Workshops

Workshops at the Old Town School are a terrific way to study something new. Our faculty and special visitors showcase one-time-only specialties, trials of new class ideas, and extensions of our classes. Most of these meet only once or twice and are priced low, and like our classes, are usually hands-on. So get in where we can hear you!

Fri. July 25, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Byrds 50th Songbag »

Music from the folk-rock wonder-kids.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sun. July 27, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
New Orleans Grooves for the Acoustic Guitar »

Join acoustic blues virtuoso Eric Noden and get some Nawlins flavor into your playing this summer!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. August 01, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Dan’s Faves Summer 2014 Edition »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sat. August 02, 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. August 02, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Irish Dance without the Bling »

If you Irish Step danced during the days of sponge-curlers, this fun 2-day workshop is for you. Join Diandra as she brings back the good stuff!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$60 ($56 members)

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Sat. August 02, 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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Tue. August 05, 8:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Motown Fingerstyle »

Join Michael Miles in a two-week solo fingerstyle romp through the Motown’s classic sounds.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$45 ($43 members)

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Fri. August 08, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Hot & Wet Summer Songs »

Come sing out for the dog days.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sat. August 09, 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. August 09, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
How to Figure Out Songs By Ear »

Learn some essential musical concepts and put them to use in this practical class for any instrument!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$30 ($28 members)

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Sun. August 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Beginner's Guide to Improvising in Any Key »

Unlock the mysteries of improvisation! We’ll cover a few simple concepts that will have you improvising by the time you leave.

BeginnerProgram: Guitar

$30 ($28 members)

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Sun. August 10, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Songwriter's Practical Toolbox »

Learn about phrasing, creating balance and imbalance, how harmony works - and shake what ails you to find your own voice!

IntermediateProgram: Songwriting

$30 ($28 members)

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Thu. August 14, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
DCASE Individual Artists Grant Workshop for Musicians »

Get tips and guidance to help prepare the strongest, most competitive music grant applications possible.

Open to AllProgram: Music

FREE!

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Thu. August 14, 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
OTS 101: Fiddle »

The OTS 101 Series of workshops is a fun, quick, and easy way to learn about new instruments, styles, or genres. Find *your* way to play!

Open to AllProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$20 ($19 members)

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Fri. August 15, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: End of the Session/Social »

One more time with feeling.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sun. August 17, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Free Bluegrass Jam »

This is offered to anyone who wants to pick and sing. On the last Sunday of the session Bassists, Fiddles, Mandolins, Flatpick Guitars, Bluegrass Banjos, and Bluegrass Ensemble students are invited to join an informal bluegrass jam with our faculty. It’s free and open to prospective students, current students, former students and anybody else who just wants to pick. All levels are welcome.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

FREE!

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Sun. August 24, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Blues Guitar Styles with Paul Geremia »

Blues guitar legend Paul Geremia is possibly the greatest living performer of the East Coast and Texas fingerpicking and slide styles, on six and twelve strings. Join him for this one-time workshop!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Sat. August 30, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Back-Up Fingerstyle Banjo Workshop »

Learn pre-clawhammer chording with thumb and two fingers in this special “break-week” workshop with Clarke Buehling!

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$30 ($28 members)

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Sat. September 13, 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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Sat. September 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. 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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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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Tue. October 14, 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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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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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. 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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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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