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

Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles - The Middle Years

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. June 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Learn the techniques and tricks of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison sculpted lyrics, chords and melodies into timeless classics. A workshop designed for all levels of songwriters and Fab Four fanatics!

Make it Electric: Guitars, Amps and Pedals

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. June 03, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ready to let your guitar roar? Make the transition from acoustic to electric by learning about the differences that guitars, pickups, amplifiers, cables, volume and tone controls, and all those pedals make!


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/30/2018

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 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave


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

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 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/30/2018

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Charles Kim

$202 ($192 members)

05/03/2018 – 06/21/2018 (8 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.

$206 ($196 members)

05/03/2018 – 06/21/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Charles Kim

$202 ($192 members)

05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim

$206 ($196 members)

05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018 (8 meetings)

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/25/2018

Simple Songwriting Solutions with Charles Kim

$101 ($96 members)

06/25/2018 – 07/16/2018 (4 meetings)

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

Guitar 2 with Charles Kim

$202 ($192 members)

06/25/2018 – 08/13/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Ensemble Basics with Charles Kim

$206 ($196 members)

06/26/2018 – 08/14/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Charles Kim

$202 ($192 members)

06/26/2018 – 08/14/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 1 with Charles Kim

$177 ($168 members)

06/27/2018 – 08/15/2018 (7 meetings)

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

Guitar 3 with Charles Kim

$202 ($192 members)

06/28/2018 – 08/16/2018 (8 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.

$206 ($196 members)

06/28/2018 – 08/16/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 3 with Charles Kim

$202 ($192 members)

06/30/2018 – 08/18/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim

$206 ($196 members)

06/30/2018 – 08/18/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Songwriter’s Ensemble with Charles Kim

$206 ($196 members)

06/30/2018 – 08/18/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Songwriting: Fighting Writers Block with Charles Kim

$101 ($91 members)

07/23/2018 – 08/13/2018 (4 meetings)

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