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!

Sun. December 17, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar »

In this workshop, you will learn all you need to know to begin and advance your slide guitar playing and emotional expression. The workshop will introduce the songs and licks of blues slide guitar masters Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell!

BeginnerProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Wed. January 03, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Thu. January 04, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Thu. January 04, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Intro to Swing Dance »

Get introduced to this great American dance style! Swing and sway to the sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller- the classic big band sound. Come alive with the east-coast style 6- and 8-count swing, and lots more. Make those floorboards bounce!

Open to AllProgram: Dance

$25 ($24 members)

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Thu. January 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Write a Song Tonight! »

Join Old Town School teaching artist, Hassan El-Tayyab for this songwriting workshop. Leave having created something special!

Open to AllProgram: Songwriting

$10 ($10 members)

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Fri. January 05, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Sat. January 06, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Family Art Workshop »

Join us for a drop-in artmaking experience for the whole family. Connect and celebrate the new year with new friends as you create visual art with Old Town School teacher Sara Noori! Best suited for children ages 2 and up.

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Art

FREE!

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Sat. January 06, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wiggleworms Drop-In Class »

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms

$20 ($18 members)

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Sat. January 06, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Brazilian Family Dance »

Warm up and move to the rhythms of Brazil with Old Town School teaching artist, Dill Costa!

Open to AllKids Group Class – Program: Dance

FREE!

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Sun. January 14, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. January 21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. January 28, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Shim Sham Dance »

The Shim Sham is a dance that originated in the late 1920’s. It is a particular tap dance routine that is regarded as the tap dancer’s national anthem. Since than, there have been many different variations. Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin will be teaching a three part series on his variation of the shim sham, on Sunday, January 14, 21 and 28, 2018.

BeginnerProgram: Dance

$60 ($55 members)

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Sat. January 27, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Guitar Style of James Taylor »

Did you ever want to learn to play guitar in the style of James Taylor? Join Michael Hensen for a workshop exploring the chord choices and fingerpicking methods found in some of his most iconic pieces.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. January 27, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Japanese Folk Songs for Guitar »

Japanese folk songs of the 1800's were written for traditional instruments of the time. We’ll learn several instrumental arrangements- some simple, some more challenging, by working through tab notation.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. February 03, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Honky-Tonk Fiddle »

Learn the secrets of honky-tonk fiddling by dissecting an iconic fiddle solo from a legendary recording and discussing the elements one can use to improvise solos on country songs!

IntermediateProgram: Fiddle & Cello

$25 ($24 members)

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Sat. February 03, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
The Magic of Chord Twins for Ukulele »

You want to go beyond the standard three chords but you're not sure how. You love Jazz, Blues and Latin styles but you don't think you're up to the challenge. Well, this is the workshop for you!

Open to AllProgram: Ukulele

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. February 04, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: The Beginning »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Part 1 of the 4-week Black History Month special, “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 11, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: From the Plantation to the Theater »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. In this workshop, learn how a plantation dance moved through blackface minstrel shows to vaudeville. Part two of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 18, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: The Golden Age »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Focus on ways that Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies changed the course of Tap Dancing to a mainstream, respected art form and popularized it all over the world. Part of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory dance history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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Sun. February 18, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Jazz Guitar Clinic with Peter Bernstein »

Peter Bernstein is one of the most sought after jazz guitarist in the last two decades. Peter will share some of his views on playing jazz guitar in a group and solo situation. He will also shed some light on topics such as chord voicings and improvising over standards.

IntermediateProgram: Guitar

$25 ($24 members)

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Sun. February 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Roots of Tap: Styles of Today and Tomorrow »

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the origin of tap dance, its roots in Africa and its multicultural blend in the New World. Tap Dance is known today as America's true folk dance. Get a better understanding of contemporary Tap styles including flatfooted buck dancing, jazz tap, Broadway tap and hip-hop beats. Plus, a look into the future of Tap. Part of the 4-week special “Roots of Tap” series of participatory history workshops!

Program: Dance

$20 ($19 members)

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4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000