Teachers at the Old Town School

Peggy Browning

Guitar, Banjo, Ensembles

Styles - Traditional, Folk, Acoustic Blues, Old Time Country, Gospel, Roots Music

Techniques - Learning by Ear, Participation, Ensemble Arrangements Focusing on Melodies, Harmonies and Rhythm, Acoustic Guitar Styles, Banjo - Primarily Clawhammer Banjo with Some Two Finger Styles

Peggy focuses on ensemble classes, emphasizing learning by ear and creating arrangements together, keeping fresh the history of the Old Town School of Folk Music and America's aural traditions, remembering to keep an ear to the greats of today. We work on creating original arrangements and the joy of making good sounds together.

Peggy began as a student at the OTSFM in the mid ‘90s, finding a place amidst music with friends and history that would come to be an integral part of her life. Ten years later she was hired to teach and has proudly carried on in the traditions and visions of the School. Peggy is a founding member of "The Pickin' Bubs," an acoustic trio, where she focuses on guitar, banjo, and songwriting.

Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2000


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/29/2019

Monday Night Special with Peggy Browning · Mark Mitchell

We'll draw from gospel to blues, old time numbers to lyrical ballads.

$180 ($172 members)

04/29/2019 – 06/17/2019 (7 meetings)

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

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning

We'll study the songs and the people who have influenced and been influenced by old time music, country, folk, blues and bluegrass.

$206 ($196 members)

05/02/2019 – 06/20/2019 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave