Old Time Classes

Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer, and Song Ensembles. Come play the Old Time way!

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Advanced

Tuesday or Thursday with Steve Rosen or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Beginner


80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Dear Old Illinois: Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Smith Koester

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Sunday with Staff

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

Techniques for the Solo Clawhammer Banjo Player in “A” Tuning with Jonas Friddle

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Saturday with Jonas Friddle

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Clogging

Open to All

Tuesday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $149 ($129 members)

Learn to dance to old-time music without a partner or a square! Clogging is a great active, easy percussive style to use anytime, and this class is great fun.

Dear Old Illinois: Mandolin Workshop with Gaye Harrison

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Sunday with Staff

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

Beginning String Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Thursday with Colby Maddox or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Come join the band

Vintage Country Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Tyler

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Let's play the good old good ones

Jug Band Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jonas Friddle

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

With roots in the blues, jazz and ragtime, jug band music includes some of the happiest songs you'll ever play.

Monday Night Special

Intermediate

Monday with Mark Mitchell or Peggy Browning

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $189 ($169 members)

Let it Shine on you

Old Time Ensemble

Intermediate

Wednesday with Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $195 ($175 members)

Play in an Old Time string band with fellow students. You'll learn new tunes, and brush up some traditional favorites.

Old-Time Revival Ensemble

Intermediate

Tuesday with Jonas Friddle or Anna Jacobson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $195 ($175 members)

The beautiful sounds of traditional American music are being revived and reinvented by contemporary bands. Come play the songs!

Baroque Fiddle Tunes

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Long Form Fiddle Tunes (4 week class)

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Fiddle 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Dear Old Illinois: Fiddling Workshop with Genevieve Koester

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Sunday with Staff

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

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Making the Fiddle Speak

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Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Ornamentation

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Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Regional Styles

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Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Fiddle Workshops with Bruce Molsky: Repertoire

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Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Introduction to the Mandolin

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Mandolin 1

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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Mandolin 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

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

Mandolin 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Colby Maddox

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 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.

Mandolin 3

Intermediate

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80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Mandolin Tune Camp

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Twin Fiddling For All Strings

IntermediateNew!

Monday with Colby Maddox or Brandi Berry Benson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)