Teachers at the Old Town School

Hassan El-Tayyab

Hassan El-Tayyab is a Chicago based musician, educator, author, and peace activist. He has been honored several times for his musicianship including being a finalist in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Song Competition, for best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and was recognized in the 2013 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition. He has also performed on reputable stages and festivals all across America including the main stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Freight and Salvage, and the Independent. Rooted in bluesy Americana and folk/swing traditions, his carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have earned Hassan a reputation as a musician that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds.

Hassan has also been teaching guitar, mandolin, and songwriting for over 15 years. In addition to freelancing private lessons to students of all ages, he taught guitar and songwriting at the East Bay Center for performing Arts, was an artist in residence and arts integration specialist in the West Contra Costs Unified School District, led arts integration professional development to educators in Richmond Public Schools, and was a guest Lecturer at UC Berkeley.

Hassan has a strong knowledge of technique, chords, scales, improvisation, and music theory that will be organically infused into each of his lessons. Hassan's wide ranging repertoire, understanding of music theory, performance, and songwriting makes him an asset to anyone seeking to deepen their musicianship. Students can expect a fun and encouraging learning environment that will suit their skill level.

Started at the Old Town School in May of 2017

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