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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!

Tue. September 28, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Beatles Songbook: A Hard Day’s Night

[more info]

Open to All
Program:
$25 ($24 members)
Wed. September 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)
Sat. October 02, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM (Central) · Online

Introduction to Fingerstyle Arrangement with Nathaniel Braddock

Learn a method for arranging basic folk and pop music for solo fingerstyle guitar with a clear melody on top and harmonic accompaniment on bottom. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. October 02, 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM (Central) · Online

Alternate Tuning Speed Dating with Nathaniel Braddock

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. October 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · Online

Muriel Anderson Workshop: Finding Your Own Voice On the Guitar

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$35 ($30 members)
Wed. October 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)
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)
Sat. October 09, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Central) · Online

Ukulele Workshop: Best of British ‘80s Pop

[more info]

Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. October 09, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Pop & Rock Songwriting Tricks

Learn a few classic harmonic and rhythmic tricks that can give the song you're writing that extra catchiness, element of surprise, or emotional power. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. October 09, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Short and Sweet Solos Made Easy

Let's demystify the fretboard and learn how to play twangy, soulful and rockin' fills. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 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)
Wed. October 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)
Sat. October 16, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Central) · Online

Ukulele Workshop: Fingerstyle Basics

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Intermediate
Program:
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. October 16, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Little Epiphanies: a Songwriting Workshop with Jenny Bienemann

[more info]

Intermediate
Program: Teen
$25 ($20 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)
Wed. October 20, 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)
Thu. October 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central) · Online

Black Cowboys: A Workshop and Song Share with Dom Flemons

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Open to All
Program:
$40 ($35 members)
Sat. October 23, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Bandleading 101 with Steve Hashimoto

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Open to All
Program: Ensemble
$35 ($30 members)
Sat. November 06, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Central) · Online

An Introduction to Sync Licensing with What Up Pitches

Topics to be covered will include: what lyrical themes and production styles work best for sync and how to research the music used in shows or ads to figure out where your music would be a good fit. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$30 ($25 members)
Mon. November 22, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields

Frank Sinatra and many others sang it, but wait till you hear it on your guitar. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 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)