Drumming Classes

Discover and explore rhythms from around the globe.

The Old Town School of Folk Music's group drumming programming invites you to discover and explore the rhythms and traditions of world cultures in a supportive learning environment that engages you in self-discovery and learning through experience. Teachers take care to impart the language, lifestyle, and learning modes associated with their instrument and repertoire.

Brazilian Percussion Technique

Open to All

Sunday with Heitor Garcia

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Explore the rhythms like of Samba, Baião, Bossa Nova, xote, maracatú and Frevo.

Cajón Ensemble

Beginner

Monday with Raul Fernandez

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Conga 1

Beginner

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Conga 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming)

Beginner

Wednesday or Sunday with Michael Taylor

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Discover the fun playing the djembe! No experience necessary.

Djembe Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Michael Taylor

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Embody the poly rhythms of West Africa playing djembe, dundun and bells.

Drum Kit 1

Beginner

Thursday with Joel Styzens

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Drum Kit 2

Beginner

Monday with Joel Styzens

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 09/03/2018 – 10/28/2018

Monday 07/16/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/30/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 08/01/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/29/2018 – 12/23/2018

Monday 09/24/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/08/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/10/18: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/07/2019 – 03/03/2019

Monday 11/19/18: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/03/18: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/05/18: Open registration


Teachers

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Mike Austin »
Percussion, Bodhran

Wendi Freeman »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Heitor Garcia »
Brazilian Percussion, Brazilian Drum Kit

Marshall Greenhouse »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Lenny Marsh »
Drummers, Drum Kit

Tim Mulvenna »
Percussion, Drum Kit

Charles Rumback »
Piano, Drum Kit, Percussion

David Sims »
Drum Kit, Big Drummers, Percussion

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano