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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. May 20, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Neil Young Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. May 21, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Renew My Improvisation 2.0 Fiddle Workshop with Brandi Berry Benson

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Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$25 ($20 members)
Sat. May 21, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. May 22, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele Sing and Strum Workshop

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($23 members)
Tue. May 24, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Argh! Barre Chords!

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Thu. May 26, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Chord Chemistry for Guitar & Ukulele

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$30 ($28 members)
Sun. May 29, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

What is Groove? A Workshop with Eli Broxham

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Open to All
Program: Bass
$25 ($20 members)
Sun. May 29, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Time Machine: How to Build a Strong Rhythmic Foundation Workshop with Eli Broxham

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Intermediate
Program: Bass
$25 ($20 members)
Tue. May 31, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Crushing Chord Transitions for Ukulele and Guitar

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Wed. June 01, 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)
Thu. June 02, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Looping Pedals: Beginning

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Beginner
Program:
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 04, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online
Sat. June 11, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Harmonica by Ear - Beginners Next Steps

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Beginner
Program: Harmonica
$70 ($66 members)
Sat. June 04, 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Harmony Singing Workshop

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Open to All
Program: Voice
$30 ($28 members)
Sun. June 05, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Talk Back Session with Arthur Duncan

Join us as we kick off Chicago Dance Month the right way with a fantastic Q & A Session with Tap Dancer Arthur Duncan! About Arthur: Arthur Duncan is often referred to as an “Entertainer’s Entertainer”. His performances are a lively collection of sophisticated footwork and wonderful songs. Arthur has performed in concert at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the St Louis Symphony and the Portland Oregon Symphony. His television credits include “Diagnosis of a Murder” with Dick Van Dyke, Columbo with Peter Falk, The Betty White Show as well as being a regular for 18 years on the weekly Lawrence Welk show. He has performed in Las Vegas. He was a featured personality in the movie “Tap” starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. He joined Bob Hope on several USO tours. While living abroad, Arthur spread his magic all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, giving to his audiences a stunning and dazzling show. In 2005, Arthur was awarded an honorary Doctor of Performing Arts in American Dance from Oklahoma City University. This session will be facilitated by our own Reggio McLaughlin. There may be a movement element of this session so come prepared to get up out of your seat! [more info]

Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. June 05, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele Sing and Strum Workshop

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($23 members)
Tue. June 07, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Secrets Revealed: Super Simple Solos

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Open to All
Program:
$25 ($23 members)
Wed. June 08, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Hearing Chord Changes & Play Uke By Ear Workshop with Jim D’Ville

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$30 ($25 members)
$40 ($35 members)
Thu. June 09, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Looping Pedals: Continuing

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Intermediate
Program:
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 11, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Violin Band! with Brandi Berry Benson

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Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$25 ($20 members)
Sat. June 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Retro Bollywood with Radia Ali

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 11, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Central) · Online
Sat. June 18, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Central) · Online

Harmonica by Ear: Experienced Player Development

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Intermediate
Program: Harmonica
$70 ($66 members)
Sun. June 12, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Fundamentals of Argentine Tango with Eduardo Villalba

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Mon. June 13, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Angeline the Baker

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
$25 ($23 members)
Wed. June 15, 6:00 PM – 7:25 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Social Dance For Every Body: An Introduction to Gender Neutral Partnering

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 18, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

How to Practice During a Holiday Break Workshop with Brandi Berry Benson

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Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$25 ($20 members)
Sat. June 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Celebrate Isadora: Modern Dance Workshop with Jennifer Sprowl

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$30 ($28 members)
Sun. June 19, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. June 19, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele Sing and Strum Workshop

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. June 26, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

‘60s Style Go-Go with Krista Ortgiesen

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. June 26, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tuli Bera

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. June 27, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

Clawhammer Banjo Workshops with Michael J. Miles: Whiskey Before Breakfast

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
Wed. June 29, 6:00 PM – 7:25 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Social Dance For Every Body: An Introduction to Gender Neutral Partnering

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. July 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Retro Bollywood with Radia Ali

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Thu. July 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Black Cowboys: A Workshop and Song Share with Dom Flemons Part 2

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Open to All
Program:
$40 ($35 members)
Sat. August 06, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Days Between: A Workshop Celebrating Jerry Garcia

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Open to All
Program:
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. August 07, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The Days Between: A Workshop Celebrating Jerry Garcia

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Open to All
Program:
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. August 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Retro Bollywood with Radia Ali

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)