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!

Thu. April 02, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Introduction to Middle Eastern Dance »

Join Erika Ochoa learn basic steps and several combinations. Students will be able to relate to the basics of belly dance and work at home.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. April 03, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 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 AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. April 03, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Almost #1: Songs That Topped at #2 »

Dan Fulkerson delivers some of the very best songs that didn’t quite chart at number one! Sing and play some great tunes with a group of like-minded musicians and singers. All instruments (you bring your own) welcome, guitar tabs and lyrics will be provided.

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. April 03, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

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Tue. April 07, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tareq Rantisi Percussion Workshop »

Join in this unique percussion workshop with Wanees Zarour and Tareq Rantisi as they explore techniques, rhythms, and nontraditonal setups.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$25 ($24 members)

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Thu. April 09, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Latin/Jazz Dance Technique »

Celebrate Chicago Dance Month by exploring traditional jazz technique blended with a variety of Latin dance forms in this workshop with Valerie Alpert.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Sat. April 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Bones and Hamboning »

Use your body to make and play music. Join Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, visiting artists from Seatlle in this one-time workshop!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$20 ($19 members)

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Sat. April 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. April 11, 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. April 11, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Folk Tunes of the Northwest »

Open to all instruments or vocalists! Learn new tunes and songs from a new region from visiting artists Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter.

Open to AllProgram:

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. April 12, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Getting Ready for the Gig »

You've got songs ready to go, but how do you make the most out of your time, and your band’s rehearsal time? Join this workshop with veteran performer to learn real-world tips you’ve never learned in class!

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. April 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Songs of Sailors, Pirates, and Adventurers! »

Do you like pirates and sailors? Join Tom Kastle to learn the stories and songs of the seas. No previous singing classes needed!

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Voice

$15 ($14 members)

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Mon. April 13, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary Dance Workshop »

Celebrate Chicago Dance Month in this contemporary dance workshop with one of Chicago’s dance master choreographers: Kevin “Iega” Jeff from Deeply Rooted Productions.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Thu. April 16, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
HOME: A House Dance Workshop »

Celebrate Chicago Dance Month with Boogie McClarin in this all-welcome introduction to House Music and Dance.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. April 17, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Music of Jethro Tull »

Instead of sitting on a park bench, come to the social! Join Mark Vee for the music of Jethro Tull and take home a bunch of music to keep playing. Intermediate to advanced players on any instrument are welcome. BRING A CAPO and you’ll be rocking...no problem!

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Sun. April 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Illapu from Chile - All Ages Jam »

Share music and rhythms, all ages and all instruments are welcome - come together to learn and play together with these special guests!

Open to AllProgram:

FREE!

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Sun. April 19, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Teen Songwriter Showcase: Connect, Share, and Perform »

Open to all teen songwriters! An Afternoon with Interlochen Arts Academy and Old Town School’s Teen Programs.

Open to AllProgram: Teen

FREE!

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Sun. April 19, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Bluegrass Banjo Mini-Camp: Beginner/Intermediate »

CALLING ALL BLUEGRASS BANJO PLAYERS: Join legendary players and teachers Alan Munde and Bill Evans as they teach two 75-minute workshops and lead a jam and final Q&A with all students before their evening concert. You don’t want to miss this!

BeginnerProgram: Banjo

$80 ($76 members)

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Sun. April 19, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Bluegrass Banjo Mini-Camp: Intermediate/Advanced »

CALLING ALL BLUEGRASS BANJO PLAYERS: Join legendary players and teachers Alan Munde and Bill Evans as they teach two 75-minute workshops and lead a jam and final Q&A with all students before their evening concert. You don’t want to miss this!

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$80 ($76 members)

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Sun. April 19, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Andean Stringed Instruments with Illapu »

Learn songs for and learn about Andean stringed instruments, such as the 12-metal-stringed tiple from Colombia, the cavaquinho from the Northeast of Brazil, the Venezuelan cuatro and Bolivian charango.

Open to AllProgram:

$5 ($4 members)

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Sun. April 19, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Frank Hamilton Reception: Remembering our Roots »

Open to AllProgram: Administrative

FREE!

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Mon. April 20, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Andean Melodic Wind Instruments with Illapu »

Learn the music of Andean melodic wind instruments, such as zampoñas (panpipes), and quenas (Andean flute) in this workshop with resident aritsts from Chile’s Illapu.

Open to AllProgram:

$5 ($4 members)

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Tue. April 21, 8:30 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chilean and AfroCaribbean Drumming with Illapu »

Learn the rhythms of African djembe and kultrun of the Mapuche people of southern Chile as well as Afro-Caribbean music using congas, cajón, and kit drums in this workshop with resident aritsts from Chile’s Illapu.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$5 ($4 members)

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Thu. April 23, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Go-Go Dance Workshop »

Join this fun and all-inclusive dance workshops to learn steps and a combination you can do anywhere, to rock or pop music!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Thu. April 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Jazz as a Common Language »

Visiting artist Oscar Penas invites musicians of all instruments to join this fun exploration of composing and playing jazz together. Don’t miss it!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. April 24, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Thu. April 30, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
We Got Rhythm – And So Do You! »

Join this workshop in making joyously rhythm-charged body music with Chicago’s “miracle of inventive energy,” JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project! Taught by Billy Siegenfeld, JUMP RHYTHM Jazz Project’s Artistic Director.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$15 ($14 members)

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Fri. May 01, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Modern Dance »

Join us as Joanna Rosenthal Read, Artistic Director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, teaches an exciting new Advanced Modern class!

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. May 01, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 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 AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

REGISTER NOW
Fri. May 01, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

REGISTER NOW
Fri. May 01, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL: Pop-Up Choir »

Folks of all singing levels are welcome to come together and experience the joy of harmony singing - to pop music! We'll start with some vocal warmups and harmony singing exercises. Then, we'll all learn a couple of modern pop tunes arranged for vocal harmony. Can't read music? Totally new to singing? No problem, join us! Andrea Bunch has been teaching music and singing for 15 years. She creates a fun atmosphere where people can make music, have some fun, and learn a thing or two.

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. May 02, 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Variations on a Tune: A Banjo Workshop »

How to create variations once you’ve learned a tune on the banjo. Tips, tricks, philosophy and note by note demonstration!

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$35 ($33 members)

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Sun. May 03, 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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Sat. May 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. May 09, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

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

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 23, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Old Time Banjo: Beyond the Bum-Ditty »

Explore old-time clawhammer banjo with Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world.

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$30 ($29 members)

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Sun. May 31, 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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Fri. June 05, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 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 AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

REGISTER NOW
Fri. June 05, 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle »

The song’s the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance, and listen... and enrich one another along the way! Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. Bring your voice and what you play on (we have a piano, so you don't have to bring one of those). We meet (mostly) each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriters’ Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

REGISTER NOW
Fri. June 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL: Pop-Up Choir »

Folks of all singing levels are welcome to come together and experience the joy of harmony singing - to pop music! We'll start with some vocal warmups and harmony singing exercises. Then, we'll all learn a couple of modern pop tunes arranged for vocal harmony. Can't read music? Totally New to singing? No problem, join us! Andrea Bunch has been teaching music and singing for 15 years. She creates a fun atmosphere where people can make music, have some fun, and learn a thing or two.

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. June 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. June 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. August 08, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. August 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. September 12, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. September 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

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

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. October 10, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. October 10, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. November 14, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. November 14, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. December 12, 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)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. December 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

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

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

REGISTER NOW

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