Old Town School Of Folk Music

★★★★★
Exclusively devoted to teaching kids the value of studying and playing music.
  • 4544 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60625

    Cross street: Between Wilson and Montrose Aves

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  • 773-728-6000

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Having taken two rounds of guitar lessons and three rounds of wiggleworms with my baby, I can honestly say I can't think of any place I'd rather spend my hard-earned money! Each teacher I have had has been fantastic, and a true lover of both music and teaching.

Wiggleworms is fun for babies and parents alike. The teachers all seem to follow the same basic structure for the flow of the class, but change up the songs and games a little bit each week. If your reason for taking the class is to make mommy (or daddy) friends, you'll have to do it on your own time before or after class. Socialization of parents is discouraged during class, as the focus is on the children.

Guitar classes are fun and laid back. Depending on the room you're assigned to and how many people decide to show up or join your class as a make-up, it can feel a bit overcrowded at times. For the most part, though, class size was just right--big enough to hide if you haven't practiced enough, but small enough that you can get some individual attention from the teacher. Classes are nice and long too--about 90 minutes, followed by a short break and the Second Half sing/play along. After two rounds of classes, I can play and sing a nice selection of recognizable songs. Don't let the name of the school or the required song book fool you, you'll learn plenty of popular rock music!

Based on my positive experiences, I highly recommend OTSFM!

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★★★★★

Having taken two rounds of guitar lessons and three rounds of wiggleworms with my baby, I can honestly say I can't think of any place I'd rather spend my hard-earned money! Each teacher I have had has been fantastic, and a true lover of both music and teaching.

Wiggleworms is fun for babies and parents alike. The teachers all seem to follow the same basic structure for the flow of the class, but change up the songs and games a little bit each week. If your reason for taking the class is to make mommy (or daddy) friends, you'll have to do it on your own time before or after class. Socialization of parents is discouraged during class, as the focus is on the children.

Guitar classes are fun and laid back. Depending on the room you're assigned to and how many people decide to show up or join your class as a make-up, it can feel a bit overcrowded at times. For the most part, though, class size was just right--big enough to hide if you haven't practiced enough, but small enough that you can get some individual attention from the teacher. Classes are nice and long too--about 90 minutes, followed by a short break and the Second Half sing/play along. After two rounds of classes, I can play and sing a nice selection of recognizable songs. Don't let the name of the school or the required song book fool you, you'll learn plenty of popular rock music!

Based on my positive experiences, I highly recommend OTSFM!

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If you have any interest in learning to play folk instruments, this is the place you must go. Immediately. They teach a wide range of classes, from basics like guitar to more obscure instruments like banjo or mandolin, all the way to instruments where you wouldn't expect an organized lesson, like harmonica. The teachers are extremely skilled, both at music and education. Their prices are exceptionally reasonable, especially when compared to the cost of private lessons.

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If you have any interest in learning to play folk instruments, this is the place you must go. Immediately. They teach a wide range of classes, from basics like guitar to more obscure instruments like banjo or mandolin, all the way to instruments where you wouldn't expect an organized lesson, like harmonica. The teachers are extremely skilled, both at music and education. Their prices are exceptionally reasonable, especially when compared to the cost of private lessons.

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Everyone I know goes here or has gone here at one time. It's been in the Lincoln Square neighborhood for ages! Music classes, of course, in addition to performances. I've always found the teachers to be just excellent. It's just one of those great neighborhood places where you see people you know all the time.

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Everyone I know goes here or has gone here at one time. It's been in the Lincoln Square neighborhood for ages! Music classes, of course, in addition to performances. I've always found the teachers to be just excellent. It's just one of those great neighborhood places where you see people you know all the time.

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This place is great for a concert or getting lessons for whatever instrument you play! They have an extremely diverse schedule of musicians that play at their venue! I have seen an american rock group, "American Music Club" and a Laplandish folk singer "Mari Boine" both were excellent and fun shows! I highly recommend!

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This place is great for a concert or getting lessons for whatever instrument you play! They have an extremely diverse schedule of musicians that play at their venue! I have seen an american rock group, "American Music Club" and a Laplandish folk singer "Mari Boine" both were excellent and fun shows! I highly recommend!

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This place is very popular with local musicians. Lots of different music classes are offered here. Some famous and semi-famous musicians have attended here. A couple of them now teach classes here. Their reputation for excellence has helped them grow throughout the years so much so that they now have another facility on Lincoln near Wilson.

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This place is very popular with local musicians. Lots of different music classes are offered here. Some famous and semi-famous musicians have attended here. A couple of them now teach classes here. Their reputation for excellence has helped them grow throughout the years so much so that they now have another facility on Lincoln near Wilson.

PROS: Great reputation
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The Old Town School looks and feels like a real school, from the stout brick exterior to the long dormer windows on either side of the entrance. On the ground floor are a few sunny classrooms and the building's old…

 

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