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Bluegrass Classes

Let the Old Town School help you start playing a truly American style of music.

The Old Town School is proud to be the home of the largest and most cohesive bluegrass program in the city. Our staff of incredible bluegrass musicians will take your playing to the next level!

Be sure to read the class descriptions to see the needed level of proficiency on your instrument of choice.

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager John Huber with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

The first of five classes in the Bluegrass Banjo series that will take you through the techniques needed to play in a bluegrass style.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Now you've got some chords, right hand rolls, and tunes under your fingers, Bluegrass Banjo 1 Repertoire will teach tunes that will strengthen your bluegrass skills.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bluegrass Banjo 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Pick up some advanced rolls and tunes, as well as rhythm and back-up playing.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bluegrass Banjo 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager John Huber with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Bluegrass Banjo 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Laird Patten

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Put all the pieces together - the right hand rolls and changing them inside of one measure, back up and fill in licks, and vamping positions with chops and rolls.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bluegrass Banjo 4: Earl Scruggs

Advanced

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager John Huber with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Earl Scruggs: New Treasures

Intermediate

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Online

New Americana Ensemble

Intermediate

Monday with Alton Smith

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Hey Ho and all points in between

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Come join the band

Location: Online

Bluegrass Ensemble

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Vintage Country Ensemble will return Session 6

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward

Intermediate

Thursday with Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

A fun and rewarding ensemble class for all levels of player

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $222 ($202 members)

Let it Shine on you

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Introduction to the Violin/Fiddle

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fiddle 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Begin with the basics of fiddling and learn to play simple tunes in no time.

Location: Online

Fiddle 1 Repertoire

Beginner

Sunday with Jordan Wankoff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is the next step between Fiddle 1 and 2. Students get to practice techniques such as rhythm, scale knowledge and other Fiddle 1 skills.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fiddle 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

In Fiddle 2, you'll really start feeling the rhythm that defines the fiddle.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday or Sunday with Steve Rosen or Jordan Wankoff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fiddle 2 Repertoire is the next step to Fiddle 3. Practice correct bowing, scale knowledge, and other Fiddle 2 skills.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Fiddle 3

Intermediate

Tuesday or Thursday with Colby Maddox, Steve Rosen or Patrik Ahlberg

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fiddle 3 is a good place to start for intermediate fiddlers or advanced classical violinists.

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Renew My Fiddling Workshop Series with Brandi Berry Benson

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Location: Online

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn to make your pick dance on the strings.

Location: Online

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Introduction to the Mandolin

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues on the Mandolin

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues on the Mandolin Repertoire

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Mandolin 1

Beginner

Monday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn Mandolin fundamentals like left hand fretting, using a pick, and basic chords and melodies.

Location: Online

Mandolin 1 Repertoire

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager John Huber with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Mandolin 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take Mandolin 2 to learn more challenging tunes and songs from a variety of traditions by ear and with tablature.

Location: Online

Mandolin 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take Mandolin 2 Repertoire to polish your skills, learn more songs from a variety of traditions and begin learning how to arrange and improvise.

Location: Online

Mandolin 3

Intermediate

Tuesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Online