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


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Beatles Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender
Deep cuts and favorites from from John, Paul, et al.
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Beyond Guitar 3 with Tommi Zender
A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar Study Hall with Tommi Zender
$0 ($0 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble with Tommi Zender
$206 ($196 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Eclectic Electric Ensemble with Steve Doyle · Tommi Zender
$222 ($212 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 3 with Tommi Zender
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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