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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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Conga 1

Beginner

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Conga 2

Intermediate

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming)

Beginner

Wednesday or Sunday with Michael Taylor

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Discover the fun playing the djembe! No experience necessary.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Djembe Ensemble

Intermediate

Sunday with Michael Taylor

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Drum Kit 1

Beginner

Thursday with Joel Styzens

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Drum Kit 2

Beginner

Monday with Joel Styzens

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Introduction of Balinese Gamelan Angklung

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Rhythmic Foundations

Open to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $94 ($84 members)

Rhythms of Mali, West Africa with Joshua Guy

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Joshua Guy

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Rhythms of Senegal, West AfricaĘwith Joshua Guy

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Joshua Guy

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Bodhran: Beginning

Beginner

No group classes are currently scheduled, but private bodhran lessons are available. Call the front desk at 773-728-6000 for details.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bodhran: Intermediate

Intermediate

No group classes are currently scheduled, but private bodhran lessons are available. Call the front desk at 773-728-6000 for details.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 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

$336 for 30 minutes ($326 for members)

$480 for 45 minutes ($465 for members)

$616 for 60 minutes ($596 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/29/2022 – 10/23/2022

Monday 07/11/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/25/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/27/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/24/2022 – 12/18/2022

Monday 09/19/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/03/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/05/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/02/2023 – 02/26/2023

Monday 11/14/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/28/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 11/30/22: 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

Tom Sorich »
Drum Kit

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano