Songs of the Session

In an effort to recreate and honor a tradition that was begun back in 1957, when Frank Hamilton would teach the same song to different levels of players, we proudly present The Songs of The Session.

Each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.

As we are in the middle of the second decade of the century, our songs of this session exhibit the diversity that is so much a part of the Old Town School experience. These songs are rich in tradition and there is simply no reason why they can't be approached by any of the instruments we teach here at The Old Town School.

June - August 2016

"Down By the Riverside"

Summer's here and the time is right for camping. So, get your fingers all sticky with a couple of 'smores and pull out your instruments, and let's hit up a few great campfire songs. From our songbook on page 39, we'll play "Down By The Riverside." Also know as "Study War No More," it's one of those songs known by all generations. It dates back before the Civil War.

Chart for "Down By the Riverside"


"We Will Sing"

In addition, we are all learning and playing a fun round written by our own Lindsay Weinberg called "We Will Sing." It will have you using solfeggio! If you don't know what that is ask your teacher.

Chart for "We Will Sing"

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