Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 25.

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!

Wed. May 27, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Scott Besaw ONLINE Songbag

Scott is back in the saddle again at Old Town School but this time ONLINE from Denver Colorado. He’s picked a dozen songs to play and teach to old friends and new students. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Thu. May 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. May 29, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. May 29, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

20 Songs You Can Play Now ONLINE

A lively romp through twenty new tunes that you can sing and play NOW.  [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. May 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Bass ONLINE Workshop

We will “walk” you through the steps to improve your technique, rhythm, and improvising. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Bass
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. May 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Scott’s Survival Strums

Come add some powerful strums to your guitar toolbox with this online workshop. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. May 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The iPad as a Live Performance Tool

We will explore how to use the iPad in live performance situations as a soloist, integrated into a band, and as a stand alone music production tool. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($20 members)
Sat. May 30, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Long Form Fiddle Tunes Workshop with Brandi Berry Benson

[more info]

Advanced
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. May 30, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Memphis/Muscle Shoals Songbag

Alton and Bill throw down the Memphis Soul Stew for Soul men and women alike. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. May 31, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Crushing Chord Transitions

n this workshop, you’ll learn lots of easy strategies about muscle memory, chord shapes, minimizing finger motion, and practicing. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($19 members)
Mon. June 01, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Online Voice of the People Jam

Andrea and Mary share songs, laughter and community. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$12 ($10 members)
Thu. June 04, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 05, 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Friday Family Jams - Fab Four Edition

End your week right with a feel good Family Jam! This week, we’ll lead your family in a sing-along, play-along, dance-along musical adventure with the songs of the Beatles! [more info]

Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Guitar
$10 ($8 members)
Fri. June 05, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. June 06, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Jerry Garcia Lead Guitar Styles ONLINE Workshop

Investigate Garcia’s revered lead guitar playing which included a wide range of styles: blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and more. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($20 members)
Thu. June 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 12, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Elton John Songbag ONLINE with Alton Smith

Let’s celebrate the music of one of pop music’s brightest stars. Butterflies are free to fly [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Fri. June 12, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Mountain Goats Songbag

Need some hope and catharsis? The music of the Mountain Goats has got your back. [more info]

Beginner
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. June 13, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples - ONLINE

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. June 13, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun and Zydeco Dance - ONLINE

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 13, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Soul Beatles

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Mon. June 15, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Online Voice of the People Jam

Andrea and Mary share songs, laughter and community. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$12 ($10 members)
Thu. June 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: Songs of Birth and Death

This month as we await the release of Bob Dylan’s new album “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, we will use as our theme the last couplet from one of the albums’ tracks “False Prophet” I ain't no false prophet, nah, I'm nobody's bride Can't remember when I was born, and I forgot when I died [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. June 20, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Old Time Guitar for Solo Performance with Kris Truelsen

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. June 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Songs of WC Handy for Solo Guitar ONLINE

Combining more sophisticated ragtime flavors with soulful downhome blues melodies, Handy became known as the Father of the Blues. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Thu. June 25, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sat. June 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Twin Fiddling For All Strings with Brandi and Colby

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Sat. June 27, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Sam Cooke and Otis Redding Songbag

Twist the night away with Alton and Bill and some fa fa fa. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. July 05, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Beginning with Sarah Edgar

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. July 05, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Intermediate

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. July 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Summertime Beatles Songbag

It’s like a beach campfire sing-a-long without the sand & fire. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sun. July 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck

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. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. July 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Music from the "Midnight Diner” for Fingerstyle

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Wed. July 22, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dar Williams Songcraft Seminar

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$150 ($130 members)
Sat. September 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. September 20, 10:00 AM – 12:00 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)
Sat. October 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. October 18, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Bluegrass Banjo Workshop with Tony Trischka

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Banjo
$75 ($55 members)
Sat. December 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)