Teachers at the Old Town School

Tommi Zender

Guitar, Ensembles

Tommi Zender is a Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer/arranger, and teacher with over 30 years experience. As a guitarist, Zender is well versed in most electric and acoustic styles (finger styles ranging from Nick Drake to The Beatles, hybrid picking, funk/R&B, all hard and soft types of rock & roll). He has released three albums of original music, and played on numerous others, including music tributes LP's paying homage to Roxy Music/Brian Eno, Squeeze, Jellyfish, Aimee Mann, & Michael Penn. Zender performs regularly as a solo artist, with Phil Angotti Band (guitars, vocals, drums), the art-rock group Razorhouse (guitars, vocals, effects) and he often accompanies many singer-songwriters in Chicago, including many Old Town School teaching artists.

Now that all that "justify your musical existence" stuff is out of the way, it should be pointed out that Tommi loves teaching music, and he takes special care to provide a fun challenging communal learning experience. He teaches at Old Town School currently on Tuesdays (909 West Armitage) and Wednesdays and Sundays (Lincoln Square), and he visits as a substitute teacher other days for core Guitar, Theory, Songwriting and ensemble classes. His ongoing ensemble classes include Eclectic Electric Ensemble, Beyond Guitar 3, Folk-Rock Acoustic and Beatles Acoustic ensemble. Zender also presents seasonal Beatles Socials and "Fretboard Geography" workshops at the School.

Education: Education: BA in Music Studies, Columbia College, Chicago 1993

Started at the Old Town School in February of 2011

Upcoming Workshops

Summertime Beatles Songbag w/Tommi Zender

Intermediate

$20 ($18 members)

Fri. July 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · Online Classes Available

It’s like a beach campfire sing-a-long without the sand & fire. Participants take home a generous packet of songs!

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck

Intermediate

$25 ($24 members)

Sun. July 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · Online Classes Available

This fun workshop will help expand your knowledge of notes, chords, and keys, for use in performing the songs you love.


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/29/2020

Creative Scale Practice 2: The Modes with Tommi Zender

Learn & review concepts you can apply to the practice of any scale to make your practice fun.

$80 ($60 members)

06/30/2020 – 07/21/2020 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · Online Classes Available

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$181 ($161 members)

06/30/2020 – 08/11/2020 (7 meetings)

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

Guitar 4Ever with Tommi Zender

$181 ($161 members)

06/30/2020 – 08/11/2020 (7 meetings)

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

Creative Scale Practice 1 with Tommi Zender

$80 ($70 members)

07/01/2020 – 07/22/2020 (4 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · Online Classes Available

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

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

British Rock Acoustic with Tommi Zender

We’ll shuffle play classic 60’s & early 70’s songs from across the pond.

$181 ($161 members)

07/01/2020 – 08/12/2020 (7 meetings)

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