Teachers at the Old Town School

Shelley Miller

Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program

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

Out Rock Songbag

Intermediate

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. June 28, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/29/2019

Mondays 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:45 am – 11:00 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 10:30 am – 1:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/24/2019

Mondays 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:30 am – 11:00 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Guitar 1 with Shelley Miller

$202 ($192 members)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

$202 ($192 members)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 1 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

$202 ($192 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.

$202 ($192 members)

06/26/2019 – 08/14/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

$202 ($192 members)

06/26/2019 – 08/14/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Shelley Miller

$202 ($192 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

4AD Ensemble with Shelley Miller

Dig into songs by your favorite artists and discover new favorites as we explore deeper cuts from throughout the label's 40 year history.

$206 ($196 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 1 with Shelley Miller

$202 ($192 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Punk Ensemble with Shelley Miller

Celebrate the raw power of Punk Music. A handful power chords and a fistful of attitude should do it to it.

$206 ($196 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave