I teach songwriting and guitar group classes (and private lessons) at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
My current schedule with links to class descriptions and online registration is here. If you live in Chicago and you’ve never been to the Old Town School, you’re really missing out on something pretty amazing. If you’ve ever been interested in learning to play an instrument or write songs, you owe it to yourself to come by the school and have a look around. Learning to play music with others is a profound, life-changing thing and much preferred over trying to learn how to play alone in a room with you tube. You’ll have fun, you’ll learn, you’ll become more musical and you’ll meet a lot of great new people. Below are the classes I will be teaching in the next session. Classes are 80 minutes long and run weekly for 8 weeks. For more information click on my Old Town School page above or call the school at 773-728-6000

next session begins the week of January 8, 2018

Continuing Songwriting

I give weekly writing assignments based on one or multiple elements of song: form, chords, melody, rhythm, lyrics. Students play what they’ve worked on each week and we talk about the process and what parts of the song are most effective. A friendly, casual and inspiring atmosphere with generally excellent writing and input from a very talented community of writers. A great way to generate new material for writers at any level. The deadlines really help!
Tuesdays at 6:30 and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
both at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Class page at the Old Town School website

The Songwriter’s Ensemble Saturdays at 2:30
, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave
(co-taught with Charles Kim)
There is nothing quite like the feeling of playing a song you’ve written with a band. This is the class for songwriters looking to experience that feeling, and for instrumentalists interested in learning how to come up with their own original parts that enhance and support the song. All musical styles and instruments welcome: guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, strings, horns, djembe, banjo, etc. Steve Dawson and Charles Kim both have dozens of years of experience writing and arranging original music for large and small ensembles for concerts and recordings. Your original songs will come to life in this class

Guitar 4ever Wednesdays at 6pm, 909 W. Armitage.

Guitar 4ever   Wednesdays at 8pm, 909 W. Armitage

Guitar 2 Repertoire, Thursdays at 7pm 4544 N. Lincoln Av

The RPA Ensemble Thursdays at 8:30 pm 4545 N. Lincoln Ave
Really Pretty Awesome. Rock Pop Acoustic. The name remains a mystery. Join the class and we’ll tell you the truth.  Is it right for you? Probably. Would you like to sing and play songs with a group of nice, smart, interesting and hilarious people? We play and sing a whole bunch of great songs from all eras organized around a central theme. Join us, you won’t regret it. Also: booze is often involved (but not required).

Guitar 4ever,  Learn bar chords the right way! Sundays at noon, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave

Tuesdays 4 – 6:30pm, Lincoln Square
Wednesdays 4 – 6pm,
909 W. Armitage
Saturdays 10am – 2:30pm,
Lincoln Square

For Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory, performance | ages 8 & up
Call 773.728.6000 for prices and availability

full schedule at the Old Town School Website  http://www.oldtownschool.org/teachers/Steve-Dawson/