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!

Tue. April 23, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Latin American Folk Guitar with Juan Falú

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. April 27, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Fear of Commitment Harmonica

Harmonica is a neat instrument: Pocket size, requires no tuning, plays harmony right out of the box. Wow! This workshop will introduce you to the basics of playing blues, folk, pop, country, Irish music on this instrument with lots of music built in. You'll go out the door playing a song! Then consider taking a class! Kindly bring a 10 hole harmonica in the key of C. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Harmonica
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. April 27, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Indian Bollywood, Classical, Bhangra and More!

Delve into movement techniques and expressive aspects of Indian folk, Bollywood and Classical dance forms (such as Bharatnatyam and Kathak). [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. April 27, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Live Lit Storytelling

We’ll open up with some fun exercises, then explore all of the elements of great storytelling, while honing our own personal narratives. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Theater
$45 ($42 members)
Sun. April 28, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Finger Picking Blues and Rag Guitar in Open Tunings

Explore chords and improvisation with unique tunings through songs and exercises from Mary’s collection of originals. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$35 ($33 members)
Sun. April 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Intro to Irish Step (soft shoe)

Join Old Town School Teaching Artist, Nora Kerr for this special workshop. Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in this introductory workshop. You’ll be introduced to traditional soft shoe dances including reels and jigs. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Tue. April 30, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Traditional Catalan & Mediterranean Polyphonies

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Fri. May 03, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriting Seminar: Dynamics, Lyrics & Rhythms

Join three seasoned songwriters, Jenny Bienemann, Steve Dawson, and Sue Demel, for a vibrant day of musical expansion. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$120 ($100 members)
Fri. May 03, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle with Daniel Connolly

Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sun. May 05, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Bharata Natyam with Pranita Nayar

Taught by Master Artist Pranita Nayar, this Bharata Natyam class is a way for both professionals and amateurs to enjoy the systematic structure and components of this dance form. Students consistently work on form, stamina and strength. From basic steps (adavus) to simple phrases ( jathis) and patterns (teermanams), the class prepares you for an intermediate level. Set up as a cardio workout, the classes work as a way to perfect technique or simply stay in touch with a dance form you love. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. May 05, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

BollyX - The Bollywood Workout with Shamila Khetarpal

BollyX - the Bollywood workout is a Bollywood inspired dance fitness program that combines exhilarating choreography and a calorie-burning workout with upbeat music from around the world. BollyX strives to help participants unleash their inner rockstar and celebrate body positivity. All levels are welcome to this Bollywood dance party. Shamila wants everyone to know how much fun fitness can be! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. May 05, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Professor Moptop Presents Rockabilly & Country Roots of the Beatles

Beatle expert and Old Town School instructor Professor Moptop (Gregory Alexander) will continue his series on the roots of the Beatles with a lesson on the country and rockabilly influence on the band. Using photos and rare audio examples the Professor will discuss Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and their specific contribution to the over all sound of the Beatles. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Fri. May 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Springtime Beatles Songbag

Join us to sing and play songs by the Fab Four. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$15 ($10 members)
Sat. May 11, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. May 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Writing From The Big Place

Students will be guided through the process of writing a very small piece of a song, expanding it into a full-fledged tune, and finally learning how to tweak lyrics and melodies to create a seemingly effortless song. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. May 11, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. May 11, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. May 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Youth `Ukulele Workshop: Maui meets Pop with Kumu Lanialoha

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Ukulele
$25 ($25 members)
Sat. May 18, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Japanese Folk Songs for Guitar

We will emphasize efficient fingering positions, and techniques that can be applied to other styles of playing. Proficiency with bar chords will be helpful. Let’s learn something different! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. May 18, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Blues Guitar Styles: Robert Johnson

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$35 ($32 members)
Sun. May 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Minuet with Sarah Edgar

Learn the most popular dance from 18th century Europe from Baroque dance expert Sarah Edgar. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. May 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

BollyX - The Bollywood Workout with Shamila Khetarpal

BollyX - the Bollywood workout is a Bollywood inspired dance fitness program that combines exhilarating choreography and a calorie-burning workout with upbeat music from around the world. BollyX strives to help participants unleash their inner rockstar and celebrate body positivity. All levels are welcome to this Bollywood dance party. Shamila wants everyone to know how much fun fitness can be! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Sun. May 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Teen `Ukulele Workshop: Local Island Beach Style with Kumu Lanialoha

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($25 members)
Fri. May 24, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: Bob’s Birthday Celebration

Join resident dylanologist Jimmy Tomasello as he leads 90 minute singalong. This month we’ll celebrate Bob’s birthday (78 and counting!) by singing songs of empowerment! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($15 members)
Sat. May 25, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Gentle Movement, Guided Relaxation & Sound with Tiffany Mitchenor

A Saturday afternoon designed for total mindbody relaxation and renewal to launch you into the start of a new week. We’ll begin with a brief gentle restorative movement segment, followed by a systematic guided relaxation session, and ending with a harmonic crystal singing bowl soundbath. A Soundbath is an experience in which instruments are played in a manner meant to relax the body, calm the mind and ignite the inner experience. Individual responses to soundbaths vary and every soundbath itself varies. Please arrive with a sense of curiosity and receptivity. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. May 26, 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dance/Movement with Ayako Kato: Reading the Air

As one of the traditional skills Japanese people have is sensing what others are feeling/thinking. Then, they try to make the best choice for the next move. In this workshop, Ayako will share her practice as a dancer, choreographer, and improviser for you to heighten the physical and mental sensitivity and awareness to move in space more openly and freely. It is getting very important for contemporary humans to understand the intangible. This workshop will offer you the revived, centered and grounded self not only to dance but also to live your daily life by realizing both non-control (emptiness of self) and control (fulfillment of self). [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 01, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

For Womxn, By Womxn: Self-Defense Workshop

For Womxn, By Womxn (FW, BW) creates an environment where womxn develop their physical & mental strength to prepare for obstacles that prevent them from owning their world. Offering a 3-tiered approach to self-defense, FW, BW incorporates: low-impact circuit training to build physical strength and improve mind-body connection, assertiveness skills to master boundary setting, and fundamental tactics to recognize predators & escape dangerous situations. A New Way, Led by Womxn: The basic self-defense training womxn receive is often inadequate and outdated. FW, BW is looking to change what, and how, we teach each other to ensure no measure of confidence is overlooked or untapped. It is our responsibility to arm ourselves with information, physical preparation and self-defense strategies to protect our basic human right to live. We recognize that too many womxn experience threats to their safety at some point in their lives, and predatory attacks transcend age, gender, race & culture. ● Incorporating Strength-Training: Learning the fundamentals of self-defense is important, and being physically able to complete the movements is paramount. Strength-training not only improves your body’s ability to move about in the world, it improves one’s mind-body connection which directly sharpens one’s awareness and intuition throughout the day. Stronger bodies mean faster reflexes, and when time is of the essence you want your muscles to respond efficiently. ● Practicing Assertiveness Skills & Setting Boundaries: Early in the class, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor introduces effective communication styles and the importance of assertiveness techniques. Acknowledging womxn face threats from intimate partners and acquaintances, this discussion emphasizes: boundary setting, self-respect and the monitoring of relationship dynamics. ● Providing Support: We acknowledge and welcome the potential presence of survivors in the room and recognize that aspects of the workshop may be challenging and sensitive by nature. Support is provided throughout the workshop to anyone, as needed, by a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. This female-lead program was specifically designed to provide a safe, non-judgmental space, and affirm that the lives of womxn are worthy and deserving of respect. In our current political climate, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and become complacent; but, we owe it to our bodies, our minds and our unique & fierce selves to get stronger. Many programs neglect the individual experiences womxn have gone through prior to entering a self-defense class, as well as their mental & physical condition. Instructors meet participants where they are and allow them to embrace their past experiences, while simultaneously beginning to let them go. Together we can triumph over those who would threaten our autonomy, and make sure they remember time is up. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$40 ($30 members)
Fri. June 07, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle with Daniel Connolly

Listen and respond to the work of your peers in a supportive and creative community of artists. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 07, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Elton John Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 08, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Sat. June 08, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. June 08, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples

Swing and sway to the blues, rockabilly, and the sounds of the big bands. Learn to be comfortable with fundamental moves on the dance floor. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Fri. June 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: The Travelling Wilburys

This month we’ll play songs from Traveling Wilburys, that supergroup with Dylan, Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Lynne. Lots of great songs to sing and play [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($15 members)
Sun. June 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Licks and Chord Melody with Fareed Haque

Join master player and educator, Fareed Haque as he illuminates a handful of jazz guitar licks and an approach to chord melody. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Thu. June 20, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Improvising Blues for the Solo Acoustic Player

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. June 21, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Acoustic Blues Clinic: Piedmont, Delta and Chicago

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$120 ($100 members)
Sat. August 10, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

The Embodied Musician - Intro to the Alexander Technique

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Tue. September 17, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Flatpicking Globalization and Creativity with Beppe Gambetta

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)