Teachers at the Old Town School

Steve Levitt

Guitar, Bass, Autoharp

Various techniques including fingerstyle and flat-picking, open tunings, songwriting, and theory

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

The sherpa of sherpas, to take a class with Steve Levitt is to witness and be inspired by true musical genius. His warmth, patience, eloquence and distinct perspective provides an incomparable classroom experience. His command of diverse musical styles and ease of execution creates an atmosphere of awe and motivation.

Steve began his commitment to the School as a young guitar student in the mid ‘60s. He remains a living link to both our original location on North Avene and the early days of 909 West Armitage. He creates enchanting music on any instrument that he picks up: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Banjo, Mandolin, Drums, Autoharp, etc. During the ‘70s Steve represented the School in a local supergroup called Ravenswood. Returning to our community in the early ‘90s to teach, Steve has offered his boundless passion and skills to more than 1800 classes and tens of thousands of students of all ages. Steve was the guitar guru behind the Guinness record “World’s Largest Music Lesson.”  He raises the level of play in any musical situation where he is present. Steve's catalog of class offerings over the years is unmatched!

Education: Kent State University,
Webster College,
University of Illinois

Started at the Old Town School in March of 1993


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Guitar Study Hall with Steve Levitt
$0 ($0 members)
for 8 weeks
10/30/2017 – 12/18/2017Mondays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Blues Guitar Basics 2 with Steve Levitt
$172 ($162 members)
for 7 weeks
11/07/2017 – 12/19/2017Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 4 with Steve Levitt
$196 ($186 members)
for 8 weeks
10/31/2017 – 12/19/2017Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt
You call the tune we’ll learn the tune.
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar Study Hall with Steve Levitt
$0 ($0 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt
The Beatles Ensemble begin another journey through the British releases - many of which differ significantly from their American counterparts. Performance oriented.
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/01/2017 – 12/20/2017Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Steve Levitt
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt
$175 ($166 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble with Steve Levitt
$175 ($166 members)
for 7 weeks
11/02/2017 – 12/21/2017Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 Repertoire with Steve Levitt
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/03/2017 – 12/22/2017Fridays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Daytime Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt
NEW. A special daytime version of our most popular ensemble class. Like it’s night time older brother, we will take on the catalog one album at a time. Join us on Friday afternoons at noon. A perfect time to tap into your inner Paul, John, George or Ringo. Session 1 Magical Mystery Tour Session 2 White Album Part 1
$175 ($166 members)
for 7 weeks
11/03/2017 – 12/22/2017Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt
You call the tune we’ll learn the tune.
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
11/04/2017 – 12/23/2017Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Guitar Study Hall with Steve Levitt
$0 ($0 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Steve Levitt
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 4 with Steve Levitt
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Blues Guitar Basics 1 with Steve Levitt
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Steve Levitt
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt
You call the tune we’ll learn the tune.
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar Study Hall with Steve Levitt
$0 ($0 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt
The Beatles Ensemble begin another journey through the British releases - many of which differ significantly from their American counterparts. Performance oriented.
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Concept - Soundtrack Album Ensemble with Steve Levitt
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 3 with Steve Levitt
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/12/2018 – 03/02/2018Fridays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Daytime Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt
NEW. A special daytime version of our most popular ensemble class. Like it’s night time older brother, we will take on the catalog one album at a time. Join us on Friday afternoons at noon. A perfect time to tap into your inner Paul, John, George or Ringo. Session 1 Magical Mystery Tour Session 2 White Album Part 1
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/12/2018 – 03/02/2018Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt
You call the tune we’ll learn the tune.
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000