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Teachers at the Old Town School

Jonas Friddle

Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching, School Partnerships

Jonas Friddle is a singer, songwriter and Old-Time banjo player whose songs have received The John Lennon Songwriting Award, First Place in the Great American Song Contest and a nomination for Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. His tunes bear the marks of a musician who has done his time in pub sessions and square dance halls, and his writing is full of imagery, honesty and humor.

Friddle was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and learned to play guitar on a yard sale Harmony six string. He was already writing songs by the time he got to Kentucky at age eighteen. There, the bluegrass pickin’ and old-time dances turned him on to the power and joy of traditional folk music. He added a mandolin, fiddle and banjo to his arsenal and got a job slapping bass with the college bluegrass band. After serving his time in higher education, he spent a year traveling around the world playing music in pubs and living rooms. In 2007 Jonas landed in Chicago, started the Barehand Jugband, the Sleepy Lou Old-Time duo and began teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Since then he has released multiple studio albums under his own name and with the folk supergroup “The Majority.” During that time his music has won multiple awards and been featured online at American Songwriter, Huffington Post and Paste.

Education: Berea College

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2008

  • http://www.jonasfriddle.com/

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/02/2019

Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Beginning Strummers: 5 - 7 years with Jonas Friddle

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2011 and 09/02/2014

$353 ($334 members)

09/09/2019 – 12/16/2019 (15 meetings)

Mondays · 4:30 PM – 5:25 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Intermediate/Advanced Strummers: 5 - 7 years with Jonas Friddle

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2011 and 09/02/2014

$353 ($334 members)

09/09/2019 – 12/16/2019 (15 meetings)

Mondays · 5:30 PM – 6:25 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Kids Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Sam Cantor

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2007 and 09/02/2013

$186 ($177 members)

09/09/2019 – 10/21/2019 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Youth String Band with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson

for kids with birthdays between: 09/03/2006 and 09/03/2010

$424 ($404 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Teen String Band with Jonas Friddle · Anna Jacobson

Join this exploration of Old Time and Americana music for advanced string players. Teen String Band is a great for young musicians who are looking to expand their playing experience. As a part of the Teen String Band, students pursue their instrument while learning to play in a group. Ensemble playing gives students a greater sense of their instruments’ role and allows them to express individuality in a group. The experience of playing in a band or ensemble reinforces and rejuvenates kids’ musical learning.

$424 ($404 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Old-Time Revival Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Jess McIntosh

$222 ($212 members)

09/03/2019 – 10/22/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Band Coaching: Cowboy Jesus and The Sugar Bums with Jonas Friddle

for kids with birthdays between: 09/04/2006 and 09/04/2009

$212 ($202 members)

09/04/2019 – 10/23/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:25 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jug Band Ensemble with Jonas Friddle

$206 ($196 members)

09/04/2019 – 10/23/2019 (8 meetings)

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/28/2019

Old-Time Revival Ensemble with Jonas Friddle · Jess McIntosh

$222 ($212 members)

10/29/2019 – 12/17/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Jug Band Ensemble with Jonas Friddle

$206 ($196 members)

10/30/2019 – 12/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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