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!

Fri. June 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Dylan Songbag: Rough and Rowdy Ways (one year later)

June: Let’s take a stab at playing this monumental album after listening to it for a year! [more info]

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

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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. June 18, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Summer Phish Songbag

Yeah maaaannn. Let's take some favorites from Trey, Page, Fish, and Mike and give 'em the summer singalong treatment. All instruments welcome; Guitar 3-level-experience is helpful but not crucial. Charts will be provided [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 19, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM (Central) · Online

Melodies, Bass Runs and Riffs for Guitarists

This workshop will enhance your tone production, speed, accuracy and overall technique with playing individual notes. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. June 21, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Angeline The Baker

Learn this classic American fiddle tune, originally from Stephen Foster. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. June 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online
Mon. June 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

How and Why I Write: Gary Louris Songwriting Workshop Series

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
Class is full.
Mon. June 21, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Sunny by Bobby Hebb

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. Sunny a timeless pop tune by Bobby Hebb [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Thu. June 24, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM (Central) · Online

Tom Petty Songbag: Full Moon Fever

Classic songs from Petty’s game-changing first solo album. Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down a Dream, and more. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. June 25, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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. June 26, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Rolling Stones Songbag: Some Girls

The Stones’ best-selling album is full of great songs and classic riffs. Get a few of them into your hands. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. June 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Workshop Series with Donna Herula: Americana and Folk Slide Techniques

Slide guitar can add beauty and emotion to folk and Americana songs. Students will learn how to integrate both fingerpicking and slide guitar into their acoustic guitar playing. We will be reviewing, "Promise Me," a heartfelt song that uses alternating thumb, descending picking patterns, and slide guitar in this slow to moderately paced song in Open D Tuning. DADF#AD [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. June 27, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · Online

Mandolin Workshop: The Versatile Accompanist

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Mandolin
$30 ($25 members)
Mon. June 28, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

This American classic has been recorded by countless artists. Come get Michael’s take on it and learn to make it your own! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. June 28, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: You Really Got A Hold On Me by Smokey Robinson

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. Take on a Smokey Robinson classic “You Really Got A Hold On Me” [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Thu. July 01, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM (Central) · Online

Radiohead Songbag: OK Computer

Songs on this band’s big breakthrough are much more approachable than you think. We’ll learn them and a few B-sides as well. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. July 02, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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)
Thu. July 08, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM (Central) · Online

Pink Floyd Songbag: Dark Side of the Moon

Join us us us us and them them them them...we’ll play the whole record. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. July 09, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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. July 10, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Central) · Online

Pop & Rock Songwriting Tricks

This workshop will focus on the compositional aspect of songwriting. It will feature several tips related to chords, and Nikki O’Neill will demonstrate them on guitar, but lyric writers and non-guitarists are also very welcome to join the class. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. July 10, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Stax Songbag

A handful of classics from Booker T, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, and more—deep southern soul from Memphis. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. July 10, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · Online

Intro to Rock and Americana-Style Fills & Solos

Nikki O'Neill will help you demystify the fretboard, learn how to play twangy, soulful and rockin' fills, and even some short and sweet solos! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. July 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Workshop Series with Donna Herula: Chicago Blues Slide Technique

Learn early Chicago Blues style slide guitar reminiscent of Hound Dog Taylor. With driving rhythm and fun-to-play slide licks, we will be reviewing the upbeat duet, "I Can't Wait to See My Baby." This song can be played on electric guitar or electrified acoustic or resonator guitar. The workshop is appropriate for beginner to intermediate slide guitar players..  [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. July 12, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Gigue from Cello Suite I by J.S. Bach

Bach on the banjo? It works very well. Come find out. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. July 12, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Revolution by Lennon & McCartney

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. From the Beatles’ White album: Revolution [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Thu. July 15, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Central) · Online

Tom Petty Songbag: “Hard Promises”

The Waiting, Insider, Letting You Go, and more classics from the Heartbreakers’ first album of the 1980s. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. July 16, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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. July 23, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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. July 24, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Central) · Online

Exploring The Guitar with Modes with Nathaniel Braddock

This workshop presents a set of shapes that break you from your normal patterns and opens up your ears. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. July 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Springsteen Songbag: Darkness at the Edge of Town

Anthems and deep cuts along with just enough instruction and context that you can appreciate these songs more and carry them with you forever. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. July 24, 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM (Central) · Online

New Resources for Creative Fingerstyle with Nathaniel Braddock

Explore resources for new rhythmic and harmonic sounds and methods for keeping your playing fresh and engaged. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. July 25, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Workshop Series with Donna Herula: Instrumental Acoustic Slide

Learn a solo, acoustic blues instrumental that showcases numerous tricks and licks up and down the fretboard! This menacing song, "Black Ice," is in Open D Minor Tuning and incorporates alternating thumb, fast-moving slide guitar and various ascending and descending left-hand finger patterns. This workshop is best suited for intermediate to advanced fingerstyle and slide guitar players. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. July 30, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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. July 31, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Central) · Online

An Introduction to Sync Licensing with What Up Pitches

Get the lowdown on how it’s done from seasoned professionals. Win a chance to have a song of yours reviewed by the agency. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. July 31, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Rolling Stones Songbag: Sticky Fingers

The 60s changed to the 70s with this record. We’ll learn some of Keith’s licks and Taylor’s lines, in standard tuning and open G. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)