Kids' Guitar

Great songs, great players, great fun!

Our faculty of teaching artists, extraordinary guitarists and professional musicians themselves, lead this program with a fun, multi-layered, and immediately gratifying approach to learning guitar. Young folks learn to play a wide variety of cool tunes from folk, rock, pop, and world music. Each song purposefully stretches new muscles and teaches new skills in an authentic and memorable way.

We expect that young folks work and play at each level for up to a year, mastering skills and becoming confident learners and players. Through the guitar, we foster holistic musical understanding and a true love for music. We teach young folks how to: create good tone, establish steady beat, play in rhythm, and internalize melody and song.

At the Old Town School of Folk Music, learning within the social environment is core to our approach. The musical conversation of a classroom, of a jam, of our school inspires, motivates, teaches our youth and their families to live musical lives! Come participate in that magic!

When you go to the Old Town School of Folk Music, you are learning something bigger than the guitar. Surrounded by the thousands of musicians who play on our stages, climb our steps, jam in our lobbies, we come from something larger-a rich history, an evolving tradition, a living culture of folks from around Chicago and the world coming together to create music.

Our Goals for Young Guitarists:

Young folks will learn to hear, to internalize music. As young folks refine their listening skills, they will learn to feel rhythm, internalize pulse, and remember melody.

Young folks will discover and develop their own musicality, and identify themselves as creative musicians.

Young folks will master a rich and varied repertoire, rooted in the traditions of diverse global and American communities.

In a social learning environment, young folks will learn how they learn. They will learn to articulate the learning process; and as they transfer knowledge to tackle new challenges, young folks will consider themselves lifelong musical learners of a growth mindset!

Little Strummers

Beginner

Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Sam Cantor or James Abud

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $312 ($292 members)

Beginning Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Jason McInnes, Jonas Friddle or Gabriel Medina

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Now 55 minutes of practice and play!

Intermediate Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Intermediate

Monday, Saturday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Jason McInnes, Jonas Friddle or Gabriel Medina

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Now 55 minutes of practice and play!

Advanced Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Advanced

Saturday or Sunday with Jason McInnes or Gabriel Medina

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Guitar 1 - Kids

Beginner

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Jason McInnes, Gabriel Medina or Alex Farha

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Guitar 2 - Kids

Intermediate

Monday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Jason McInnes, Gabriel Medina or Alex Farha

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar 3 - Kids

Advanced

Monday or Sunday with Jason McInnes or Gabriel Medina

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar 4Ever - Kids

Advanced

Saturday with Alex Farha

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Guitar 4 - Kids

Advanced

Wednesday or Saturday with Jason McInnes or Alex Farha

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar Club

IntermediateNew!

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($178 members)

Guitar Together - Parent/Child Guitar Class

Beginner

Thursday or Saturday with Jason McInnes

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($178 members)

Jarana

Advanced

The next session will be an 8 week session beginning the week of January 7th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, November 12th and new and returning students on November 19th.
In the meantime, join us at the FREE Saturday OPEN Jam any Saturday at noon at 909 Armitage. It's for all levels and ages and an important way we collaborate in learning. Bring your instrument or borrow one of ours.

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($178 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/29/2018 – 12/23/2018

Monday 09/24/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/08/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/10/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/07/2019 – 03/03/2019

Monday 11/19/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/03/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/05/18: Open registration


Teachers

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John Abbey »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Luciano Antonio »
Guitar

Louis Bardales »
Guitar

Dave Bragman »
Banjo, Guitar

Bill Brickey »
Guitar, Wiggleworms Program, Drummers, Voice for Guitarists

Matt Brown »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Lisa Joy DeRosia »
Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Tony do Rosario »
Jazz Guitar

Geoff Dolce »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Steve Doyle »
Dobro, Guitar, Lap Steel

Al Ehrich »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Dance & Movement - Qi Gong

Alex Farha »
Guitar, Oud

Ryan Fisher »
Banjo, Guitar

Jonas Friddle »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching

Dan Fulkerson »
Guitar

Donna Herula »
Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Blues, Slide, Fingerstyle

Ed Holstein »
Guitar, Banjo

Steve Hutchins »
Guitar, Blues Band Live!

Paul Kaye »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jason McInnes »
Guitar, Wiggleworms Program

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program

Elaine Moore »
Guitar, Voice

Randy Morris »
Guitar

Shoji Naito »
Guitar, Harmonica (Blues & Jazz)

Cathy Norden »
Piano, Guitar

Michael O'Toole »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation

Mary Peterson »
Theater, Guitar,
Wiggleworms Program

Bill Simmons »
Guitar

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Harlan Terson »
Bass Guitar, Guitar

Rebecca Toon »
Voice, Guitar

Jon Wall »
Guitar, Ensembles, Bass

Chris Walz »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Lindsay Weinberg »
Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar

Chris Winters »
Guitar, Ukulele