Kids Guitar

Come to class, take a lesson, join the jam, build a band, or guitar together. Six strings of musical expression all your own!

When you go to the Old Town School of Folk Music, you are learning something bigger than just how to play guitar. Surrounded by the thousands of musicians who play on our stages, climb our steps, jam in our lobbies, we are a piece of something larger-a rich history, an evolving tradition, a living culture of folks from around Chicago and the world coming together to create music. Through the guitar, we foster holistic musical understanding and a true love for music. We teach young folks how to: create good tone, understand and maintain steady beat, play rhythm, hear and follow musical form, and be musically creative! The approach is joyful and accessible. We learn cool tunes of folk, rock, and pop traditions from around the world. Each song purposefully and authentically teaches new skills.


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

Little Strummers

Beginner

Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Camilo Rincon or James Abud

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

Beginning Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Beginner

Monday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Julie Helenius, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Gabriel Medina, Camilo Rincon or James Abud

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 Jonas Friddle, Gabriel Medina, Camilo Rincon, Sam Cantor or James Abud

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

Now 55 minutes of practice and play!

Advanced Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Advanced

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

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

Guitar 1 - Kids

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Camilo Rincon or Pedro Garcia

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

Guitar 2 - Kids

Intermediate

Monday, Saturday or Sunday with Camilo Rincon, Pedro Garcia, Sam Cantor or James Abud

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

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar 3 - Kids

Advanced

Monday or Saturday with Pedro Garcia or Sam Cantor

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

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar 4Ever - Kids

Advanced

The next session will be a 16 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 16 weeks  ·  $376 ($356 members)

Guitar 4 - Kids

Advanced

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

Guitar Together - Parent/Child Guitar Class

Beginner

Friday with Jessica Martino

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Kids Ukulele

Open to All

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 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: 10/28/2019 – 12/22/2019

Monday 09/23/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/07/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/09/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/06/2020 – 03/01/2020

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

Monday 12/02/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/04/19: Open registration


Teachers

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John Abbey »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Patrik Ahlberg »
Fiddle, Violin, Guitar, School Partnerships

Luciano Antonio »
Guitar

Louis Bardales »
Guitar

Dave Bragman »
Banjo, Guitar

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

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Lisa Joy DeRosia »
Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano, Voice

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

Ryan Fisher »
Banjo, Guitar

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

Dan Fulkerson »
Guitar

Pedro Garcia »
Guitar

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

Steve Hutchins »
Guitar, Blues Band Live!

Paul Kaye »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

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

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

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, School Partnerships

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 »
Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Chris Winters »
Guitar, Ukulele