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 02, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Blues Progressions and Soloing »

Get a solid handle on this universal music form from a seasoned, Chicago-born, blues veteran.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($34 members)

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Sun. November 02, 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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Tue. November 04, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Glenn Kotche: On Composition »

From solo percussion to classical groups, Glenn Kotche will discuss his composition and creative processes , plus answer questions.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming
Class is full.
Wed. November 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
InGlenntion: Instrument and Sound Sculpture Making »

All are welcome to create percussion-based sound art with Glenn Kotche!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming
Class is full.
Thu. November 06, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Glenn Kotche: On Drumming »

Join Glenn Kotche in this traditional drum clinic for anyone - not just drummers!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$25 ($23 members)

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Fri. November 07, 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. November 07, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 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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Fri. November 07, 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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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. 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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Thu. November 20, 6:00 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Music from Tabasco: Traditional Drum and Carrizo Flute »

Be a part of the preservation of pre-hispanic musical roots of Tobasco, Mexico by learning basic drum and flute music in this unique and fun workshop!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$5 ($5 members)

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Thu. November 20, 8:00 PM – 9:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Popular Dances from Tabasco, Mexico »

Learn the basic movements and zapateado (foot-tapping) patterns for a variety of dances from Tabasco, Mexico, including Ballroom, Enramada, Toldos, and Convites.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. November 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Best of the ‘80s to Sing and Play »

Join Dan Fulkerson to sing and play your favorites and his with a group of like-minded musicians and singers. All instruments (you bring your own) welcome, guitar tabs and lyrics will be provided. Get your ‘80s jam on before the cold season begins!

Open to AllProgram:

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. November 21, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Music and Lyrics of the Indigo Girls: A discussion with music »

Do you love the Indigo Girls? Amy Ray and Emily Saliers' 27-year career and 15+ albums as a duo have produced some of the most heartfelt, introspective lyrics of our time. Many have said, "Amy and Emily write the soundtrack to my life!" At this gathering, we'll spin a few classic Indigo Girls tunes and have a casual discussion on the lyrical content. And Indigo Girls trivia game will wrap up the eve!

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($7 members)

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Sat. November 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Demystifying the Voice »

Vocal specialist Rachael Gates will debunk myths, explain anatomy, and explore the factors that affect voice for singers, speakers and anyone who uses it!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$15 ($14 members)

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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 – 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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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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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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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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