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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

Beatles Songbook: Rubber Soul and Revolver!

Open to All

$25 ($23 members)

Tue. July 12, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Strumming Solutions for Guitar and Ukulele

Open to All

$30 ($28 members)

Tue. July 19, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Secrets Revealed: How to Practice Any Instrument or Song

Open to All

$30 ($28 members)

Tue. July 26, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Secrets Revealed: Pick Power!

Open to All

$30 ($28 members)

Tue. August 02, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Chord Chemistry for Guitar & Ukulele

Open to All

$30 ($28 members)

Tue. August 09, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/20/2022

Mondays 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/20/2022

Ukulele 1 with Charles Kim

$180 ($163 members)

06/20/2022 – 08/08/2022 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

Songwriting: Continuing Work with Charles Kim

$187 ($170 members)

06/20/2022 – 08/08/2022 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Songwriting: Fundamentals with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

06/21/2022 – 08/09/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online

Guitar 4 with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

06/21/2022 – 08/09/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Guitar 4Ever with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

06/22/2022 – 08/10/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

06/22/2022 – 08/10/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Beatles For Bass with Charles Kim

$204 ($184 members)

06/23/2022 – 08/11/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

06/23/2022 – 08/11/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

06/23/2022 – 08/11/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 2 with Charles Kim

$206 ($194 members)

06/24/2022 – 08/12/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM · Online


Group Classes for the session beginning 08/29/2022

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

08/31/2022 – 10/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 3 with Charles Kim

$214 ($194 members)

09/01/2022 – 10/20/2022 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 1 with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

09/02/2022 – 10/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · Online

Ukulele 2 with Charles Kim

$206 ($186 members)

09/02/2022 – 10/21/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM · Online