Teachers at the Old Town School

Renee Nanzer

Hola Wiggleworms, Double Play for Preschoolers, Piano, Voice

Styles - Classical, World, Folk Styles - American Traditional, Blues, Irish, Mexican, Gospel

Techniques - Scales, Arpeggios, Chords, Playing by Ear

Renée’s piano teaching style is thorough, calm, and challenging. She likes to have fun in class, but she also wants to make sure that everyone understands new and old concepts. Students learn to play their instruments as part of a group, and also how to play classical compositions on the grand staff. As a Wiggleworms teacher, Renée’s classes are sweet and engaging; babies and toddlers explore instruments and props with a global repertoire.


Beyond teaching music, Renée is a teaching and performing hoop dancer. She’s a classically trained mezzo-soprano and pianist with an affinity for stringed instruments. She has performed internationally as a singer and multi-instrumentalist, and also writes original songs and compositions.

Bilingual Spanish speaker

Education: Northern Illinois University

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2011

Upcoming Workshops

Sun. November 19, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Singing A Capella: Rejoice in Voice »

In this workshop, voice is our only instrument! Together, we will create a glorious blend while hearing, finding and exploring harmonies, countermelodies, and filling out and arranging songs. Genres include folk, spirituals, rock, and pop. SATB welcome to take part and make more harmony with folks who love to sing together.

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$25 ($24 members)

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

Mondays 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Fridays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Piano 4Ever with Renee Nanzer
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano 1: Introduction to Piano with Renee Nanzer
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano 4Ever with Renee Nanzer
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano 3 with Renee Nanzer
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano Lab: Songs and Jams with Renee Nanzer
$202 ($192 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