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!

Sat. June 06, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Jerry Garcia Lead Guitar Styles ONLINE Workshop

Investigate Garcia’s revered lead guitar playing which included a wide range of styles: blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and more. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($20 members)
Sat. June 06, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

The iPad as a Live Performance Tool

We will explore how to use the iPad in live performance situations as a soloist, integrated into a band, and as a stand alone music production tool. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$20 ($20 members)
Sun. June 07, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Beatles Social for Ukulele and More!

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Open to All
Program:
$25 ($24 members)
Thu. June 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 12, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 12, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Elton John Songbag ONLINE with Alton Smith

Let’s celebrate the music of one of pop music’s brightest stars. Butterflies are free to fly [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. June 13, 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dance Basics for Couples - ONLINE

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$45 ($43 members)
Sat. June 13, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Cajun and Zydeco Dance - ONLINE

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. June 13, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Soul Beatles

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. June 14, 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Chord Chemistry for Ukulele

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Open to All
Program: Ukulele
$25 ($24 members)
Mon. June 15, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Online Voice of the People Jam

Andrea and Mary share songs, laughter and community. [more info]

Open to All
Program: Guitar
$12 ($10 members)
Thu. June 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 19, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Fri. June 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Dylan Songbag: Songs of Birth and Death

This month as we await the release of Bob Dylan’s new album “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, we will use as our theme the last couplet from one of the albums’ tracks “False Prophet” I ain't no false prophet, nah, I'm nobody's bride Can't remember when I was born, and I forgot when I died [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. June 20, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Old Time Guitar for Solo Performance with Kris Truelsen

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($25 members)
Sat. June 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Songs of WC Handy for Solo Guitar ONLINE

Combining more sophisticated ragtime flavors with soulful downhome blues melodies, Handy became known as the Father of the Blues. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$30 ($28 members)
Sun. June 21, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Theory and Composition with Python Programming for Musicians ONLINE

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$30 ($25 members)
Thu. June 25, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$20 ($19 members)
Fri. June 26, 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Friday Family Jams

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Open to All
Kids Group Class – Program: Guitar
$10 ($8 members)
Fri. June 26, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Songwriter’s Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

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Open to All
Program: Songwriting
$12 ($10 members)
Sat. June 27, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Twin Fiddling For All Strings with Brandi and Colby

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Intermediate
Program: Fiddle & Cello
$40 ($35 members)
Sat. June 27, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Garcia’s Folk Roots Songbag

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($23 members)
Sat. June 27, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Sam Cooke and Otis Redding Songbag

Twist the night away with Alton and Bill and some fa fa fa. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$20 ($18 members)
Sun. July 05, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Beginning with Sarah Edgar

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Sun. July 05, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Baroque Dance: Intermediate

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Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($23 members)
Fri. July 10, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Summertime Beatles Songbag

It’s like a beach campfire sing-a-long without the sand & fire. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$15 ($14 members)
Sat. July 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Livingston Taylor: Stage Performance Techniques

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Open to All
Program:
$40 ($35 members)
Sun. July 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Fretboard Geography: Simplifying the Guitar Neck

This fun workshop will help expand your knowledge of notes, chords, and keys, for use in performing the songs you love, accompanying others, or creating your own music. [more info]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Sat. July 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Music from the "Midnight Diner” for Fingerstyle

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Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$25 ($24 members)
Wed. July 22, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Dar Williams Songcraft Seminar

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Intermediate
Program: Songwriting
$150 ($130 members)
Sat. September 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. September 20, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

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]

Intermediate
Program: Guitar
$45 ($40 members)
Sat. October 10, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

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Intermediate
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)
Sun. October 18, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Bluegrass Banjo Workshop with Tony Trischka

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Open to All
Program: Banjo
$75 ($55 members)
Sat. December 12, 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Country Dancing!

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Open to All
Program: Dance
$25 ($24 members)