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

Upcoming Workshops

Celebrating Traditions Community Reunion

Open to All

$25 ($24 members)

Sat. October 20, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

"Celebrating Tradition Community Reunion" A gathering of friends, new and old, to reconnect and make good sounds. Make music with others as we create new arrangements to some core Celebrating Tradition class songs.


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/29/2018

Monday Night Special with Peggy Browning · Mark Mitchell

$206 ($196 members)

10/29/2018 – 12/17/2018 (8 meetings)

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

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning

$180 ($172 members)

11/01/2018 – 12/20/2018 (7 meetings)

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