Americana Ensemble

$206 ($196 members) · 80 minutes · Weekly for 8 weeks

This class emphasizes American popular music of the 1920s and 1930s (”Side by Side,” “Sunny Side of the Street,” etc.) but also includes songs from the folk revival (”This Land is Your Land”) and later (Mark Dvorak’s “Every Step of the Way”). We plan programs, rehearse, and when possible perform at gigs outside the School.

The ensemble welcomes singers and all instruments. Recent students have played guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dulcimer, harmonica, and jug band instruments.


Advanced ability on given instrument: able to learn a tune by ear, hear chord changes and basic progressions, and solo on a melody. Chords are provided for all songs.

Instruments: Bass, Autoharp, Banjo, Dulcimer-Hammered, Dulcimer-Mountain, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Voice, Percussion

Class Schedules and Availability

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