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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

Secrets Revealed: Super Simple Solos

Open to All

$30 ($28 members)

Sun. December 11, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · Online

Strumming Secrets for Ukulele and Guitar

Intermediate

$30 ($28 members)

Tue. December 13, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/24/2022

Mondays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Fridays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/02/2023

Mondays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Fridays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/02/2023

Songwriting: Continuing Work with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/02/2023 – 02/20/2023 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Songwriting: Fundamentals with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/02/2023 – 02/20/2023 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Guitar 4Ever with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/03/2023 – 02/21/2023 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar 4Ever with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/04/2023 – 02/22/2023 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele 3: Beatles Repertoire with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/04/2023 – 02/22/2023 (8 meetings)

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

Ukulele Fingerboard Theory with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/05/2023 – 02/23/2023 (8 meetings)

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

Neil Young Guitar Styles with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/05/2023 – 02/23/2023 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Beatles for Beginners with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/05/2023 – 02/23/2023 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele 1 with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/06/2023 – 02/24/2023 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · Online

Ukulele 2 with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

01/06/2023 – 02/24/2023 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM · Online


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/24/2023

Guitar 4Ever with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

04/25/2023 – 06/13/2023 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar 4Ever with Charles Kim

$248 ($228 members)

04/26/2023 – 06/14/2023 (8 meetings)

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