Kids Class Programs

Old Town School of Folk Music offers group classes in music, art, and dance; private lessons; and camps – specifically designed for young folks. Old Town School kids are creative, confident, life-long learners!


For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music. Since 1985, the Old Town School’s celebrated early childhood music program has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands.

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Play Music

Children's group music classes in drums, cello & fiddle, ensemble, guitar & ukulele, piano, and voice are designed to be fun and encouraging. Your child will build music skills and a sense of achievement that inspires a lifetime of continued musical education and enjoyment.

Drums | Ensemble | Fiddle & Cello | Guitar & Ukulele | Piano | Voice

Let's Dance

Our dance teachers help children of all ages experience the joy of dance as they learn to use their bodies to explore space, rhythm, music, and mood through fun activities, steps, and routines.

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Make Art

Our art classes center on the joyful experience of harnessing the imagination to invent something unique. Each class period explores new themes and materials as young artists develop lifelong skills in self-expression, creative thought, and artistic confidence.

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Create Theater

Through a non-competitive ensemble approach, young folks cultivate confidence and build creative skills through theatrical experiences, joyful creative expression, and exciting performance opportunities.

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Private Lessons

Private lessons provide extra personal attention and are tailored to your child’s interests and abilities. We offer private lessons at both campuses in piano, guitar, fiddle, banjo, drum kit, and more for kids 5 years old and up.

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A great way to get more involved with Old Town School, supporting our mission providing arts education for everyone. Member benefits include class discounts, gifts and early access for concert tickets.

Hire Our Artists

Hosting a bunch of kids and need something fun to engage, entice and keep them from climbing the walls? Let us help! Our artist engagement services offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists and plenty of great options for kids as well as adults for any event you can dream up.

Directions & Campuses

You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Class Policies

Read about our policies around class refunds, credits, and applicable discounts.

Financial Aid Available

We provide financial aid to both children and adults for private lessons and group classes based on financial need.

Rental Instruments At Our Music Store

You don’t have to own an instrument to join our classes. You are able to apply a percentage of your rental fee toward a purchase of a new instrument too!