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Stay home. Keep Playing...Online!

We can’t wait to get back to making music and dancing on campus. In the meantime, many of our classes and lessons are currently running online. Thank you to our members, friends, students, and the supportive arts community in Chicago for persevering with us during this time.

New Classes Start April 26

Summer Mini-Camps 2021

We're excited to announce limited, in-person Summer Mini-Camps for kids! Choose between our one-week mini-sessions in dance, percussion, visual arts, guitar, fiddle, songwriting, stand-up and storytelling, or improv!

Health & Safety Measures - Together, In Tune

While we are excited to make music together in person again, we take the health and safety of our community very seriously. Our initial roll out of in-person classes will be very small and will also utilize the outdoor classroom tent, located in our parking lot just south of our Lincoln Square campus.

Union Negotiations Information

The Old Town School of Folk Music and its faculty union are currently working together to negotiate the first collective bargaining agreement in this organization’s history.

Online Class Info

Tips and information for the best class experience in the new virtual world.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

Over 250 of the most talented artists in Chicago ready to inspire you in classes and lessons!


A great way to get more involved with Old Town School, supporting our mission providing arts education for everyone. Member benefits include class discounts, gifts and early access for concert tickets.

Directions & Campuses

You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Private Lessons

Get the personal attention that benefits your growth as a musician. Weekly 30-, 45-, and 60-minute varieties available for beginners or experienced players.

Hire Our Artists

Our artist engagement services offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists. Everything from soloists to 11-piece bands, we can help take your event to the next level and help support the school at the same time!