Teachers at the Old Town School

Shelley Miller

Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program

Styles - Adult Guitar/Private Lessons: Rock, Indie-Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Soul, Blues, Country, Pop Wiggleworms: Folk, Soul, Pop, Rock, World Music, Kids Music

Techniques - Adult Guitar/Private Lessons: Strumming/Rhythm, Chords, Fingerstyle, Barre Chords, Fretboard Knowledge, Singing & Playing, Music Theory (beginning/intermediate), Note Reading (private lessons), Songwriting Wiggleworms: Fun, Confidence, Joy, Love for Music and Instruments from All Around the World

Recipient of the Old Town School of Folk Music's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award

Shelley believes that everyone has the right to make music. She does her best to make her classroom a warm, fun environment where people can try new things, ask questions, and discover their musical voices. In both group classes and private lessons, she tries to meet students where they're (interest and ability-wise) at and present information/offer new challenges in ways that both allow and inspire students to grow at their own pace. She strives to break down new skills and techniques to make them easier to do and understand and to offer personal feedback to each student.

Shelley has won awards in numerous songwriting contests, including the 2012 Sandy Lee Songfest Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and the 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival (Sisters, OR - Finalist). She’s performed at venues and festivals around the country, including the National Women's Music Festival, Chicago County Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, and Metro. She performs regularly around Chicago, both solo and with her band Shelley Miller and the BCC and also plays drums in the band Gold Harvest. She once sang a Madonna song with two members of the Counting Crows. When not making music, she likes standing on my head, riding her bike, and eating vegan cookies (though not usually all at once).

Education: B.A. English/Spanish, Indiana University
Shelley has played guitar since 1996, and began her "formal" music education as a guitar and voice student at the Old Town School in 1999.

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2002

Upcoming Workshops

Fri. December 01, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
THE SOCIAL - 60 Years of Women in Music »

Throughout the 6 decades of the Old Town School’s existence, there have been radiant, powerful women making music in all genres the School teaches: folk, rock, country, jazz, blues, soul and world music. Join teaching artist Shelley Miller (longtime teacher of the School’s Women’s Rock Ensemble) for a 2 hour celebration and exploration of 60 years of female artists and their music. Featuring music by Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, The Supremes, Mavis Staples, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Madonna, Chavela Vargas, The Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Hole, Sleater Kinney, Lorde and many more!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

REGISTER NOW

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

Mondays 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Saturdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Shelley Miller
This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
10/30/2017 – 12/18/2017Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Shelley Miller
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
10/30/2017 – 12/18/2017Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Shelley Miller
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
10/31/2017 – 12/19/2017Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 3 Repertoire with Shelley Miller
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 3 Repertoire with Shelley Miller
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Merge Records Ensemble with Shelley Miller
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Women's Rock Ensemble with Shelley Miller
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 Repertoire with Shelley Miller
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/05/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Punk Ensemble with Shelley Miller
$175 ($166 members)
for 7 weeks
11/05/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Guitar 3 with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 Repertoire with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 Repertoire with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 4 with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 4 with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Merge Records Ensemble with Shelley Miller
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Husker Du Ensemble with Shelley Miller
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 with Shelley Miller
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Punk Ensemble with Shelley Miller
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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