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

How to Build Vocal Harmony

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sat. January 18, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Washboard Workshop: Grab a Board & Rub

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sat. February 01, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/06/2020

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Barbara Silverman

Armed with the knowledge of bar chords one can expand their repertoire to include many idioms.

$202 ($182 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Harmony Singing for Couples with Barbara Silverman

$202 ($182 members)

01/06/2020 – 02/24/2020 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Clogging with Barbara Silverman

Dance to old-time - or many kinds of - music! Rooted in the stepdances of Africa and the British Isles, American flatfooting (clogging) is the traditional percussive dance of Appalachia. Clogging makes great rhythmic accompaniment to old time and other grassroots music. Learn a variety of steps and simple choreography with an amazingly talented teacher.

$170 ($150 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 3 Repertoire with Barbara Silverman

$202 ($182 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Cabaret with Barbara Silverman · Paul Giallorenzo

$222 ($202 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Cabaret with Barbara Silverman · Paul Giallorenzo

$222 ($202 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Harmony Singing: Swing, Pop & Rockabilly with Barbara Silverman

$202 ($182 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet Light and Easy with Barbara Silverman

$164 ($144 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Harmony Singing: Doo Wop to Early Rock with Barbara Silverman

$202 ($182 members)

01/11/2020 – 02/29/2020 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave