Teachers at the Old Town School

Shelley Miller

Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Styles - Adult Guitar/Private Lessons: Rock, Indie-Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Soul, Blues, Country, Pop Wiggleworms: Folk, Soul, Pop, Rock, World Music, Kids Music

Techniques - Adult Guitar/Private Lessons: Strumming/Rhythm, Chords, Fingerstyle, Barre Chords, Fretboard Knowledge, Singing & Playing, Music Theory (beginning/intermediate), Note Reading (private lessons), Songwriting Wiggleworms: Fun, Confidence, Joy, Love for Music and Instruments from All Around the World

Recipient of the Old Town School of Folk Music's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award

Shelley believes that everyone has the right to make music. She does her best to make her classroom a warm, fun environment where people can try new things, ask questions, and discover their musical voices. In both group classes and private lessons, she tries to meet students where they're (interest and ability-wise) at and present information/offer new challenges in ways that both allow and inspire students to grow at their own pace. She strives to break down new skills and techniques to make them easier to do and understand and to offer personal feedback to each student.

Shelley has won awards in numerous songwriting contests, including the 2012 Sandy Lee Songfest Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and the 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival (Sisters, OR - Finalist). She’s performed at venues and festivals around the country, including the National Women's Music Festival, Chicago County Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, and Metro. She performs regularly around Chicago, both solo and with her band Shelley Miller and the BCC and also plays drums in the band Gold Harvest. She once sang a Madonna song with two members of the Counting Crows. When not making music, she likes standing on my head, riding her bike, and eating vegan cookies (though not usually all at once).

Get in touch with Shelley at SMiller@oldtownschool.org.

Education: B.A. English/Spanish, Indiana University
Shelley has played guitar since 1996, and began her "formal" music education as a guitar and voice student at the Old Town School in 1999.

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2002

Upcoming Workshops

20 Songs You Can Play Now

Intermediate

$15 ($14 members)

Fri. August 07, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · Online Classes Available

A lively romp through twenty new tunes that you can sing and play NOW. 


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/29/2020

Mondays 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mondays 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/29/2020

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

$181 ($161 members)

06/29/2020 – 08/10/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · Online Classes Available

Guitar 2 with Shelley Miller

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

$181 ($161 members)

06/29/2020 – 08/10/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Guitar 2 with Shelley Miller

$181 ($161 members)

06/30/2020 – 08/11/2020 (7 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Guitar 3 with Shelley Miller

$155 ($138 members)

07/11/2020 – 08/15/2020 (6 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Bloodshot Records Songbook with Shelley Miller

$155 ($138 members)

07/11/2020 – 08/15/2020 (6 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · Online Classes Available