Give the gift that lasts a lifetime! Old Town School gift certificates make the perfect holiday gift for the musician, would-be musician, or new parent in your life! Purchase in any amount and redeem for any age group classes, Wiggleworms private lessons, concert tickets, memberships and the Old Town School Music Store.
Available to send online via email or stop by in-person for a paper copy. We will even print and mail for you to the lucky recipient!
Make 2023 the Year You Learn To Play
New Session Starts the Week of January 2
Take a class in the New Year! Join us for a new session of art, music, and dance classes starting the week of January 3! Search our catalog for adults, teens, and kids classes, available for all ages and abilities!
Hire Our Artists
Playing Now: Our Artists at YOUR Holiday Party! Old Town School offers a wide array of entertainment for any occasion by talented, professional artists.
For a limited time, you can purchase and engrave an Old Town School brick for your family, friends, co-workers, teachers, neighbor, or even your mailman. Commemorate your love for the School by customizing a permanent brick in the patio located at the west entrance of the original building in Lincoln Square! Each brick purchase comes with a printable certificate for you to personalize and mail, print or email to your loved one - making for an easy and thoughtful gift while also generously supporting Old Town School of Folk Music.
The Magic of the Nutcracker Dance Workshop
Saturday, December 17, 1:00 PM CST
This is the time of year many of us are excitedly getting ready to perform in, or go see, our favorite Nutcracker production. If you are unable to take part in either of those this year, fear not! You can still take part with us! In our Magic of the Nutcracker workshop students will be learning level appropriate variations directly from the show as well as watching of some of the greats performing the well-loved roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and more.
This workshop is two hours in length and is open to dancers of all skill levels. While ballet experience is helpful, it is not a requirement to take part in the fun. Please join us for a little festive dance fun to get into the spirit of the season!
Holiday Harmony Workshop
Saturday, December 17, 3:30 PM CST
4545 N Lincoln Ave
Let’s fill our lungs and the majestic 3rd floor East with holiday harmonies ranging from spirited favorites to poignant moving ballads and serenades. Warm up for the upcoming holiday with songstress and seasoned harmonizer Barb Silverman.
Ukulele Workshop: Holiday Songs pt. 2
Sunday, December 18, 3:00 PM CST
Join us online for a festive celebration of the holiday season with ukulele arrangements of a selection of favorite songs. The songs in parts 1 and 2 will be different. Come to one or both. All levels welcome.
‘60s Style Holiday a Go-Go
Sunday, December 18, 1:00 PM CST
4545 N Lincoln Ave
Can you mashed potato? Can you do the twist? Pony and hully gully your way through an hour of '60s-inspired dance moves. Moves are modifiable to many levels of fitness, so it's a great way to get your shimmy shaking. We're pretty sure you'll like it like this.
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!
A Very Merry Christmas Concert
Mariachi Herencia de México
Friday, December 16, 2022 · 7:00 PM CST
Saturday, December 17, 2022 · 2:00 PM CST
Saturday, December 17, 2022 · 5:00 PM CST
Saturday, December 17, 2022 · 8:00 PM CST
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
Celebrate the holidays with "A Very Merry Christmas Concert" featuring Mariachi Herencia de México. The Latin GRAMMY-nominated group performs Mexican and American holiday favorites. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family.
Winter Coloring Page
A festive winter scene for the kids to decorate!
Old Town School Music Store Gift Guide
Shop the season’s best gear, handpicked by the Old Town School Music Store! Every holiday purchase directly supports the missions, programs, and continued growth of the Old Town School of Folk Music. Shop online or stop by and meet the friendliest experts in Chicago!