I teach songwriting and guitar 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 9!
GROUP CLASSES: 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 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
both at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Class page at the Old Town School website
For ANYONE who’s ever dreamed of writing a song. You’ll get the basic building blocks and step-by-step instructions. No experience necessary!
Tuesdays at 6:30
4545 N. Lincoln Ave
ENSEMBLES AND GUITAR CLASSES
Guitar 4ever Wednesdays at 6pm, 909 W. Armitage.
Guitar 1 Learn to play the guitar in a fun, interactive group! Wednesdays at 8pm, 909 W. Armitage
Guitar 3, 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. Past themes have been: songs with “love” in the title, songs written by women, songs about transportation, songs about the weather, songs of summer. Join us, you won’t regret it. Also: booze is often involved (but not required).
Guitar 2, Sundays at noon, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
NEW: Words and Music: the songs of Bob Dylan, with Eddie Holstein!
Take an in-depth exploration of the Nobel Prize winner’s epic catalog with Eddie Holstein and Steve Dawson. The class will combine Eddie’s personal experience and encyclopedic knowledge of 60’s-era folk music with Dawson’s songwriting know-how and enthusiasm as we really get to inside the songs. The class will combine song analysis and discussion with playing and singing. All instruments and voices welcome. Guitar 2 level or above recommended
Sundays at 3:30, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 4 – 6:30pm, Lincoln Square
Wednesdays 4 – 6pm, 909 W. Armitage
Saturdays 10am – 3pm, 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/