New Year Kickoff Open House

Saturday, January 4, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Join Old Town School staff, faculty, and students for a day full of music, fun, and plenty of questions answered!

Happenings at Open House

Hot Chocolate and treats from the Cafe


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Family Artmaking

Delight in open-ended artful play, creative process, and making a wintry keepsake.


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instrument Petting Zoo

Guitars, ukuleles, percussion, piano, and more!


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Introduction to Brazilian Dance with Dill Costa

Learn to samba like the Brazilians do! Dill leads a fun introduction to the hip-shaking and body moving basics in this aerobic class.


10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Wiggleworms Mixtape

Join us on a musical adventure as we sing, shake, and dance our way through Wiggleworms greatest hits. This drop-in class features a different Wiggleworms teacher every week and is open to all children under age 5 and their grown ups! Come mix it up with us!


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Wiggleworms 6-24 months

Introduce your child to the world of music with Old Town School of Folk Music's Wiggleworms®, the perfect place to connect to music and make new friends. This sample class will be tailored to meet the needs of children ages 6-24 months. A mix of active walkers and crawlers, this class invites you to make new friends and groove to the beat — now with tambourines, maracas, and jingle bells.


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Wiggleworms 2-4 years

Introduce your child to the world of music with Old Town School of Folk Music's Wiggleworms®, the perfect place to connect to music and make new friends. This sample class will be tailored to meet the needs of children ages 2-4 years old. Through repetition and routine, this class helps prepare your child for the transition to preschool all while laying a musical foundation for a lifelong love of music.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Yoga and Meditation with Lucy Coloccia

Join Lucy in the studio for a guided embodied movement exploration with a focus on mindfulness. No yoga experience necessary; all are welcome. Some mats will be provided. Please bring one if you have it!


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

String Strang (Teen String Band) performance


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lullabies 0-6 months

Introduce your child to the world of music with Old Town School of Folk Music's Wiggleworms®, the perfect place to connect to music and make new friends. This sample class will be tailored to meet the needs of children ages 0-6 months old. Please bring a blanket for your little one. Feeding, sleeping, giggling, crying (babies and grownups!), and yoga pants welcome.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Saturday Jam – all ages

Jam with young folks and teachers from our Kids Music Program. Bring an instrument from home or fall in love with a new instrument at Old Town School! The Saturday Jam is an Old Town School staple; as we begin a new year, it’s the perfect time to share tunes, meet teachers, try out instruments, sing, and play with us.


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Guitar 1 Recap/Sampler with Jimmy Tomasello

Join us as we review the basic chords taught in Guitar One and, if you've never played before, we'll have guitars around to try your hand at playing some basic 3 chord tunes.


12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Family Dance Party with Allison Grabarczyk

Stop by the dance studio for family fun with dance faculty member Allison Grabarczyk! Wiggle, jump, roll and play in a movement class for children and parents together. All ages are welcome!


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

21st Century Jams Songbag with Chris Corsale

Bring your guitar or other fretted instrument to play and sing songs from the first 19 years of this century! Beyonce, Justin, Stapleton, Isbell, Wilco and more - a great way to warm up those fingers for classes starting the following week!


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Introduction to Tap Dance with Reggio McLaughlin

(No Shoes Required!) - all ages

Join master hoofer Reggio McLaughlin as he takes you through the basics of a classic American dance form. No shoes? No problem: this rhythm-based footwork class is open to all.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Mary Peterson Songbook Jam

Join Mary and members of her Extended Play class as they play through songs from our songbook and more. All instruments and voices are welcome.


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Introduction to the Banjo with Chris Walz

Here is your chance to get to know the banjo and how we teach banjo classes at the Old Town School. Loaner banjos are available for this workshop.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Introduction to Voice with Jackie Jasperson

Get an introduction to a healthy approach to singing. No experience is necessary and all voices are welcome.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ukulele Sampler with Jimmy Tomasello

A great place for new ukulele players to start and for guitarists to transfer skills. Bring your uke if you have one or use a loaner.