Winter Term 2017
Private Lessons
Chico Schwall
Background, professional training and performance history
Chico earned a degree in Music at the University of Oregon and has played and sung all kinds of folk music in all kinds of settings, including political rallies, Union events, pit bands, square and contra dances, clubs and festivals all over the Northwest and beyond. He has been an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International (twice) and a presenter at Folk Alliance regional events and Northwest Folklife. He has taught in public schools, designed and composed music for theatre and multi-media events and toured both independently and with Young Audiences. He has released two CDs of original music and maintains musical collaborations with others. He has worked with the Young Writers' Association, Eugene Symphony and Ballet, The Oregon Bach Festival and the Oregon Festival of American Music. He has performed two Shedd Presents concerts and taught here for seven years.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
"Playing music is a rewarding activity that is available to anyone of any age. One of my strengths as a teacher is my love of the guitar, of music and of learning, which I try to share with students. I focus on playing in a relaxed and efficient manner that makes practice easy and enjoyable. What you want to play is up to you and the purpose of technique is doing it with less effort and struggle. I use standard and alternative notation systems as well as playing by ear. We work with exercises and focus on the 'why' as well as the 'how,' learning the 'theory' as we go. As a life-long student of music as well as a teacher, I welcome students of all ages and experience levels to a personalized, encouraging music learning experience."
Instruments & classes taught
Chico teaches everything with strings, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, 'ukulele, dulcimer, fiddle, tin whistle and harmonica. He teaches private and group lessons, guitar classes and music camps at the Shedd.
Chico Schwall Links
 Chico Schwall's website
Apr 16SP 2008-09Chamber Music with Mr. ChicoJaqua
Jun 28-Jul 30Summer Term 2010SongFest! 2010Great Hall
Jun 5SP 2013-14Chico SchwallJaqua
Feb 26SP 2014-15Thunder & LiesJaqua
Apr 30SP 2014-15We Shall Not Be MovedRecital
Oct 28SP 2015-16Lead Belly & OdettaRecital
Mar 9SP 2015-16The Harry Smith AnthologyRecital
May 4SP 2015-16Hillbilly BluesRecital
Nov 16SP 2016-17American MastersRecital
Feb 1SP 2016-17The American String BandRecital
Chico Schwall teaches these Winter Term 2017 courses:
various days/times
- Private Lesson
11:30 amUnforgettable
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Winter Term 2017
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Winter Term 2017
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