Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships
Distinguished Teaching Artist 2018
Lindsay Weinberg is a lifelong performer and natural educator. A Milwaukee native, her family of singers, teachers, conductors, and entertainers fostered her love of music and instilled the desire to nurture the rich experiences it can bring. She believes that music making is a joy which everyone can share. Whether teaching or performing, Lindsay is exuberant and personal, encouraging discovery and delight.
In her group classes, Lindsay is dynamic, engaging, and theatrical. She encourages exploration and interaction, and knows that play is the heart of learning. Lindsay believes in harmony, takes beauty seriously, and is a sucker for silliness. She urges her students to be brave and celebrates their progress, whether it's a toddler attempting a finger play or a singer improvising a solo line. Lindsay strives for a classroom in which every student is challenged and every student is successful, according to their own unique ability.
Private lessons with Lindsay are high fun and low pressure. She loves to develop musical relationships with her students, tailoring material to the needs and interests of each individual. In the past she has worked with young fingers as they explore the keys for the first time, helped older kids expand their playing as they transition out of group piano, guided first-ever compositions, rehearsed talent show auditions, enabled children with special needs to discover joyful means of expression, introduced pop rhythms to by-the-book players, developed solo style to better fit into teen rock bands, nurtured nervous voices as they bravely emerge, refreshed scales and remembered pieces after years away from the piano, and searched for new strums with stuck-in-a-rut folk players.
Lindsay went from OTSFM student herself to front desk employee to teacher of Wiggleworms, group piano, and private lessons. She founded Young Voices, the school's singing program for children, and Summer Double Play, a camp that helped introduce preschoolers to OTS offerings post-Wiggleworms. In 2010 she represented OTSFM as an up-and-coming artist at Théâtre Petit Champlain in Quebec city, and in 2014 she toured Colombia with Come Sunday, a gospel-jazz band of OTSFM faculty. Lindsay composed the culminating song "We Will Sing" for students of all ages, levels, and instruments to perform at the Old Town School's Youth Music Showcase in 2016. In 2017 Lindsay joined the Wiggleworms outreach program at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in North Lawndale, leading 13 music classes a week with kids age 0-4 and their teachers. Lindsay is one of two Co-Presidents of the Old Town Teachers Organization (OTTO), the Old Town School of Folk Music’s teaching artist union, which was formed in 2019.
Lindsay is also a teaching artist through Ravinia's Reach Teach Play program and a solo performer for kids and adults. She fronts the band Lindsay and the Lights Go Out and has released two albums of original material. Lindsay is a vocalist with Come Sunday, sings in a jazz duo with guitarist Mike Allemana, plays keys in Conspiracy Theories, and has made recent appearances with Mr. Nick & Friends, Congress of Starlings, Mr. & Mrs. Wednesday Night, Someone Old Someone New, Little Queens, Great Moments in Vinyl, and the Fly Honey Show. Past projects include the Cover to Cover series and podcast, and bands The Ye-Ye's, Lindsay & The Shimmies, It's A Girl, and Baba Manouche. She holds a degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Macalester College and has her Kodály Level II Music Education certification from DePaul. When she's not onstage, in the classroom, or home with her husband Ben and cat Adeline, Lindsay can be found in the bike lanes of Chicago, singing her way to the next gig.
Started at the Old Town School in April of 2005