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!

Tue. September 05, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM · West Loop
FREE Wiggleworms Sample Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

FREE!

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Fri. September 08, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words and Music: The Songwriter’s Circle »

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.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

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Sat. September 09, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. September 09, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana. In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Cajun two-step and waltz, plus the more contemporary Cajun jitterbug step.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. September 09, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan- Carolan's Cap - D Major »

This 4 week workshop series taught by Aislinn Gagliardi, will cover the diverse life and works of the 17th c. Irish harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan. Each week students will learn a distinctly different tune and its historical/cultural background, alongside relevant anecdotes of this prolific composer's life. Through various audio samples and instructor demonstration, students will also learn the best approach to accompanying and arranging a broad variety of O'Carolan's music appropriate for any instrument. Come to one workshop or all four! This week we will be learning Carolan's Cap - D Major.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. September 16, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan-Planxty Crilly - D Major »

This 4 week workshop series taught by Aislinn Gagliardi, will cover the diverse life and works of the 17th c. Irish harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan. Each week students will learn a distinctly different tune and its historical/cultural background, alongside relevant anecdotes of this prolific composer's life. Through various audio samples and instructor demonstration, students will also learn the best approach to accompanying and arranging a broad variety of O'Carolan's music appropriate for any instrument. Come to one workshop or all four! This week we will be learning Planxty Crilly - D Major

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. September 17, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck »

Whether you are an experienced singer/songwriter or a beginning player, the guitar fretboard can be intimidating to learn. This fun workshop will help expand your knowledge of notes, chords, and keys, for use in performing the songs you love, accompanying others, or creating your own music.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Wed. September 20, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Robert Johnson for Banjo »

Lydia Martin, versatile old time banjoist from Maryland and co-author of "Robert Johnson For Banjo", available form Hal Leonard Publications, will give an overview of adapting blues songs to banjo in various open tunings. There will also be some discussion of banjo in the history of Blues and American Folk Music.

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. September 20, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Robert Johnson Guitar Technique »

This 75 minute workshop will explore the chord forms and techniques Johnson employed to create his iconic accompaniments in standard tuning as well as dropped-D, and will touch on critical slide guitar techniques.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($25 members)

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Sat. September 23, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Poised for Performance - Intro to the Alexander Technique »

Is your body disconnected from your singing or playing? Do you want fuller, easier breathing? Do you suffer from stage fright? Has poor posture or chronic body tension been getting in the way of your freedom and expression as a vocalist or musician? Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$30 ($28 members)

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Sat. September 23, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan-The Dark, Plaintive Youth - E Dorian »

This 4 week workshop series taught by Aislinn Gagliardi, will cover the diverse life and works of the 17th c. Irish harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan. Each week students will learn a distinctly different tune and its historical/cultural background, alongside relevant anecdotes of this prolific composer's life. Through various audio samples and instructor demonstration, students will also learn the best approach to accompanying and arranging a broad variety of O'Carolan's music appropriate for any instrument. Come to one workshop or all four! This week we will be learning The Dark, Plaintive Youth- E Dorian.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. September 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan-#180 - G Major »

This 4 week workshop series taught by Aislinn Gagliardi, will cover the diverse life and works of the 17th c. Irish harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan. Each week students will learn a distinctly different tune and its historical/cultural background, alongside relevant anecdotes of this prolific composer's life. Through various audio samples and instructor demonstration, students will also learn the best approach to accompanying and arranging a broad variety of O'Carolan's music appropriate for any instrument. Come to one workshop or all four! This week we will be learning #180- G Major.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. October 06, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words and Music: The Songwriter’s Circle »

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.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

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Sat. October 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. October 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Country Dancing! »

Learn some fun country dances with Louie Stallone, starting with the basic two-step, which you can dance in pairs or by yourself.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. November 03, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words and Music: The Songwriter’s Circle »

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.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

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

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. November 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop »

Brush up on your Swing in this low-commitment, one-day workshop! Stop by on a Saturday afternoon to work with Louie on your swing turns, plus pick up a few new ones to liven up your dancing - you'll add turns like the "Charleston," "Texas Tommy" and "Slingshot." Sign up with or without a partner, we’ll figure it out!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. November 12, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Poised for Performance - Intro to the Alexander Technique »

Is your body disconnected from your singing or playing? Do you want fuller, easier breathing? Do you suffer from stage fright? Has poor posture or chronic body tension been getting in the way of your freedom and expression as a vocalist or musician? Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$30 ($28 members)

REGISTER NOW
Fri. December 01, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words and Music: The Songwriter’s Circle »

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.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. December 09, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. December 09, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Cajun and Zydeco Dance »

Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana. In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Cajun two-step and waltz, plus the more contemporary Cajun jitterbug step.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

REGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000