Teachers at the Old Town School

Lisa Joy DeRosia

Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano, Voice

“I started in Guitar 1 with Lisa D. and made more progress the first day than I did in six months trying to learn guitar on my own.”

Lisa DeRosia is an accomplished singer, guitarist, and songwriter with a unique and versatile voice. She has extensive performing and teaching experience. Played and sung regularly with the legendary Chicago institution, The Hoyle Brothers? Check. Traveled across the country with her award-winning band? Done that, too. Acquired expertise in multiple styles? Lisa’s musical know-how includes country, rock, folk, pop, blues, musical theatre, and classical, and she continues to play, write, sing, and teach with a wide range of influences.

Now in her 22nd year at the Old Town School, Lisa teaches both group classes and private lessons to children and adults. Her group guitar classes offer a fun and relaxing environment tailored to students’ needs, where adult players of all levels can try new things and explore diverse styles. With her wealth of experience, she is a resourceful and adaptable teacher whose classes have been described as inspiring, therapeutic, and “perfect for those new to the guitar.”

In Wiggleworms, Lullabies, and Meet the Instruments, children discover a love of music and connect to the possibilities of creative expression within themselves. Lisa’s fun classroom is a place of enrichment where kids explore their talents and encounter music they take into the rest of their lives. “The songs have become staples in our household,” one parent reports. Another adds, “We’re certain that Lisa has played a significant role in fostering our daughter’s love of music and her burgeoning interest in instruments.”

Lisa lives with her daughter in Chicago and is currently furthering her professional vocal studies, completing an M.F.A. in Vocal Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University, where she delves ever more deeply into music theory and classical vocal performance. She also plays and sings a variety of country, folk, rock, and blues tunes at gigs around the city.

Among other accomplishments as a singer and guitarist, Lisa’s notable work with her band Lush Budgett was hailed by one reviewer as “as much passion and authenticity as Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn ever had. A winning combination of heart-melting vocals, engaging songwriting and brilliant playing.” The Lisa DeRosia and Lush Budgett album Yesterday Is Gone, for which Lisa wrote lyrics and co-wrote music, was called “one of the 10 best Chicago releases of the year” by the Daily Herald. She also recorded, played far and wide, and won competitions with previous bands the Corn Kings and Eden Deluxe. From childhood days singing in Michigan City, Indiana to her professional life as a teacher and performer, Lisa has continued to develop and share her musical knowledge and talent.

Get in touch with Lisa at lderosia@oldtownschool.org.

Education: B.A. in Film/Theater from Indiana University, 1985

Started at the Old Town School in November of 1996


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/02/2019

Mondays 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 3:45 pm – 8:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/28/2019

Mondays 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 3:45 pm – 7:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Wiggleworms: Meet the Instruments with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2014 and 11/02/2016

$293 ($273 members)

09/09/2019 – 12/16/2019 (15 meetings)

Mondays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2019 and 09/02/2019

$98 ($78 members)

09/09/2019 – 10/21/2019 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 09/04/2017 and 11/04/2018

$312 ($292 members)

09/04/2019 – 12/18/2019 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 09/04/2018 and 04/04/2019

$156 ($136 members)

09/04/2019 – 10/23/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 03/04/2019 and 09/04/2019

$112 ($92 members)

09/04/2019 – 10/23/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Little Strummers with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 09/06/2013 and 09/06/2015

$293 ($273 members)

09/06/2019 – 12/20/2019 (15 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 03/06/2019 and 09/06/2019

$112 ($92 members)

09/06/2019 – 10/25/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 09/06/2017 and 11/06/2018

$293 ($273 members)

09/06/2019 – 12/20/2019 (15 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

*Wiggleworms 2 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 10/28/2016 and 12/28/2017

$156 ($136 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

*Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 10/28/2017 and 12/28/2018

$156 ($136 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/28/2019

Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 04/28/2019 and 10/28/2019

$112 ($92 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Vocal Techniques 2: Register, Range with Lisa Joy DeRosia

$202 ($182 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Vocal Techniques 1: Breath, Free Tone with Lisa Joy DeRosia

$202 ($182 members)

10/28/2019 – 12/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 with Lisa Joy DeRosia

$202 ($182 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 10/30/2018 and 05/30/2019

$156 ($136 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 04/30/2019 and 10/30/2019

$112 ($92 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 1 with Lisa Joy DeRosia

$202 ($182 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 05/01/2019 and 11/01/2019

$98 ($78 members)

11/01/2019 – 12/20/2019 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 11/01/2018 and 06/01/2019

$137 ($117 members)

11/01/2019 – 12/20/2019 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Young Voices: 4, 5 & 6 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia

for kids with birthdays between: 05/02/2013 and 11/02/2015

$156 ($136 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave