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Teachers at the Old Town School

Charles Kim

Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele (including Baritone), Mandolin

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

Chord Chemistry for Guitar & Ukulele

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Tue. January 25, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar & Ukulele Rhythm Tips and Tricks

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Tue. February 01, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Argh! Barre Chords!

Intermediate

$25 ($23 members)

Tue. February 08, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Crushing Chord Transitions for Ukulele and Guitar

Intermediate

$25 ($19 members)

Tue. February 15, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Beatles Songbook: Past Masters for Ukulele and Guitar

Open to All

$25 ($23 members)

Tue. February 22, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/03/2022

Mondays 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 02/28/2022

Mondays 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/03/2022

Guitar 4 with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Bass Guitar 1 with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2022 – 02/24/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

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

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2022 – 02/24/2022 (8 meetings)

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 02/28/2022

Songwriting: Continuing Work with Charles Kim

Songwriting is a rewarding form of expression. These classes help bring this artistic expression to fruition. Expect weekly writing assignments that focus on specific elements of songwriting: form, chords, melody, rhythm and / or lyrics. Students play what they’ve worked on each week and we talk about the process and what parts of the song are most effective. A friendly, casual and inspiring atmosphere with generally excellent writing and input from a very talented and growing community of songwriters. A great way to generate new material for writers at any level. The deadlines really help! This course is either taught by Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden fame author of “Take It To The Bridge” or Charles Kim leader of the band “The Astronomer” or Deanna Devore a nationally recognized singer-songwriter Prerequisite: Songwriting: Fundamentals or participants have written at least three songs.

$214 ($194 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 AM – 7:50 AM · Online

Introduction to Ukulele with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Charles Kim

Guitar 3 Repertoire: Enhance your knowledge of the guitar neck while examining tunes from a variety of styles- popular and traditional. As always, students are welcome to repeat a rep class as often as they chose. Repertoire changes from session to session. Students of Guitar 3 and Guitar 3 Rep achieve the following: Major and Minor Bar Chord Shapes on strings E & A The chromatic alphabet along strings E & A A usable appreciation of I IV V in any key Single Note Tab reading Simple Travis Style playing and reading Extended mastery of slash chords and chord coloration Memorization skills The desire to keep playing AND MUCH MORE!!!!

$214 ($194 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Bass Guitar 1 with Charles Kim

The bass is the glue that holds it all together! Explore the fundamentals of electric bass playing: tuning, the bass fingerboard, right and left hand technique, simple rhythms, triads, scales and finger exercises. Learn easy common rock and blues patterns, alternating bass patterns, and major and minor scales and triads.

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

Bass Guitar 2 with Charles Kim

Go deeper! See how your scales and chords can be put to work. Learn how to combine different triad shapes effectively, play songs and progressions using the I IV and V chords, and connect chords with easy scale based runs. Start working with walking blues patterns and dominant 7th chords.

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

Guitar 3 with Charles Kim

GUITAR 3: SKILLS Move on to the next plateau with bar chords and movable shapes. Build dexterity with basic fingerpicking and flatpicking. Develop techniques and memorization and adding dynamics to song arrangements. Begin to develop your own musical voice and expand comfort with your instrument. Students of Guitar 3 and Guitar 3 Rep achieve the following: Major and Minor Bar Chord Shapes on strings E & A The chromatic alphabet along strings E & A A usable appreciation of I IV V in any key Single Note Tab reading Simple Fingerpicking Extended mastery of slash chords and chord coloration Memorization skills The desire to keep playing AND MUCH MORE!!!!

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Guitar 4Ever with Charles Kim

An intermediate level course beyond guitar 4, with an emphasis on musicianship. Continue to work on playing with others, playing from memory and creating your own ongoing organic songbag. Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly!

$214 ($194 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 2 with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 4 with Charles Kim

Round out your study in the core guitar program with Travis-style fingerpicking, complex orchestral chords (jazz chords) and melody playing. Learn to read guitar tablature while surveying a vast array of musical genres and alternate tunings.

$214 ($194 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

Have you always wanted to play in a group, but didn't know where to start! This is the class for you! Learn the immortal songs of the Fab Four while learning the essential skills of playing in time with a rhythm section, learning to sing together, creating a set that rocks from beginning to end. Learning an instrument can be fun, but playing an ensemble is fantastic, and the Beatles makes it easy!

$206 ($186 members)

03/03/2022 – 04/21/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 1 with Charles Kim

$206 ($194 members)

03/04/2022 – 04/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · Online

Ukulele 2 with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

03/04/2022 – 04/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM · Online