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.

Washboard for All Workshop

Workshop

Saturday with Barbara Silverman

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

African-Rooted Percussion Workshop: House Music Essentials with Nicky Laboy

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

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

Brazilian Percussion Technique

Open to All

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

Conga 1

Beginner

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

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

Conga 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Carlos Cornier

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

African-Rooted Percussion Workshop: Rhythms of Central America with the Garifuna Collective

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

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

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming)

Beginner

Wednesday or Sunday with Michael Taylor

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

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

Drum Kit 1

Beginner

Monday with Joel Styzens

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

Drum Kit 2

Beginner

Thursday with Joel Styzens

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

Key Elements of Tabla and Taal Workshop with Subrata Battacharya

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Staff

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

Rhythmic Foundations

Open to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 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

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 03/01/2021 – 04/25/2021

Monday 01/25/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/08/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/10/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 03/22/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Sunday 04/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/07/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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Mike Austin »
Percussion, Bodhran

Heitor Garcia »
Brazilian Percussion, Brazilian Drum Kit

Marshall Greenhouse »
Drum Kit, Percussion

Lenny Marsh »
Drummers, Drum Kit

Tim Mulvenna »
Percussion, Drum Kit

David Sims »
Drum Kit, Big Drummers, Percussion

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano