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!

For Winter 2021, we're also offering shorter 4-week classes versions of classic classes! ▸

Wed. May 12, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Central) · Online

New Orleans Second Line Dance Workshop with Michelle Gibson

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$30 ($25 members)
Fri. May 14, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

Wiggleworms Mixtape Online - Filipino Singalong

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Wiggleworms
$13 ($11 members)
Fri. May 14, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. May 14, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Bill Withers Songbag

Learn a handful of songs from this great songwriter’s catalog. Hits and deep cuts, simple songs and a few jazz chords. We'll cover hits such as Lean On Me, Ain't No Sunshine, Lovely Day, Just the Two of Us, and Use Me -- as well as some of his deeper cuts.  We'll provide the charts so you can play and sing along. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. May 15, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · Online

Melody for Mandolin, Fiddle, or Guitar

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Intermediate
Program:
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. May 15, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

One Song One Afternoon: The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin

Many frustrated guitarists have learned to play this Led Zeppelin classic in standard tuning and it never sounds quite like the original. We will learn it using the original Gsus4 open tuning, in a slightly edited down arrangement for solo acoustic guitar. This workshop is for intermediate/advanced players [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. May 15, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

Washboard for All Workshop

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Program: Drumming
$25 ($25 members)
Wed. May 19, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Central) · Online

North African Dance Workshop with Esraa Warda

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$30 ($25 members)
Wed. May 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

History of Motown Series with John Mead: The Sound of Young America

The Hits start coming! The breakthrough of the United States’ most successful black crossover record label, and the artists—the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Four Tops—AND the behind-the-scenes Holland/Dozier/Holland juggernaut—that made it happen. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
$30 ($25 members)
Fri. May 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Dylan Songbag: 80th Birthday Celebration

May: We’re celebrating with a couple songs of Bob from each of the seven decades he has inspired and entertained us. If you want to lead a song let us know! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. May 21, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. May 22, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM (Central) · Online

Gregg Allman Songbag

Beyond the instrumental fireworks, one of the elements that made the Allman Brothers great was their songwriting. Check in for a handful of Gregg’s handiwork—Melissa, Midnight Rider, Come and Go Blues, Dreams, and more. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. May 22, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Storytelling through Classical Indian Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. May 22, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

Acoustic Disco Songbag

Disco on acoustic instruments! They said it couldn't be done. Wait, maybe they said it shouldn't be done. Well we're gonna do it anyway! Warm up that strumming hand, cause we'll visit with a lot of the greats [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
$50 ($45 members)
Sun. May 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · Online

Colors in Harmony Ukulele Workshop with Daniel Ho

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$30 ($25 members)
Mon. May 24, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Jolene by Dolly Parton

This song needs no introduction. Learn how to play it on the clawhammer banjo! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. May 24, 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: I Feel Fine by Lennon & McCartney

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. I Feel Fine by Lennon & McCartney [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. May 28, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. May 29, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM (Central) · Online

Everly Brothers Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. June 04, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 04, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Rod Stewart/ Ronnie Wood Songbag

These two old friends created a great catalog of songs between them. We’ll play early Rod, solo Ronnie, and a few Faces tunes.   [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 05, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

Alternate Tuning Exploration: DADGAD with Tommi Zender

There’s a lot to love about this tuning including plenty of droning string possibilities, octaves, unisons and more. It’s great for writing and improvisation. We’ll study essential shapes to know and take a side tour of one of the more popular rock classics using this tuning: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. Bring a capo! This workshop is for intermediate/advanced players. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 05, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM (Central) · Online

Chord Chemistry for Ukulele

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 05, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

Musical Time Management: How to Use a Metronome

In this workshop, we'll talk about how metronomes work, using the different settings, and practice habits that will have your grooves sounding groovier. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. June 07, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Wade In The Water (Traditional)

Learn this traditional American folk song in a wonderful clawhammer banjo arrangement. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. June 07, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Let It Be by Lennon & McCartney (Part 1 of 2)

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. Let it Be by Lennon & McCartney a 2 part workshop [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Tue. June 08, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Central) · Online

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. June 11, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 11, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Classic Album Songbag: Ziggy Stardust

The album that made Bowie and that gave the world the Spiders from Mars. Revisit this GREAT collection of songs. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. June 11, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

How to Lead a Song with Chris Corsale

Whether at Second Half or out in the wild, leading others through a song is a great feeling. Be a better leader (and have happier followers) by learning a few simple ideas. [more info]

Beginner
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. June 12, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · Online

Free Your Body, Free Your Sound: The Alexander Technique

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 12, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · Online

Beatles Twofer: Dear Prudence & Julia with Tommi Zender

We’ll learn the pattern, breaking it down slowly, coaching up the muscle memory needed to keep it repeating. Then we’ll study the chord shapes used up and down the neck for both of the songs independently. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. June 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Worshop Series with Donna Herula: Blues Fingerstyle

Learn, "Who's Been Cookin' in My Kitchen," a fun and humorous solo, acoustic blues song that's a modern take on the classic blues women songs of the 1920's and 30's. With influences from Mississippi John Hurt's alternating thumb style, this fingerpicking song will make you smile, and even raise your eyebrow, with it's catchy melody and lyrics seeped in double meanings. The song is in standard tuning. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. June 13, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · Online

Martin Hayes Workshop: Music and Feeling

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Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Mon. June 14, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash

Johnny’s hit song, arranged for clawhammer banjo. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. June 14, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Let It Be by Lennon & McCartney (Part 2 of 2)

This series of workshops include detailed instruction, professional tablature, and audio. Let it Be by Lennon & McCartney a 2 part workshop [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Wed. June 16, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

History of Motown Series with John Mead: What’s Going On?

Motown responds to the 70s . . . by leaving Detroit, but also by unleashing the album-making talents of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and discovering the Jackson Five before it passes into the disco era. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. June 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Dylan Songbag: Rough and Rowdy Ways (one year later)

June: Let’s take a stab at playing this monumental album after listening to it for a year! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. June 18, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 18, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Summer Phish Songbag

Yeah maaaannn. Let's take some favorites from Trey, Page, Fish, and Mike and give 'em the summer singalong treatment. All instruments welcome; Guitar 3-level-experience is helpful but not crucial. Charts will be provided [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. June 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Worshop Series with Donna Herula: Americana and Folk Slide Techniques

Slide guitar can add beauty and emotion to folk and Americana songs. Students will learn how to integrate both fingerpicking and slide guitar into their acoustic guitar playing. We will be reviewing, "Promise Me," a heartfelt song that uses alternating thumb, descending picking patterns, and slide guitar in this slow to moderately paced song in Open D Tuning. DADF#AD [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. July 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Worshop Series with Donna Herula: Chicago Blues Slide Technique

Learn early Chicago Blues style slide guitar reminiscent of Hound Dog Taylor. With driving rhythm and fun-to-play slide licks, we will be reviewing the upbeat duet, "I Can't Wait to See My Baby." This song can be played on electric guitar or electrified acoustic or resonator guitar. The workshop is appropriate for beginner to intermediate slide guitar players..  [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. July 25, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Blues Worshop Series with Donna Herula: Instrumental Acoustic Slide

Learn a solo, acoustic blues instrumental that showcases numerous tricks and licks up and down the fretboard! This menacing song, "Black Ice," is in Open D Minor Tuning and incorporates alternating thumb, fast-moving slide guitar and various ascending and descending left-hand finger patterns. This workshop is best suited for intermediate to advanced fingerstyle and slide guitar players. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)