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!
You’ll learn lots of easy strategies about muscle memory, chord shapes, minimizing finger motion, and practicing. Minimize the frustration with chords and sail smoothly through your songs! [more info]
his workshop will help you quickly figure out strumming patterns, syncopation, singing and playing together, and how to make your rhythms more interesting and inspired. [more info]
A mix of ancient and contemporary Tuareg, griot, and Songhai musics, you'll learn the essentials plus tunes by Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen, and more. [more info]
We'll learn music from recently uncovered recordings of one of Ghana's last mandolinists and discuss tactics for developing mandolin music in contemporary African styles. [more info]
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]
Dance to live drumming! Join Erika Ochoa, the Old Town School’s Middle Eastern Bellydance instructor for this very popular dance from Egypt. Get in touch with your playful side in this core-strengthening, non-impact workshop. [more info]
Join Dill Costa in this new workshop exploring the culture of Afro Brazilian Samba. Learn to use footwork, body placement and rhythmic steps to create dramatic, and stylish choreography! [more info]
Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you’ve got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling! [more info]