Teachers at the Old Town School

Billy Oh

Fiddle, Violin

Bluegrass, Classical

Billy subscribes to Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy that every child (or adult) can learn to play an instrument, and we learn to play music the same way we learn a language. Having studied the violin from an early age using the Suzuki method he recently completed the teacher training program through Book 4. The Suzuki method has given him the ability to play by ear, helping him improvise and play different styles of music. He co-founded the bluegrass group Tangleweed and also plays with an Afro-fusion group called Alpha and the Princes of Futa. He has also been seen playing his electric violin with techno DJ’s in clubs around Chicago.

Billy Oh received his bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Loyola University in Chicago after having studied at Dartmouth College. Though his two main passions of music and teaching consume most of his time, he is also an avid sailor and likes to spend whatever remaining hours he has adrift in the middle of Lake Michigan singing sea shanties.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2009


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/28/2019

Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 2:00 pm – 6:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/06/2020

Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 2:00 pm – 6:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/06/2020

Kids Fiddle: Book Three with Billy Oh

for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2007 and 01/08/2012

$424 ($404 members)

01/08/2020 – 04/22/2020 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Kids Fiddle: Book Two with Billy Oh · Kristen Seto

for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2011 and 01/08/2015

$424 ($404 members)

01/08/2020 – 04/22/2020 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Beginning Fiddlers with Billy Oh

for kids with birthdays between: 07/10/2014 and 08/10/2016

$424 ($404 members)

01/10/2020 – 04/24/2020 (16 meetings)

Fridays · 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Continuing Fiddlers with Billy Oh · Kristen Seto

for kids with birthdays between: 07/11/2014 and 08/11/2016

$424 ($404 members)

01/11/2020 – 04/25/2020 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Kids Fiddle: Book One (continuing) with Kristen Seto · Billy Oh · Katie Klocke

for kids with birthdays between: 01/11/2007 and 01/11/2015
Our Fiddle program is rooted in folk repertoire from around the world. In this class, young folks will focus on mastering all of the skills and tunes presented in Old Town School’s Fiddle Book One. Students will learn to play fiddle tunes by ear once they have experienced the tunes physically, visually, and aurally. We listen to, sing, dance, and play our tunes. All of this work develops the child’s ability to learn by ear. Our approach takes the time to allow children to make their own musical discoveries and meaningful connections. Through experiential learning, they are prepared well to uncover and understand new musical skills and concepts. At all stages, we emphasize posture and playing position to always provide a solid foundation for next levels of learning. Embracing a social learning community, the classroom is a collaborative learning environment between teachers, parents, and students. Your class will be co-taught or kept to a minimum enrollment that maximizes individualized attention. Parent participation is crucial to the musical development of your child. Parents’ presence is comforting, supportive, and empowering for the child; and your knowledge will help with practice and play during the week. Please return to the classroom ten minutes before the scheduled end time of class. As part of the learning, young folks and their families are encouraged to participate in The Saturday Open Jam and other open music making events throughout the year.

$424 ($404 members)

01/11/2020 – 04/25/2020 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Kids Fiddle: Book Two with Billy Oh

for kids with birthdays between: 01/11/2011 and 01/11/2015

$424 ($404 members)

01/11/2020 – 04/25/2020 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave