Teachers at the Old Town School

Deanna Devore

Guitar, Songwriting

Deanna is a multi-instrumentalist and has been playing guitar for twenty years. While teaching, she believes that a “learning by ear” approach is a fundamental aspect to guitar playing and songwriting. She helps train her students’ “musical ear” using songs they wish to learn and through these songs she teaches chords, rhythm, strumming patterns, fingerpicking/picking, and songwriting/performance skills. She’s a patient teacher with students of all levels who are wishing to learn either acoustic or electric guitar and for those who are inspired to write and perform their own material.

While most artists pack their bags for bigtime in New York, Toronto import, Deanna Devore, opted in 2006 to make music in Chicago. Just unpacked, she played anywhere she could find a stage and a PA system while spending her days at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, recording and co-producing a seven-song EP with Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing Pumpkins, Dandy Warhols), on which she played nearly every instrument with some backup from drumming heavyweight Matt Walker (Morrissey, Garbage). Raised by musical parents, her voice, guitar playing, and songwriting well exceed her years as she carries a lyrical sensitivity, a maturity, and a sophistication that spans across electro-dance, folk, Brazilian jazz, and orchestral territories.

Started at the Old Town School in February of 2013


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 03/04/2019

Mondays 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Fridays 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/29/2019

Mondays 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:15 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Fridays 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/29/2019

Women's Acoustic Ensemble with Deanna Devore

Examine new strumming patterns, replace common chords with fresh ones, and perfect two and three-part vocal harmonies.

$206 ($196 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Deanna Devore

$202 ($192 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Guitar 3 with Deanna Devore

$202 ($192 members)

05/01/2019 – 06/19/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Beyond Guitar 3 with Deanna Devore

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

$202 ($192 members)

05/01/2019 – 06/19/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Teen Rock Band Ensemble with Deanna Devore

$152 ($142 members)

05/03/2019 – 06/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4 with Deanna Devore

$202 ($192 members)

05/04/2019 – 06/22/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Songwriting: Continuing Work with Deanna Devore

$202 ($192 members)

05/04/2019 – 06/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave