Workshops

Join us for an upcoming workshop! Your date with the arts.
Workshops are special, one-time experiences of music and dance with master teachers at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Low in time commitment but high in artistry, workshops are timely, engaging, and dynamic sessions targeted to serve participants with varied interests and goals.
The typical duration of a one-day workshop is an hour and a half to two hours, but we also offer intensives and multi-day or multi-week options. Workshops costs are dependent on length, specialty, and teaching artist, and some are funded by grants to make them low-cost to you. Each week we host something or someone new, so check back often!

Sat. September 26, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

An Introduction to Sync Licensing with What Up Pitches

Get the lowdown on how it’s done from seasoned professionals. Win a chance to have a song of yours reviewed by the agency. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($20 members)
Sun. September 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Embellishing Melodies Using Old Time Fingerstyle Banjo Workshop with Hilary Hawke

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. September 27, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Theory and Composition with Python Programming for Musicians ONLINE

Theory and Composition with Python combines the heart and soul of music with the infinite creativity of computer programming, and opens the door for a new generation of exploration and evolved music. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$30 ($25 members)
Wed. September 30, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Speechless: A Guitar Workshop with Jorma Kaukonen

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
Class is full.
Fri. October 02, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. October 02, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

R&B Songbag ONLINE

Classic Soul unplugged for acoustic guitar. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. October 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Old Time Fiddle Workshop with Dirk Powell

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Advanced
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Sat. October 03, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Old Time Banjo Workshop with Dirk Powell

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Advanced
Program: Banjo
$40 ($35 members)
Sun. October 04, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Creole Fiddle Workshop with Cedric Watson

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Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Sun. October 04, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Creole Accordion Workshop with Cedric Watson

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Intermediate
Program: Accordion
$40 ($35 members)
Fri. October 09, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Songwriting Process with Steve Dawson

Join us as we take a look at songwriting at this online dialogue/Q& A with the popular and prolific songsmith Steve Dawson [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. October 09, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. October 09, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Autumn Beatles Songbag: Lennon’s 80th Birthday w/Tommi Zender

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. October 10, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. October 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

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Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. October 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Blues Guitar Workshop with Corey Harris

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$40 ($35 members)
$25 ($20 members)
Sun. October 11, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck w/Tommi Zender

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. October 11, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Picking the Banjo while Singing: A Workshop of Frank Evans

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Open to All
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. October 11, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Workshop Series: “I Second That Emotion” with Michael J. Miles

Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want. We’ll approach Smokey Robinson’s classic “I Second That Emotion” [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. October 12, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Workshop Series: Tapestry by Carole King with Michael J. Miles

Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want. Carole KIng is truly one of America's greatest songwriters, and this is one of her greatest songs released in 1971 with this modulation that is exquisitely inventive. Give it a try. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Thu. October 15, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Robben Ford Livestream Clinic: Breaking Out of the Pentatonic Box

Robben address ways to break out of old pentatonic habits and open you and your guitar up to further musical possibilities. He will take questions from participants on any subject they wish to discuss, be it playing or his musical life and experiences. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Fri. October 16, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. October 17, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

American Primitive Guitar of John Fahey Online with Nathaniel Braddock

Take a look at the styles of one of the seminal figures of fingerpicking; the late great John Fahey. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. October 17, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun Fiddle Workshop with Kelli Jones of Feufollet

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Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Sat. October 17, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar Music of Nick Drake Online with Nathaniel Braddock

Learn about Drake's unique guitar tunings as we explore songs from this musician's all-too-short career [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. October 17, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Stage Performance Techniques with Livingston Taylor

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$50 ($45 members)
Sat. October 17, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriting Workshop with Kelli Jones of Feufollet

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Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$40 ($35 members)
Sun. October 18, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Bluegrass Banjo Workshop with Tony Trischka

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Open to All
Program: Banjo
$75 ($55 members)
Sun. October 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Singing Banjoist: A Workshop with Hilary Hawke

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Mon. October 19, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Michael J. Miles: Take Five by Paul Desmond

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($20 members)
Mon. October 19, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Workshop Series: Night And Day by Cole Porter with Michael J. Miles

Each workshop will concentrate on a single tune. Take them all or choose the ones you want. Penned in 1932 and sung by all the greats, this song lends itself perfectly to instrumental fingerstyle guitar. Give it a try. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. October 23, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. October 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Bluegrass Guitar Workshop with Molly Tuttle

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
Class is full.
Sun. October 25, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Backup Guitar Workshop with John Doyle of Solas

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$40 ($35 members)
Sun. October 25, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Rhythm Workshop with Peter Mazza

Rhythm is the powerful and expansive, but all too infrequently taught musical ingredient that you can not live without when playing jazz guitar. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($25 members)
Fri. October 30, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sun. November 08, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Black Banjo Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson: Black Banjo Repertoire

Some songs are common to the playlists of many of the Melanized USan banjoists we know of. Some we know were ubiquitous. Let’s look at the stories behind these common Black banjo tunes, and get to playing a few of them. Examples of tunes we might cover include Raise a Ruckus Tonight, Corinne, Fishing Blues, and Colored Aristocracy. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. November 08, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Post-African Sing and Play Along Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson: What the Chocolate Drops Play

The band that became the Chocolate Drops started in my garage. Let’s sing some of their fun tunes including Corn Bread & Butter Beans, Hit ‘Em Up Style, Why Don’t You Do Right?, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, Old Joe Clark. [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. November 14, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. November 14, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Free Your Body, Free Your Sound: The Alexander Technique

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$22 ($20 members)
Sat. November 14, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. November 15, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Black Banjo Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson: Finger Picking R & B on the Five-string Banjo

The classic clawhammer “bum-diddy” rhythm just doesn’t work on all songs. In this workshop, we’ll do left-hand chording and incorporate some more modern rhythm in the right, playing a ‘50s R & B classic, and one from Motown and Curtom. Examples of songs we might hit on include A Lover’s Question, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Hit ‘Em Up Style, (SItting on) The Dock of the Bay. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. November 15, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Post-African Sing and Play Along Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson: Songs of Subtle Resistance

Post-African people in all/any of the Americas found themselves under pressure to be working machines, and not people of culture. Part of that resistance and survival was the use of songs; some overt, some subtle. Let’s play a few: Raise a Ruckus Tonight, Run, Shine, Dancing in the Streets, Redemption Song, Guantanamera. [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. November 15, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Brad Kolodner: Incorporating Variations

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. November 22, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Black Banjo Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson: African Songs on the Five-String Banjo

We all know the banjo’s ancestors reside in Africa. Given that, let’s play some songs from different parts of the Motherland - West, North and South Africa—on the banjo! For example, we might look at Jalidong, Faden Kele, Mbube, Fanga Alafia, Toura Toura Tour Kelilah, Mansana Cisse. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. November 22, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Post-African Sing and Play Along Workshops with Súle Greg Wilson: Traditional and Urban African Songs

The Africans who interacted with European colonizers absorbed the European’s instruments, and created their own music. Let’s play a few songs from those traditions: Kiya Kiya, Pata Pata, Grazin’ in the Grass, Mbube. [more info]

Open to All
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Mon. November 30, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Jambalaya by Hank Williams

This classic Hank Williams song was #1 hit in 1952 spending 14 weeks at the top of the chart. This is played by every beginning guitar students, but the tune sounds way better (with respect) on the banjo because you can deliver that cajun groove.    [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. November 30, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Workshop Series: Dancin’ In The Street

Written in 1964 and recorded by Martha and the Vandellas, as well as the Mamas & Papas, this song came to symbolize the 1960's. As a fingerstyle guitar piece it's just flies right off the guitar. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. December 07, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Jingle Bells

It was 1857 in Massachusetts--a few years before the Civil War and originally called "One Horse Open Sleigh."  Regardless it comes to life in the most delightful way on the banjo.  And time permitting we'll throw in another Christmas tune as well. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. December 07, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Minuet in G by J.S. Bach

Always wanted to play  Bach but have been afraid to try? This is the perfect tune to start with. We'll actually change it to the key of C, but the banjo sounds beautiful delivering Bach's brilliant melody written in 1725. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. December 07, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Workshop Series: My Girl

With its iconic bassline, this was just one example of Motown's magical response the Beatles. Fingerstyle guitar allows you to lay down that bassline and weave the melody on top. A thrilling guitar experience. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. December 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. December 14, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Fingerstyle Workshop Series: Christmas Time is Here

Staying home for the holidays is the perfect time to step into this magical tune that has come our way care of Charlie Brown and Vince Guaraldi. It is a beautiful and not too difficult piece for fingerstyle guitar. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)