Classes for Beginners



It is never too late to learn a new form of expression.

List of All Beginner classes (74 found)

Introduction to Ukulele

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Michael Hammerman or Liz Chidester

Get started with the `ukulele by learning basic chords and strums at a pace designed for first-time players.

Ukulele 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday or Thursday with Michael Hammerman or Liz Chidester

Learn simple chords and play a song on the first night.

Beginning Music Theory

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Cathy Norden

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Accordion 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

The 7:00 Special

Group ClassBeginner

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

The 8:30 Special

Group ClassBeginner

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Introduction to Comics

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($238 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Alicia Manson with your contact information.

Introduction to the Banjo

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Jonas Friddle or Matt Brown

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Steve Rosen

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

The first of five classes in the Bluegrass Banjo series that will take you through the techniques needed to play in a bluegrass style.

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Dave Bragman

Now you've got some chords, right hand rolls, and tunes under your fingers, Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire will teach tunes that will strengthen your bluegrass skills.

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

We will start off in G tuning (gDGBD) with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Ballet

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

Monday with Sandra Adrian

Ballet Light and Easy

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($150 members)

Saturday with Barbara Silverman

Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings

Ballroom for Barrooms

Group ClassBeginner

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Monday with Louie Stallone

Learn partner dance basics to use in any situation, with all kinds of music

Bollywood, Bhangra & More!

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Kim Davis with your contact information.

Brazilian Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Tuesday with Dill Costa

Learn to move your hips, feet and body to samba and more!

Breakdancing

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

Tuesday with Christopher Courtney

Challenge yourself and free your inner b-boy or b-girl.

Flamenco Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

No experience necessary but some dance experience is recommended. No se requiere tener experiencia.

Go-Go

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($150 members)

Thursday with Tina Stasny

Routines and moves to lots of music - come one come all for a weekly blast

Hip-Hop & Urban Social Dance

Group ClassBeginner

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Monday with Boogie McClarin

Hip-Hop Dance

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

Irish Step Dance: Beginner

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

Thursday with Nora Kerr or Cheryl Ziemba

Irish Step Dance: Beginner Repertoire

Group ClassBeginnerNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $128 ($118 members)

Wednesday with Nora Kerr or Cheryl Ziemba

Latin Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $144 ($134 members)

Wednesday or Thursday with Saladeen Alamin

Let's Mambo with a master!

Modern Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Thursday with Jeannine Potter

Learn the basics of Modern dance with combinations, improvisation and contemporary music.

Swing Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($150 members)

Monday with Louie Stallone

Turns, tucks and turns, closed position, cuddles, swing outs -learn more as you swing the night away!

Argentinean Tango 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Wednesday with Netza Roldan

From the streets of Buenos Aires to the dance floor - learn the grace and technique of Tango.

Tap 1

Group ClassBeginner

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $144 ($134 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin or Lyn Cole

Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

Tap: Slow & Steady

Group ClassBeginner

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $144 ($134 members)

Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

Rhythm tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

West African Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Idy Ciss

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

Drum Kit 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday or Thursday with Joel Styzens

Drum Kit 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Joel Styzens

Mountain Dulcimer 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Dona Benkert

For beginning mountain dulcimer players and those who want to study the basics that will help make you a better player.

American Songbook JAM

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

Get comfortable with the violin, even if you've never played a string instrument before!

Fiddle 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Colby Maddox or Jordan Wankoff

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes in no time.

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

This class is the next step between Fiddle 1 and 2. Students get to practice techniques such as rhythm, scale knowledge and other Fiddle 1 skills.

Note Reading for Fiddle & Mandolin

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Brandi Berry

Introduction to Cello

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Al Ehrich

An introduction to the rich sounds of cello.

Cello 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Al Ehrich

Start with the basics of bow techniques, scales, keys, and note reading.

Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Chris Walz, Dan Fulkerson, Elaine Moore, Shelley Miller, Cathy Norden, Jim DeWan, Jane Hanna or Louis Bardales

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Joel Frankel, Mark Dvorak, Shelley Miller, Rebecca Toon, Steve Dawson, Louis Bardales, Chris Corsale or Deanna Devore

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

Guitar 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Any Day of the Week with Linda Smith, Anne-Marie Akin, Jason McInnes, Cathy Norden, Tom Ryan, Paula McKernan, Steve Levitt, Tommi Zender, Matt Gallagher or Deanna Devore

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Barbara Silverman, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Bob Goins, Tom Ryan or Deanna Devore

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

Guitarra En Español 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla maneras básicas de tocar el estilo latino.

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

This class is offered on a rotating basis.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Develop a catalog of strums and styles necessary to play flamenco.

Bass Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

4 strings that hold everything together.

Crash Bass for Guitarists

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

A course designed for those who already play another stringed instrument.

Bass Guitar 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

Bass is the glue of ensemble music.

Harmonica 1 and Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

Learn the basic skills used in blues, gospel, folk, country, and more!

Chicago Blues Harp 1

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 members)

Monday with Mario Rabaza

Whether you're just interested in learning the basics or aspire to play at the highest level, here's where you start.

Introduction to the Mandolin

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Colby Maddox

If you love the sound of a mandolin but have never played a stringed instrument before, this class if for you.

Mandolin 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Learn Mandolin fundamentals like left hand fretting, using a pick, and basic chords and melodies.

Mandolin 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Colby Maddox

Take Mandolin 1 Repertoire if you have experience with a stringed instrument and you are comfortable learning melodies by ear and with tablature.

Oud 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

No group classes are currently scheduled, but private oud lessons are available. Call the front desk at 773-728-6000 for details.

Introduction to the Oud

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

No group classes are currently scheduled, but private oud lessons are available. Call the front desk at 773-728-6000 for details.

Samba School Bateria

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Ian Wilson with your contact information.

Conga 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming)

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday or Sunday with Michael Taylor

Discover the fun playing the djembe! No experience necessary.

Piano 1: Introduction to Piano

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Farah Farid, Renee Nanzer, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

Piano 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday with Farah Farid, Renee Nanzer or Andrew Doney

Piano 3

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Farah Farid, Renee Nanzer, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

Piano for Singers

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Friday with Mick Archer

What every singer needs to know about the keyboard…

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Saturday with Charles Kim, Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Acting 101

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $384 ($364 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Kim Davis with your contact information.

Vocal Techniques 1: Breath, Free Tone

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Wednesday or Thursday with Carol Kagy or Rebecca Toon

Vocal Techniques 2: Register, Range

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday with Carol Kagy or Rebecca Toon

Vocal Technique for Guitarists

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

Singing and play all at once with an emphasis on the voice.

Irish Singing

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Kathy Cowan

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000