Classes for Beginners



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

List of All Beginner classes (76 found)

Introduction to Ukulele

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Thursday or Sunday 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 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)

Thursday with TBA or Corinne Mucha

Explore tools for drawing comics and create your own multi-page narrative!

Introduction to the Banjo

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Chris Walz 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Chris Walz

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)


Bass Basics Crash Course

Group ClassBeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $98 ($88 members)

Sunday with Harlan Terson

Make an easy transition from guitar to bass

Ballet

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Monday with Sandra Adrian

Ballet Light and Easy

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Saturday with Barbara Silverman

Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings

Ballroom for Barrooms

Group ClassBeginner

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 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  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Monday with Alka Nayyar

Traditional and modern Indian dance in one energetic class!

Brazilian Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

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

Breakdancing

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 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  ·  $132 ($122 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  ·  $164 ($154 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  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Monday with Boogie McClarin

Hip-Hop Dance

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

Irish Step Dance: Beginner

Group ClassBeginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Thursday with Nora Kerr

Irish Step Dance: Beginner Repertoire

Group ClassBeginnerNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Wednesday with Cheryl Ziemba

Latin Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 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  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Sunday with Jeannine Potter

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

Qi Gong

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Wednesday with Al Ehrich

Clear your mind, and change tense practice into flowing play.

Swing Dance 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 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  ·  $148 ($138 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  ·  $148 ($138 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Joel Styzens

Drum Kit 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Joel Styzens

Mountain Dulcimer 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Tuesday with Brandi Berry or 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Paul Tyler

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Colby Maddox or Steve Rosen

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Introduction to Cello

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Any Day of the Week with Carlos Chacon, Barbara Silverman, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Bob Goins, Shelley Miller, Paula McKernan, Andrea Bunch, Steve Levitt, Matt Gallagher or Chris Corsale

For the complete beginner.

Guitar 1 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Mike Blackburn, Steve Doyle, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Shelley Miller, Cathy Norden, Paula McKernan, Andrea Bunch or Jane Hanna

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Your playing will take on a new dimension.

Guitar 2 Repertoire

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Any Day of the Week with Mary Peterson, Joel Frankel, Jimmy Tomasello, Anne-Marie Akin, Jason McInnes, Rebecca Toon, John Abbey, Steve Levitt, Steve Dawson, Tommi Zender, Louis Bardales, Chris Corsale 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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.

First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Donna Herula

Bass Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Monday or Saturday with Mario Rabaza or Zoe Savage

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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Mandolin 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming)

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday with Renee Nanzer, Gwen Klemenz or Andrew Doney

Piano 2

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Piano 3

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Piano for Singers

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Saturday with Charles Kim or Deanna Devore

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Vocal Techniques 1: Breath, Free Tone

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

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

Vocal Techniques 2: Register, Range

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Carol Kagy or Rebecca Toon

Vocal Technique for Guitarists

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Kathy Cowan

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