Teachers at the Old Town School

Charles Kim

Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Rock Pop Improvisation Jazz Theory

Songwriting, Composition and Improvisation, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Flatpicking, Open Tunings, Slide, Bass, Music Theory, Ear Training, Alternative/Indie Rock

A recipient of The Old Town School Of Folk Music’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Artist award, Charles loves to teach beginning to advanced students who are open to new ideas and excited and eager to create something new. You can take private lessons with Charles or experience his teaching in a group guitar, ensemble, or songwriting class. Guitarists and bassists can bring in their favorite songs to explore the technique of their instrument, whether you want to study rock, country, funk, classical, fingerstyle, blues, jazz, or just want to improve your overall playing.
 
Songwriters can bring in ideas that they haven't completed, either to learn the craft of using chords, melodies, lyrics and structure, or to help with new approaches to songwriting. He's also taught students how to write a pop-song, how to figure out their favorite tunes, work on band arrangements, and get ready for the recording studio.
 
Charles has appeared on more than 30 albums, works as a producer/recorder, and written works for theater, dance companies and film.

Education: Charles has studied with McArthur Grant Recipient Ken Vandermark for Jazz Studies and Improvisation, and studied Classical Guitar at Vanderbilt University.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 1999

Upcoming Workshops

Beatles Jam for Ukulele and More!

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. October 20, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Chord Chemistry for Ukulele

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. October 20, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Melodies, Bass Runs and Riffs for Guitarists

Intermediate

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. November 10, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

This workshop will enhance your tone production, speed, accuracy and overall technique with playing individual notes

Fingerpicking For Absolute Beginners

Beginner

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. November 10, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

You'll learn simple arpeggios, alternate bass patterns, and a “Travis picking” pattern.

Making the Switch from Ukulele to Guitar

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. November 17, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele Rhythm Tips and Tricks

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. November 17, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/02/2019

Mondays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


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

Mondays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/28/2019

Songwriting: Continuing Work with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Ensemble Basics with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 1 with Charles Kim

$177 ($157 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

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

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

The music of the Fab Four simplified for those who have only played a short while.

$180 ($160 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele 1 with Charles Kim

$177 ($159 members)

11/01/2019 – 12/20/2019 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele 2 with Charles Kim

$177 ($159 members)

11/01/2019 – 12/20/2019 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4 with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim

Session 6 Remain in Light by Talking Heads 'Once In A Lifetime', 'Houses In Motion', 'Born Under Punches', and more! Multiple drums, basses, guitars, percussion, keyboards and vocals welcome

$206 ($186 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Going Electric: Part 2 Pedals and The Electronic Guitarist with Charles Kim

$202 ($182 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave