Kids' Music Program

Play YOUR music with bravery, love, and joy!

Led by energized, creative, and intuitive teaching artists, our music programs focus on singing and active engagement in order to access and strengthen the musical brain. Through an authentic, rich and varied repertoire, we build a strong foundation of playing technique, music theory, and musicality. The Old Town School way is open, understanding, individual, and imaginative.

Integral is the family's investment in the child's development. Families are encouraged to be side by side learners and creative participants in our musical community. We support young folks as they work through the hard parts of learning an instrument and we encourage families to use the jams and social-music making events at the school as a place to do music. We expect that many children will want to try various instruments as they grow and encourage those opportunities. As children progress, we often suggest complementing classes with private lessons or joining an ensemble.

Experiencing our social learning environments and the musical abundance within our artistic community--from jams to concerts to artist residencies from around the world, young folks emerge as attuned listeners and learners, ready to discover and understand a musical world!

At The Old Town School of Folk Music…
We nurture a love for making music.
We begin a lifelong journey of musical learning and musical bravery.
We provide access to music as creative expression and a source of youth development.

Goals for Young Musicians at The Old Town School of Folk Music
*Young folks will learn to hear, to internalize music, to feel music, and refine their listening skills as they become musically literate.
*Young folks will discover and develop their own musicality, and identify themselves as creative musicians.
*Young folks will master a rich and varied repertoire, rooted in the traditions of diverse global and American communities.
*In a social learning environment, young folks will learn how they learn. They will learn to articulate the learning process; and as they build upon prior knowledge they will learn to tackle new challenges; young folks will consider themselves brave, lifelong musical learners!

The Saturday Jam »

All ages learn side by side. We sing, we dance, we listen,we laugh, we play, we learn. We deepen our understanding of the practice of a musician! The Jam is FREE and meant to complement the week's class or lesson or introduce new folks to the school. It's a chance to play with musicians of all levels.

Jams »   

Jarana »

Jaraneros learn and play music from the rich musical tradition of Veracruz, Mexico, Son Jarocho. As an ensemble, the group class focuses on developing right hand technique to play with steady beat and rhythm. This class is for ages 7-99!

Jarana »   

Double Play For Preschoolers »

Wonder, create, and grow. Double Play is a drop-off program for the creative learner that includes classes in theater, dance, music, or art, plus circle times for cooperative singing games and storytelling. Through the arts, children are introduced to project-based learning, experience the process of deep inquiry and have fun!

Double Play for Preschoolers »   

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