COVID-19 Crisis Alert

Updated: June 10, 2020, 11:00 AM

It's strange not being able to share our art and gather together... to make music and dance when the world so clearly needs it.

We know you're receiving a lot of communication from organizations trying to find a way through this uncertain time, but we wanted to provide some updates on what Old Town School is working on to keep as many students engaged in learning and music making as well as how we are supporting the staff and faculty who are directly impacted by suspension of in-person operations.

While many organizations are opening for Phase 3, following guidance from local and state officials, Old Town School of Folk Music campuses are closed to the public and all jams, community events, and public gatherings are canceled until further notice. Classes for the next session, beginning the week of June 29th, will be held online. Our Music Store is open for online shopping and curbside pickups.

A large majority of our classes and private lessons are being offered online. However, given the creative nature of our programming, some classes do not easily transfer to online learning. For more information regarding your specific class, please review our offerings at or contact customer service using the contact info listed below.

Classes are being added to the online catalog often, including new classes with promotional pricing and shorter durations. Additional one-time workshops, Wiggleworms classes, and private lessons are available for registration now. Please visit for more information.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support of our classes – we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are looking forward to playing music and gathering together online.


Q: Can I take my class online? Can I take classes outside of Chicago?
A: Yes and YES! All classes for the next session, beginning the week of June 29th, are online. Classes are open for all to enjoy, regardless of your location. All you need is a broadband internet connection and the computer or mobile device of your choice. To learn more about our online classes and tips for success, please visit our Online Tips And Resources page.

Q: Are you accepting new students for online classes and private lessons?
A: Additional one-time workshops, Wiggleworms classes, and private lessons are available for registration now. Please visit for more information. A new session of classes begins June 29th.

Q: How can I help? How do I help my teachers and Old Town School staff if they're not working or need money during the crisis?
A: The most critical way to continue to support Old Town School faculty and staff is to continue to participate in classes and events when we come through this crisis period.

Many in our community have begun to reach out with financial support and any assistance you can provide to support faculty & staff during this uncertain time is greatly appreciated. Please consider a yearly membership, or visit this GoFundMe page supporting our staff and faculty assistance program with a donation of whatever you can afford.

If your concert or class has been canceled or postponed to a date you cannot attend, consider donating your credit back to the School to support this effort. Together we can ensure our community of artists and staff will be able to continue operating Old Town School for many years to come.

Q: What about my upcoming concert ticket or concerts in the future?
A: We are working to reschedule upcoming concerts and many have new dates already scheduled. We will be providing specific information to each purchaser with updated information.

Your ticket purchase and seat locations from the originally scheduled concert will be honored for the rescheduled show. If you are unable to attend and would like a refund, please contact our box office at 773.728.6000. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating your refund to the School during this challenging time to help support staff and faculty.

Please visit or see the sidebar on this page (or see below on mobile) for updated information.

Q: What else can I do?
A: Keep creating. Keep making music. Keep dancing. Keep sharing with our community online. Our doors may be closed but our hearts and ears are open.

Share your Old Town School At Home experience. We want to see your instruments and your recording studios. We want to share with your kids wiggling and singing. Share a song you've written, lyrics you're working on or how you're staying busy. Tag @oldtownschool and #OTSatHome and we will be sure to follow back and share your journey as well.

Customer Service Information
We are here to help. Thank you in advance for your patience during this challenging time.
773-728-6000 - Every Day 10am to 4pm
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Chicago Department Of Public Health (COVID-19)

Illinois Department Of Public Health (COVID-19)

Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (COVID-19)