We will be closed in observation of Memorial Day on 5/28/18. 4544 N Lincoln Ave opens at 5:30 PM on 5/28 for The Mountain Goats concert

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!

Thu. May 31, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Sabar Dance Workshop

This complex, high-energy dance is known to get people hooked. Come learn the basics with longtime Old Town School dance faculty member and Senegal native, Idy Ciss. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 01, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

First Friday - June Jams, Workshops & Ensemble Performances

The $15 entry fee entitles participants to jams, workshops, AND the ensemble performances. Details to come soon! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$15 ($15 members)
Fri. June 01, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - 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. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$10 ($7 members)
Fri. June 01, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

First Friday - June Ensemble Performance Only

Check out Old Town School’s amazing ensembles! $5 entry fee gets you in to see the show! Details to come soon! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$5 ($5 members)
Sat. June 02, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Washboard Workshop: “Grab A Board & Rub”

Become a washboard percussionist in this engaging workshop led by washboard wizard Barb Silverman. Take the challenge and rub your way to stardom! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Drumming
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. June 03, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Book Release : The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey

Join John McEuen for this special event. John will discuss his new memoir, answer questions from the audience, and pick a tune or two. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Banjo
Sun. June 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles - The Middle Years

Learn the techniques and tricks of how John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison sculpted lyrics, chords and melodies into timeless classics. A workshop designed for all levels of songwriters and Fab Four fanatics! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. June 03, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Make it Electric: Guitars, Amps and Pedals

Ready to let your guitar roar? Make the transition from acoustic to electric by learning about the differences that guitars, pickups, amplifiers, cables, volume and tone controls, and all those pedals make! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 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! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. June 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Vocal Improvisation - Scatting Through Life...

If you are interested in learning to sing various forms of improvisation, Typhanie will guide you into the world of improvisation by recreating melodies, scat singing and creating spontaneous compositions. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Voice
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 09, 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. In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Cajun two-step and waltz, plus the more contemporary Cajun jitterbug step. As a bonus, you'll be introduced to the faster, looser Zydeco two-step! Celebrate Mardi Gras by getting onto the dance floor! No partner necessary to register. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. June 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 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. Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level! [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($28 members)
Thu. June 14, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Arts Camp for Brain Health

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations join together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuromotor function, and those who care for them. ***one registration of $20 covers two people*** [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$20 ($20 members)
Fri. June 15, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago Blues Electric Guitar Day Clinic

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$100 ($90 members)
Fri. June 15, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - Celebrate the Indigo Girls!

Do you love the Indigo Girls? Amy Ray and Emily Saliers' 30-year career and 15+ albums as a duo have produced some of the most heartfelt, introspective song of our time. At this gathering, we'll sing and play some of their popular tunes with their signature silky harmonies An Indigo Girls trivia game will wrap up the eve. Pack a capo and your singing voice--we'll bring you closer to fine! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$15 ($15 members)
Sat. June 16, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

HOME: A House Dance Workshop - Pride Edition!

Home: Pride Edition will speak specifically to the Queer community’s contribution to this vibrant culture! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($15 members)
Fri. June 22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

THE SOCIAL - Pop Up Choir : Celebrate Pride!

Folks of all singing levels are welcome to come together and experience the joy of singing in harmony. We always have a great time, and this month we're singing great tunes that celebrate Gay Pride! The workshop includes vocal warmups, harmony singing exercises and learning tunes arranged for vocal harmony. Andrea Bunch has been teaching singing and music for 18 years. She creates a celebratory atmosphere where people can make music, have some fun, and learn a thing or two. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$15 ($10 members)
Sat. June 30, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Singing Basics

In this workshop students will participate in singing and performing classic jazz standards. Singers will have the opportunity to learn two jazz standards focusing on phrasing, lyrical delivery, swing feel and basic improvisation techniques. Listening and group participation analyzing some of the greatest jazz singers of our time. [more info]

Beginner
Program: Voice
$25 ($24 members)
Wed. July 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. July 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wed. August 01, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Andean Folk Music Ensemble - 3 Week Workshop

Join Jose Luis Contreras of the world-renowned Chilean group, Illapu for a unique 3-session workshop exploring some of the legendary contemporary folk music of the Andes. People who play stringed instruments, wind instruments, hand percussion, and vocalists are invited to come together to learn arrangements of pieces by such artists as Inti Illimani, Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Illapu and others. Over three weeks, the ensemble will work on mastering two or three pieces and perform them for friends and family in an informal showcase at the end of the last class. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$90 ($80 members)
Sat. July 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Paul Simon Fingerstyle Classics

In this workshop you will examine two classic Paul Simon fingerstyle guitar arrangements, The Boxer and Scarborough Fair. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. July 29, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. August 05, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. August 12, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Sun. August 19, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Beginning Throat Singing Technique

Learn the enchanting and mysterious art of throat singing! Join Tamir Hargana, originally from Mongolia for this four-part workshop exploring traditional and contemporary throat singing from the Central Asian steppes. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Voice
$400 ($360 members)
Sun. July 29, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Horton Dance Technique

Horton technique emphasizes the whole body using an anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination and body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. August 04, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Advanced Jazz Singing Master Class

The total performance - Typhanie will lead a master class in jazz singing. This workshop is a performance, be prepared to sing and improve your skills! [more info]

Advanced
Program: Voice
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. August 04, 1:00 PM – 2:30 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. [more info]

Beginner
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. August 12, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM · 4544 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. Bring your sense of play and curiosity, and don’t miss the opportunity to experience this work usually available only on the conservatory level! [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($28 members)