Folk Classes



All our classes are folk classes for all folks!

List of All Folk Classes (32 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

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

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

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

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Steve Rosen

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Tuesday or Thursday with Steve Rosen or Dan Mulvihill

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

Clawhammer Banjo's World of Folk & Blues

Banjo  |  Group ClassAdvancedNew!

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

Monday with Michael Miles

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Wednesday with Matt Brown

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

Two-Finger Banjo 2

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Mountain Dulcimer 1

Dulcimer  |  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.

Mountain Dulcimer 2

Dulcimer  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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.

Mountain Dulcimer: Advanced Techniques

Dulcimer  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Thursday with Dona Benkert

Experience the beauty of the dulcimer as you learn challenging tunes and expand the techniques and chords studied in Mountain Dulcimer 2.

Dulcimer Ensemble

Dulcimer  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Monday with Dona Benkert

For all dulcimer enthusiasts - hammered and mountain - have a great time expanding your musical knowledge and experiencing the joy of making music. Guitarists and fiddlers are welcome, too!

Americana Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Tuesday with Skip Landt

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s but includes songs from the folk revival and beyond.

Argentine Folk Music with Pampero Sur

Ensemble  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($29 members)

Thursday with Staff

Celebrating Tradition

Ensemble  |  Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Monday with Maura Lally or Peggy Browning

Make music together, creating your own arrangements in the tradition of Frank Hamilton & Win Stracke, our School's founders.

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Thursday with Peggy Browning

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

John Prine Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

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

Johnny Cash Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $204 ($194 members)

Tuesday with Bob Goins or Ed Holstein

Prison, trains love, death and much more

Songs and Stories from the Chicago Folk Boom

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Wednesday with Ed Holstein

A special weekday afternoon class celebrating a portion of Old Town School history.

Fiddle 4 Old Time

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Fiddle 4 Old Time is offered every other session during the year, in session 2 (Mar - Apr), session 4 (Jun - Aug), and session 6 (Oct - Dec).

Folk & Classical Chamber Music

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

This class is offered on alternating sessions with Rock & Pop Chamber Music.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Donna Herula

Continue to add dimension to your slide guitar playing

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Early Country Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday with Matt Brown

Let's dig deeper into this essential musical style

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

This class introduces the music of traditional blues' great artists.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

With an emphasis on building a repertoire, this class continues to develop the style and techniques of the acoustic blues guitarist.

Harmonica 1 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Tuesday or Thursday with Skip Landt

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

Harmonica 2 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Skip Landt

Students will play songs in the first three "positions" and will learn/develop note-bending skills.

Harmonica Forever

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday or Thursday with Skip Landt

Students in Harmonica Forever include those who have played for years along with newer players who want to keep developing skills.

Words & Music Songwriter Study: Leonard Cohen

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Ed Holstein

join us for a session or two of exploring the Cohen songbook.

‘Ukulele Ensemble

Ukulele  |  Group ClassOpen to All

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

Tuesday with Michael Hammerman

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
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