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!

Fri. July 30, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM (Central) · Online

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE 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)
Sat. July 31, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Central) · Online

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
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. July 31, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Rolling Stones Songbag: Sticky Fingers

The 60s changed to the 70s with this record. We’ll learn some of Keith’s licks and Taylor’s lines, in standard tuning and open G. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Mon. August 02, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Central) · Online

Muppets Songbag ONLINE

It's time to get things started, it's time to light the lights! Learn your favorite childhood tunes from the Muppet Show, the Muppet Movie, and Sesame Street! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. August 06, 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)
Sat. August 07, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Central) · Online

Ukulele Workshop: Great American Songbag Favorites

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. August 07, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Byrds Songbag

American jangle-pop's godfathers - the Byrds - created some of the sweetest sounds of the 1960s. Join resident guitar guru Steve Levitt as he shares an overview of this seminal group. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($20 members)
Sat. August 07, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Fleetwood Mac Songbag - Rumours

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Mon. August 09, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Central) · Online

Muppets Songbag ONLINE

It's time to get things started, it's time to light the lights! Learn your favorite childhood tunes from the Muppet Show, the Muppet Movie, and Sesame Street! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Thu. August 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Fretboard Journal Vintage Guitar Master Class with TJ Thompson and Mark Stutman

[more info]

Open to All
Program:
$10 ($10 members)
Fri. August 13, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Dylan Songbag: Infidels and other recordings from The Reagan Decade

We close the Summer in anticipation of the next bootleg series release “Springtime in New York” which will cover recordings from the early ‘80s. Come play songs from “Infidels”, “Shot of Love” and “Empire Burlesque”. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Fri. August 13, 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. September 10, 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)
Mon. September 13, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: New River Train (Traditional)

This one smokes as it runs down the rails. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. September 13, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Layla (piano outro for guitar) by Eric Clapton

This is the elegant solo at the end of the song, not the signature opening. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. September 17, 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)
Mon. September 20, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman

Best train song ever written and it belongs on the banjo. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. September 20, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Hesitation Blues as arranged by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma put his thumbprint on America with his great guitar work. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. September 24, 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. September 24, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Neil Young Songbag w/Tommi Zender

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$20 ($18 members)
Sat. September 25, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck with Tommi Zender

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. October 01, 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. October 08, 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. October 08, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

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

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Mon. October 11, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Kodachrome by Paul Simon

Paul Simon has deep folk roots that turn a friendly ear to the banjo. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. October 11, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Moondance by Van Morrison

Classic guitar vamp that you may know already, but we put the melody line right on top and it sizzles! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. October 15, 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)
Mon. October 18, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Your Cheatin' Heart by Hank Williams

Can't go wrong with Hank who wrote this song in his Cadillac with wife #2 about wife #1. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. October 18, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma

This elegant song wants to be played in October-November. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. October 22, 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. October 29, 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)
Mon. November 29, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: My Girl by Smokey Robinson (recorded by The Temptations)

The classic bassline runs below with the Smokey melody up above. One of the best! [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. December 06, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Silent Night by Franz X. Gruber

Story goes that it was originally played on the guitar, where it belongs. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. December 13, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi

Charlie Brown helps us survive the seasons. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)