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Teachers at the Old Town School

Geoff Dolce

Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Geoff Dolce comes from a musical family and is the 4th generation to become a professional musician. His approach to teaching follows his belief that there's more than one correct way to do things. He tailors his method to your unique strengths. These are lessons where you move at your own pace and learn material that gets you stoked about music.

Dolce knows some students benefit from theory and others do not. It's a lot like Algebra. If it scares you then it's best to avoid it! His students learn as much or as little theory and reading as they choose.

Dolce conducts lessons with a dry sense of humor, a keen ear, good listening skills and a patient demeanor. Trained from an early age, he earned a Bachelor's of Music in 2003 from DePaul University where he studied with Mark Maxwell and Bob Palmieri. Some of the groups he has performed with include G. Dolce, Lacona, The Astronomer, Bevel, Box of Baby Birds, Cursive, Head of Femur, and Brighton MA.

Learn fingerpicking, hybrid picking, chord creation, folk, blues, country, improv, rock, songwriting, metal, fiddle, classical, soloing, Suzuki, note reading, theory, tab, rhythm, ear training, acoustic, and electric.

Music selections have included: Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Queen, The Cars, Wayne Shorter, Radiohead, The Beatles, Wilco, Big Star, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Bach, Weezer, Carulli, Guns N Roses, Mozart, Handel, The Who, Metallica, Donovan, The Rolling Stones, Brahms, Dinosaur Jr, John Mayall, Blur, CCR, Villa-Lobos, Miles Davis, and many many more.

Dolce has successfully taught students ages 6 to 76 for the past 8 years in the Chicago area. Students can be assured that they have the right instructor to inspire and motivate them to excel.

Education: BM DePaul University

Started at the Old Town School in October of 2009


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 03/02/2020

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 05/04/2020

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 05/04/2020

Youth String Band with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson · Geoff Dolce

for kids with birthdays between: 05/05/2006 and 06/05/2012

$108 ($98 members)

05/05/2020 – 06/23/2020 (8 meetings)

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

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle with Geoff Dolce

$206 ($186 members)

05/06/2020 – 06/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave