Old Town School of Folk Music offers group classes in music, art, and dance – and private lessons – specifically designed for young folks. Old Town School kids are creative, confident, life-long learners!
For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music. Since 1985, the Old Town School’s celebrated early childhood music program has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands.
Children's group music classes in drums, cello & fiddle, ensemble, guitar & ukulele, piano, and voice are designed to be fun and encouraging. Your child will build music skills and a sense of achievement that inspires a lifetime of continued musical education and enjoyment.
Drums | Ensemble | Fiddle & Cello | Guitar | Piano | Voice | Ukulele
Our dance teachers help children of all ages experience the joy of dance as they learn to use their bodies to explore space, rhythm, music, and mood through fun activities, steps, and routines.
Private lessons provide extra personal attention and are tailored to your child’s interests and abilities. We offer private lessons at both campuses in piano, guitar, fiddle, banjo, drum kit, and more for kids 5 years old and up.
Tips and information for the best class experience in the new virtual world.
A great way to get more involved with Old Town School, supporting our mission providing arts education for everyone. Member benefits include class discounts, gifts and early access for concert tickets.
You have to get here to be here! Easy access to our campuses via public transportation in both Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.
Read about our policies around class refunds, credits, and applicable discounts.
We provide financial aid to both children and adults for private lessons and group classes based on financial need.
You don’t have to own an instrument to join our classes. You are able to apply a percentage of your rental fee toward a purchase of a new instrument too!