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

Barbara has performed four decades in Chicago and the greater Midwest appearing solo and fronting multiple bands: The Laketown Buskers, The Teflons, The Schticklers, Silver Rose, Buds & Shoots. She is on faculty in four departments at the Old Town School, which offers 13 of her classes online. From national radio to workshops as far as Helsinki, Finland, Barbara has presented vocals, guitar, piano, dance, washboard, bones and percussive feet. Barbara spent two decades touring her Rothschild Foundation-supported White Crane Players, numbers six audio recordings and hundreds of free-lance gigs listed on her website www.silverbeammusic.com.

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/21/2021

Guitar 2 Repertoire with Barbara Silverman

This class is great entry point for the self taught. You will build repertoire and develop skills.

$206 ($186 members)

06/21/2021 – 08/09/2021 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · Online

Harmony Singing for Couples with Barbara Silverman

$206 ($186 members)

06/21/2021 – 08/09/2021 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Simple Guitar Fills part 2 with Barbara Silverman

$80 ($70 members)

06/22/2021 – 07/13/2021 (4 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · Online

Clogging with Barbara Silverman

$170 ($150 members)

06/22/2021 – 08/10/2021 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Guitar 2 with Barbara Silverman

$206 ($186 members)

06/23/2021 – 08/11/2021 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · Online

Cabaret with Barbara Silverman · Paul Bedal

$222 ($202 members)

06/23/2021 – 08/11/2021 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · Online

Cabaret with Barbara Silverman · Paul Bedal

$222 ($202 members)

06/23/2021 – 08/11/2021 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · Online

Simple Guitar Fills with Barbara Silverman

$80 ($70 members)

06/24/2021 – 07/15/2021 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · Online

Harmony Singing: Swing, Pop & Rockabilly with Barbara Silverman

$206 ($186 members)

06/24/2021 – 08/12/2021 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · Online

Torso Tuning with Barbara Silverman

$69 ($59 members)

06/25/2021 – 07/16/2021 (4 meetings)

Fridays · 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM · Online

Ballet Light and Easy with Barbara Silverman

$149 ($131 members)

06/26/2021 – 08/14/2021 (7 meetings)

Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · Online

Harmony Singing: Doo Wop to Early Rock with Barbara Silverman

$180 ($163 members)

06/26/2021 – 08/14/2021 (7 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM · Online