Teachers at the Old Town School

Patrick Dugan

Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Folk

Patrick Dugan is a Chicago-based musician who has been teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele since 2002. Inspired by his instructor - a skilled jazz and blues musician - Patrick chose to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He credits Berklee with showing him how music really worked. There, he learned how to play, listen to, and truly appreciate all genres of music. Since graduating from Berklee in 2006, he has devoted his career to sharing his passion with as many audiences and students as possible.

Patrick approaches each lesson as an opportunity to help students develop their own point of view as an artist. Although students will build skills in theory, composition, and performance in each session, Patrick challenges them to go beyond technical proficiency and use that knowledge to cultivate a unique voice. In order to do this, Patrick tailors each lesson to meet the needs and individual aspirations of every student. Several of his former pupils have gone on to study at institutions such as The Chicago High School for the Arts and New England Conservatory of Music others have gone on to play in nationally-touring bands.

Although Patrick has been teaching for more than 15 years, performing remains central to his past, present, and future as a musician. An experienced multi-instrumentalist, Patrick has recorded and performed with numerous bands such as Chainsaw Dupont and the Blues Warriors, Harlan Flo, Heritage Drive, and The Lauren Wolf Band. Patrick has also been featured as a solo artist in many venues around Chicago.

Education: Berklee College of Music: Boston, MA - B.A., Professional Music and Music Business

Started at the Old Town School in November of 2019

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