Teaching

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

The current session runs through Aug 19th

GROUP CLASSES: SONGWRITING
Finish Your Damn Songs
Bring in your unfinished works; maybe you have a verse with no chorus, maybe you have a great chorus but can’t figure out the verses, maybe you need some help with chords or melody to make your song come to life. This is an open forum for songwriters to bring in works in progress for input from me and the group.
Tuesdays at 6:30pm

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 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
both at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Class page at the Old Town School website

ENSEMBLES AND GUITAR CLASSES
Mellow Gold Ensemble
with Cathy Norden, Mondays at 6:30pm, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave
Guitar 4ever Wednesdays at 6pm, 909 W. Armitage.

Guitar 3 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  Sundays at noon 4544 N. Lincoln Av
the Classic Country Ensemble, co-led with Alton Smith! So much fun! Sundays at 3:30pm, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave

PRIVATE LESSONS
Tuesdays 4 – 6:30pm, Lincoln Square
Wednesdays 4 – 6pm,
909 W. Armitage
Saturdays 9am – 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/