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Teachers at the Old Town School

Bill Brickey

Guitar, Wiggleworms Program, Drummers, Voice for Guitarists

Bill has been lovingly referred to by students as the "Zen Guitar Teacher" because of his self taught stylings and open minded approach to learning. Bill’s classrooms are dynamic and full of laughter. While he follows a lesson plan, he is often inspired by feedback from his students, which he uses to customize the class. He often teaches a song by ear in addition to the songs written in the class packet.

Bill studied film and video production in London. While there, he also studied classical guitar with Gerry Garcia of the London Philharmonic. He hosted a children’s after school TV show on the Waukegan public access channel where he read books on air. Bill is certified by the state of Illinois as a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade music teacher. He has received two Old Town School Inspired Teacher Awards and was featured on two of the Old Town School Songbook CDs. Bill was the founder of the School’s Juneteenth program, which eventually developed into World Music Wednesday concerts. He is also the founder of Elastic Revolution’s Emerging Artist series in Logan Square.

“Bill is amazing. He's warm, engaging, talented, and a wonderful presence in the class. Both my daughter and I loved him.” --Wiggleworms Parent

Education: Lewis University, Shimer College, Oxford College (England )

Started at the Old Town School in February of 1990


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/03/2022

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 02/28/2022

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/03/2022

Wiggleworms 2 years with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/04/2019 and 03/04/2020

$184 ($164 members)

01/04/2022 – 02/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/04/2021 and 08/04/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/04/2022 – 02/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/04/2020 and 03/04/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/04/2022 – 02/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Bill Brickey

$214 ($194 members)

01/04/2022 – 02/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/05/2020 and 03/05/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 2 years with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/05/2019 and 03/05/2020

$184 ($164 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Mixed Age Wiggleworms with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/05/2017 and 08/05/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/05/2020 and 03/05/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey

$214 ($194 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/06/2020 and 03/06/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/06/2022 – 02/24/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 01/06/2020 and 03/06/2021

$184 ($164 members)

01/06/2022 – 02/24/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Open Stage Bootcamp with Bill Brickey

$214 ($194 members)

01/06/2022 – 02/24/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 02/28/2022

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/01/2020 and 05/01/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms 2 years with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/01/2019 and 05/01/2020

$184 ($164 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/01/2021 and 10/01/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

lullabies with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 09/01/2021 and 03/01/2022

$128 ($108 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · In-Person @909 W Armitage Ave

Home Recording Studio for Singer-Songwriters with Bill Brickey

Bill Brickey teaches you how to turn your desk, small office or basement into a studio recording space using GarageBand, Pro Tools, Ableton Live or Logic Pro X. The class will offer detailed technical training in Logic X. Support for general editing, microphone usage, midi interfacing and general connectivity will be available for users of GarageBand, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live on the Mac and Windows platforms. This class will produce a final product that may be used for SoundCloud, iTunes or Spotify Distribution You must have or be in the process of purchasing an audio interface and Microphone in order to participate this class. Audio interfaces must have a minimum of 2 hybrid inputs (Mic & Line). Microphones should be be XLR type NOT USB. Consultation on these devices and purchase of same will be provided in detail to registered students.

$206 ($186 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar 2 with Bill Brickey

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 with Bill Brickey

Guitar 2: SKILLS You’ll learn new chords and ways of playing and connecting them with bass runs, arpeggios, and using a capo. Discover different rhythms, 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. Students can plan to leave Guitar 2&2 rep with the following skills: F, Dm, Bm (simple), Bass runs in keys A C D E G, Arpeggios in 4/4 3/4 6/8, Simple Scale knowledge, Slash chords and bass notes on Strings E A D A, developing friendship with the capo and the desire to keep playing.

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2020 and 05/02/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 2 years with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2019 and 05/02/2020

$184 ($164 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Mixed Age Wiggleworms with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2017 and 10/02/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2020 and 05/02/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Vocal Technique for Guitarists with Bill Brickey

Our popular vocal technique program is now tailored specifically to guitarists. Learn basic vocal techniques and practice them with guitar-friendly songs. Singing and playing guitar both take a great deal of concentration. Singing and playing simultaneously is another skill altogether. You'll also develop, memorize, and perform a song of your choice for the last night of class.

$214 ($194 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey

Look what happened while rock and blues were sleeping! Explore the music of some of todays most lyrical and eloquent pop artists in an ensemble setting with singer songwriter Bill Brickey. Pop music is a genre once unique to the American music scene. In this class guitarists, bassists, drummers, and singers "band" together to discover how blues, folk, and rock classics have been combined to create the thing we call pop music.

$214 ($194 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/03/2020 and 05/03/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/03/2021 and 10/03/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/03/2020 and 05/03/2021

$184 ($164 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Soul Ensemble with Bill Brickey · Alton Smith

The Soul Ensemble is back!! Step into the groove with us as we sing and play 20th AND 21st Century soul tunes from the 60s and 70s all the way to 2021 -- from classic Motown, Memphis, Philly, and Chicago soul to songs by contemporary artists such as Yola, Black Pumas, Allison Russell and The War and Treaty.

$222 ($202 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Open Stage Bootcamp with Bill Brickey

Bill Brickey has designed THE class for the aspiring performing artists. Singer/Songwriters and/or instrumentalists who are maneuvering the rough waters of working as a solo, duo or trio, etc. at Open Mics finally have a class all their own! This class takes you and your fellow classmates through song choice, microphone techniques, and even audience banter. First you perform your songs in class as if it were a real open mic, and polish your skills of dynamics, and improvisation. Learn the ropes of playing live with constant feedback from an experienced professional. Take Open Stage Bootcamp and then take your act on the road with confidence!

$214 ($194 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 with Bill Brickey

Guitar 2: SKILLS You’ll learn new chords and ways of playing and connecting them with bass runs, arpeggios, and using a capo. Discover different rhythms, 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. Students can plan to leave Guitar 2&2 rep with the following skills: F, Dm, Bm (simple), Bass runs in keys A C D E G, Arpeggios in 4/4 3/4 6/8, Simple Scale knowledge, Slash chords and bass notes on Strings E A D A, developing friendship with the capo and the desire to keep playing.

$214 ($194 members)

03/05/2022 – 04/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave