Core Level Guitar Classes

The backbone of the Old Town School experience since its inception in 1957, our Core Guitar classes provide solid musical background using traditional and popular styles in a friendly casual group environment.

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1

Your musical journey starts here. Learn chords, simple strums, and tuning in a fun, relaxed group setting. You’ll be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony that will have you making music in no time! Guitar 1 is for the absolute beginner.

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Improve skills. Add songs.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few "licks," while singing and playing at the same time! We suggest that students repeat the repertoire classes as needed. There are hundreds of tunes to learn at every skill level.

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New chords. New connections.

Guitar 2

Learn new chords and ways of playing and connecting them with bass runs, arpeggios, and using a capo. Discover different rhythms and pick out some melodies. Before taking Guitar 2, you should play basic open chords in the keys of A, D, E, and G, smoothly without losing the beat.

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Self-starters start here.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

If you are self taught or have completed Guitar 2, this is the level to repeat as often as you want to build up your songbag.

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Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Guitar 3

Move on to the next plateau with barre chords and movable shapes. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques and memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Begin to develop your own musical voice and expand comfort with your instrument.

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Barre chords open doors.

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Enhance your knowledge of the guitar neck while examining tunes from a variety of styles - popular and traditional. As always, students are welcome to repeat a repertoire class as often as they chose. Songs change from session to session.

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Choose Your Class

Need help figuring out where to get started?

Complete Beginner? Start With Guitar 1

Self-Taught? Learned From Videos? Start At Guitar 2

Barre Chords? Haven’t Played In A While? Take Our Placement Quiz

Extend the Core Guitar Experience

Choose from a variety of class options continuing in the model of the core program, before branching off to specialty or ensemble classes!

Beyond Guitar 3

Extended Play

Guitar 4

Guitar 4ever

Technique & Specialty Classes

Expand your abilities with the guidance of our expert teaching artists in of our wide range of skill and specialty topic classes - exploring genres like Blues, Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz, Country, and more.

Classes, Schedules, and Registration

Ensemble Classes

If your skill set includes those in the Guitar 3 description, or beyond, you'll want to stretch your playing in an Ensemble Class - performing together in a multi-instrument band setting.

Classes, Schedules, and Registration

Guitar 1

Beginner

Any Day of the Week with Carlos Chacon, Steve Doyle, Alvin McGovern, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Cathy Norden, Rebecca Toon, John Abbey, Paula McKernan or Steve Levitt

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

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Any Day of the Week with Linda Smith, Steve Doyle, Dan Fulkerson, Shelley Miller, Cathy Norden, John Abbey, Michael O'Toole, Steve Dawson, Tommi Zender, Louis Bardales, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

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

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

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Joel Frankel, Chris Winters, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Rebecca Toon, Louis Bardales, Matt Gallagher or Deanna Devore

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

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Chris Walz, Shelley Miller, Jason McInnes, Paula McKernan, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

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

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

Guitar 3

Intermediate

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Barbara Silverman, Steve Doyle, Bill Brickey, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Cathy Norden, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

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

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

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

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

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Barbara Silverman, Shelley Miller, Steve Levitt or Chris Corsale

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

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

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Linda Smith, Dan Fulkerson or Chris Corsale

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

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

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Elaine Moore, Jim DeWan or Andrea Bunch

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

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

Guitar 4Ever

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Mike Blackburn, Chris Winters, Mark Dvorak, Jacob Sweet, John Abbey, Tom Ryan, Steve Dawson or Tommi Zender

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

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

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Tom Ryan

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

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Advanced

Tuesday with John Mead

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

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

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

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