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Teachers at the Old Town School

Rachael Botz

Fiddle, Violin, Mandolin, Viola, Songwriting, Wiggleworms

“You have done so much for my daughter since day one! It’s amazing how much you have taught and molded her, and it’s incredible to see how far she has come. Thank you, Ms. Rachael” - private lesson parent

“Once again I just wanted to thank you for all the time you gave to me, I really loved our lessons, I always left feeling better than when I came! I’ll never forget the impact you had on my life and musicianship.”- 18 year old songwriting student

Rachael Claire Botz is an award-winning singer-songwriter, with a background in folk and classical music. She has been going to folk festivals since she was in her mother's womb, and grew up performing and touring with her family folk band, Kinsfolk. Rachael and her husband, Justin, started a family folk band of their own in 2018 called Lavender Cloud, a whimsical collaborative-arts folk ensemble for kids. 
Rachael holds a master's degree in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from Western Michigan University and currently teaches violin/fiddle, viola, ukulele and songwriting in the Chicago area. 
With over a decade of teaching experience, Ms. Rachael is beloved by her students and their families because of her ability to draw creativity out of each individual student, hone their technical skills and nurture them as a whole being. 

Listen to some of Rachael’s latest singles on Bandcamp, or her first solo album on Spotify. Follow her on Instagram for shows and updates!

Started at the Old Town School in July of 2022