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!

Sat. January 25, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Craft Of Solo Jazz Guitar

Guitarist Andy Brown has become well known for his devotion to the art of solo jazz guitar. In this workshop he shows you his approach to the craft of playing unaccompanied guitar. Andy breaks down the elements of this style, so that you can learn to apply these principles without being overwhelmed by the process. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Mon. January 27, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Fri. January 31, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Day Off Camp: Exploring the Arts - 1/31/20

For ages 6-13 Campers will explore different artistic mediums in an ensemble environment. This is a hands on Camp experience, where campers will be encouraged to try a variety of arts within each day, work and play as a group, and work on projects independently. [more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Camp
$100 ($80 members)
Sat. February 01, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Basics of Percussive/Tapping for Acoustic Guitarists

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. February 01, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Scott Henderson Clinic Q&A

Scott Henderson has been a sideman with  the likes of Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Jean Luc Ponty, and many others. Scott will discuss and demonstrate his skills as an improviser and composer. This workshop is for any musician at any level who wants to be inspired by a true master. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$35 ($33 members)
Sat. February 01, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Washboard Workshop: Grab a Board & Rub

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Open to All
Program: Drumming
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. February 02, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Beginning with Sarah Edgar

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. February 02, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Intermediate

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Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. February 03, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Fri. February 07, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle with Daniel Connolly

Give and get feedback on original music in an inviting environment. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. February 07, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wintertime Beatles Songbag w/Tommi Zender

Warm up this winter by playing & singing songs by Lennon, McCartney & Harrison. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. February 08, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. February 08, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Relaxing Into Performance - An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Sat. February 08, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

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Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. February 10, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Fri. February 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: Romantic Songs for Valentines Day

This month we’re looking at a songwriter who’s been at it for almost 60 years so there are loads of songs about romantic love. A great way to kick off a special date. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($15 members)
Sat. February 15, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

African American Paper Quilt Square Making

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Art
$25 ($20 members)
Sat. February 15, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Frank Vignola Let's Play Workshop with Vinny Raniolo

Gain valuable insights into rhythm playing, melody playing, improv techniques and much more. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$45 ($40 members)
Sat. February 15, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Richard Smith Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop

Join acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith to learn some classic Nashville style guitar work! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$50 ($45 members)
Sat. February 15, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Lifted Voices: Songs from The Black Experience

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Voice
$20 ($15 members)
Sun. February 16, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Roots of Tap: The Beginning & the Plantation to the Theater

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Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. February 16, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar Technique of Gordon Lightfoot

Expand your fingerstyle guitar technique and chord vocabulary, join us as we learn two classic songs by this brilliant songwriter. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. February 17, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Mon. February 17, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Drop-In Art Studio

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Art
$28 ($25.5 members)
Sun. February 23, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Roots of Tap: The Golden Age & Styles of Today

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Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. February 23, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Crushing Chord Transitions

You’ll learn lots of easy strategies about muscle memory, chord shapes, minimizing finger motion, and practicing. Minimize the frustration with chords and sail smoothly through your songs! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. February 23, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Strumming Secrets

his workshop will help you quickly figure out strumming patterns, syncopation, singing and playing together, and how to make your rhythms more interesting and inspired. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. February 23, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Family Art Workshop: Black History Month with Sara Noori and Johanna Tesfaye

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Art
$25 ($20 members)
Mon. February 24, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Sat. February 29, 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Intro to Desert Blues: Guitar Music of Mali

A mix of ancient and contemporary Tuareg, griot, and Songhai musics, you'll learn the essentials plus tunes by Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen, and more. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. February 29, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Family Drumming: Black History Month

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Drumming
$25 ($20 members)
Sat. February 29, 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Introduction to African Mandolin

We'll learn music from recently uncovered recordings of one of Ghana's last mandolinists and discuss tactics for developing mandolin music in contemporary African styles. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Mandolin
$25 ($524 members)
Sun. March 01, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Beginning with Sarah Edgar

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. March 01, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Intermediate

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. March 02, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Mon. March 09, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Sun. March 15, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Freddie Green Swing Guitar Masterclass

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. March 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Dance Workshop

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Beginner
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. March 16, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Mon. March 23, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Sun. March 29, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Chord Chemistry for Ukulele

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. March 29, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele Rhythm Tips and Tricks

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. March 30, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Mon. April 06, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Sat. April 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Relaxing Into Performance - An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Mon. April 13, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Mon. April 20, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms Mixtape

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Sat. May 02, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you’ve got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$45 ($40 members)