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. March 22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - Voice of the People

For Women’s History Month, we sings songs by, for, and about women. All voices are welcome! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. March 23, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan Series

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. March 23, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Indigo Girls Singalong

At this gathering, we'll sing and play some of their popular tunes with their signature silky harmonies. Pack a capo and your singing voice--we'll bring you closer to fine! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. March 24, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

BollyX - The Bollywood Workout with Shamila Khetarpal

BollyX - the Bollywood workout is a Bollywood inspired dance fitness program that combines exhilarating choreography and a calorie-burning workout with upbeat music from around the world . [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. March 24, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Lead Guitar for Ladies

Unlock the mystery of playing lead guitar in a supportive setting of other women. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. March 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Baila Bomba, Toca Plena with Las BomPleneras

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. March 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan Series

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. March 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Intro to Mississippi John Hurt Fingerpicking

In this workshop we will introduce the fingerpicking blues techniques of Mississippi John Hurt. This will include alternating thumb and 3-finger picking (T, I, M), blues chord voicings , and more. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. March 31, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Professor Moptop presents: Early Rock Influences of The Beatles

‘XRT ipersonality Professor Moptop returns to discuss and share music concerned with the early rock influences of the Fab Four [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sun. March 31, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Writing From Within a Woman’s Being

A 120-minute experiential workshop focused on being present within your body as a woman, directing your focus, and allowing a partnership with inspiration that brings art that pleases you to life. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. March 31, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Jim McVeigh

Learn to approach guitar chord choices, voicing and rhythms with an emphasis placed on accompanying Irish tunes. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. March 31, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Celebrating Traditions Community Reunion with Maura & Peggy

Maura Lally returns to join Peggy Browing to make music celebrating the tradition of the Old Town School . [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. April 05, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Afro-Brazilian Samba

Join Dill Costa in this new workshop exploring the culture of Afro Brazilian Samba. Learn to use footwork, body placement and rhythmic steps to create dramatic, and stylish choreography! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. April 05, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - The Songwriter’s Circle with Dan Connoly

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: Guitar
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. April 06, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Telling A Musical Story: The Art of Phrasing with John Moulder

Ingredients of phrasing are discussed with opportunities for participants to play and explore the material presented. Bring and acoustic or your unplugged electric. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$35 ($33 members)
Sat. April 06, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan Series

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. April 06, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Afro-Contemporary Dance

Afro-Contemporary Dance™️ class, taught by Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Founder and Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance Company. This class is an Afro-Diaspora movement practice that fuses Africanist movement vocabulary, Chicago House and modern dance forms. The classes focuses on building core strength, endurance, suppleness in the spine and emancipation of the pelvis. If you love Afro-House music you will enjoy this class! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. April 08, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Using Technology in Live Performance

[more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($29 members)
Tue. April 09, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · Lakeview - 2868 N. Lincoln Avenue

Drop-In Lullabies Class at A Little Photo Studio

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$15 ($15 members)
Tue. April 09, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Live Looping for All Instruments

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$30 ($29 members)
Sat. April 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique

Do you want to get out of your head and into your body? The Alexander Technique has helped people connect to their body and breath, to relieve stress, and to reduce unnecessary tension for over a century. [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($28 members)
Sat. April 13, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 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. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. April 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan Series

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. April 13, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

Brush up on your Swing in this low-commitment, one-day workshop! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. April 14, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Tap Jam

Bring your family and friends to the new Tap Jam workshop! The Tap Jam will start with a half hour of tapping with music and then end with a half hour tapping without music. The Jam is open to all, ages 3 and above. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$5 ($5 members)
Thu. April 18, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Spring Break Dance Intensive - Level 2-3

[more info]

Intermediate
Kids Group Class – Program: Dance
$80 ($80 members)
Thu. April 18, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Spring Break Dance Intensive - Level 3-4

[more info]

Intermediate
Kids Group Class – Program: Dance
$80 ($80 members)
Fri. April 19, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Broadway Dance for Kids

Come have fun kicking up your heels to music from popular Broadway shows! Learn steps and routines that are similar to those seen onstage in musical theatre. Experience dancing with props such as hats and canes! Parents are invited to a mini showcase at the end of the workshop! [more info]

Intermediate
Kids Group Class – Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. April 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Dylan and the Deity with Jimmy Tomasello

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. This month, as it is Passover and Good Friday we’ll consider Bob’s religious songs including his born again period. You gotta serve somebody. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. April 27, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Indian Bollywood, Classical, Bhangra and more!

Delve into movement techniques and expressive aspects of Indian folk, Bollywood and Classical dance forms (such as Bharatnatyam and Kathak). [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Live Lit Storytelling

We’ll open up with some fun exercises, then explore all of the elements of great storytelling, while honing our own personal narratives. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Theater
$45 ($42 members)
Sun. April 28, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Finger Picking Blues and Rag Guitar in Open Tunings

Explore chords and improvisation with unique tunings through songs and exercises from Mary’s collection of originals. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$35 ($33 members)
Sun. April 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Intro to Irish Step (soft shoe)

Join Old Town School Teaching Artist, Nora Kerr for this special workshop. Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in this introductory workshop. You’ll be introduced to traditional soft shoe dances including reels and jigs. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. May 05, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Family `Ukulele Workshop: `Ohana (Children and Parents) Style

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Ukulele
$25 ($25 members)
Fri. May 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL- Springtime Beatles w/ Tommi Zender

Join us to sing and play songs by the Fab Four, lead by Old Town School teaching artist Tommi Zender. Participants will take home a packet of Beatles songs, along with selected 70’s solo-Beatles bonus tracks mixed in. Get out out of the house, meet people, and play music...It’s spring! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$15 ($10 members)
Sat. May 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. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. May 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. May 12, 3:00 PM – 3:01 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Youth `Ukulele Workshop: Maui meets Pop

[more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Ukulele
$25 ($25 members)
Sat. May 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Japanese Folk Songs for Guitar

We will emphasize efficient fingering positions, and techniques that can be applied to other styles of playing. Proficiency with bar chords will be helpful. Let’s learn something different! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. May 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Minuet with Sarah Edgar

Learn the most popular dance from 18th century Europe from Baroque dance expert Sarah Edgar. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. May 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Teen `Ukulele Workshop: Local Island Beach Style

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($25 members)
Fri. May 24, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Bob’s Birthday Celebration!

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll celebrate Bob’s birthday (78 and counting!) by singing songs of empowerment! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. May 26, 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance/Movement with Ayako Kato: Reading the Air

As one of the traditional skills Japanese people have is sensing what others are feeling/thinking. Then, they try to make the best choice for the next move. In this workshop, Ayako will share her practice as a dancer, choreographer, and improviser for you to heighten the physical and mental sensitivity and awareness to move in space more openly and freely. It is getting very important for contemporary humans to understand the intangible. This workshop will offer you the revived, centered and grounded self not only to dance but also to live your daily life by realizing both non-control (emptiness of self) and control (fulfillment of self). [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 08, 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. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. June 08, 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. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Fri. June 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - Bob Dylan Songbag: Traveling Wilburys: What happened to Volume 2?

Join us for a Bob Dylan Songbag Series. Every month, Jimmy Tomasello will cover different parts of Bob’s vast repertoire. Lyrics and chord charts provided. This month we’ll go over the Traveling Wilburys. What happened to Volume 2? [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. June 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Licks and Chord Melody with Fareed Haque

Join master player and educator, Fareed Haque as he illuminates a handful of jazz guitar licks and an approach to chord melody. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)