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!

Wed. May 24, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Young Folk Theater - free sample class »

BeginnerKids Group Class – Program:

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Thu. May 25, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Young Folk Theater - free sample class »

BeginnerKids Group Class – Program:

FREE!

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Thu. May 25, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Argentine Folk Music with Pampero Sur »

Explore folk music of the “Southern Cone” of South America with Belen Mackinlay and her group, Pampero Sur in this unique workshop on the day after their World Music Wednesday performance. Participants will learn about a variety of different folk music styles from Argentina like zamba and chacarera. The group will cover the origins, rhythms and melodies that are unique to these styles.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$30 ($29 members)

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Fri. May 26, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Son Jarocho Youth Workshop and Jam with Son de Madera »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program:

FREE!

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Sat. May 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Son Jarocho: Guitarra de Son »

Join Ramon Gutierrez with the world renowned group, Son de Madera, direct from Veracruz, Mexico for this special workshop in Son Jarocho music. This workshop will focus on the methods and melodies associated with the guitarra de son or requinto.

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. May 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Son Jarocho: Jarana »

Join Patricio Hidalgo with the world renowned group, Son de Madera, direct from Veracruz, Mexico for this special workshop in Son Jarocho music. This workshop will focus on the jarana, a baroque style guitar indigenous to Veracruz in addition to the singing styles of Son Jarocho.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. June 02, 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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Fri. June 02, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Mountain Goats »

Join Shelley Miller to dig into songs from the Mountain Goats’ extensive catalog, from This Year to No Children to deeper cuts like Pale Green Things. Get a crash course in all things Goat...then get ready for the new Mountain Goats Ensemble, being offered on Saturdays at 1 pm this summer!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. June 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Ben Allison Group Jazz Workshop »

Award-winning jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison will lead an intimate, hands-on workshop — featuring his group Think Free.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$30 ($28 members)

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Thu. June 08, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Hammered Dulcimer: Chordal Patterns & Quickness »

The hammered dulcimer is one of the few instruments in the world with such a large geographic area to cover. This means that there are some really unique patterns to the instrument, and when understanding all the variations, you can fly through your instrument with ease. This workshop will focus on technique and theory. We will focus on the different chord variations and patterns of the dulcimer and how to best utilize your practice time. We will learn variations of chords, work on improving speed, agility and grace moving between patterns and notes.

IntermediateProgram: Dulcimer

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. June 09, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Under the Influence »

Join Dan Fulkerson to explore some of his favorite songs about altered states of being. There are plenty to draw from so come on out and join the fun!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. June 10, 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. Let Dan help set you straight - straight fours, straight eights, you name it. Concentrate on your strumming, and improve your performance in many ways.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. June 10, 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 10, 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. We’ll then break down a few classic line dances, and maybe one or two you’ve never seen before. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and there’s no need for a partner, but bring ‘em if you got ‘em!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. June 10, 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. Dan will provide crayons and paper as part of the process. Come as you are, and leave a better musician! All levels are welcome.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Fri. June 16, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Robben Ford Guitar Clinic »

Robben’s clinic focuses on chord building and music theory for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced guitarists using blues to teach creative fretboard skills. A morning presentation will emphasize Harmony & Improvisation. After Lunch (not included) Composition and Creativity will be the topics of attention. We will then subdivide the groups into ensembles for some hands-on work. Closing up the day, we will assemble for further discussion and feedback.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$200 ($200 members)

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Sat. June 17, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Badi Music: Anything Can Become a Song »

Join Badi Assad, reknowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Sao Paolo Brazil, for this playful workshop. Explore new and creative ways to use your voice and body as an instrument using games and improvisation. Open your mind to endless musical possibilities and see the ways that musical inspiration can be present at all times.

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$20 ($19 members)

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Fri. June 23, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Elvis Presley Singalong »

Welcome to "The Social" - on the first and third Friday each month Old Town School hosts workshop-style social events with faculty and visiting artists. Well blessa my soul this is a special Social! Pédro Teixeira from L’Ecole de Musique in France is a popular Elvis impersonator in Paris. He goes by the name Peter Memphis. He will present a handful of songs sung by the King. Participants can play along or just sing Presley with a Parisean flavor promises to be a fun unique experience.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. June 24, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Manouche Guitar Gypsy Style Introduction »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sat. June 24, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Manouche Guitar Gypsy Style Melody »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sun. June 25, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Rockabilly Guitar Styles »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sun. June 25, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
French Chanson Repertoire for Guitarists and Singers »

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Wed. June 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. July 02, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. July 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Fri. July 07, 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
Sun. July 09, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. July 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. July 16, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

REGISTER NOW
Wed. July 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sun. July 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

REGISTER NOW
Fri. August 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Summertime Beatles »

Old Town School teaching-artist Tommi Zender will lead folks through summertime-ready songs by the Fab Four. It’s like a beach campfire sing-a-long without the sand & fire. Participants take home a generous packet of songs! Advance sign-up recommended.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sun. August 06, 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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Sat. August 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. August 19, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class: Exceptional Wiggleworms! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($20 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. 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. 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)

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)

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4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000