Teachers at the Old Town School

Mark Dvorak

Guitar, Banjo

In 2016 Mark Dvorak celebrated his 30th anniversary as a member of the Old Town School of Folk Music faculty. He began teaching as an avocation, but his interest in working with students deepened and evolved over time into way of life and a livelihood of “helping people teach themselves.” 

Mark’s journey into music has so far brought him in touch with several thousand music students in the Chicago area and across the country. He has helped many a beginner get through their first chords and strums, and has hosted a catalogue of master classes and workshops on a range of subjects from old-time banjo picking to the legacy of the great Lead Belly, to just about every other topic related to the study of American folk music.

Started at the Old Town School in November of 1986

Upcoming Workshops

Acoustic Blues Clinic: Piedmont, Delta and Chicago


$120 ($100 members)

Fri. June 21, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Grab your steel string guitar and slide and learn to enhance your playing with personal style. Participants will be assigned to 3 hands-on groups that will each experience the three artists. Students should have some experience with fingerpicking.

Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Guitar 4Ever with Mark Dvorak

$202 ($192 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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