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

Upcoming Workshops

Sherpa’s Summer Songbag

Intermediate

$15 ($14 members)

Mon. July 20, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Steve Levitt offers a mid-summer lunar play along online. We’ll celebrate with songs of summer high and low.


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/29/2020

Lunar Ensemble: with Steve Levitt

it’s all about country and country rock and roots/ Americana/pop music originally released on vinyl.

$181 ($161 members)

06/29/2020 – 08/10/2020 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

Guitar 4Ever with Steve Levitt

$181 ($161 members)

06/30/2020 – 08/11/2020 (7 meetings)

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

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

No request refused, and you are encouraged to create your own charts to share with the class.

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Steve Levitt

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online Classes Available

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt

The Beatles Ensemble begin another journey through the American releases - many of which differ significantly from their British counterparts. Performance oriented. We learn the entire album and perform it

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

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

Guitar 2 with Steve Levitt

$181 ($161 members)

07/02/2020 – 08/13/2020 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$181 ($161 members)

07/02/2020 – 08/13/2020 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online Classes Available

Daytime Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$181 ($161 members)

07/03/2020 – 08/14/2020 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · Online Classes Available

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

No request refused, and you are encouraged to create your own charts to share with the class.

$155 ($138 members)

07/11/2020 – 08/15/2020 (6 meetings)

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