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

Sun. March 25, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Crushing and Destroying Barre Chords »

The lament of the guitarist after the first couple of classes: “ARGGHH, barre chords!” Have no fear - there is hope! In this workshop, you’ll develop the muscles and theory to play bar chords across the neck and learn how to move fluidly from open chords and other chord forms.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. March 25, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles - The Early Years »

Learn the techniques and tricks of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison sculpted lyrics, chords and melodies into timeless classes. This time we’ll focus on the early years!

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$25 ($24 members)

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Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Mondays 3:30 pm – 6:30 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

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 03/05/2018

Mondays 3:30 pm – 6:30 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

Group Classes for the session beginning 03/05/2018

Songwriting: Continuing Work with Charles Kim
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
03/05/2018 – 04/23/2018Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Charles Kim
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
03/05/2018 – 04/23/2018Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Ensemble Basics with Charles Kim
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
03/06/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 4 with Charles Kim
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
03/06/2018 – 04/24/2018Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 4 with Charles Kim
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
03/07/2018 – 04/25/2018Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 with Charles Kim
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
03/08/2018 – 04/26/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
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)
for 8 weeks
03/08/2018 – 04/26/2018Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 with Charles Kim
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
03/10/2018 – 04/28/2018Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Classic Album Ensemble with Charles Kim
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
03/10/2018 – 04/28/2018Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Songwriter’s Ensemble with Steve Dawson · Charles Kim
$222 ($212 members)
for 8 weeks
03/10/2018 – 04/28/2018Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000