Teachers at the Old Town School

Cathy Norden

Piano, Guitar

Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, and More

Cathy teaches piano, guitar, music theory, and ensembles.  She is also the department chair for the kids' group piano program at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  In addition to piano and guitar, at various points she's also played bass, drums, sousaphone, banjo, and viola. Favorite musical endeavors include supporting roles in The Snow Queen at Victory Gardens Theatre, the Buzzkills, the Marching Illini, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Hushdrops, and John's People.  Her current main project is Cathy Norden and Her Heroes.  In piano lessons, Cathy's students develop reading skills and understanding of music theory, as well as unscripted comping, ear training, and improvisation across all musical genres.  Her guitar classes include learning plenty of rock and roll, and music theory.  The ensembles she teaches are purely for love of the style.  Past and present ensembles include Neil Young, the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, the Monkees, and Steely Dan.

Education: B.A. University of Illinois
J.D. The John Marshall Law School

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2001


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

Mondays 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Mondays 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Yacht Rock Ensemble with Cathy Norden
$175 ($166 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Beginning Music Theory with Cathy Norden
Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 3 with Cathy Norden
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Musical Theater Ensemble with Cathy Norden · Jeff Gandy · Mary Peterson
Be a part of a performing group! Musical theater scenes and ensembles, no audition required. Open to all levels
$448 ($428 members)
for 16 weeks
01/09/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Guitar 1 Repertoire with Cathy Norden
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 with Cathy Norden
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Extended Play with Cathy Norden
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Sunshine Pop with Cathy Norden
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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