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. April 22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Family Yoga : Earth Day Celebration »

Learn to practice yoga with your child to bring strength, focus, calm and balance into your body and your life - together! In celebration of Earth Day, Andrea will use animals, plants, and nature as references for yoga poses.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. April 27, 10:30 AM – 10:55 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Demonstration Class - Free! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

FREE!

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Fri. April 27, 11:00 AM – 11:25 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Demonstration Class: Lullabies - Free! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

FREE!

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Sat. April 28, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Revolution- An All Abilities Exploration »

Join BACKBONES, an organization connecting people with spinal cord injury and their families, along with Momenta Dance, an all abilities dance group, for this special workshop exploring dance and movement.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Sat. April 28, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
HOME: A House Dance Workshop »

Boogie McClarin guides an exploration of movement history, concepts, approaches and social dance practices that accompany the global phenomenon that born of Chicago's rich heritage- House Music and Dance Culture.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sat. April 28, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Improvising for Fiddle - It doesn’t have to be scary! »

Ever wonder if there are some tricks of the trade when it comes to improvisation? National champion and professional bluegrass fiddler Megan B. Lynch will share them with you in this workshop.

Open to AllProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. April 28, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Turlough O'Carolan: Mrs. Maxwell, 1st Air - 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. This week we’ll learn Mrs. Maxwell, 1st Air - D Major.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. April 28, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
So, What Does the Fiddle Do in a Jam Again? »

Often, fiddlers are left out of bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriter jams. National Champion and professional bluegrass fiddler Megan Lynch is ready to change all that. Leave every jam feeling that you actually added something to the mix.

Open to AllProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. May 04, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
First Friday - May Ensemble Performances Only »

Check out Old Town School’s amazing ensembles! $5 entry fee gets you in to see the show! Details to come soon!

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. May 04, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
First Friday - May Workshops, Jams & Ensemble Performances »

The $15 entry fee entitles participants to jams, workshops, AND the ensemble performances. Details to come soon!

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$15 ($15 members)

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Fri. May 04, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - 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. May 05, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sat. May 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sat. May 19, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Japanese Folk Songs on Guitar - 3 Week Workshop »

Japanese folk songs of the 1800's were written for traditional instruments of the time. These songs have subtle, but beautiful haunting melodies. Learn to play them on the guitar!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$75 ($70 members)

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Tue. May 08, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Demonstration Class - Free! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

FREE!

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Tue. May 08, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Demonstration Class: Lullabies - Free! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

FREE!

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Sat. May 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Country & Bluegrass Harmony: Strings and Vocals »

Be the band. Learn to sing lead and harmony parts, play backup or lead, or arrange songs. This workshop will help bring singers and instrumentalists together in harmony.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 12, 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. May 12, 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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Sat. May 12, 3:30 PM – 5:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Relax On Stage »

Join Old Town School teaching artist, Barbie Silverman for this special offering. Discover the tools that help you address an audience in an intimate, humorous and relaxed way. We will explore improvisation games, share short segments of your life stories and anecdotes through the years, and come up with ways to both set your audience at ease and keep your spontaneity intact.

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 19, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Dan’s Rhythm Method »

Admit it: Playing guitar in a rhythmic fashion can feel very awkward. Fear not! It happens to the best of us, so don't let rhythm challenges stop your musical journey.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 19, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Paul Simon Fingerstyle Classics »

Join Michael Henson for this special offering. In this workshop you will examine two classic Paul Simon fingerstyle guitar arrangements, The Boxer and Scarborough Fair.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 19, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Scales With Colors »

Join Dan Fulkerson, rock and pop guitar guru, as he demonstrates his unique method of learning scales and soloing. Come as you are, and leave a better musician! All levels are welcome.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. May 20, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swedish Fiddle Tunes for Guitar »

Fiddle tunes don’t always have to be played on the fiddle! Join Patrik Ahlberg, originally from Sweden, for this special workshop exploring traditional Swedish fiddle tunes on the guitar.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. May 20, 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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Fri. June 01, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - 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. June 02, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Washboard Workshop: “Grab A Board & Rub” »

Become a washboard percussionist in this engaging workshop led by washboard wizard Barb Silverman. Take the challenge and rub your way to stardom!

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. June 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. June 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Vocal Improvisation - Scatting Through Life... »

If you are interested in learning to sing various forms of improvisation, Typhanie will guide you into the world of improvisation by recreating melodies, scat singing and creating spontaneous compositions.

IntermediateProgram: Voice

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. June 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. As a bonus, you'll be introduced to the faster, looser Zydeco two-step! Celebrate Mardi Gras by getting onto the dance floor! No partner necessary to register.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. June 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique »

Do you want to get out of your head and into your body? The Alexander Technique has helped people connect to their body and breath, to relieve stress, and to reduce unnecessary tension for over a century. 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:

$30 ($28 members)

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Thu. June 14, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Arts Camp for Brain Health »

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations join together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuromotor function, and those who care for them. Details to come soon!

Open to AllProgram:

$10 ($10 members)

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Sat. June 30, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Jazz Singing Basics »

In this workshop students will participate in singing and performing classic jazz standards. Singers will have the opportunity to learn two jazz standards focusing on phrasing, lyrical delivery, swing feel and basic improvisation techniques. Listening and group participation analyzing some of the greatest jazz singers of our time.

BeginnerProgram: Voice

$25 ($24 members)

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Wed. July 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. July 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. August 01, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Andean Folk Music Ensemble - 3 Week Workshop »

Join Jose Luis Contreras of the world-renowned Chilean group, Illapu for a unique 3-session workshop exploring some of the legendary contemporary folk music of the Andes. People who play stringed instruments, wind instruments, hand percussion, and vocalists are invited to come together to learn arrangements of pieces by such artists as Inti Illimani, Violetta Parra, Victor Jara, Illapu and others. Over three weeks, the ensemble will work on mastering two or three pieces and perform them for friends and family in an informal showcase at the end of the last class.

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$90 ($80 members)

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Sat. August 04, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Advanced Jazz Singing Master Class »

The total performance - Typhanie will lead a master class in jazz singing. This workshop is a performance, be prepared to sing and improve your skills!

AdvancedProgram: Voice

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. August 12, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique »

Do you want to get out of your head and into your body? The Alexander Technique has helped people connect to their body and breath, to relieve stress, and to reduce unnecessary tension for over a century. 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:

$30 ($28 members)

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