Old Town School gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and redeemed for group classes, private lessons, concert tickets, memberships, or in the Old Town School Music Store.
Make 2021 the Year You Learn To Play
New Session Starts the Week of January 4
Take a class in the New Year! Join us for a new session of art, music, and dance classes starting the week of January 4! Search our catalog for adults, teens, and kids classes, available for all ages and abilities!
Holiday Wiggleworms - Christmas, Hanukkah & Winter Songs!
Starting the Week of November 30
Join us for a mini 3-week Wiggleworms class that gets you and your child singing and dancing to your favorite holiday classics.
Songs of Good Cheer
An At-home Holiday Caroling Party with the Chicago Tribune's Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn
Friday, December 18, 7:00 PM CSTS
Songs of Good Cheer, the annual caroling party hosted by Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn and featuring exceptional musicians from the Old Town School, pivots online and into your home in 2020. Now in its 22nd year, this holiday sing-along has become both an Old Town School and Chicago tradition.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28
Old Town School Music Store: Online
Shop Small and support your favorite small business! Free shipping on orders over $75 & curbside pickup available.
Holiday Gift Guide
from the Old Town School Music Store
We have holiday gift ideas for musicians of all ages and abilities. And items in all price ranges. Small gifts like tuners and strings make great stocking stuffers, a ukulele would be a great starter instrument for someone ready to take them musical plunge, and we certainly have instruments for your favorite musician who is ready to take the next step.
Fiddle Tunes for (Most) Holidays with Brandi Berry Benson
Tuesdays, November 24 - December 15, 6:00 PM
Have you always wanted to play holiday music that wasn't just for this time of year? Did you know that there is a Thanksgiving reel AND a Halloween reel? Would you love to learn an 18th century fiddle tune called Valentine's Day, or perhaps, a few Hebrew folk tunes in honor of Hanukkah? Look no further than this class!
The Magic of the Nutcracker Dance Workshop with Allison Grabarczyk
Saturdays, December 5 & 12, 12:30 PM
This is the time of year when many of us are excitedly getting ready to perform or go see a performance of our favorite annual Nutcracker production. While those things may not be in the cards this year, despair not! You can still get your Nutcracker on with us through this wonderful two day workshop! In our Magic of the Nutcracker workshop students, will be learning level-appropriate variations directly from the show.
Fingerpicking The Holidays with Paul Kaye
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 PM
Entertain your family and friends this holiday season with toe-tapping fingerstyle guitar arrangements of your favorite holiday classics.
Holiday Instrumental: The Peanuts Theme for Guitar with Steve Levitt
Thursday, December 10, 8:30 PM
Learn this timeless classic in one sitting. The Lucy and Linus Song has a holiday flavor to it but it’s one of those tunes that is welcome year-round. Steve will instruct you in a simple special tuning and you’ll sound like Vince Guaraldi in no time.
Songs of Good Tidings and More with Catherine Norden
Fridays, December 4 - 18, 5:00 PM
Let's all celebrate the ending of 2020 by gathering around the dumpster fire and warming ourselves with beautiful holiday and seasonal music! Cathy and her family are here to lead you and yours in a Friday happy hour virtual jam, and everybody is welcome to play, sing, and dance along.
Ukulele Holiday Jam! with Liz Chidester
Friday, December 11, 6:00 PM
Whether you are new to the 'ukulele or a pro, you are welcome to share in some holiday cheer! Bring your 'ukes and some hot cocoa and gather 'round the digital fireplace with us for a holiday 'ukulele Zoom jam!
Celebrating Traditions: Not Quite Home for the Holidays Workshop with Maura Lally & Peggy Browning
Saturday, December 12, 2:00 PM
Come together with friends, old and new, to work on making music in the tradition of the founding of our Old Town School where folks can contribute their musical know-how and learn some new things too. This workshop is open to all acoustic instruments and students comfortable changing chords. We'll work out our songs by ear, learning the chord progressions, finding melodies and harmonies, both with voices and instruments. We'll find out how to make traditional sounds out of a few holiday tunes too!
Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Christmas Time is Here
Tuesday, December 15, 8:00 PM
Staying home for the holidays is the perfect time to step into this magical tune that has come our way care of Charlie Brown and Vince Guaraldi. It is a beautiful and not too difficult piece for fingerstyle guitar.
Xmas Rock & Soul with John Mead
Friday, December 18, 8:30 PM
You better watch out: Elvis, Phil Spector, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder—let’s play through some of the REAL holiday classics. Rock & roll, Doo Wop, Girl Groups, Soul. Ring in the holidays.
Donate Instruments and Gear
Old Town School Music Store 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Do you have a new or used functional instrument you would like to donate to the school? We would be happy to take your well loved instruments and turn them into assistance for the mission and programs of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Learn to Play Winter Wonderland
Get a printable chord chart for this seasonal classic, gather some friends, and strum and sing along!
Order by Friday, December 18
The Perfect Holiday Gift: Name a Brick in our Patio! Commemorate your love for the School by buying a permanent brick in the patio located at the west entrance of the original building in Lincoln Square. Each brick comes with a certificate to be presented to the recipient.