Teachers at the Old Town School

Cathy Norden

Piano, Guitar

Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, and More

Cathy teaches piano, guitar, music theory, and ensembles.  She is also the department chair for the kids' group piano program at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  In addition to piano and guitar, at various points she's also played bass, drums, sousaphone, banjo, and viola. Favorite musical endeavors include supporting roles in The Snow Queen at Victory Gardens Theatre, the Buzzkills, the Marching Illini, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Hushdrops, and John's People.  Her current main project is Cathy Norden and Her Heroes.  In piano lessons, Cathy's students develop reading skills and understanding of music theory, as well as unscripted comping, ear training, and improvisation across all musical genres.  Her guitar classes include learning plenty of rock and roll, and music theory.  The ensembles she teaches are purely for love of the style.  Past and present ensembles include Neil Young, the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, the Monkees, and Steely Dan.

Education: B.A. University of Illinois
J.D. The John Marshall Law School

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2001


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/25/2018

Mondays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/03/2018

Mondays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/25/2018

Mellow Gold Ensemble with Cathy Norden · Steve Dawson

$222 ($212 members)

06/25/2018 – 08/13/2018 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 with Cathy Norden

$202 ($192 members)

06/28/2018 – 08/16/2018 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Steely Dan Ensemble with Cathy Norden

$206 ($196 members)

06/28/2018 – 08/16/2018 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/03/2018

Beginning Music Theory with Cathy Norden

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

$177 ($168 members)

09/10/2018 – 10/22/2018 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 1 with Cathy Norden

$177 ($168 members)

09/10/2018 – 10/22/2018 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Musical Theater Ensemble with Cathy Norden · Jeff Gandy · Mary Peterson

$448 ($428 members)

09/04/2018 – 12/18/2018 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Cathy Norden

$202 ($192 members)

09/04/2018 – 10/23/2018 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Cathy Norden

$202 ($192 members)

09/06/2018 – 10/25/2018 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Beach Boys Ensemble with Cathy Norden

$206 ($196 members)

09/06/2018 – 10/25/2018 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave