perform rock songs. In 2010, Alex relocated to Chicago to pursue better performing and teaching opportunities. He began working in the Old Town School Music Store in October of that year. In 2011 Alex began studying the oud, a Middle Eastern ancestor of the guitar, with Ronnie Malley at the Old Town School. He has since become proficient on the instrument and attended the Simon Shaheen Arabic Music Retreat in 2012 and 2013 to continue his oud studies and deepen his knowledge of the Classical Arabic repertoire. Alex teaches the oud privately and has performed with the University of Chicago's Middle Eastern Music Ensemble along with other small Arabic and jazz ensembles.

Bilingual Spanish speaker

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2010


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/30/2017

Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 8:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Saturdays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Advanced Kids’ Ensemble with Alex Farha · Shaun Whitley
for kids with birthdays between: 11/04/2004 and 11/04/2009
$190 ($180 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Beginning Strummers: 5 - 7 years with Alex Farha
for kids with birthdays between: 01/09/2010 and 01/09/2013
$376 ($356 members)
for 16 weeks
01/09/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 4:15 PM – 5:10 PM909 W Armitage AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Guitar 1 - Kids with Alex Farha
for kids with birthdays between: 01/13/2005 and 01/13/2010
$376 ($356 members)
for 16 weeks
01/13/2018 – 04/28/2018Saturdays · 9:00 AM – 9:55 AM909 W Armitage AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Guitar 2 - Kids with Alex Farha
for kids with birthdays between: 01/13/2005 and 01/13/2010
$376 ($356 members)
for 16 weeks
01/13/2018 – 04/28/2018Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM909 W Armitage AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Guitar 4Ever - Kids with Alex Farha
for kids with birthdays between: 01/13/2005 and 01/13/2010
$376 ($356 members)
for 16 weeks
01/13/2018 – 04/28/2018Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 1:55 PM909 W Armitage AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Advanced Kids’ Ensemble with Alex Farha · Shaun Whitley
for kids with birthdays between: 01/13/2005 and 01/13/2010
$212 ($202 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM909 W Armitage AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)

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