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 09/04/2017

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 09/04/2017

Wiggleworms 2 years with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/05/2014 and 11/05/2015
$304 ($284 members)
for 16 weeks
09/05/2017 – 12/19/2017Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM909 W Armitage AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/05/2016 and 04/05/2017
$304 ($284 members)
for 16 weeks
09/05/2017 – 12/19/2017Tuesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/05/2015 and 11/05/2016
$304 ($284 members)
for 16 weeks
09/05/2017 – 12/19/2017Tuesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM909 W Armitage AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Guitar 3 Repertoire with Bill Brickey
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
09/05/2017 – 10/24/2017Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 2 years with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/06/2014 and 11/06/2015
$304 ($284 members)
for 16 weeks
09/06/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/06/2015 and 11/06/2016
$304 ($284 members)
for 16 weeks
09/06/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM4544 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/06/2016 and 04/06/2017
$304 ($284 members)
for 16 weeks
09/06/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Vocal Technique for Guitarists with Bill Brickey
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
09/06/2017 – 10/25/2017Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey
We’re paying attention to both lyrics and groove.
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
09/06/2017 – 10/25/2017Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/07/2015 and 11/07/2016
$285 ($266 members)
for 15 weeks
09/07/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Sibling Wiggleworms with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 09/07/2012 and 04/07/2017
$152 ($142 members)
for 8 weeks
09/07/2017 – 10/26/2017Thursdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Soul Ensemble with Bill Brickey · Alton Smith
Join one of the longest running ensembles at the school.
$216 ($206 members)
for 8 weeks
09/07/2017 – 10/26/2017Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Open Stage 101 with Bill Brickey
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
09/07/2017 – 10/26/2017Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Amplified Music Collective with Bill Brickey · Ian Wilson
All types of rock, pop, funk, soul, and more are possible in the Amplified Music Collective. For students who play electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, piano, synthesizer, and vocalists. The listed day/time is for the Collective’s group rehearsal. Private lessons are scheduled separately but are included in the tuition.
$1100 ($1100 members)
for 15 weeks
09/08/2017 – 12/22/2017Fridays · 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Teen Rock Band Ensemble with Bill Brickey
$130 ($121 members)
for 7 weeks
09/09/2017 – 10/28/2017Saturdays · 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 11/01/2015 and 12/01/2016
$152 ($142 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM4544 N Lincoln AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 9/25/17)
Vocal Technique for Guitarists with Bill Brickey
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey
We’re paying attention to both lyrics and groove.
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Sibling Wiggleworms with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 11/02/2012 and 06/02/2017
$133 ($124 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 9/25/17)
Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Bill Brickey
for kids with birthdays between: 11/02/2016 and 06/02/2017
$133 ($124 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM4545 N Lincoln AveStudents currently enrolled in any class - REGISTER NOW (New students: 9/25/17)
Soul Ensemble with Bill Brickey · Alton Smith
Join one of the longest running ensembles at the school.
$189 ($180 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Open Stage 101 with Bill Brickey
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Teen Rock Band Ensemble with Bill Brickey
$148 ($138 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000