Teachers at the Old Town School

Chris Walz

Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Bluegrass Slide Fingerstyle

In 2016, Chris celebrated 20 years of teaching at The Old Town School Of Folk Music!

Chris first got interested in the guitar as a teenager through the music of the early Country Blues players like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell. He plays and teaches this style to this day. Always interested in Bluegrass as well, he developed his flatpicking skill and wound up spending three and a half years touring the world with the bluegrass band The Special Consensus. Chris has been at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996 and divides his time between performing and teaching.

“I've been teaching both guitar and five string banjo for more than 20 years. Since 1996 I've been a teacher at The Old Town School Of Folk Music. I teach all levels from beginners to advanced experienced. The real satisfaction I get is when I'm able to get a student to execute something they didn't think they could do. I work with both tablature and by ear, but mostly what I try to do is get my students to think for themselves.”

Started at the Old Town School in January of 1996


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 08/29/2016

Mondays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/24/2016

Mondays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/24/2016

Blues Fingerstyle 2 with Chris Walz
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
10/24/2016 – 12/12/2016Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Blues Fingerstyle 3 with Chris Walz
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
10/24/2016 – 12/12/2016Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Flatpicking 2 - Technique with Chris Walz
Melodies. Focus the rhythm techniques learned in Flatpicking 1 into a solid foundation for single note playing. The pick hand mechanics are the same, but instead of playing all six strings you play one at a time. Emphasis will be on down-up pick strokes, tone, and timing. Worksheets and fiddle tunes will be the materials used to build your skills. Tunes tabbed out will be provided.
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
10/25/2016 – 12/13/2016Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire with Chris Walz
Session 3: THE GUITAR OF DOC WATSON
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
10/25/2016 – 12/13/2016Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 Repertoire with Chris Walz
$192 ($182 members)
for 8 weeks
10/26/2016 – 12/14/2016Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire with Chris Walz
$168 ($159 members)
for 7 weeks
10/27/2016 – 12/15/2016Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bluegrass Banjo 1 with Chris Walz
$168 ($159 members)
for 7 weeks
10/27/2016 – 12/15/2016Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Bluegrass Banjo 4 - Earl Scruggs with Chris Walz
$168 ($159 members)
for 7 weeks
10/27/2016 – 12/15/2016Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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