Teachers at the Old Town School

Joel Styzens

Drum Kit, Percussion, Piano

Music Styles - Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, Latin/Afro-Cuban, Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass, and many others.

Joel Styzens is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer specializing in drums, piano, guitar, percussion, and hammered dulcimer.

Joel is a graduate of Millikin University where he studied Percussion, Music Business and piano.
He is also a recording artist and film composer -- composing music for a wide range of projects, including film, animation, television, and his own ensemble.
Joel has collaborated with musicians in every style from Jazz to Rock and enjoys incorporating all of the elements into his teaching.

Joel's teaching approach emphasizes the important foundation of rhythm on all instruments and in all music -- connecting the fundamentals to the music that each student personally enjoys.

Each student will develop and improve the following:
- Listening skills
- Rhythmic confidence
- Coordination
- Reading
- Musicality
- Phrasing
- Sense of time
- And technical skills in various areas & styles

Education: Bachelor of Music from Millikin University: Emphasis in Percussion and Music Business

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2004


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/04/2017

Mondays 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/04/2017

Mondays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/04/2017

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 09/04/2017

Drum Kit 1 with Joel Styzens
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
09/11/2017 – 10/23/2017Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Drum Kit 2 with Joel Styzens
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
10/30/2017 – 12/18/2017Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Drum Kit 1 with Joel Styzens
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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