Teachers at the Old Town School

Barbara Silverman

Dance, Guitar, Percussion (Non-Drum Kit), Voice, Body Rhythm

Styles - Swing, Doo Wop, Traditional Folk, Old Time, Country Blues

Techniques - Vocals: Vocal Stylings, Doo Wop Harmony, Swing Harmony; Dance: Fundamentals of Ballet, Appalachian Clogging; Guitar: Strumming Variations, Syncopation, Simple Fingerstyle; Rhythms: Washboard, Bones and Body Rhythms with Commonalities

First and foremost Barb wants her students to feel comfortable in the group and with her. She does her best to set a relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere while applying ourselves to our discipline. The classes work through exercises to develop strength, stamina, grace, whether it be voice, guitar, or dance. She likes to touch on the science behind the sound or movement being produced, then move through the material with confidence and resolve.  A typical voice class may have break-out groups and/or pairings of voices to work in greater detail with independence. The culminating Cabaret shows are well-oiled presentations with solos, duets, and group songs, the material chosen in great part by the students themselves.

Barb fronts several diverse bands: The Teflons, a country-swing sextet rich in ‘30s and ‘40s-style harmonies; The Schticklers, an award-winning Jewish jug band; a Vaudevillian trio called Silver Rose with various permutations of musicians; founding member of the renowned Laketown Buskers who appeared several times on Prairie Home Companion.
 
She was awarded repeated grants over a period of 15 years from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the local Rothshchild Foundation for life-story productions of the White Crane Players and was keynote speaker for a regional conference associated with this work.
 
She was part of the first international travel group from Old Town School to England and Finland.
 
And Barb plays a mean washboard.

Education: Indiana University - Bachelors Degree
Chicago Dance Center, Columbia College Dance Center, Chicago City Ballet Supplemental Training

Started at the Old Town School in September of 1996

Upcoming Workshops

Sat. December 16, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Holiday Songs on the Washboard »

Learn to be the washboard rhythm accompaniment to your favorite holiday carols and pop tunes. From Christmas rollicks to beloved Chanukah melodies and beyond. You'll be the hot hit of your holiday parties. Board Queen Barb Silverman leads with her usual energy and finesse. Bring a washboard and either thimbles or bottle openers or something metal to rub with.

Open to AllProgram: Drumming

$25 ($24 members)

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Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Barbara Silverman
Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Harmony Singing 1 with Barbara Silverman
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Barbara Silverman
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/08/2018 – 02/26/2018Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Old-Time Clogging with Barbara Silverman
Learn to dance to old-time music without a partner or a square! Clogging is a great active, easy percussive style to use anytime, and this class is great fun.
$170 ($160 members)
for 8 weeks
01/09/2018 – 02/27/2018Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Guitar 1 with Barbara Silverman
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Cabaret with Barbara Silverman · Paul Giallorenzo
$222 ($212 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Cabaret with Barbara Silverman · Paul Giallorenzo
$222 ($212 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Swing Vocal Harmony with Barbara Silverman
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/11/2018 – 03/01/2018Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Ballet Light and Easy with Barbara Silverman
Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings!
$164 ($154 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Vocal Harmony: Doo Wop to Early Rock with Barbara Silverman
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000