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 next session at the Old Town School of Folk Music begins the week of April 29 and runs for 8 weeks. There is a discount code available through Monday, April 8th at midnight: INBLOOM19. You can use the code online, in person or on the phone. 773-728-6000

Songwriting Fundamentals
Everyone has at least one great song in them. Let’s get to work on yours. We’ll explore free writing, writing to a title, song form, basics of harmony (chords), and more. I have a lot of great ways to get you inspired and writing based on 12 years of teaching songwriting classes at the Old Town School. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a song, this is the class for you. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Open to EVERYONE!
Tuesdays at 6:30pm    
4545 N. Lincoln Ave

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

Guitar 3: Wednesdays at 8pm. 909 W. Armitage.
We will expand your playing up the neck of your guitar with bar (or barre) chords! You can do this!

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

Guitar 1 rep, Thursdays at 7pm 4544 N. Lincoln Av
We take the chords and strumming patterns learned in Guitar One and apply them to a whole bunch of new songs, expanding your musical palette and having a lot of fun along the way

The RPA Ensemble Thursdays at 8:30 pm 4545 N. Lincoln Ave
Really Pretty Awesome. Rock Pop Acoustic. Rock Paper Alcohol. 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 ONE Sundays at noon 4544 N. Lincoln Av
learn to play guitar in a relaxed, fun and encouraging group from an experienced teacher… me!

The Classic Country Ensemble with Alton Smith
George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Charlie Rich, Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Tom T. Hall, and many more from country music’s golden era (including classic duets!)
We’re doing it again this year because it’s been such a blast every year so far. Alton and I go through country music’s amazing history – up til about 1980. Great for singers and instrumentalists.

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/