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. August 24, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Blues Guitar Styles with Paul Geremia »

Blues guitar legend Paul Geremia is possibly the greatest living performer of the East Coast and Texas fingerpicking and slide styles, on six and twelve strings. Join him for this one-time workshop!

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Sun. August 24, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Drop-In Open Level Yoga »

If you’re a regular yogi at Old Town School and don’t want to miss two weeks of practice, or if you want to try out a yoga class here, this is your chance!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$16 ($14 members)

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Sat. August 30, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Back-Up Fingerstyle Banjo Workshop »

Learn pre-clawhammer chording with thumb and two fingers in this special “break-week” workshop with Clarke Buehling!

IntermediateProgram: Banjo

$30 ($28 members)

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Sun. September 07, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Guitar According to Mark »

Practical approaches and teachniques to enhance and advance your playing.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Fri. September 12, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Jam Session with Erkan Ogur and the Telvin Trio »

Make music with Erkan Ogur and Telvin Trio - folk and jazz legends of Turkey!

Open to AllProgram: Ensemble

FREE!

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Fri. September 12, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Turkish Fingerboard Styles »

Join legendary Turkish folk/jazz figure Erkan Ogur to learn fingerboard styles on fretless and fretted instruments.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$5 ($5 members)

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Fri. September 12, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Turkish Folk-Jazz Fusion Rhythms and Grooves »

A unique opportunity to delve into the grooves of Turkish music for percussion, bass, and guitar!

IntermediateProgram: Ensemble

$5 ($5 members)

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Sat. September 13, 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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Sat. September 13, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chord and Melody for the Guitar-Playing Parent »

Share your guitar skills with the ones you love, and engage your entire household in the making of music!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$30 ($28 members)

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Sat. September 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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Sat. September 13, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Introduction to Desert Blues: Guitar Music of Mali »

Learn essentials of the haunting and influential guitar sounds of northern Africa.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Sun. September 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
African Palm Wine Essentials »

Learn a foundation world guitar style in this one-time workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Tue. September 16, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. September 17, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thu. September 18, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
African Electric Intensive »

Take an intense three evenings to delve into and celebrate African electric guitar styles with visiting artist Nathaniel Braddock!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$100 ($95 members)

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Fri. September 19, 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Global Drum Workshop »

Unique drumming workshop with the Diplomats of Drum ensemble from Malaysia!

Open to AllProgram: Percussion

$5 ($4 members)

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Sat. September 20, 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Introduction to Fingerstyle Arrangement »

Guitarists! Create solo fingerstyle arrangements for your favorite folk/pop songs. Walk out with a few in hand and the tools to create your own.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$30 ($28 members)

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Sat. September 20, 1:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Kill Your Idols Ensemble: The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Psychocandy” »

A one-afternoon dose of the popular ensemble class - this time with “Psychocandy”.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$40 ($37 members)

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Sun. September 21, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
New Resources for Creative Fingerstyle »

Explore resources for new rhythmic and harmonic sounds and methods for keeping your playing fresh and engaged.

AdvancedProgram: Guitar

$35 ($33 members)

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Sun. October 05, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck »

More fun than grammar school maps! And more useful, too.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. October 11, 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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Sat. October 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Swing Dance Beyond the Basics »

Polish your swing dance moves in this two-hour workshop!

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. October 12, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Effect Pedals and Electronics for Guitars »

The modern guitar is not just a guitar and amp any more!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Tue. October 14, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. October 15, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tools for the Performing Songwriter with Susan Werner »

Two-night intensive class! Hone your chops, sharpen up your songcraft, and conquer your onstage insecurities once and for all.

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$60 ($56 members)

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Thu. October 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Master Class for the Performing Songwriter with Susan Werner »

Watch and listen as Susan Werner helps songwriters selected from among the audience to refine their songs for performance.

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$30 ($28 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: Percussion

$25 ($23 members)

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Wed. November 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
InGlenntion: Instrument and Sound Sculpture Making »

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

Open to AllProgram: Percussion

$55 ($50 members)

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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: Percussion

$25 ($23 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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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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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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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: Guitar

$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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