Workshops

Join us for an upcoming workshop! Your date with the arts.

Workshops are special, one-time experiences of music and dance with master teachers at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Low in time commitment but high in artistry, workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals.

The typical duration of a one-day workshop is an hour and a half to two hours, but we also offer intensives and multi-day or multi-week options. Workshops costs are dependent on length, specialty, and teaching artist, and some are funded by grants to make them low-cost to you. Each week we host something or someone new, so check back often!

For Winter 2021, we're also offering shorter 4-week classes versions of classic classes! ▸

$40 ($35 members)
Mon. January 18, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (CST) · Online

Wiggleworms Mixtape - MLK Celebration

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
Mon. January 18, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (CST) · Online

MLK Peace and Justice Sing Along

Join veteran teaching artist and performer, Bill Brickey and a few surprise guests as they lead songs of peace and justice. Be inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and gather in community as we celebrate the life and philosophy of this great American leader. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Ensemble
Mon. January 18, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CST) · Online

MLK Peace and Justice Sing Along

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Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$45 ($40 members)
$45 ($40 members)
Thu. January 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online
Thu. January 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online
Thu. February 04, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online

Surrendering Into Song: A Joe Henry Songwriting Workshop Series

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Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
Class is full.
Fri. January 22, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM (CST) · Online

Dylan Songbag: You Don’t Need a Weatherman

From a Hard Rain to the sunny skies of Mozambique, join us as we plow thru the snows of old Duluth, the sands of Utah and the fires of Armageddon and much more. No need to bundle up we’ll be inside online. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. January 22, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. January 22, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

British Rock Songbag w/ Tommi Zender

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. January 23, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (CST) · Online

Tom Petty Songbag: 21st Century Tom ONLINE

Songs from Mudcrutch, Highway Companion, Mojo, Echo, and more!. CHARTS are provided. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. January 23, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (CST) · Online

Washboard Workshop: Grab A Board & Rub

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Open to All
Program: Drumming
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. January 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST) · Online

Happy Traum Workshop: Arranging the Songs of Bob Dylan

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$50 ($45 members)
$30 ($25 members)
$35 ($30 members)
Fri. January 29, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. January 30, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CST) · Online

Free Your Body, Free Your Sound: The Alexander Technique

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. January 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (CST) · Online

How to Fiddle Pain-Free: A Workshop With Brandi Berry Benson

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Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. January 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (CST) · Online

Roots of Bruce Songbag

Songs that made Springsteen—the Crystals, the Animals, Eddie Floyd, the Shangri-Las, the Easybeats, Gary US Bonds, the Detroit Wheels, and more. Charts provided. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. January 31, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (CST) · Online

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck w/Tommi Zender

This fun workshop will help expand your knowledge of notes, chords, and keys, for use in performing the songs you love, accompanying others, or creating your own music. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. February 01, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (CST) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Afro-Latin Grooves

Based on the free app, AfroLatin Drum Machine, which everyone should get regardless - we will step into the musical percussive world on the other side of "old time" and "bluegrass." These Afro-Latin grooves will expand your playing and rhythmic understanding. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. February 01, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (CST) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Lean On Me

This song is an anthem for troubled times--and beautifully moving even as an instrumental. Bill Withers passed less than year ago and leaves a grand musical legacy. See also "Ain't No Sunshine on Feb 8 [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. February 05, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. February 05, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online

K Billy’s Songbag—Super Hits of the 70s

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
$35 ($30 members)
Mon. February 08, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (CST) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Little Martha by The Allman Brothers Band

This is a classic guitar instrumental that sits quite perfectly for clawhammer banjo.  If you like the Allman Brothers and play the banjo, this one's for you. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. February 08, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (CST) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Classic hit song from the Beatles’ White Album “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. February 12, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. February 12, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM (CST) · Online

Valentine’s Day Songbag with Lisa DeRosia

Songs for lovers to make you blush and pull at your heartstrings. All players welcome. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. February 13, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CST) · Online

Over The Rhine Songwriting Workshop

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$50 ($45 members)
Sat. February 13, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (CST) · Online

R&B Songbag ONLINE: New Orleans Rhythm & Blues

Just in time for Mardi Gras—grooves from the Nevilles, Irma Thomas, Shirley and Lee, and many more classics!   [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Mon. February 15, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (CST) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Sleepers Awake by J.S. Bach

While some of J.S. Bach's works are on the acrobatic side when it comes to playing them, this one is truly one of the most beautiful and not so impossible to play. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. February 15, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (CST) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is a wondrous soul who played the very first concert in Maurer Hall. Here is a classic tune of hers, played by many because it is rich and deep, with that twinge of mystery that fingerstyle guitar helps illuminate. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. February 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online

Post-Valentines Songbag: Heartbreak in the Key of C

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. February 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online

Winter Beatles Songbag w/Tommi Zender

Warm up this winter by playing & singing songs by Lennon, McCartney & Harrison. Get online, play music, be social. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. February 20, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (CST) · Online

Old Time Fiddle Workshop with Nokosee Fields

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Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$35 ($30 members)
$35 ($30 members)
Fri. February 26, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Come share your song, new or old, all-done or somewhere in between. Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. February 26, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (CST) · Online

LA Songbag: Topanga to East LA

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. February 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (CST) · Online

Cameron DeWhitt Clawhammer Banjo Workshop: Slides From Every Angle

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$35 ($30 members)
Fri. March 05, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (CST) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)