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 23, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Int/Adv Contemporary Dance Workshop with Elysia Banks »

IntermediateProgram: Dance

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. June 23, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Elvis Presley Singalong »

Welcome to "The Social" - on the first and third Friday each month Old Town School hosts workshop-style social events with faculty and visiting artists. Well blessa my soul this is a special Social! Pédro Teixeira from L’Ecole de Musique in France is a popular Elvis impersonator in Paris. He goes by the name Peter Memphis. He will present a handful of songs sung by the King. Participants can play along or just sing Presley with a Parisean flavor promises to be a fun unique experience.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sat. June 24, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Manouche Guitar Gypsy Style Introduction »

Expand your own playing style with this introductory exploration of chord grips and rhythmic comping from this thrilling genre of music. Visiting teaching artist Pédro Teixeira, from L’Ecole de Musique in France, will provide instruction drawing from the repertoire of Django Reinhardt.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sat. June 24, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Manouche Guitar Gypsy Style Melody »

Expand your lead guitar skills this authentic examination melody and improvisation. Visiting teaching artist Pédro Teixeira (aka Peter Memphis) from L’Ecole de Musique in France.will provide instruction drawing from the repertoire of Django Reinhardt.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sun. June 25, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Rockabilly Guitar Styles »

Visiting teaching artist Pédro Teixeira from L’Ecole de Musique in France will provide instruction drawing from his vast knowledge and adoration of this music genre. Students will consider both rhythm and lead approaches in the styles of James Burton, Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Link Wray, and others.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sun. June 25, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
French Chanson Repertoire for Guitarists and Singers »

Visiting teaching artist Pédro Teixeira from L’Ecole de Musique in France offers a handful of standard French chansons including La javanaise, La Vie en Rose, Comme d’Habitude, La Bicyclette, L'amérique and more!

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($23 members)

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Sun. June 25, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Poised for Performance - Intro to the Alexander Technique »

Is your body disconnected from your singing or playing? Do you want fuller, easier breathing? Do you suffer from stage fright? Has poor posture or chronic body tension been getting in the way of your freedom and expression as a vocalist or musician? This intimate workshop has limited space available and will focus on the vocal and physical needs and issues of the participants. Instrumentalists who want to learn to play with more ease, fuller breath, and better posture are also encouraged to attend! Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$30 ($28 members)

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Wed. June 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. June 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Sun. July 02, 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Wed. July 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Sun. July 09, 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Wed. July 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Sun. July 16, 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Wed. July 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Sun. July 23, 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin [full series] »

Take advantage of this full series discount! Classes take place Wednesdays (7:00-8:30pm) and Sundays (2:00-3:30pm) for 4 weeks. Individual classes available as well.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$160 ($160 members)

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Sun. July 02, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. July 05, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Fri. July 07, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Words and Music: The Songwriter’s Circle »

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.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$10 ($7 members)

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Sun. July 09, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. July 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Sat. July 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Fingerpicking Melodies: Early Rock and Gospel »

Blending melody, rhythm and chords together gives a full instrumental solo sound. We’ll learn a couple of classic songs this way, using fingerstyle techniques. If you aren’t a singer, but just want to build your guitar skills and repertoire …this is for you.

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IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. July 16, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Wed. July 19, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Sun. July 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave
Advanced/Professional Contemporary Dance Master Class with Nejla Yatkin »

Join internationally known choreographer Nejla Yatkin for an intensive Advanced/Professional Master workshop series in a European Contemporary Dance style.

AdvancedProgram: Dance

$25 ($25 members)

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Tue. July 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. July 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Summer Dance Intensive - 2 Day Option - Level 2-3 »

Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Dance Day for two days of dancing at our first Kids Summer Dance Intensive!

IntermediateKids Group Class – Program: Dance

$120 ($120 members)

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Tue. July 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. July 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Summer Dance Intensive - 2 Day Option - Level 3-4 »

Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Dance Day for two days of dancing at our first Kids Summer Dance Intensive!

IntermediateKids Group Class – Program: Dance

$120 ($120 members)

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Tue. July 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Summer Dance Intensive - Tuesday - Level 2-3 »

Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Dance Day for two days of dancing at our first Kids Summer Dance Intensive!

IntermediateKids Group Class – Program: Dance

$80 ($80 members)

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Tue. July 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Summer Dance Intensive - Tuesday - Level 3-4 »

Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Dance Day for two days of dancing at our first Kids Summer Dance Intensive!

IntermediateKids Group Class – Program: Dance

$80 ($80 members)

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Wed. July 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Summer Dance Intensive - Wednesday - Level 2-3 »

Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Dance Day for two days of dancing at our first Kids Summer Dance Intensive!

IntermediateKids Group Class – Program: Dance

$80 ($80 members)

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Wed. July 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Summer Dance Intensive - Wednesday - Level 3-4 »

Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Dance Day for two days of dancing at our first Kids Summer Dance Intensive!

IntermediateKids Group Class – Program: Dance

$80 ($80 members)

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Sat. July 29, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Poised for Performance - Intro to the Alexander Technique »

Is your body disconnected from your singing or playing? Do you want fuller, easier breathing? Do you suffer from stage fright? Has poor posture or chronic body tension been getting in the way of your freedom and expression as a vocalist or musician? This intimate workshop has limited space available and will focus on the vocal and physical needs and issues of the participants. Instrumentalists who want to learn to play with more ease, fuller breath, and better posture are also encouraged to attend! Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level!

Open to AllProgram: Voice

$30 ($28 members)

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Fri. August 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
THE SOCIAL - Summertime Beatles »

Old Town School teaching-artist Tommi Zender will lead folks through summertime-ready songs by the Fab Four. It’s like a beach campfire sing-a-long without the sand & fire. Participants take home a generous packet of songs! Advance sign-up recommended.

Open to AllProgram: Guitar

$15 ($10 members)

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Sun. August 06, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck »

Whether you are an experienced singer/songwriter or a beginning player, the guitar fretboard can be intimidating to learn. 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.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. August 12, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. August 19, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class: Exceptional Wiggleworms! »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($20 members)

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Sat. September 09, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. October 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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Sat. November 11, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

REGISTER NOW
Sat. December 09, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Dance Basics for Couples »

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. in this two-hour workshop, Louie will cover the one-step, the fox-trot, and the six-count swing. Emphasis will also be given to the basics of coupling, floorwork, and turns. This class is ideal for couples who are either preparing for their own wedding or those wanting to dance with ease at any party or occasion. Spend some time with your honey, get moving, and have fun!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$45 ($43 members)

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