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!

Sat. May 28, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Flamenco Guitar Workshop with Juanito Pascual »

In this interactive workshop Juanito Pascual will share his passion for teaching the art of flamenco, offering insigs into his approach for development of key technical and rhythmic skills used in flamenco guitar.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. June 05, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Beginning Improvisation for Fiddle and Mandolin »

Improvising, riffing, jamming, soloing, arranging – all of these musical activities stem from the learned skill of composition. If you enjoy making up your own music and you play mandolin or fiddle, there are infinite musical possibilities just under your fingertips.

IntermediateProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. June 05, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Intro to African Acoustic »

In the 20th century African musicians adapted their ancient string music tradition to the modern guitar. Bring your passport as we explore a new world of rhythms and textures as through classic African acoustic songs.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$30 ($29 members)

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Sun. June 05, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Young Folk Theater - Free Sample Class »

BeginnerKids Group Class – Program:

FREE!

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Sun. June 05, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Strumming Secrets »

Now that you've learned your first few chords, figure out how to make your rhythm sound more solid. This workshop will help you quickly figure out strumming patterns, syncopation, singing and playing together, and how to make your rhythms more interesting and inspired. A workshop for beginners and old pros alike!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. June 05, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Acoustic Africa: Palm Wine Essentials »

Ghanaian Palm Wine guitar is the oldest of the African guitar styles and the foundation of much contemporary music. Braddock shares the music he learned while living in Kumasi with the octogenarian guitar master Koo Nimo.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($34 members)

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Fri. June 10, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Gather-All »

The Gather-All is a family jam for musicians of all ages and abilities. Practice songs you know and learn to play some new ones in a welcoming and fun environment. You don't have to be in a class at Old Town School to join this music-making experience! The Gather-All is held from 6:30pm-7:30pm. ALL ages, instruments, and abilities are invited and encouraged to come!

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Music

$5 ($5 members)

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Sat. June 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. 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.

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. June 11, 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 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
African Electric Guitar Toolkit »

Come build your guitar vocabulary with a crash course in the rhythms and techniques from the guitar masters of the great continent.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($34 members)

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Sun. June 12, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Acoustic Africa: Desert Blues »

The Desert Blues is the hauntingly beautiful music of the Sahara —crossroads of Africa and grandmother of American blues music. A mix of ancient and contemporary Taureg, griot, and Songhai musics, you'll learn the essentials plus tunes by Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen, and more.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($34 members)

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Fri. June 17, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL- Dylan Songbag: Spring Tour Selections »

Bob did a run of shows in Japan a few months ago. We will run through a selection of hits and rareities culled from recordings that have made it to the internets. In fact, participates will have access to mp3s of one of the shows. Songs include Blowin' In The Wind, Tangled Up In Blue and some of the recent Sinatra covers.

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$15 ($10 members)

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Fri. June 17, 7:30 PM – 9:00 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: Voice

$15 ($10 members)

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Sun. June 19, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Bluegrass Jam »

Open to anyone who wants to pick and sing. On the last Sunday of each 8-week session, Basses, Fiddles, Mandolins, Flatpick Guitars, Bluegrass Banjos, Singers, and Bluegrass Ensemble students are invited to join an informal bluegrass jam with our faculty. It’s free and open to prospective students, current students, former students, and anybody else who just wants to pick. All levels are welcome.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

FREE!

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Sat. July 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Bowing 747: Doc Roberts »

Learn an old-time fiddle tune from the repertoire of Fiddling Doc Roberts, replete with extensive bowing guidance from Matt.

AdvancedProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($24 members)

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Thu. July 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Round Peak Clawhammer Banjo »

This workshop will introduce you to the wonders of the Round Peak style of clawhammer banjo playing which is associated with Charlie Lowe, Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Dick Freeman, Kyle Creed, and younger players such as Paul Brown, Riley Baugus, and Dirk Powell.

AdvancedProgram: Banjo

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. August 05, 7:30 PM – 9:00 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: Voice

$15 ($10 members)

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