Teachers at the Old Town School

Geoff Dolce

Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Geoff Dolce comes from a musical family and is the 4th generation to become a professional musician. His approach to teaching follows his belief that there's more than one correct way to do things. He tailors his method to your unique strengths. These are lessons where you move at your own pace and learn material that gets you stoked about music.

Dolce knows some students benefit from theory and others do not. It's a lot like Algebra. If it scares you then it's best to avoid it! His students learn as much or as little theory and reading as they choose.

Dolce conducts lessons with a dry sense of humor, a keen ear, good listening skills and a patient demeanor. Trained from an early age, he earned a Bachelor's of Music in 2003 from DePaul University where he studied with Mark Maxwell and Bob Palmieri. Some of the groups he has performed with include G. Dolce, Lacona, The Astronomer, Bevel, Box of Baby Birds, Cursive, Head of Femur, and Brighton MA.

Learn fingerpicking, hybrid picking, chord creation, folk, blues, country, improv, rock, songwriting, metal, fiddle, classical, soloing, Suzuki, note reading, theory, tab, rhythm, ear training, acoustic, and electric.

Music selections have included: Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Queen, The Cars, Wayne Shorter, Radiohead, The Beatles, Wilco, Big Star, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Bach, Weezer, Carulli, Guns N Roses, Mozart, Handel, The Who, Metallica, Donovan, The Rolling Stones, Brahms, Dinosaur Jr, John Mayall, Blur, CCR, Villa-Lobos, Miles Davis, and many many more.

Dolce has successfully taught students ages 6 to 76 for the past 8 years in the Chicago area. Students can be assured that they have the right instructor to inspire and motivate them to excel.

Education: BM DePaul University

Started at the Old Town School in October of 2009


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

Mondays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:00 am at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Beginning Strummers: 5 - 7 years with Geoff Dolce
for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2010 and 01/08/2013
$376 ($356 members)
for 16 weeks
01/08/2018 – 04/23/2018Mondays · 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM4545 N Lincoln AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Intermediate Strummers: 5-7 years with Geoff Dolce
for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2010 and 01/08/2013
$376 ($356 members)
for 16 weeks
01/08/2018 – 04/23/2018Mondays · 5:00 PM – 5:55 PM4545 N Lincoln AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Kids’ Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Geoff Dolce
for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2006 and 01/08/2012
$212 ($202 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM4545 N Lincoln AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 11/20/17)
Kids’ Ensemble with Geoff Dolce
for kids with birthdays between: 01/10/2006 and 01/10/2012
$212 ($202 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM4545 N Lincoln 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