Kids Guitar & Ukulele

Come to class, take a lesson, join the jam, build a band, or guitar together. Six strings of musical expression all your own!

When you go to the Old Town School of Folk Music, you are learning something bigger than just how to play guitar. Surrounded by the thousands of musicians who play on our stages, climb our steps, jam in our lobbies, we are a piece of something larger-a rich history, an evolving tradition, a living culture of folks from around Chicago and the world coming together to create music. Through the guitar, we foster holistic musical understanding and a true love for music. We teach young folks how to: create good tone, understand and maintain steady beat, play rhythm, hear and follow musical form, and be musically creative! The approach is joyful and accessible. We learn cool tunes of folk, rock, and pop traditions from around the world. Each song purposefully and authentically teaches new skills.


At the Old Town School of Folk Music, learning within the social environment is core to our approach. The musical conversation of our school - from classroom to concert to jam - inspires, motivates, and teaches our youth and their families to live musical lives. Come participate in that magic!

Little Strummers

Beginner

Saturday or Sunday with Lisa Joy DeRosia or James Abud

30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Intermediate Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Lisa Joy DeRosia or Jessica Martino

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Now 55 minutes of practice and play!

Advanced Strummers: 5 - 7 years

Advanced

Monday with Jonas Friddle

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($172 members)

Beginning Guitar 8-12 years

BeginnerNew!

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday with Sam Cantor or James Abud

40 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $288 ($268 members)

Beginning Guitar 5-7 years

BeginnerNew!

Friday or Sunday with James Abud

40 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $288 ($268 members)

Learn to play guitar

Beginning Guitar Repertoire 8-12 Years

BeginnerNew!

Tuesday or Thursday with Sam Cantor

40 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $288 ($268 members)

Guitar 2 - Kids

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Camilo Rincon or Sam Cantor

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar 3 - Kids

Advanced

Saturday with Jessica Martino or Pedro Garcia

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $192 ($182 members)

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Guitar 4 - Kids

Advanced

Saturday with Pedro Garcia

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Now 55 minutes of teaching and learning!

Ukulele for Kids

BeginnerNew!

Tuesday or Thursday with Sam Cantor

40 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $288 ($268 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/26/2020 – 12/20/2020

Monday 09/21/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/05/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/07/20: Open registration


Teachers

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John Abbey »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

James Abud »
Piano, Little Strummers

Patrik Ahlberg »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar

Luciano Antonio »
Guitar

Louis Bardales »
Guitar

Bill Brickey »
Guitar, Wiggleworms Program, Drummers, Voice for Guitarists

Andrea Bunch »
Guitar, Dance & Movement - Yoga, School Partnerships

Sam Cantor »
Kids Guitar, Wiggleworms, Kids Group Piano, Advanced Kids Ensemble, School Partnerships

Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Lisa Joy DeRosia »
Wiggleworms Program, Guitar, Piano, Voice

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Tony Do Rosario »
Jazz Guitar

Geoff Dolce »
Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele

Steve Doyle »
Dobro, Guitar, Lap Steel

Patrick Dugan »
Bass, Guitar, Ukulele

Al Ehrich »
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Dance & Movement - Qi Gong

Ryan Fisher »
Banjo, Guitar

Jonas Friddle »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching, School Partnerships

Dan Fulkerson »
Guitar

Pedro Garcia »
Guitar

Kelsey Georgesen »
Piano, Guitar, Bass

Donna Herula »
Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Blues, Slide, Fingerstyle

Steve Hutchins »
Guitar, Blues Band Live!

Paul Kaye »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Mandolin

Jim McVeigh »

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Elaine Moore »
Guitar, Voice

Randy Morris »
Guitar

Shoji Naito »
Guitar, Harmonica (Blues & Jazz), Ukulele

Catherine Norden »
Piano, Guitar, Theatre, Music Theory

Michael O'Toole »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation

Mary Peterson »
Theater, Guitar,
Wiggleworms Program, School Partnerships

Camilo Rincon »
Wiggleworms Program, Mexican Ensemble, Guitar

Bill Simmons »
Guitar

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Harlan Terson »
Bass Guitar, Guitar

Rebecca Toon »
Voice, Guitar

Jon Wall »
Guitar, Ensembles, Bass

Chris Walz »
Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

Chris Winters »
Guitar, Ukulele