Workshops

Workshops at the Old Town School are a terrific way to study something new. Our faculty and special visitors showcase one-time-only specialties, trials of new class ideas, and extensions of our classes. Most of these meet only once or twice and are priced low, and like our classes, are usually hands-on. So get in where we can hear you!

Sun. April 20, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Pete Seeger 5-String Banjo Style for Beginners »

Open to AllProgram: Banjo

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. April 20, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Pete Seeger 5-String Banjo Style for Intermediate Players »

Explore Pete Seeger’s signature accompaniment techniques in detail!

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. April 25, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Pop Divas »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sun. April 27, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
21st Century Blues: Using the Blues in New Ways »

Come out and play the blues with visiting teaching artist Clay Kirkland for this exciting harp master class!

Open to AllProgram: Harmonica

$10 ($5 members)

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Sun. April 27, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Free Bluegrass Jam »

This is offered to anyone who wants to pick and sing. On the last Sunday of the session Bassists, Fiddles, Mandolins, Flatpick Guitars, Bluegrass Banjos, 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

$0 ($0 members)

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Fri. May 02, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
No 6 String Social - It’s the Seeger Social Sing Along »

Frank Hamilton and a host of teachers lead tunes played and shred by Pete Seeger

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$5 ($5 members)

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Sat. May 03, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Approaches to Teaching Groups »

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($15 members)

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Sat. May 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Jamming Skills for Leading & Participating »

Join the school’s original teacher, Frank Hamilton, as he shares concepts and skills for both those who lead jams and those joyous folks who partake.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($15 members)

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Fri. May 09, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Mellow Gold »

Oh so mellow.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sat. May 10, 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. May 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance Beyond the Basics »

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. May 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: One Hit Wonders »

The one hits keep coming. Where will they take us tonight?

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sat. May 17, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Fingerpicking Treasures: Jazz Classics of the 1930s »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. May 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Bob Dylan Songbook Singalong »

We’ll do songs from a random date in the spring tour.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Fri. May 30, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: New Jersey’s Best »

The Stone Pony comes to Lincoln Avenue.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Fri. June 06, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Summertime Beatles »

Fab Four faves as we countdown to summer in the city.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Fri. June 13, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: Sad Songs »

Bring your hanky.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Fri. June 20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
6 String Social: 40 Years Ago - Songs from ‘74 »

From “Cats in the Cradle” to “Time in a Bottle” and more.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$10 ($5 members)

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Sun. June 22, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Free Bluegrass Jam »

This is offered to anyone who wants to pick and sing. On the last Sunday of the session Bassists, Fiddles, Mandolins, Flatpick Guitars, Bluegrass Banjos, 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

$0 ($0 members)

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Sat. June 28, 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. June 28, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance Beyond the Basics »

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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