Three years ago, my quest to acquire new skills and experiences (without involving student loans and textbooks) took me to the Old Town School of Folk music where I stepped into a beginner guitar class with a curious bunch of adults seeking similar enlightenment.
Our cheery teacher expressed honest-to-goodness enthusiasm for our interest, and while my lack of skill and talent kept me far away from the moniker of musician; the folks at the Old Town School didn’t seem to care. I learned quickly that this isn’t an exclusive group, rather an inclusive band that loves nothing more than teaching others to sing, dance and play.
The Old Town School of Folk Music experience starts anew for another batch of newbies and veterans March 1. From accordion to mandolin, bodhran to belly dancing – the school offers hundreds of adult classes in music, dance and the performing arts at its Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations.
If the idea of an adult sing along leaves you feeling as uneasy as Miley Cyrus at a Metallica concert, let the kids offer an excuse to join in the folksy frivolity. Of the nearly 6,000 students attending the school each week, almost half are kids. Children’s programming at the Old Town School is extensive beginning with the infant Lullabies and Wiggleworms classes, graduating to teen courses that crank up the angst.
So if the daily grind and bitter temps are leaving your mind numbed, thaw out your inner artist at the Old Town School this spring.
Classes March 1st-April 25th
4544 N. Lincoln
909 W. Armitage
Register online at www.oldtownschool.org or by calling 773/728-6000