Workshops

Join us for an upcoming workshop! Your date with the arts.

Workshops are special, one-time experiences of music and dance with master teachers at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Low in time commitment but high in artistry, workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals.

The typical duration of a one-day workshop is an hour and a half to two hours, but we also offer intensives and multi-day or multi-week options. Workshops costs are dependent on length, specialty, and teaching artist, and some are funded by grants to make them low-cost to you. Each week we host something or someone new, so check back often!

Mon. September 22, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Mon. September 22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Malaysian Dance Workshop »

Join visiting global artists for this unique workshop on dances from Malaysia!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$5 ($4 members)

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Mon. September 22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dobro Minor Chords, Double-Stops, and Arpeggios »

Visiting artist and resonator guitar master Ivan Rosenberg is in town - come learn from him what eludes many an experienced dobro player!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Mon. September 22, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Playing Tunes by Ear »

Learn to be more comfortable in jam sessions with a simple method to learn melodies on the fly!

Open to AllProgram: Banjo

$25 ($23 members)

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Mon. September 22, 8:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Brazilian Choro and Samba Music Masterclass »

Don’t miss this chance to learn from visiting Brazilian Master composer, guitarist, and “choro novo” pioneer Rogerio Souza!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$30 ($28 members)

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Tue. September 23, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Tue. September 23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Malaysian Folk Songs/Dikir Barat »

Clap and sing! Learn Malaysia’s most popular folk songs with visiting artists Diplomats of Drum.

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$5 ($4 members)

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Wed. September 24, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sat. September 27, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fingerpicking For Absolute Beginners »

Fingerpicking can be easy with these simple tips to help you start!

BeginnerProgram: Guitar

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. September 28, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Remove the Pain from Your Fiddling! »

Gain tips and tricks plus lots of individual attention in this workshop dedicated to your future of pain-free, joyous playing!

Open to AllProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. September 28, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Accompaniment: For Irish Music and More »

“If you know where the notes are, you can play anything on any instrument. You just need to learn why you're playing it!”

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Mon. September 29, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Tue. September 30, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Wed. October 01, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. October 02, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Gypsy System: Tools for Effective Practice and Improvisation Skills »

Join Stephane Wrembel as he unlocks the key to this simple and visual Gypsy music system. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve played or your musical preference, Stephane will provide you with new tools to apply everyday. Part of the Chicago Gypsy Jazz Fest.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Fri. October 03, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Join the jam! You don't have to be in a class at Old Town School to join this music-making experience for all ages.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. October 03, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - John Lennon Birthday Bash »

This October 9, John Lennon would be turning 74. Join Mark Vee, a self-described “Big Lennon nut” to celebrate in the best way possible - by playing his songs!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sun. October 05, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Gypsy Jazz Guitar »

Join Olli Soikkeli, “riveting” Finnish guitarist, to learn his unique take on the Gypsy Jazz style! Bring your guitar!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Sun. October 05, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Gypsy Jazz Violin »

Join visiting performer and teaching artist, violinist, and mandolin player Jason Anick for a workshop you won’t forget! Part of the Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival.

Open to AllProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$35 ($33 members)

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Sun. October 05, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck »

More fun than grammar school maps! And more useful, too.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Mon. October 06, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Tue. October 07, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Wed. October 08, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

Join Nejla Yatkin, Artistic Director of NY2Dance and artist-in-residence at Old Town School of Folk Music, in this new drop-in dance program.

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Wed. October 08, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Individual Artists Grants: A Workshop for Musicians »

Have you, as a developing or professional musician, wondered how to get that album recorded, engage others in your work, or train with your mentor? Come find out how to get funding from the City to pursue your musical goals!

Open to AllProgram: Music

FREE!

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Sat. October 11, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. October 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance Beyond the Basics »

Polish your swing dance moves in this two-hour workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. October 12, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Effect Pedals and Electronics for Guitars »

The modern guitar is not just a guitar and amp any more!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Tue. October 14, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. October 15, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tools for the Performing Songwriter with Susan Werner »

Two-night intensive class! Hone your chops, sharpen up your songcraft, and conquer your onstage insecurities once and for all.

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$60 ($56 members)

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Thu. October 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Master Class for the Performing Songwriter with Susan Werner »

Watch and listen as Susan Werner helps songwriters selected from among the audience to refine their songs for performance.

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$30 ($28 members)

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Fri. October 17, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - All Paul in the Fall »

This Autumn Social led by Old Town School teaching artist Tommi Zender will feature Paul McCartney songs ranging from The Beatles through his Wings period. Participants can expect a take-home packet full of classic hits and deep cuts, with plenty of playing, singing, and melodies that'll stick in your head long after the fun is over.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sun. October 26, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Bluegrass Jam »

Prospective students, current students, former students, and anybody else who just wants to pick and sing - come out and join in!

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

FREE!

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Sun. November 02, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Blues Progressions and Soloing »

Get a solid handle on this universal music form from a seasoned, Chicago-born, blues veteran.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($34 members)

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Sun. November 02, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Strumming Secrets »

Beginners and pros: Make your rhythm sound more solid in this afternoon workshop.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Tue. November 04, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Glenn Kotche: On Composition »

From solo percussion to classical groups, Glenn Kotche will discuss his composition and creative processes , plus answer questions.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming
Class is full.
Wed. November 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
InGlenntion: Instrument and Sound Sculpture Making »

All are welcome to create percussion-based sound art with Glenn Kotche!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming
Class is full.
Thu. November 06, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Glenn Kotche: On Drumming »

Join Glenn Kotche in this traditional drum clinic for anyone - not just drummers!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$25 ($23 members)

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Fri. November 07, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Join the jam! You don't have to be in a class at Old Town School to join this music-making experience for all ages.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Sat. November 08, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. November 08, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. November 21, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Music and Lyrics of the Indigo Girls: A discussion with music »

Do you love the Indigo Girls? Amy Ray and Emily Saliers' 27-year career and 15+ albums as a duo have produced some of the most heartfelt, introspective lyrics of our time. Many have said, "Amy and Emily write the soundtrack to my life!" At this gathering, we'll spin a few classic Indigo Girls tunes and have a casual discussion on the lyrical content. And Indigo Girls trivia game will wrap up the eve!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

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Sat. November 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Demystifying the Voice »

Vocal specialist Rachael Gates will debunk myths, explain anatomy, and explore the factors that affect voice for singers, speakers and anyone who uses it!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$15 ($14 members)

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Sun. November 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Making Friends with Barre Chords »

A great introduction to your lifelong musical pals - your fingers and favorite songs will thank you!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. December 05, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

Join the jam! You don't have to be in a class at Old Town School to join this music-making experience for all ages.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Sat. December 06, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Dan’s Rhythm Method »

Let’s count to four all together, and get this thing right!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($25 members)

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Sat. December 06, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Scales With Colors »

Discover a new way to learn, practice, and use scales in your guitar playing!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. December 07, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Argh! Writer’s Block! »

Don’t panic! Learn to get around those songwriting roadblocks using new techniques.

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. December 13, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

A great date or first “step” for couples who’d like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sun. December 21, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Bluegrass Jam »

Prospective students, current students, former students, and anybody else who just wants to pick and sing - come out and join in!

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

FREE!

REGISTER NOW

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