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!

Sat. December 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Christmas Carols for Banjo »

Learn how to play several Christmas carols on the banjo. Tab will be provided, all styles of picking the 5-string banjo will be welcome. Requests are welcome ~ please email Matt a week in advance to submit your ideas!

Open to AllProgram: Banjo

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. December 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
VOXPLORATION »

Everyone is creative. Everyone has a voice that should be heard. Join Clarice Assad, Brazilian-American composer, vocalist, and pianist for this special workshop. VOXPLORATION is Clarice Assad's award winning research-based workshop on spontaneous music creation and improvisation, where participants use solely the voice and the body as an instrument.

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$60 ($50 members)

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Sat. December 16, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chilean Folk Music »

Join Jose Luis Contreras of the world-renowned group Chilean group, Illapu for a unique workshop exploring some of the legendary contemporary folk music of Chile.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. December 16, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Holiday Songs on the Washboard »

Learn to be the washboard rhythm accompaniment to your favorite holiday carols and pop tunes. From Christmas rollicks to beloved Chanukah melodies and beyond. You'll be the hot hit of your holiday parties. Board Queen Barb Silverman leads with her usual energy and finesse. Bring a washboard and either thimbles or bottle openers or something metal to rub with.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. December 16, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Traditional Andean Wind Instruments »

Explore the music of Andean melodic wind instruments, such as zampoñas (panpipes) and quenas (Andean flute) in this workshop with Jose Luis Contreras of the world-renowned Chilean group, Illapu.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. December 16, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Pop-Up Caroling! »

Andrea Bunch is offering a special Pop Up Caroling event! Bring winter cheer to the Lincoln Square neighborhood with traditional and modern holiday favorites. All ages, all singers are encouraged to come caroling! Families welcome!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$10 ($10 members)

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Sun. December 17, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar »

In this workshop, you will learn all you need to know to begin and advance your slide guitar playing and emotional expression. The workshop will introduce the songs and licks of blues slide guitar masters Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell!

BeginnerProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Wed. January 03, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Thu. January 04, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Thu. January 04, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Intro to Swing Dance »

Get introduced to this great American dance style! Swing and sway to the sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller- the classic big band sound. Come alive with the east-coast style 6- and 8-count swing, and lots more. Make those floorboards bounce!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Thu. January 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Write a Song Tonight! »

Join Old Town School teaching artist, Hassan El-Tayyab for this songwriting workshop. Leave having created something special!

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. January 05, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Sat. January 06, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Family Art Workshop »

Join us for a drop-in artmaking experience for the whole family. Connect and celebrate the new year with new friends as you create visual art with Old Town School teacher Sara Noori! Best suited for children ages 2 and up.

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Art

FREE!

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Sat. January 06, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Sat. January 06, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Brazilian Family Dance »

Warm up and move to the rhythms of Brazil with Old Town School teaching artist, Dill Costa!

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Dance

FREE!

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Sun. January 14, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. January 21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. January 28, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Shim Sham Dance »

The Shim Sham is a dance that originated in the late 1920’s. It is a particular tap dance routine that is regarded as the tap dancer’s national anthem. Since than, there have been many different variations. Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin will be teaching a three part series on his variation of the shim sham, on Sunday, January 14, 21 and 28, 2018.

BeginnerProgram: Dance

$60 ($55 members)

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Sat. January 27, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Guitar Style of James Taylor »

Did you ever want to learn to play guitar in the style of James Taylor? Join Michael Hensen for a workshop exploring the chord choices and fingerpicking methods found in some of his most iconic pieces.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. January 27, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Japanese Folk Songs for Guitar »

Japanese folk songs of the 1800's were written for traditional instruments of the time. We’ll learn several instrumental arrangements- some simple, some more challenging, by working through tab notation.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. February 03, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Honky-Tonk Fiddle »

Learn the secrets of honky-tonk fiddling by dissecting an iconic fiddle solo from a legendary recording and discussing the elements one can use to improvise solos on country songs!

IntermediateProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. February 03, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Magic of Chord Twins for Ukulele »

You want to go beyond the standard three chords but you're not sure how. You love Jazz, Blues and Latin styles but you don't think you're up to the challenge. Well, this is the workshop for you!

Open to AllProgram: Ukulele

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. February 04, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: The Beginning »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Part 1 of the 4-week Black History Month special, “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 11, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: From the Plantation to the Theater »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. In this workshop, learn how a plantation dance moved through blackface minstrel shows to vaudeville. Part two of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 18, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: The Golden Age »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Focus on ways that Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies changed the course of Tap Dancing to a mainstream, respected art form and popularized it all over the world. Part of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: Styles of Today and Tomorrow »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Get a better understanding of contemporary Tap styles including flatfooted buck dancing, jazz tap, Broadway tap and hip-hop beats. Plus, a look into the future of Tap. Part of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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