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

Holiday Instrumental: The Peanuts Theme for Guitar

Intermediate

$20 ($18 members)

Thu. December 10, 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · Online


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/26/2020

Monty Python Songbook with Steve Levitt · Jimmy Tomasello

We’ll draw from tunes sung on the legendary TV show as well movies and albums.

$99 ($89 members)

11/25/2020 – 12/16/2020 (4 meetings)

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/04/2021

Lunar Ensemble: TBA with Steve Levitt

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

$210 ($190 members)

01/04/2021 – 02/22/2021 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar 2 with Steve Levitt

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

$206 ($186 members)

01/04/2021 – 02/22/2021 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Guitar 4Ever with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/05/2021 – 02/23/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

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

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2021 – 02/24/2021 (8 meetings)

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

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/06/2021 – 02/24/2021 (8 meetings)

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

Beyond Guitar 3 with Steve Levitt

$206 ($186 members)

01/07/2021 – 02/25/2021 (8 meetings)

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

Grateful Dead Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$210 ($190 members)

01/07/2021 – 02/25/2021 (8 meetings)

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

Daytime Beatles Ensemble with Steve Levitt

$210 ($190 members)

01/08/2021 – 02/26/2021 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · Online

‘60s Classics Ensemble with Steve Levitt

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

$206 ($186 members)

01/09/2021 – 02/27/2021 (8 meetings)

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