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 03/06/2017

Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
03/09/2017 – 04/27/2017Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 05/01/2017

Celebrating Tradition with Maura Lally · Peggy Browning
Make music together, creating your own arrangements while playing and singing folk music in the tradition of Frank Hamilton & Win Stracke, our School’s founders.
$189 ($180 members)
for 7 weeks
05/01/2017 – 06/19/2017Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward with Peggy Browning
$200 ($190 members)
for 8 weeks
05/04/2017 – 06/22/2017Thursdays · 5:30 PM – 6:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000