Teachers at the Old Town School

Lisa Joy DeRosia

Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano

“Fun and memorable…Lisa has the perfect voice, pace, and gentleness with our little loved ones, and she successfully brought music into our daughter's life.”

“I started in Guitar 1 with Lisa D. and made more progress the first day than I did in six months trying to learn guitar on my own. The instructional approach is perfect for those new to the guitar, and it made what I viewed as an intimidating instrument into something I could handle. As the class progressed on to Guitar 1 Rep, Guitar 2, and so on, Lisa tailored the lessons and instruction to make sure everyone in the class got something out of it.”

Lisa DeRosia is an award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, and music teacher, now in her 17th year teaching children and adults at the Old Town School. Lisa focuses on teaching individual and group classes in guitar and piano, along with Wiggleworms, Meet the Instruments, and Lullabies.

Lisa has performed more than 1,000 shows as bandleader, singer, and guitar player, including live television and radio. Her songs have been published in the Old Town School Songbook, and she has released numerous CDs for children and adults, including one called “One of the 10 best Chicago releases of the year…” by one of the Chicago dailies.

Lisa grew up in a musical family in Michigan City, Indiana. When Michigan City had a silent movie house, the music was provided by the DeRosia family. Lisa sang in church every Sunday. Whether she’s leading a sing-along with her trusty cowboy guitar or picking out riffs on her Tele, Lisa’s music is infectious and inspiring.

Lisa graduated from Indiana University and is currently working on a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy at Northeastern University. She lives in Chicago with her daughter. Catch Lisa playing in clubs around Chicago, including originals with her band Lush Budgett at Fitzgeralds, covering classic country with the Hoyle Brothers at the Empty Bottle, or private parties.

“…as much passion and authenticity as Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn ever had. A winning combination of heart-melting vocals, engaging songwriting and brilliant playing.”
- Homepride Productions on Lisa DeRosia & Lush Budgett

“The songs from her classes are staples in our house - we sing them all the time, whether it's driving home from daycare in the car or while rocking the baby to sleep.”

“An overall great first introduction to experiencing music - the class is far more than a singalong. The kids get to explore music and start appreciating that it can be for play, for rest, or expression.”

” Lisa's calm, friendly approach creates the perfect atmosphere for children to engage with music. She's terrific at reading a room full of little ones (a surprisingly tough crowd at times), changing pace and introducing new songs and activities to keep things fresh. We're certain that Lisa has played a significant role in fostering our daughter's love of music and her burgeoning interest in instruments.”

‘Just wanted to thank you for all the help and wonderful encouragement that you have given my grandson. I can tell he has really progressed. You have a great way with the kids keeping them engaged while also making it fun. I really enjoyed watching and listening to you along with your students.”

Get in touch with Lisa at lderosia@oldtownschool.org.

Education: B.A. in Film/Theater from Indiana University, 1985

Started at the Old Town School in November of 1996


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 03/05/2018

Mondays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Saturdays 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/30/2018

Mondays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 909 W Armitage Ave
Saturdays 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 04/30/2018

Little Red Piano with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 10/30/2013 and 10/30/2014
$144 ($135 members)
for 7 weeks
04/30/2018 – 06/18/2018Mondays · 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano: 6 & 7 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia · Sam Cantor
for kids with birthdays between: 04/30/2010 and 05/30/2012
$238 ($229 members)
for 7 weeks
04/30/2018 – 06/18/2018Mondays · 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano: 4 & 5 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia · Sam Cantor
for kids with birthdays between: 04/30/2012 and 04/30/2014
$238 ($229 members)
for 7 weeks
04/30/2018 – 06/18/2018Mondays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Lisa Joy DeRosia
$177 ($168 members)
for 7 weeks
04/30/2018 – 06/18/2018Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano: 4 & 5 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia · Carol Weston
for kids with birthdays between: 05/01/2012 and 05/01/2014
ages 4 & 5 years
$272 ($262 members)
for 8 weeks
05/01/2018 – 06/19/2018Tuesdays · 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano: 6 & 7 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia · Carol Weston
for kids with birthdays between: 05/01/2010 and 06/01/2012
ages 6 & 7 years
$272 ($262 members)
for 8 weeks
05/01/2018 – 06/19/2018Tuesdays · 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano: 4 & 5 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia · Carol Weston
for kids with birthdays between: 05/01/2012 and 05/01/2014
$272 ($262 members)
for 8 weeks
05/01/2018 – 06/19/2018Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Lisa Joy DeRosia
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
05/01/2018 – 06/19/2018Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 2 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/02/2015 and 06/02/2016
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2018 – 06/20/2018Wednesdays · 9:10 AM – 9:55 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/02/2016 and 06/02/2017
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2018 – 06/20/2018Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/02/2016 and 06/02/2017
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2018 – 06/20/2018Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 11/02/2017 and 05/02/2018
$112 ($102 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2018 – 06/20/2018Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 Repertoire with Lisa Joy DeRosia
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2018 – 06/20/2018Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 3 with Lisa Joy DeRosia
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
05/02/2018 – 06/20/2018Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM909 W Armitage AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 2 with Lisa Joy DeRosia
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
05/03/2018 – 06/21/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/04/2016 and 06/04/2017
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2018 – 06/22/2018Fridays · 9:10 AM – 9:55 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 2 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/04/2015 and 06/04/2016
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2018 – 06/22/2018Fridays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Lullabies with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 11/04/2017 and 05/04/2018
$112 ($102 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2018 – 06/22/2018Fridays · 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/04/2016 and 06/04/2017
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2018 – 06/22/2018Fridays · 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/04/2017 and 12/04/2017
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2018 – 06/22/2018Fridays · 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Beginning Strummers: 5 - 7 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/05/2010 and 05/05/2013
$188 ($178 members)
for 8 weeks
05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018Saturdays · 9:00 AM – 9:55 AM4545 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Little Strummers with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/05/2012 and 05/05/2014
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Wiggleworms: Meet The Instruments with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/05/2013 and 06/05/2015
$156 ($146 members)
for 8 weeks
05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Intermediate Strummers: 5 - 7 years with Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/05/2010 and 05/05/2013
$188 ($178 members)
for 8 weeks
05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018Saturdays · 12:00 PM – 12:55 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Piano: 6 & 7 years with Nathan Bojko · Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/06/2010 and 06/06/2012
$272 ($262 members)
for 8 weeks
05/06/2018 – 06/24/2018Sundays · 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM4544 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Piano: 4 & 5 years with Nathan Bojko · Lisa Joy DeRosia
for kids with birthdays between: 05/06/2012 and 05/06/2014
$272 ($262 members)
for 8 weeks
05/06/2018 – 06/24/2018Sundays · 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM4544 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

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