New Music Wellness and Daytime Programs

Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
-Maya Angelou

Find. Discover. Play. Create.

Old Town School of Folk MusicLearning is a lifelong process of exercising our brains and nourishing our souls. Old Town School’s Daytime Program is a vibrant community of adults participating in music, movement and art classes every day of the week. Rediscover your lifelong passions or find new ones alongside like-minded individuals with a thirst for expression, creativity, and connecting with others.

Find your voice, your rhythm, and your tribe. Discover what moves you. Play with others that are inspired by the same things. Create the love and ability for expression in a supportive environment with knowledgeable, trained instructors.

The classes listed below are offered during the day and are open to students of all ages. Others are tailored to a more specific audience. If you want recommendations for classes, our friendly staff is at the ready to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to find your place in the Old Town School community!

Wellness Programs 

Introducing Old Town School’s Wellness Programs, offered during weekday, daytime hours. This suite of three classes employ the arts in dynamic ways to enhance brain function, emotional responses, and general well-being for students with early-stage memory loss, diminished neuromotor and cognitive function, and those who care for them.

Memory Singers  with Mary Grimes Kelly | Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Old Town School’s Memory Singers will sing a variety of songs, learn vocal technique and ensemble skills, and share musical memories together. Members of this first artistic community will be invited to choose a title for the group and will be an instrumental part of initiating the vision for this pilot program.

Build a Story with Barbara Silverman | Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
Join a comfortable and accepting group of peers for a unique, memory-stirring experience.  Songs spark emotions. Each class will start with a quick, familiar song to set a relaxed tone and stimulate our synapses. Using this music as a springboard, we’ll create a unique series of vignettes built from your one-word, one-phrase responses.

Rhythmicity  with Rick Neuhaus | Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Tap into the power of rhythm. Drumming positively affects our neuromotor system, levels of stress, and psychological well-being. Each week we’ll explore our natural rhythms through a combination of structured and spontaneous interaction. You will be guided in easy-going rhythm training on all manner of traditional percussion instruments including pots, pans and trashcan lids.

Plus more than 60 other daytime classes to choose from, including:

  • ’60s Classics Ensemble
  • Americana Ensemble
  • Bass Groove Lab
  • Beyond Guitar 3
  • Bluegrass Banjo 2
  • Chicago Blues Harp 2 & 3
  • Daytime Beatles Ensemble
  • Folk Songs: Carrying History Forward
  • Guitar 1-4Ever
  • Guitar and Vocal Studio
  • Guitar Fingerboard Theory
  • Harmonica 1 & 2
  • Harmonica Rhythm & Chording
  • Introduction to Singing/Singing in Tune
  • Jazz Dance: Beginning
  • Overdrive 1 Electric Guitar Styles
  • Piano: Beginning 1 & 2
  • Piano: Intermediate
  • Songs and Stories from the Chicago Folk Boom
  • Studio – Ballet: Continuing
  • Studio – Jazz Dance: Intermediate
  • Studio – Qi Gong
  • Studio – Yoga: Lunchtime
  • Studio – Yoga: Morning
  • Tap 1 & 2
  • Vocal Performance: 3 Minutes in the Spotlight
  • Vocal Techniques 1, 2, & 3
  • Women’s Acoustic Ensemble

Other Programs and Events

Jam Sessions
Practice has never been more fun. Drop on in! There are afternoon and evening jam sessions open to all.  Play an instrument or sing a song. Come and play with us!

Great Americana Songbook Jam Session
Wednesdays, 12 – 2 p.m. in the Lobby at 4545 North Lincoln Ave.
A gathering for musicians of all ages. All instruments, voices, and levels of players are welcome and encouraged. Come sing and play. You can bring your lunch or grab a bite at our café!

Student Showcase Performances
Enjoy these free performances by Old Town School artists every eight weeks. Most showcase performances for our adult classes take place on the same day and at the same location that the class is regularly held. The vibe is joyful and inspiring. Grab a drink and root for your Old Town School-mates!

Stop in for a bite! Have breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, or a beer with us! Hours vary according to class and concert schedules. Stop in to chat with our staff or browse our full menu online.

Resource Center
Housed in the basement lobby of our 4544 North Lincoln Ave. building, the Resource Center holds a collection of more than 20,000 recordings, videos, books, and periodicals.

Music Store
Pick up your favorite gear! Old Town School operates two Music Stores to serve our students, teachers, and the community at large. Stores at both our locations offer a range of instruments, songbooks, Old Town School merchandise, and accessories. Stop in and look around!

About Karen K.F.

Karen has lived in this area for 5 years. She loves to quilt, roam around her neighborhood, and enjoy her Forward Chicago family and neighbors.

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