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!

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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Mon. December 01, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Contemporary/Modern Dance »

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$15 ($15 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 AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. December 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Songs of Good Cheer Pre-Sing »

Join Mary Schmich, Eric Zorn and members of the Songs of good Cheer band as they "try out" some of this year's holiday songs on a willing group of singers (that's you!). Enjoy the social and intimate experience of singing together while helping the artists polish their program for the 2014 Songs of Good Cheer holiday caroling party. The annual show (which is almost sold out) benefits Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving.

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. December 05, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriter’s Circle »

The song's the thing; the words and the music - the fingerprint - we live and learn - sing and dance - 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). Join us most first Fridays each month for THE SOCIAL - Words & Music: The Songwriter's Circle.

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

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Fri. December 05, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Chamber Music! »

Build your sight-reading chops (and walk away with some good tips!) and join in on a chamber music "jam"--playing folk inspired/infused classical chamber music with independent and multiple parts. This is a fun lead-in to the chamber class that will begin in January 2015. Welcome to "The Social" - on the first and third Friday each month Old Town School hosts workshop-style social events with faculty and visiting artists.

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. December 06, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Julian Lage: Acoustic Guitar Technique & Improvisation Workshop »

Join master guitarist Julian Lage after his Symphony Space performance for this conversation style workshop open to all guitarists, musicians, and music lovers.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$20 ($19 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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Sat. December 13, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Demystifying Brazilian Guitar »

Let master composer and musician Paulinho Garcia guide you through the basics that will allow you to understand, play, and further study Brazilian guitar in this fun weekend workshop.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($10 members)

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Sat. December 13, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

Ready to get back into Swing dancing? Bring a partner or be ready to dance with someone new as you polish your swing dance moves in this fun, afternoon workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. December 14, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Clawhammer Arrangement and Accompaniment »

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$25 ($24 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!

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Sun. December 21, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Global Music: Percussion, Guitar, and Dance featuring Massamba Diop »

Learn the fascinating art of composing and collaborating across cultures. Participants and artists will perform and play together - bring your instrument and join the jam!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$20 ($19 members)

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Fri. February 06, 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 AllKids Group Class – Program: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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