Michael Miles & Skip Landt
Recorded January 19, 2018 Archived January 19, 2018 45:28 minutes
DescriptionSkip Landt, teacher at Old Town School, interviews Michael Miles, teacher and former Program Director at the Old Town School talk about Michael's early work at Old Town School. Michael discusses his hiring tactics, the culture shift at Old Town School in the mid 1980s, the expansion of the Old Town School community. The criteria for what makes a good teacher is discussed and as well as several star teachers that Michael hired (Mark Dvorak, Mary Peterson, Skip Landt, Elaine Moore). Also, Michael talks about the Chicago Masters Workshops, Blues School, School of Professional Guitar, School for Planetary Dance and other programs he created on top of the Old Town's educational programs. Michael explains how he was hired as Program Director in 1984 and was explicitly charged with re-designing and coordinating the curriculum. This curricular structure went hand in hand with a doubling of the student body between 1984 and 1987 and is still in place today. Michael also relates his early efforts to bring the Puerto Rican community into the Old Town School of Folk Music. This conversation was recorded at the school on October 20th, 2017. Go to www.oldtownschool.org/StoryCorps to hear selected excerpts from interviews collected as part of the StoryCorps-Old Town School partnership.
Old Town School of Folk Music