Private Lessons

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, private lessons provide the opportunity to get the personal attention that is beneficial to your growth as a musician.

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.

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions (see below for registration dates), 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.

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


  • $288 for eight weeks of 30-minute lessons (member price $278);
  • $416 for eight weeks of 45-minute lessons (member price $401);
  • $536 for eight weeks of 60-minute lessons (member price $516)

Lessons Offered In:

Registration Dates

Lessons in the 8-week session from MARCH 4 – APRIL 28, 2019

  • Registration is open for all available time slots. Register at any point in the session.

Lessons in the 8-week session from APRIL 29 – JUNE 23, 2019

  • Registration for students continuing in their time slot: MARCH 24 – APRIL 7, 2019
  • Registration for current students transferring to a new day, time, or teacher: APRIL 8 & 9, 2019
  • Registration for all unclaimed lesson times open to all: APRIL 10, 2019

Private Lesson Procedures and Policies

Due to the dynamic nature of our private lesson program and to foster the best fit between student and teacher, all of our registration happens in person over the phone or at one of our student services desks. Stop by one of our buildings today or call 773.728.6000 to register.

Credits & Refunds

Full refunds or full School credits are available until 48 hours before your first lesson begins. If you call or stop in to cancel your registration 24 hours before your third lesson begins, a partial pro-rated class credit can be given. If you have had 3 lessons or it is less than 24 hours before your third lesson, no School credit is available.

Missed Lessons, Cancellations and Make-Up Lessons

Student Missed/Canceled Lessons — There are no refunds or credits for lessons missed by the student. This includes any and all religious, bank, and government holidays for which the Old Town School remains open. Click here for the School calendar.

Teacher Missed/Canceled Lessons — In the event a teacher cancels or misses a lesson and is not able to schedule a make-up lesson, the student will receive a credit for the missed lesson.

Rescheduling and/or make-up lessons are not the policy of the Old Town School of Folk Music. An individual teacher may elect to offer a make-up lesson due to an extenuating circumstance, however this is completely at the discretion of the teacher and is subject to teacher schedule and space availability.