Folk Classes



List of All Folk Classes (31 found)

Introduction to the Banjo

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

Banjo  |  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.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Banjo  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Banjo  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Monday 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  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Matt Brown

We will go to D tuning (aDADE) and learn common tunes like “Soldier's Joy” and popular songs like “I'll Fly Away.”

Mountain Dulcimer 1

Dulcimer  |  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.

Mountain Dulcimer 2

Dulcimer  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday with Dona Benkert

Continue your dulcimer journey – build repertoire as you learn full rich sounding chords, strum variations and rhythms.

Mountain Dulcimer: Advanced Techniques

Dulcimer  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 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  ·  $206 ($196 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  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Thursday with Skip Landt

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

Bob Dylan Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Saturday with Jimmy Tomasello

There's alway lots to discover when working with Bob Dylan's music. Session 3 John Wesley Harding

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

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

Folk-Rock Acoustic Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($196 members)

Wednesday with Tommi Zender

Work on licks, harmonies, arrangements and more.

Folk & Classical Chamber Music

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassAdvanced

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

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

So, What Does the Fiddle Do in a Jam Again?

Fiddle & Cello  |  WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

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

Saturday with Megan Lynch

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Sunday with Donna Herula

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassBeginner

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

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

This class alternates every other session with level 1. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Greenwich Village Voices

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Monday with Ed Holstein

Study an iconic era of folk music with our own folk icon.

James Taylor Guitar Styles

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

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

Monday with Steve Levitt

For over 5 decades Taylor has been the template of a singer-songwriter. Come study his methodology.

Paul Simon Fingerstyle Classics

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Saturday with Michael Henson

Swedish Fiddle Tunes for Guitar

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediateNew!

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

Sunday with Patrik Ahlberg

Harmonica 1 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  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!

Harmonica Forever

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

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

Summer Beginning Folk and Blues Harmonica

Harmonica  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $101 ($91 members)

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

Have fun learning harmonica basics this summer!

Harmonica 2 and Repertoire

Harmonica  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Skip Landt

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

Ukulele 3: Ukulele Ensemble

Ukulele  |  Group ClassIntermediate

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

Tuesday with Michael Hammerman

Voices Carry: A Cappella Ensemble

Voice  |  Group ClassOpen to AllNew!

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

Sunday with Paula McKernan or Renee Nanzer

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