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In addition to being members of the folk duo Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern, Alvin and Chris each teach privately and conduct workshops. They are also associated as teachers with these organizations:

  • Lyons Township High School Adult and Continuing Education (LTHS.net//Academics/Departments/Adult_Education/Course_Descriptions.html)

    Alvin began teaching guitar for this program in 1981. He has also taught music theory and rounds singing for them. Chris began teaching guitar and banjo here in 1986. They both started teaching ukulele for LT Adult Ed in 2010. You'll find their classes listed together in the printed catalog under “Folk Guitar & Banjo.” Classes are offered twice a year in February and September for ten weeks.

  • Old Town School of Folk Music (OldTownSchool.org)

    Alvin began teaching guitar for “the school” late in 1974. He has also taught music theory, given workshops, and MC'd for concerts. Chris taught guitar and banjo for two of the school's extension locations for a number of years beginning in 1986.

  • Jones Family Music School, Lombard, Illinois (JonesFamilyMusic.com)

    Alvin has given music theory workshops for the Jones Family Music School. This is where Muriel Anderson and Andrew Calhoun started taking guitar lessons.

Private Classes and Lessons

Both Alvin and Chris teach private lessons and classes. Alvin teaches guitar, ukulele, music theory, and has started students playing other fretted instruments. Chris teaches banjo, guitar, and ukulele. Contact them Call or e-mail them through their website for information about rates and scheduling.


Alvin and Chris teach workshops, individually or as a team. Some workshop topics are:

  • Finger-picking Style Guitar
  • Frailing Style Banjo
  • Putting Together Sets
  • Beginning Music Theory for the Fretted Instrument Player
  • Rounds Singing
  • Performance
  • Beginning Ukulele

They can also create or custom tailor a topic. Just ask.

Workshops can be given in one session for an event, like at a festival or conference, or over the course of two or more sessions. Contact them Call or e-mail them through their website for information about rates and availability.