As of January 3, 2022 - proof of vaccination required for entry. View our Health and Safety page for full details.
Due to Covid-19 concerns, In-person classes and lessons are moving online January 3, 2022 through January 16, 2022.

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. January 18, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Melodies, Bass Runs and Riffs for Guitar and Ukulele

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. January 21, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Winter Beatles Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. January 23, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Flamenco Fantastico- Dance

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

Chord Chemistry for Guitar & Ukulele

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Tue. February 01, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Guitar & Ukulele Rhythm Tips and Tricks

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Fri. February 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central) · Online

Neil Young Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Ensemble
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. February 05, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Central) · Online

Renew My Fiddling Workshop Series with Brandi Berry Benson: Renew My Technique

This workshop will focus on healthy playing, and how to overcome technique hang ups, as well as exercises for developing good left hand technique, accuracy, and good bow control. Open to all fiddlers, you will be able to walk away with exercises that can be taken and modified to grow with you from beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. February 06, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Central) · Online

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. February 06, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · Online

Open Tuning Exploration: Change One String

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Tue. February 08, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Argh! Barre Chords!

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. February 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Central) · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. February 13, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · Online

Intro To Egyptian Belly Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($18 members)
Tue. February 15, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Crushing Chord Transitions for Ukulele and Guitar

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($19 members)
Sat. February 19, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Central) · Online

Renew My Fiddling Workshop Series with Brandi Berry Benson: Renew My Rhythm

This workshop will focus on developing your rhythm and time. Ever feel like you're in a jam situation or band rehearsal and that either things are moving to quickly or you just don't feel as secure with the beat as you would like? This workshop is for you as we will go through various rhythm exercises and how to use the metronome in new ways to improve your rhythm and sense of time. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$30 ($25 members)
Sun. February 20, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Intro To Egyptian Belly Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$30 ($28 members)
Tue. February 22, 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM (Central) · Online

Beatles Songbook: Past Masters for Ukulele and Guitar

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Open to All
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. February 26, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Central) · Online

Renew My Fiddling Workshop Series with Brandi Berry Benson: Renew My Improvisation

Ever feel like you're just playing the same stuff and need some fresh ideas? This workshop will take a look at what the fiddle giants, past and present, played and how to take that inspiration and put it into your own fiddling. You will walk away with some transcribed solos, re-worked licks, and tools for how to draw inspiration from the masters and make it your own. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$30 ($25 members)
$25 ($23 members)
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. March 07, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (Central) · Online

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

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Intermediate
Program: Banjo
$25 ($23 members)
$25 ($23 members)
$25 ($23 members)
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. April 03, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Fiddle Workshop with Bruce Molsky

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Open to All
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Sun. April 03, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Banjo Workshop with Bruce Molsky

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Open to All
Program: Banjo
$40 ($35 members)
$25 ($23 members)
Mon. April 11, 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM (Central) · Online

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles: Imagine by John Lennon

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. May 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central) · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Janis Ian Masterclass

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$50 ($45 members)