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.

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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.

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List of All Core Guitar Classes (18 found)

Guitar 1

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Catherine Norden, Rebecca Toon, Steve Levitt, Chris Corsale, Alicia Lees or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday with Carlos Chacon, Barbara Silverman, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore, Albert Martinez, John Abbey, Tom Ryan or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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, Saturday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Shelley Miller, Albert Martinez, Paula McKernan, Chris Corsale, Alicia Lees or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Beginner

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Mike Blackburn, Barbara Silverman, Chris Walz, Randy Morris, Shelley Miller, John Mead, Steve Levitt, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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 Bill Brickey, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, John Mead, Catherine Norden, Jim DeWan, Andrea Bunch or Matt Gallagher

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking.

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Charles Kim, Elaine Moore, Catherine Norden, Jim DeWan, Steve Dawson, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Guitar 3 Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Charles Kim, Shelley Miller or Catherine Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Catherine Norden or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 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 or Wednesday with Steve Doyle, Elaine Moore or John Abbey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Guitar 4Ever

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Chris Winters, Shelley Miller, Jacob Sweet, Tom Ryan, Steve Levitt, Steve Dawson, Tommi Zender or Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

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

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Lisa Joy DeRosia or Elaine Moore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Fingerstyle Workshop Series

IntermediateNew!

Monday or Sunday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Guitar 1 Adults - Parking Lot Pop Up

BeginnerNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 6 weeks  ·  $129 ($109 members)

Return To Guitar

Open to AllNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

Intermediate

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!