Teachers at the Old Town School

Tisa Batchelder

Wiggleworms, Lullabies, Meet the Instruments

Tisa began teaching Wiggleworms in January, 2000. She spent a year as a visiting teaching artist in a dual-language Head Start and Early Head Start Program at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in North Lawndale. For over 10 years she sang in playrooms and bedside as a visiting teaching artist at Chicago hospitals, including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Comer Children’s Hospital. She is now a visiting artist at Chicago Methodist Senior Services’ Wesley Place, singing for those with advanced memory loss. In 2006 Tisa wrote and illustrated a children’s book based on her experiences in the early childhood music room, Tisa Plays Guitar and Strange Things Happen. She helped to develop curriculum for several programs at the Old Town School of Folk Music, including Wiggle-N-Strum, Wiggleworms Songs for Guitarists, and Kodaly-Inspired Group Piano. Tisa appears on the CDs Wiggleworms Loves You and the Old Town School of Folk Music Song Book, Volume 2&3. In 2012 Tisa was honored to be chosen for the Ragdale Teaching Artist Fellowship for Music Compostion. She is currently teaching Lullabies, Wiggleworms, Little Red Piano, Group Piano, and Young Voices. Tisa earned her BA in Literature from Univesity of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


Photo by Ren Picco Freeman

Education: BA in English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Started at the Old Town School in May of 1997


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/29/2019

Wiggleworms 2 years with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 04/30/2016 and 01/30/2018

$137 ($128 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (7 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 04/30/2018 and 11/30/2018

$137 ($128 members)

04/30/2019 – 06/18/2019 (7 meetings)

Tuesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 2 years with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 05/03/2016 and 07/03/2017

$156 ($146 members)

05/03/2019 – 06/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 05/03/2017 and 07/03/2018

$156 ($146 members)

05/03/2019 – 06/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 05/03/2018 and 12/03/2018

$156 ($146 members)

05/03/2019 – 06/21/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Wiggleworms 2 years with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 06/25/2016 and 08/25/2017

$156 ($146 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 06/25/2018 and 01/25/2019

$156 ($146 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Lullabies with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 12/25/2018 and 06/25/2019

$112 ($102 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Piano: 4 - 7 years with Sam Cantor · Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 06/26/2011 and 06/26/2015

$272 ($262 members)

06/26/2019 – 08/14/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Piano: 6 - 8 years with Sam Cantor · Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 12/26/2010 and 08/26/2013

$272 ($262 members)

06/26/2019 – 08/14/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Little Red Piano with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 12/27/2014 and 12/27/2015

$144 ($135 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Young Voices: 4, 5 & 6 years with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 12/27/2012 and 06/27/2015

$137 ($128 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 2 years with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 06/28/2016 and 08/28/2017

$156 ($146 members)

06/28/2019 – 08/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 06/28/2017 and 08/28/2018

$156 ($146 members)

06/28/2019 – 08/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 6-12 months with Tisa Batchelder

for kids with birthdays between: 06/28/2018 and 01/28/2019

$156 ($146 members)

06/28/2019 – 08/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave