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 03/01/2021

Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 03/01/2021

Mixed Age Wiggleworms with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2016 and 10/02/2020

$98 ($78 members)

03/02/2021 – 04/20/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM · Online

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2017 and 05/02/2020

$98 ($78 members)

03/02/2021 – 04/20/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM · Online

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Bill Brickey

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

$98 ($78 members)

03/02/2021 – 04/20/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM · Online

Home Recording Studio for Singer-Songwriters with Bill Brickey

Join Teaching artist and trained recording engineer Bill Brickey as he takes you thru the basics of home recording. The class will only 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

$206 ($186 members)

03/02/2021 – 04/20/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar 1 with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

03/02/2021 – 04/20/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Garageband Basics with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

03/03/2021 – 04/21/2021 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM · Online

Vocal Technique for Guitarists with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

03/03/2021 – 04/21/2021 (8 meetings)

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

Poets of Pop Ensemble with Bill Brickey

$180 ($163 members)

03/10/2021 – 04/21/2021 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Mixed Age Wiggleworms with Bill Brickey

for kids with birthdays between: 03/04/2017 and 10/04/2020

$98 ($78 members)

03/04/2021 – 04/22/2021 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM · Online

Improving Your Sound and Visual Presence ONLINE with Bill Brickey

This 4 week course will provide a myriad of tips and insights to help your musical presence online. Lighting,camera and sound THE WORKS.

$99 ($89 members)

03/04/2021 – 03/25/2021 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · Online

Guitar 2 with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

03/04/2021 – 04/22/2021 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online

Open Stage Bootcamp with Bill Brickey

$180 ($163 members)

03/11/2021 – 04/22/2021 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · Online

Teen Collectives: Music Production and Performance Studio with Bill Brickey · Chris Kimmons

$481 ($481 members)

03/12/2021 – 04/23/2021 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM · Online

Guitar 2 with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

03/06/2021 – 04/24/2021 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · Online

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Bill Brickey

$206 ($186 members)

03/06/2021 – 04/24/2021 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

Improving Your Sound and Visual Presence ONLINE with Bill Brickey

This 4 week course will provide a myriad of tips and insights to help your musical presence online. Lighting,camera and sound THE WORKS.

$99 ($89 members)

04/01/2021 – 04/22/2021 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · Online