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Adult Programs

Classes at Old Town School are taught with the folk tradition in mind in a community-based social setting with over 200 of the most talented teaching artists in the country. Whether you’re a beginner or the best on the block there’s a place – and a class – for you here. We believe music and dance should be fun! Come to learn and meet new people in the process.

Core Skills & Repertoire

Throughout our catalog you will find both Skills or Core classes and Repertoire (Rep) Classes. Skills classes teach you the basic techniques necessary to advance through the program. Repertoire classes reinforce skills and focus on playing more songs using learned techniques.

Many Students Start With Guitar

More Than Just Classes

You’re entering a special musical community when you sign up for a class. Join in open jams, our Second Half gatherings after class, visiting artist residencies and other community events all around Chicago.

Current Jams & Second Half Schedule

Private Lessons

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced musician, private lessons provide opportunities to get personal attention. We offer 30, 45 and 60-minute varieties at both campuses and you can start any time.

More info about private lessons


A terrific way to study something new. Low-commitment and hands-on workshops from our faculty as well as visiting and touring artists. We offer workshops in dance, music, songwriting and so much more!

View upcoming workshops

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.

View Maps & Parking Info

Meet Our Teaching Artists

Over 250 of the most talented artists in Chicago are ready to inspire you in classes and lessons. If you know who you’re looking to study with, browse the listings and see their available classes.

Browse Teaching Artists

Online Class Info

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


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.

Resource Center

Housed in the basement of our Lincoln Avenue campus, the Resource Center holds a collection of over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals.

Class Policies

Read about our policies around class refunds, credits, and applicable discounts.

Financial Aid Available

We provide financial aid to both children and adults for private lessons and group classes based on financial need.

Rental Instruments At Our Music Store

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!