Since 1957, we’ve been teaching folks how to play music in a comfortable, social setting. Old Town School is now the largest public school of the arts in the US, teaching traditional folk instruments like guitar, banjo, and mandolin, a wide range of dance, theater, and visual arts classes, as well as our popular early childhood Wiggleworms® program.
You can expect a group of 4-14 folks. Most adult classes run for 8-week sessions.
We believe music and dance should be fun and engaging. Come to learn and meet new people in the process.
From beginning to advanced musicians and dancers, there’s a place for everyone
Most classes end the session with a showcase on stage for friends and family to attend.
Weekly lessons last 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are a great way to get personal attention.
Don’t own an instrument? Let our Music Store help with inexpensive rentals
Over 250 of the most talented artists in Chicago ready to inspire you in classes and lessons!
Read about our policies around class refunds, credits, and applicable discounts.
Workshops are special, one-time educational experiences of music and dance with master teachers from around the world and at the Old Town School.
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!
You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.
We provide financial aid to both children and adults for private lessons and group classes based on financial need.
You don’t have to own an instrument to join our classes. You are able to apply a percentage of your rental fee toward a purchase of a new instrument too!
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.