Core Level Classes



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Where else but the Old Town School Of Folk Music will you find a rich program of Guitar, Harmonica and Voice classes available on weekdays! Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 AM walk through our halls and hear the sounds of singing, strumming and sawing. Gospel, Folk, Old Timey, Pop, Rock, Blues you name it, someone is teaching it and others are learning with joy.
Check out the '60s Ensemble and the Daytime Beatles Ensemble at noon on Weds & Fri

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List of All Core Level Classes (31 found)

Accordion 1

Accordion  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Krista Ortgiesen with your contact information.

Accordion 2

Accordion  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Krista Ortgiesen with your contact information.

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Brandi Berry or Matt Brown

Get comfortable with the violin, even if you've never played a string instrument before!

Fiddle 1

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes in no time.

Fiddle 2

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Paul Tyler

In Fiddle 2, you'll really start feeling the rhythm that defines the fiddle.

Fiddle 3

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Paul Tyler, Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

Fiddle 3 is a good place to start for intermediate fiddlers or advanced classical violinists.

Fiddle 4

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Looking for the Fiddle 4 specialty classes? They are now listed under Fiddle 3!

Violin 1

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Brandi Berry

Violin 2

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Brandi Berry

Violin 3

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with John Mead

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Chris Walz, Shelley Miller, Jason McInnes, Paula McKernan, Steve Levitt, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Barbara Silverman, Bill Brickey, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Shelley Miller, Anne-Marie Akin, Cathy Norden, Steve Levitt, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Carlos Chacon, Barbara Silverman, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Leah Shoshanah, Steve Levitt, Matt Gallagher or Chris Corsale

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Mike Blackburn, Steve Doyle, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Jimmy Tomasello, Shelley Miller, Albert Martinez, Cathy Norden, Paula McKernan or Andrea Bunch

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Shelley Miller, John Abbey, Jim DeWan, Leah Shoshanah, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Extended Play

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters or Elaine Moore

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Joel Frankel, Chris Winters, Rebecca Toon, Steve Dawson or Louis Bardales

Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.

Beyond Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Linda Smith, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar 4

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday with Cathy Norden, John Abbey, Tom Ryan or Tommi Zender

Students of Guitar 4 are well on their way to being able to perform and to express themselves musically.

Guitar 4Ever

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Chris Winters, Mark Dvorak, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Jacob Sweet, Tom Ryan, Steve Dawson or Tommi Zender

Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly! And of course, learning the guitar is a lifelong journey.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore, Rebecca Toon or Chris Corsale

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Guitar Study Hall

Guitar  |  Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

How to Strum (Nearly) Anything

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($96 members)

Tuesday with Michael O'Toole

Learn the basics of rhythm and tempo applied to your strumming instrument

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Bass  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Harmonica 1 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

Learn the basic skills used in blues, gospel, folk, country, and more!

Harmonica 2 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

Students will play songs in the first three "positions" and will learn/develop note-bending skills.

Piano 1: Introduction to Piano

Piano  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Thursday or Saturday with Farah Farid, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

(previously named Introduction to Piano)

Piano 2

Piano  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Farah Farid, Renee Nanzer or Andrew Doney

(previously named Piano: Beginning 1)

Piano 3

Piano  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday with Renee Nanzer, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

(previously named Piano: Beginning 2)

Piano 4Ever

Piano  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Farah Farid or Renee Nanzer

(previously named Piano: Intermediate)

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