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!

Mon. February 17, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Drop-In Art Studio: 3 - 6 years

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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 Drum Circle: 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 ($24 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

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Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. March 02, 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. March 07, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Lead Guitar for Ladies

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. March 08, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

For Womxn, By Womxn: Self-Defense Workshop

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$40 ($38 members)
Mon. March 09, 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. March 14, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Japanese Melodies for Fingerstyle 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)
Sat. March 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Understanding the Major Pentatonic Scale

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. March 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Understanding the Minor Pentatonic Scale

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 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

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Fri. March 20, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: New Morning

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($15 members)
Sat. March 21, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Indigo Girls Songbag

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Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($19 members)
Mon. March 23, 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)
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

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$22 ($20 members)
Sat. April 04, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Introduction to Flamenco Dance: Step-by-step

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. April 05, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Egyptian Belly Dance

Dance to live drumming! Join Erika Ochoa, the Old Town School’s Middle Eastern Bellydance instructor for this very popular dance from Egypt. Get in touch with your playful side in this core-strengthening, non-impact workshop. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. April 06, 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)
Thu. April 09, 7:00 PM – 8:30 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)
Sat. April 11, 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. April 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. April 13, 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. April 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 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. April 18, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: Real Life Characters

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($15 members)
Mon. April 20, 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. April 25, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

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Beginner
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Thu. April 30, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Flamenco Tools II - Flamenco, Cajon, and Flamenco Clapping Master Class

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Intermediate
Program:
$30 ($28 members)
Fri. May 01, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Songwriting, Band-fighting & Spotlighting

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Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$120 ($100 members)
Sat. May 02, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4545 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)
Fri. May 15, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Springtime Beatles Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$15 ($10 members)